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

In the past, Ive explained lot of times how Toyotas systematic approach to updating their vehicles has actually succeeded for them thinking about how trusted and trusted the brand has actually been for countless years. To repeat such a notion, the Toyota Tundra has gone 14 years in its second generation, and for the 2022 model year, it gets a complete redesign marking the third generation of the full-size truck that is more poised to take on the Ford F-150, Chevy Silverado/GMC Sierra, and RAM 1500.
The completely redesigned 2022 Toyota Tundra is a more refined truck that eliminates 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 discovered in my Tundra Platinum trim test car, touts enhancements over the V8 in simply about every location having a smooth delivery of its 389 horse power and 479 lb-ft of torque in my test lorry. Power is sent out through a brand-new 10-speed automated transmission that feels primarily direct and does a good job of finding the proper gear without unnecessary moving.

Fuel intake is much improved 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 car. Where things begin to get even better, at least throughout city driving, is in the hybrid trim Tundra models, which are presently designated for the 2 top trims of the Tundra TRD Pro and luxurious Capstone trim.

Toyotas quest to match and rather surpass some competitors pays off well with the new 14-inch infotainment system that now listens for more natural language commands starting with a timely word of “Hey Toyota,” much like how other brand-new systems from BMW and Mercedes-Benz prompt voice recognition commands. The system is very open and simple for its settings and expected over-the-air updates to keep it running with new integrations.

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

Fuel consumption is much enhanced as you would expect 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 throughout city driving, is in the hybrid trim Tundra models, which are currently designated for the 2 top trims of the Tundra TRD Pro and elegant Capstone trim. As a quick note, the brand-new Tundra has readily available 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 essential fob (without the paid-service). At a starting cost 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 new Tundra TRD Pro starts at $66,805, and the Tundra Capstone at $73,530, which are both hybrids.

Toyotas long-standing and proven dependability should equate well for the new 2022 Tundra as theres a more refined package here with no rattles and a remarkable construct quality inside and out. The ride of the 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 does not sound anything like the outbound V8 but does have a cool grumble that Toyota handled to invoke from creative engineering.

As anticipated, theres a bunch of active security functions for the new Tundra with Toyotas Safety Sense 2.5 package being standard across the board, which consists of pre-collision warning with automated emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, and a lane-keeping system. The extra safety functions, such as the blind-spot display with rear cross-traffic alert, are standard beginning with the Limited trim. The Platinum trim adds a 360-degree electronic 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 value. The rates scale rapidly overtakes the competition 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, evaluates out at $63,939. 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.

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 enhancements, even if theres no longer a gas-guzzling V8. As far as winning over those who presently own competitors or newcomers, the brand-new Tundra will do just fine to catch some who may have had a bad experience or wonder on how well the Tundra might impress them due to the fact that its from an Americanized brand with an unparalleled history of dependability.

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 excellent with an initial grab that motivated some confidence in controlling the truck and bringing it to a safe stop. When stopped, theres a new start/stop function that shuts down the engine if you use enough brake pressure at the stop, however you can temporarily disable the function (it will need disabling after a new preliminary vehicle start-up). As a quick note, the brand-new Tundra has offered remote start through the Toyota app (paid service) but when you have the feature you can likewise remote begin the Tundra by pushing the lock button 3 times on your essential fob (without the paid-service).

Toyota had to do something to upgrade the Tundra and it was past time for a redesign. After upwards of 14 years of the exact same generation, the Tundra was old and fell behind the competition. Recently the Tundra rested on its reliability element but there were lots of locations in requirement of much enhancement, which I think the all-new 2022 model has attended to with a couple of interesting surprises like the offering of the hybrid powertrain in the upper two trim levels along with the attractive large-and-in-charge 14-inch infotainment screen. As far as appearances, the new 2022 Tundra fits the appropriate part for having its distinct 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 “normal” however has a power-retractable footstep for easy access to the composite-lined truck bed and a fast power-release button on the drivers side taillight. Likewise, there are no tow hooks available that I understand of in any trim level.

To increase the Tundras location amongst the competition, theres the schedule of a rear load-leveling suspension system, which was geared up on my Tundra Platinum test vehicle. The lowering and raising of the rear does spend some time to complete through the dash button but proves to be really helpful for hauling or carrying heavy products to avoid rear droop and possibly enhance upon stability at speed. The general appearance of my test automobile appears to be a bit low even with the system set into the automated mode at the normal flight height. If you require additional ground clearance outside of the brand-new Tundra Platinums 9.4 inches, youll wish to step up to the TRD Pro to get 10.9 inches. Theres also the schedule of power tow mirrors found on my test vehicle that can be extended at journalism of a button, which are currently super substantial and often produce a small blind spot that you should be conscious when maneuvering.

Inside of the brand-new 2022 Toyota Tundra is a reworked cabin that takes things up a couple of notches for being more premium, specifically in the upper trim levels like my Platinum test lorry, and even more in the elegant Capstone trim. Theres likewise 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 place of the standard 8-inch system in the lower trims.

Towing ability for the new Tundra maxes out at 12,000 pounds if you select 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 just a little 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).

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