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

At the end of the day, the new 2022 Toyota Tundra, proudly made in Texas, will continue to keep its fan base proud and rather pleased with all the improvements, even if theres no longer a gas-guzzling V8. As far as winning over those who currently own newcomers or competitors, the brand-new Tundra will do simply great to catch some who might have had a disappointment or wonder on how well the Tundra may impress them because its from an Americanized brand with an unmatched history of dependability.

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

Toyotas enduring and tested reliability need to equate well for the brand-new 2022 Tundra as theres a more refined plan here with no rattles and a flawless build quality inside and out. The flight of the new Tundra is smoother partly 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 outgoing V8 but does have a cool grumble that Toyota managed to invoke from clever engineering.

Toyota had to do something to update the Tundra and it was previous time for a redesign. After upwards of 14 years of the exact same generation, the Tundra was old and fell back the competitors. Over the last few years the Tundra rested on its dependability aspect but there were numerous areas in need of much enhancement, which I think the brand new 2022 model has actually addressed with a couple of fascinating surprises like the offering of the hybrid powertrain in the upper two trim levels together with the distinctive large-and-in-charge 14-inch infotainment screen. As far as appearances, the new 2022 Tundra fits the proper part for having its special 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” however has a power-retractable footstep for easy access to the composite-lined truck bed and a quick power-release button on the drivers side taillight. There are no tow hooks readily available that I understand of in any trim level.

As expected, theres a bunch of active security functions for the new Tundra with Toyotas Safety Sense 2.5 bundle being standard throughout the board, that includes pre-collision warning with automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, and a lane-keeping system. The additional safety features, such as the blind-spot display with rear cross-traffic alert, are standard beginning with the Limited trim. The Platinum trim includes a 360-degree cam system and a trailer backup guide system.
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 value. The pricing scale rapidly captures up with 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 leading end of the spectrum, the new Tundra TRD Pro starts at $66,805, and the Tundra Capstone at $73,530, which are both hybrids.

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 start 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 glamorous Capstone trim.

To heighten the Tundras place amongst the competitors, theres the schedule of a rear load-leveling suspension system, which was equipped on my Tundra Platinum test vehicle. The lowering and raising of the rear does take some time to complete through the dash button but shows to be very beneficial for hauling or hauling heavy items to prevent rear droop and possibly enhance upon stability at speed. The total appearance of my test lorry appears to be a bit low even with the system set into the automatic mode at the regular flight height. If you need additional ground clearance outside of the new Tundra Platinums 9.4 inches, youll wish to step up to the TRD Pro to get 10.9 inches. Theres likewise the availability of power tow mirrors discovered on my test automobile that can be extended at journalism of a button, which are already very substantial and often produce a little blind area that you need to be conscious when navigating.

The seating arrangements are more comfortable than I remember in the outgoing model and there are extra subtle touches that make the interior feel premium, such as the accented stitching throughout the dashboard and seats, which are heated up and aerated up front as well as for the back outboard seats. The seating areas have abundant area, and the rear seat still seems like a large sofa and has large storage locations listed below the folding bottoms that is otherwise used up by the hybrid battery in the TRD Pro or Capstone trims.

In the past, Ive discussed often times how Toyotas systematic approach to updating their automobiles has done well for them thinking about how trusted and relied on the brand has actually been for countless years. To repeat such an idea, the Toyota Tundra has gone 14 years in its 2nd generation, and for the 2022 design year, it gets a full 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 completely 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 new hybrid V6 setup called the i-Force Max. The base engine, the new twin-turbo 3.5-liter V6 discovered in my Tundra Platinum trim test vehicle, promotes enhancements over the V8 in simply about every location having a smooth shipment of its 389 horsepower and 479 lb-ft of torque in my test vehicle. Power is sent out through a brand-new 10-speed automatic transmission that feels mostly direct and does a good job of finding the appropriate equipment without unnecessary moving.

Toyotas mission to match and rather go beyond some competition pays off well with the brand-new 14-inch infotainment system that now listens for more natural language commands beginning with a timely word of “Hey Toyota,” just like how other brand-new systems from BMW and Mercedes-Benz timely voice recognition commands. The brand-new infotainment system is really responsive and has a short knowing curve. Nevertheless, the system has a lot of concealed features that typically present themselves at random through pop-up notices, which can be somewhat of a distraction if you enable it. The system is simple and very open for its settings and anticipated over-the-air updates to keep it keeping up brand-new combinations. Theres also cordless or USB-wired Apple CarPlay and Android Auto combination that works perfectly throughout my experience with my iPhone 13 Pro.

For the a lot of part, the brand-new Tundra felt a little lighter on its feet versus the outbound design and the braking feel is outstanding with a preliminary grab that inspired some self-confidence in controlling the truck and bringing it to a safe stop. When stopped, theres a brand-new start/stop function that shuts down the engine if you apply enough brake pressure at the stop, however you can momentarily disable the function (it will require disabling after a brand-new preliminary car start-up). As a fast note, the brand-new Tundra has available remote start through the Toyota app (paid service) but when you have the feature you can also remote start the Tundra by pressing the lock button 3 times on your essential fob (without the paid-service).

Fuel consumption is much enhanced as you would anticipate 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 automobile. Where things begin to get even better, at least throughout city driving, is in the hybrid trim Tundra models, which are currently designated for the two leading trims of the Tundra TRD Pro and luxurious Capstone trim. As a fast note, the new Tundra has offered remote start through the Toyota app (paid service) however when you have the function you can likewise remote begin the Tundra by pushing the lock button three times on your key fob (without the paid-service). At a beginning rate of $35,950 for the base Tundra SR Double Cab 4 × 2 trim, the brand-new 2022 Toyota Tundra is a reputable 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.

Within the new 2022 Toyota Tundra is a remodelled cabin that takes things up a couple of notches for being more premium, especially in the upper trim levels like my Platinum test automobile, and a lot more in the luxurious Capstone trim. Theres now a soft-touch dashboard and more soft-touch areas for the upper face of the dash. Bringing a main focus to the motorist is a new instrument cluster that can be had in a completely digital 12.3-inch display screen offering you all significant car details and a number of customizable parts of the screen. Theres also a brand-new 10-inch color heads-up screen and a large 14-inch infotainment system that comes requirement for the Limited trim and all greater trim levels in location of the basic 8-inch system in the lower trims.

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