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

Toyota had to do something to update the Tundra and it was past time for a redesign. In recent years the Tundra rested on its dependability element however there were lots of areas in need of much enhancement, which I believe the all-new 2022 model has actually addressed with a couple of fascinating 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 looks, the brand-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.

Towing capability for the brand-new Tundra maxes out at 12,000 pounds if you go with 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 a little 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).

As anticipated, theres a bevy of active security functions for the new Tundra with Toyotas Safety Sense 2.5 package being basic throughout the board, that includes pre-collision warning with automated emergency situation 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 beginning with the Limited trim. The Platinum trim adds a 360-degree camera system and a trailer backup guide system.
At a beginning cost of $35,950 for the base Tundra SR Double Cab 4 × 2 trim, the new 2022 Toyota Tundra is a highly regarded worth. The pricing scale quickly 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 begins at $66,805, and the Tundra Capstone at $73,530, which are both hybrids.

In the past, Ive discussed sometimes how Toyotas methodical method to upgrading their lorries has actually succeeded for them considering how reliable and trusted the brand name has been for numerous years. To repeat such an idea, the Toyota Tundra has actually gone 14 years in its 2nd 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 complete with the Ford F-150, Chevy Silverado/GMC Sierra, and RAM 1500.
The entirely revamped 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 automobile, promotes improvements over the V8 in almost every location having a smooth shipment of its 389 horsepower and 479 lb-ft of torque in my test car. Power is sent through a brand-new 10-speed automatic transmission that feels mostly direct and does an excellent job of finding the appropriate gear without unnecessary moving.

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 delighted with all the enhancements, even if theres no longer a gas-guzzling V8. As far as winning over those who presently own competitors or beginners, the brand-new Tundra will do simply great to record some who may have had a bad experience or are curious on how well the Tundra might impress them because its from an Americanized brand with an unmatched history of reliability.

Toyotas long-standing and tested dependability ought to equate well for the brand-new 2022 Tundra as theres a more refined package here without any rattles and an impeccable construct quality inside and out. The ride of the brand-new Tundra is smoother partly thanks to adaptive dampers, and the cabin is remarkably peaceful for a truck. Some of that tranquility is thanks to the turbocharged V6 engine that does not sound anything like the outgoing V8 however does have a neat roar that Toyota managed to invoke from clever engineering.

Toyotas mission to match and somewhat go beyond some competitors settles well with the brand-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 brand-new systems from BMW and Mercedes-Benz timely voice recognition commands. The brand-new infotainment system is very responsive and has a short knowing curve. Nevertheless, the system has a lot of surprise features that normally provide themselves at random through pop-up notices, which can be rather of an interruption if you enable it. The system is extremely open and uncomplicated for its settings and anticipated over-the-air updates to keep it keeping up brand-new combinations. Theres usb-wired or also wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration that works flawlessly throughout my experience with my iPhone 13 Pro.

The seating arrangements are more comfortable than I keep in mind 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 ventilated up front in addition to for the back outboard seats. The seating locations have numerous area, and the rear seat still feels like a big 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 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 much better, at least during city driving, is in the hybrid trim Tundra designs, which are currently designated for the 2 leading trims of the Tundra TRD Pro and glamorous 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 feature you can likewise remote begin the Tundra by pushing the lock button 3 times on your key fob (without the paid-service). At a starting price of $35,950 for the base Tundra SR Double Cab 4 × 2 trim, the brand-new 2022 Toyota Tundra is a respected worth. At the leading end of the spectrum, the new Tundra TRD Pro begins at $66,805, and the Tundra Capstone at $73,530, which are both hybrids.

To increase the Tundras location among the competitors, theres the accessibility of a rear load-leveling suspension system, which was equipped on my Tundra Platinum test lorry. If you need additional 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.

For the most part, the brand-new Tundra felt a little lighter on its feet versus the outbound design and the braking feel is outstanding with an initial grab that inspired some self-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 apply enough brake pressure at the stop, however you can briefly disable the feature (it will require disabling after a brand-new preliminary automobile start-up). 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 begin the Tundra by pushing the lock button 3 times on your crucial fob (without the paid-service).

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 models, which are currently designated for the 2 leading trims of the Tundra TRD Pro and elegant Capstone trim.

Inside of the brand-new 2022 Toyota Tundra is a remodelled 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 glamorous Capstone trim. Theres likewise a new 10-inch color heads-up display screen and a big 14-inch infotainment system that comes requirement for the Limited trim and all higher trim levels in place of the standard 8-inch system in the lower trims.

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