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

As expected, theres a bevy of active safety features for the brand-new Tundra with Toyotas Safety Sense 2.5 bundle being basic across the board, that includes pre-collision warning with automated emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, and a lane-keeping system. The extra security 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 camera system and a trailer backup guide system.
At a starting price of $35,950 for the base Tundra SR Double Cab 4 × 2 trim, the new 2022 Toyota Tundra is a highly regarded worth. 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, checks out at $63,939. At the leading 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.

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

Fuel usage is much improved 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 begin to get even 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 glamorous Capstone trim. As a quick note, the new Tundra has readily available remote start through the Toyota app (paid service) but when you have the function you can also remote start the Tundra by pressing 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 highly regarded worth. At the leading 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.

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 behind the competition. Recently the Tundra rested on its reliability factor but there were lots of locations in need of much improvement, which I believe the all-new 2022 model has actually resolved with a couple of interesting surprises like the offering of the hybrid powertrain in the upper two trim levels together with the appealing large-and-in-charge 14-inch infotainment screen. As far as looks, 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 in advance and out back. What is missing, in my viewpoint, is something extra for the tailgate that is otherwise “normal” but has a power-retractable step for easy access to the composite-lined truck bed and a quick power-release button on the chauffeurs side taillight. Also, there are no tow hooks available that I know of in any trim level.

In the past, Ive described often times how Toyotas methodical approach to updating their automobiles has done well for them thinking about how reliable and relied on the brand name has actually been for many years. To reiterate such an idea, the Toyota Tundra has gone 14 years in its 2nd generation, and for the 2022 model year, it gets a full 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 entirely upgraded 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 brand-new twin-turbo 3.5-liter V6 discovered in my Tundra Platinum trim test lorry, promotes enhancements over the V8 in almost every area having a smooth shipment of its 389 horsepower and 479 lb-ft of torque in my test automobile. Power is sent through a brand-new 10-speed automated transmission that feels primarily direct and does a great task of finding the appropriate equipment without unneeded moving.

Power from the new engine comes on strong with ample torque and gets the lorry moving well thanks to its slightly lighter curb weight over the outgoing model. I was able to make a few 0 to 60 miles per hour tests and the finest time pertained to 6.9 seconds. The mid-range power was the sweet area for the turbo V6 and it never ever seemed like it was doing not have for its pulling power. 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 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 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 feature (it will require disabling after a brand-new initial lorry startup). As a quick note, the new Tundra has available remote start through the Toyota app (paid service) but when you have the feature you can likewise remote begin the Tundra by pressing the lock button 3 times on your essential fob (without the paid-service). Though, the car shuts off when you try to open the doors, which is weird.

Towing ability for the brand-new Tundra maxes out at 12,000 pounds if you choose 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 just slightly down with trims like my test lorry 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 arrangements are more comfy than I remember in the outbound design 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 and aerated in advance along with for the back outboard seats. The seating locations have plentiful space, and the rear seat still seems like a large couch and has large storage areas listed below the folding bottoms that is otherwise taken up by the hybrid battery in the TRD Pro or Capstone trims.

Toyotas mission to match and somewhat go beyond some competition settles well with the brand-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 timely voice acknowledgment commands. The brand-new infotainment system is very responsive and has a short knowing curve. Nevertheless, the system has a great deal of covert features that usually provide themselves at random through pop-up alerts, which can be rather of an interruption if you permit it. The system is really open and simple for its settings and expected over-the-air updates to keep it keeping up brand-new combinations. Theres also cordless or USB-wired Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration that works effortlessly during my experience with my iPhone 13 Pro.

Inside of the 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 automobile, and a lot more in the elegant Capstone trim. Theres now a soft-touch control panel and more soft-touch areas for the upper face of the dash. Bringing a central focus to the chauffeur is a brand-new instrument cluster that can be had in a completely digital 12.3-inch display screen giving you all significant car information and a couple of adjustable parts of the screen. Theres likewise a new 10-inch color heads-up display 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.

Fuel usage 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 designs, which are currently designated for the two top trims of the Tundra TRD Pro and luxurious Capstone trim.

To heighten the Tundras location amongst the competitors, theres the availability of a rear load-leveling suspension system, which was equipped on my Tundra Platinum test car. If you require extra ground clearance outside of the brand-new Tundra Platinums 9.4 inches, youll desire to step up to the TRD Pro to get 10.9 inches.

Toyotas long-standing and proven dependability need to equate well for the brand-new 2022 Tundra as theres a more refined package here without any rattles and an impressive build quality inside and out. The trip of the brand-new Tundra is smoother partially thanks to adaptive dampers, and the cabin is surprisingly peaceful for a truck. A few 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 managed to conjure up from creative engineering.

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