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

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 car. Where things start to get even better, at least throughout city driving, is in the hybrid trim Tundra designs, which are presently designated for the 2 top trims of the Tundra TRD Pro and glamorous Capstone trim. As a fast note, the new Tundra has offered 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 3 times on your key fob (without the paid-service). At a starting cost of $35,950 for the base Tundra SR Double Cab 4 × 2 trim, the new 2022 Toyota Tundra is a highly regarded worth. 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.

Inside of the brand-new 2022 Toyota Tundra is a revamped cabin that takes things up a few notches for being more premium, specifically in the upper trim levels like my Platinum test automobile, and much more in the elegant 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 driver is a new instrument cluster that can be had in a totally digital 12.3-inch display screen giving you all essential car info and a couple of customizable parts of the screen. Theres also a new 10-inch color heads-up display screen and a large 14-inch infotainment system that comes standard for the Limited trim and all higher trim levels in place of the standard 8-inch system in the lower trims.

Fuel usage 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 automobile. If you choose a two-wheel-drive model like the Limited CrewMax youll improve upon those fuel usage figures to get 18 mpg city, 23 mpg highway, and 20 mpg integrated. Where things start to get back at better, at least throughout city driving, remains in the hybrid trim Tundra models, which are currently designated for the two leading trims of the Tundra TRD Pro and elegant 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 better for the highway in the Capstone trim. The 1794 edition trim has the schedule of choosing the hybrid powertrain or stick with the standard twin-turbo V6 as in my test vehicle.

As anticipated, theres a bevy of active security features for the new Tundra with Toyotas Safety Sense 2.5 plan being standard throughout the board, which includes pre-collision caution with automatic emergency situation 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 camera system and a trailer backup guide system.
At a starting rate 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 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 starts at $66,805, and the Tundra Capstone at $73,530, which are both hybrids.

In the past, Ive discussed sometimes how Toyotas methodical technique to updating their automobiles has succeeded for them thinking about how dependable and trusted the brand has been for countless years. To repeat such a notion, the Toyota Tundra has actually gone 14 years in its second generation, and for the 2022 model year, it gets a full 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 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 found in my Tundra Platinum trim test automobile, touts enhancements over the V8 in almost 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 new 10-speed automatic transmission that feels mostly direct and does a good task of discovering the appropriate equipment without unneeded moving.

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 reliability factor but there were numerous areas in need of much improvement, which I think the brand new 2022 design has attended to with a few intriguing surprises like the offering of the hybrid powertrain in the upper 2 trim levels along with the captivating large-and-in-charge 14-inch infotainment screen. As far as appearances, the new 2022 Tundra fits the appropriate 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.

Toyotas mission to match and somewhat exceed some competition pays off well with the new 14-inch infotainment system that now listens for more natural language commands starting with a prompt word of “Hey Toyota,” much like how other new systems from BMW and Mercedes-Benz timely voice recognition 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.

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 rather pleased with all the enhancements, even if theres no longer a gas-guzzling V8. As far as winning over those who currently own rivals or newbies, the new Tundra will do simply great to catch some who may have had a bad experience or are curious on how well the Tundra may impress them since its from an Americanized brand with an unparalleled history of dependability.

For the a lot of part, the brand-new Tundra felt a little lighter on its feet versus the outgoing design and the braking feel is outstanding with a preliminary grab that motivated 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 use enough brake pressure at the stop, but you can temporarily disable the function (it will need disabling after a new initial vehicle start-up). 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 likewise remote start the Tundra by pressing the lock button 3 times on your essential fob (without the paid-service).

Towing capability for the new Tundra maxes out at 12,000 pounds if you go with a base SR trim with the smaller double taxi, 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 somewhat 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).

The seating plans are more comfortable than I remember in the outgoing design 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 areas have abundant area, and the rear seat still feels like a large couch and has big storage locations below the folding bottoms that is otherwise used up by the hybrid battery in the TRD Pro or Capstone trims.

To heighten the Tundras place among the competition, theres the accessibility of a rear load-leveling suspension system, which was geared up on my Tundra Platinum test car. If you require 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 tested and long-standing reliability need to translate well for the new 2022 Tundra as theres a more refined plan here without any rattles and a remarkable build quality inside and out. The flight of the new Tundra is smoother partly thanks to adaptive dampers, and the cabin is remarkably quiet for a truck. Some of that tranquility is thanks to the turbocharged V6 engine that does not sound anything like the outbound V8 however does have a cool growl that Toyota handled to invoke from clever engineering.

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