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

At the end of the day, the new 2022 Toyota Tundra, happily made in Texas, will continue to keep its fan base proud and rather pleased with all the enhancements, even if theres no longer a gas-guzzling V8. As far as winning over those who currently own competitors or beginners, the brand-new Tundra will do just great to capture some who might have had a bad experience or wonder on how well the Tundra may impress them since its from an Americanized brand with an unsurpassed history of reliability.

As anticipated, theres a bevy of active security functions for the new Tundra with Toyotas Safety Sense 2.5 package being standard across the board, which includes pre-collision warning with automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, and a lane-keeping system. The additional safety functions, such as the blind-spot monitor with rear cross-traffic alert, are standard 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 value. The prices scale quickly captures up with 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. On 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 somewhat surpass some competition pays off well with the new 14-inch infotainment system that now listens for more natural language commands beginning with a timely word of “Hey Toyota,” much like how other new systems from BMW and Mercedes-Benz timely voice acknowledgment commands. The system is simple and very open for its settings and anticipated over-the-air updates to keep it running with brand-new integrations.

To heighten the Tundras place amongst the competitors, theres the schedule of a rear load-leveling suspension system, which was geared up on my Tundra Platinum test vehicle. If you need additional ground clearance outside of the brand-new Tundra Platinums 9.4 inches, youll want to step up to the TRD Pro to get 10.9 inches.

Towing ability for the new Tundra maxes out at 12,000 pounds if you opt for a base SR trim with the smaller sized double cab, 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 a little down with trims like my test vehicle maxing out at 11,180 pounds and a max payload of 1,630 pounds (5,535 curb weight/gross weight at 7,165 pounds).

Power from the new engine comes on strong with adequate torque and gets the lorry moving well thanks to its slightly lighter curb weight over the outbound model. I had the ability to make a few 0 to 60 mph tests and the very best time came to 6.9 seconds. The mid-range power was the sweet spot for the turbo V6 and it never seemed like it was lacking for its pulling power. For the many part, the new Tundra felt a little lighter on its feet versus the outbound design and the braking feel is excellent with a preliminary grab that influenced some self-confidence in controlling the truck and bringing it to a safe stop. In general, the braking pedal feel is the finest Ive experienced in this class of a truck. When stopped, theres a new start/stop function that shuts down the engine if you use enough brake pressure at the stop, but you can briefly disable the function (it will need disabling after a brand-new preliminary car startup). As a quick note, the new Tundra has readily available remote start through the Toyota app (paid service) but when you have the feature you can likewise remote start the Tundra by pressing the lock button three times on your crucial fob (without the paid-service). Though, the car turns off when you attempt to open the doors, which is odd.

Toyota had to do something to update the Tundra and it was past time for a redesign. In current years the Tundra rested on its dependability aspect however there were numerous locations in requirement of much improvement, which I think the brand new 2022 design has attended to with a couple of intriguing surprises like the offering of the hybrid powertrain in the upper two trim levels along with the appealing large-and-in-charge 14-inch infotainment screen. As far as looks, 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.

Inside of the new 2022 Toyota Tundra is a reworked cabin that takes things up a few notches for being more premium, specifically in the upper trim levels like my Platinum test automobile, and even more in the glamorous Capstone trim. Theres also a brand-new 10-inch color heads-up display screen and a big 14-inch infotainment system that comes standard for the Limited trim and all greater trim levels in place of the basic 8-inch system in the lower trims.

In the past, Ive described many times how Toyotas methodical technique to upgrading their lorries has actually succeeded for them thinking about how trusted and relied on the brand name has been for many years. To restate such a notion, the Toyota Tundra has gone 14 years in its second 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 take on the Ford F-150, Chevy Silverado/GMC Sierra, and RAM 1500.
The entirely 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 found in my Tundra Platinum trim test car, touts improvements over the V8 in simply about every area having a smooth delivery of its 389 horsepower and 479 lb-ft of torque in my test car. Power is sent through a new 10-speed automatic transmission that feels primarily direct and does a great task of finding the correct gear without unneeded moving.

Fuel intake is much enhanced 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 better, at least throughout city driving, is in the hybrid trim Tundra models, which are currently designated for the 2 leading trims of the Tundra TRD Pro and glamorous Capstone trim.

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

Fuel consumption is much enhanced 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 automobile. Where things start to get even much better, at least throughout 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 quick note, the new Tundra has offered remote start through the Toyota app (paid service) however when you have the feature you can also remote start 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 value. 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 proven and long-standing dependability must equate well for the brand-new 2022 Tundra as theres a more refined package here with no rattles and a flawless build quality inside and out. The ride of the brand-new Tundra is smoother partially thanks to adaptive dampers, and the cabin is surprisingly quiet for a truck. A few of that tranquility is thanks to the turbocharged V6 engine that doesnt sound anything like the outgoing V8 however does have a neat grumble that Toyota handled to create from clever engineering.

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