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

Toyotas proven and long-standing reliability need to translate well for the brand-new 2022 Tundra as theres a more refined plan here without any rattles and an impeccable develop quality inside and out. The trip of the brand-new Tundra is smoother partly thanks to adaptive dampers, and the cabin is remarkably peaceful for a truck. A few of that quietness is thanks to the turbocharged V6 engine that does not sound anything like the outgoing V8 however does have a neat roar that Toyota handled to create from clever engineering.

In the past, Ive discussed often times how Toyotas systematic technique to upgrading their automobiles has done well for them thinking about how dependable and trusted the brand has actually been for numerous years. To restate such a concept, the Toyota Tundra has gone 14 years in its second generation, and for the 2022 model 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 redesigned 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, touts enhancements over the V8 in almost every location having a smooth delivery of its 389 horsepower and 479 lb-ft of torque in my test lorry. Power is sent through a brand-new 10-speed automated transmission that feels primarily direct and does a good job of finding the correct gear without unnecessary moving.

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 vehicle. Where things start to get even much better, at least during city driving, is in the hybrid trim Tundra models, which are currently designated for the 2 top trims of the Tundra TRD Pro and luxurious Capstone trim. As a quick note, the new Tundra has available remote start through the Toyota app (paid service) but when you have the function you can also remote begin the Tundra by pushing the lock button three times on your key 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 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.

Fuel consumption is much enhanced 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. If you choose a two-wheel-drive model like the Limited CrewMax youll surpass those fuel usage figures to get 18 mpg city, 23 mpg highway, and 20 mpg integrated. Where things begin to get even much better, a minimum of throughout city driving, remains in the hybrid trim Tundra models, which are currently designated for the 2 leading trims of the Tundra TRD Pro and luxurious Capstone trim. The TRD Pro and Capstone trims get the hybrid powertrain with 437 horsepower and 583 lb-ft of torque and return 19 mpg city and 21 mpg highway for the TRD Pro and the exact same city mpg however 1 mpg much better for the highway in the Capstone trim. The 1794 edition trim has the availability of choosing the hybrid powertrain or stick to the basic twin-turbo V6 as in my test automobile.

Toyotas mission to match and somewhat go beyond some competitors pays off well with the new 14-inch infotainment system that now listens for more natural language commands beginning with a prompt word of “Hey Toyota,” similar to how other brand-new systems from BMW and Mercedes-Benz prompt voice recognition commands. The new infotainment system is extremely responsive and has a brief knowing curve. The system has a lot of surprise features that usually provide themselves at random through pop-up notices, which can be rather of an interruption if you enable it. The system is very open and straightforward for its settings and expected over-the-air updates to keep it running with new integrations. Theres also cordless or USB-wired Apple CarPlay and Android Auto combination that works perfectly during my experience with my iPhone 13 Pro.

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 but there were lots of locations in need of much improvement, which I believe the all-new 2022 design has actually addressed with a couple of interesting 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 appearances, the brand-new 2022 Tundra fits the proper 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.

The seating plans are more comfortable than I keep in mind 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 up and aerated in advance as well as for the back outboard seats. The seating locations have numerous space, and the rear seat still feels like a large 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.

Inside of the new 2022 Toyota Tundra is a remodelled cabin that takes things up a couple of notches for being more premium, particularly in the upper trim levels like my Platinum test automobile, and much more in the glamorous 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 chauffeur is a brand-new instrument cluster that can be had in a completely digital 12.3-inch display giving you all significant lorry information and a number of customizable parts of the screen. Theres likewise a brand-new 10-inch color heads-up screen and a large 14-inch infotainment system that comes standard for the Limited trim and all higher trim levels in location of the basic 8-inch system in the lower trims.

To increase the Tundras location amongst the competition, theres the accessibility of a rear load-leveling suspension system, which was geared up on my Tundra Platinum test automobile. The lowering and raising of the rear does take some time to finish through the dash button however shows to be very helpful for pulling or transporting heavy products to avoid rear sag and possibly improve 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 regular flight height. Youll want to step up to the TRD Pro to get 10.9 inches if you require additional ground clearance outside of the brand-new Tundra Platinums 9.4 inches. Theres also the schedule of power tow mirrors discovered on my test car that can be extended at journalism of a button, which are already very big and frequently produce a little blind area that you must be conscious when steering.

For the many part, the new Tundra felt a little lighter on its feet versus the outgoing model and the braking feel is outstanding with a preliminary grab that motivated some self-confidence in managing the truck and bringing it to a safe stop. When stopped, theres a new start/stop function that shuts down the engine if you apply enough brake pressure at the stop, however you can momentarily disable the feature (it will need disabling after a new preliminary car start-up). As a fast note, the brand-new Tundra has offered remote start through the Toyota app (paid service) but when you have the function you can likewise remote begin the Tundra by pressing the lock button three times on your crucial fob (without the paid-service).

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 delighted with all the enhancements, even if theres no longer a gas-guzzling V8. As far as winning over those who presently own newcomers or rivals, the brand-new Tundra will do simply great to record some who may have had a disappointment or are curious on how well the Tundra may impress them due to the fact that its from an Americanized brand with an unparalleled history of reliability.

As anticipated, theres a bevy of active safety functions for the new Tundra with Toyotas Safety Sense 2.5 package being basic across the board, that includes pre-collision warning with automated emergency situation braking, adaptive cruise control, and a lane-keeping system. The extra security functions, such as the blind-spot display with rear cross-traffic alert, are basic beginning with the Limited trim. The Platinum trim includes a 360-degree camera 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 brand-new 2022 Toyota Tundra is a highly regarded worth. The prices 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. 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.

Towing ability for the new Tundra maxes out at 12,000 pounds if you choose a base SR trim with the smaller 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 just slightly down with trims like my test car 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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