2022 Toyota Tundra Platinum CrewMax 4×4 Review & Test Drive

Toyota needed to do something to update the Tundra and it was past time for a redesign. After upwards of 14 years of the same generation, the Tundra was old and fell behind the competition. In current years the Tundra rested on its reliability aspect but there were many areas in need of much enhancement, which I think the brand new 2022 design has actually attended to with a few intriguing surprises like the offering of the hybrid powertrain in the upper two trim levels together with the appealing large-and-in-charge 14-inch infotainment screen. As far as appearances, the brand-new 2022 Tundra fits the correct part for having its unique character with its auto-highbeam LED headlights, LED foglights, and sequentially lit LED turn signals up front and out back. What is missing out on, in my viewpoint, is something additional for the tailgate that is otherwise “regular” but has a power-retractable footstep for easy access to the composite-lined truck bed and a fast power-release button on the chauffeurs side taillight. Likewise, there are no tow hooks available that I know of in any trim level.

At the end of the day, the brand-new 2022 Toyota Tundra, happily made in Texas, will continue to keep its fan base proud and quite pleased with all the improvements, even if theres no longer a gas-guzzling V8. As far as winning over those who presently own newcomers or competitors, the brand-new Tundra will do just fine to capture some who may have had a disappointment or are curious on how well the Tundra might impress them because its from an Americanized brand with an unparalleled history of reliability.

To increase the Tundras location amongst the competition, theres the accessibility of a rear load-leveling suspension system, which was equipped on my Tundra Platinum test car. If you need extra ground clearance outside of the new Tundra Platinums 9.4 inches, youll desire to step up to the TRD Pro to get 10.9 inches.

Toyotas long-standing and tested dependability should equate well for the brand-new 2022 Tundra as theres a more refined package here without any rattles and a remarkable develop quality inside and out. The trip of the brand-new Tundra is smoother partially thanks to adaptive dampers, and the cabin is surprisingly peaceful for a truck. Some of that quietness is thanks to the turbocharged V6 engine that doesnt sound anything like the outbound V8 but does have a cool growl that Toyota managed to conjure up from creative engineering.

Power from the brand-new engine comes on strong with adequate torque and gets the car moving well thanks to its slightly lighter curb weight over the outbound model. I had the ability to make a couple of 0 to 60 mph tests and the best time pertained to 6.9 seconds. The mid-range power was the sweet area for the turbo V6 and it never seemed like it was lacking for its pulling power. For the a lot of part, the new Tundra felt a little lighter on its feet versus the outbound design and the braking feel is exceptional with an initial grab that inspired some confidence in controlling the truck and bringing it to a safe stop. Overall, the braking pedal feel is the very best Ive experienced in this class of a truck. When stopped, theres a brand-new start/stop function that closes down the engine if you use enough brake pressure at the stop, but you can momentarily disable the function (it will require disabling after a new initial car startup). As a fast note, the brand-new Tundra has readily available remote start through the Toyota app (paid service) however when you have the feature you can likewise remote start the Tundra by pushing the lock button 3 times on your crucial fob (without the paid-service). Though, the vehicle shuts down when you attempt to unlock the doors, which is weird.

As expected, theres a bevy of active security features for the brand-new Tundra with Toyotas Safety Sense 2.5 package being basic throughout the board, which consists of pre-collision caution with automatic emergency situation braking, adaptive cruise control, and a lane-keeping system. The extra safety functions, such as the blind-spot screen with rear cross-traffic alert, are basic starting with the Limited trim. The Platinum trim includes a 360-degree video camera system and a trailer backup guide system.
At a starting cost of $35,950 for the base Tundra SR Double Cab 4 × 2 trim, the new 2022 Toyota Tundra is a reputable worth. The prices scale rapidly overtakes the competitors as you go higher into the trim levels where the Limited starts at $46,850 and my Tundra Platinum CrewMax 4 × 4 with the 6.5-foot bed, leveling suspension, the power running boards, and power tow mirrors, tests out at $63,939. At the top end of the spectrum, the brand-new Tundra TRD Pro begins at $66,805, and the Tundra Capstone at $73,530, which are both hybrids.

Toyotas mission to match and rather surpass some competitors settles well with the brand-new 14-inch infotainment system that now listens for more natural language commands starting with a timely word of “Hey Toyota,” similar to how other new systems from BMW and Mercedes-Benz prompt voice acknowledgment commands. The new infotainment system is extremely responsive and has a short learning curve. The system has a lot of covert features that typically present themselves at random through pop-up notices, which can be somewhat of an interruption if you allow it. The system is straightforward and very open for its settings and expected over-the-air updates to keep it running with new integrations. Theres usb-wired or likewise wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto combination that works effortlessly throughout my experience with my iPhone 13 Pro.

Towing ability for the brand-new Tundra maxes out at 12,000 pounds if you go with a base SR trim with the smaller sized double taxi, which also has a max payload of 1,940 pounds (5,095 curb weight/gross weight at 7,035 pounds). From there, towing is only somewhat down with trims like my test lorry maxing out at 11,180 pounds and a max payload of 1,630 pounds (5,535 curb weight/gross weight at 7,165 pounds).

Inside of the new 2022 Toyota Tundra is a reworked cabin that takes things up a few notches for being more premium, especially in the upper trim levels like my Platinum test automobile, and a lot more in the glamorous Capstone trim. Theres now a soft-touch dashboard and more soft-touch locations for the upper face of the dash. Bringing a main focus to the motorist is a brand-new instrument cluster that can be had in a fully digital 12.3-inch display offering you all relevant car info and a couple of customizable parts of the screen. Theres likewise a new 10-inch color heads-up display and a big 14-inch infotainment system that comes requirement for the Limited trim and all higher trim levels in place of the standard 8-inch system in the lower trims.

In the past, Ive discussed many times how Toyotas methodical approach to upgrading their vehicles has succeeded for them thinking about how reputable and relied on the brand has actually been for many years. To restate such a concept, the Toyota Tundra has actually gone 14 years in its 2nd generation, and for the 2022 design year, it gets a complete redesign marking the 3rd generation of the full-size truck that is more poised to contend with the Ford F-150, Chevy Silverado/GMC Sierra, and RAM 1500.
The entirely revamped 2022 Toyota Tundra is a more refined truck that gets rid of the old V8 engine for a twin-turbo 3.5-liter V6 engine (i-Force) and a brand-new hybrid V6 setup called the i-Force Max. The base engine, the new twin-turbo 3.5-liter V6 found in my Tundra Platinum trim test car, touts enhancements over the V8 in practically every area having a smooth delivery of its 389 horse power and 479 lb-ft of torque in my test car. Power is sent through a brand-new 10-speed automated transmission that feels mostly direct and does a good job of finding the proper equipment without unneeded shifting.

The seating plans are more comfortable than I keep in mind in the outgoing model and there are additional subtle touches that make the interior feel premium, such as the accented stitching throughout the dashboard and seats, which are warmed and aerated in advance as well as for the back outboard seats. The seating locations have abundant space, and the rear seat still seems like a big couch and has large storage locations listed below the folding bottoms that is otherwise taken up by the hybrid battery in the TRD Pro or Capstone trims.

Fuel intake is much improved as you would anticipate with the Tundra now getting 17 mpg city, 22 mpg highway, and 19 mpg combined in the 4 × 4 setup of my Tundra Platinum CrewMax long-bed test lorry. Where things begin to get even much better, at least during city driving, is in the hybrid trim Tundra designs, which are currently designated for the 2 top trims of the Tundra TRD Pro and luxurious Capstone trim.

Fuel intake is much improved as you would expect with the Tundra now getting 17 mpg city, 22 mpg highway, and 19 mpg integrated in the 4 × 4 setup of my Tundra Platinum CrewMax long-bed test car. Where things begin to get even much better, at least during city driving, is in the hybrid trim Tundra designs, which are presently designated for the 2 leading trims of the Tundra TRD Pro and elegant Capstone trim. As a fast note, the new Tundra has readily available remote start through the Toyota app (paid service) however when you have the function you can also remote start the Tundra by pressing the lock button 3 times on your crucial fob (without the paid-service). At a beginning price of $35,950 for the base Tundra SR Double Cab 4 × 2 trim, the new 2022 Toyota Tundra is a respected worth. At the leading end of the spectrum, the brand-new Tundra TRD Pro begins at $66,805, and the Tundra Capstone at $73,530, which are both hybrids.

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