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

Toyota needed to do something to update the Tundra and it was past time for a redesign. After upwards of 14 years of the very same generation, the Tundra was old and fell back the competitors. In recent years the Tundra rested on its dependability aspect but there were numerous locations in requirement of much enhancement, which I think the all-new 2022 design has addressed with a couple of fascinating surprises like the offering of the hybrid powertrain in the upper 2 trim levels together with the distinctive large-and-in-charge 14-inch infotainment screen. As far as looks, the brand-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. What is missing out on, in my opinion, is something extra for the tailgate that is otherwise “normal” but has a power-retractable step for simple access to the composite-lined truck bed and a quick power-release button on the drivers side taillight. Likewise, there are no tow hooks offered that I know of in any trim level.

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 happy with all the enhancements, even if theres no longer a gas-guzzling V8. As far as winning over those who currently own newcomers or rivals, the brand-new Tundra will do simply fine to record some who might have had a disappointment or are curious on how well the Tundra might impress them because its from an Americanized brand name with an unmatched history of reliability.

Toyotas enduring and tested reliability should translate well for the new 2022 Tundra as theres a more refined plan here with no rattles and a flawless develop quality inside and out. The flight of the new Tundra is smoother partly thanks to adaptive dampers, and the cabin is surprisingly peaceful for a truck. Some of that quietness is thanks to the turbocharged V6 engine that doesnt sound anything like the outgoing V8 but does have a neat growl that Toyota handled to summon from clever engineering.

To heighten the Tundras place among the competitors, theres the schedule of a rear load-leveling suspension system, which was equipped on my Tundra Platinum test automobile. If you require extra 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.

The seating plans are more comfy 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 warmed and ventilated up front in addition to for the back outboard seats. The seating areas have numerous space, and the rear seat still feels like a big 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.

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 vehicle. If you go with 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 combined. Where things start to get even much better, at least during city driving, remains in the hybrid trim Tundra models, which are presently designated for the two leading trims of the Tundra TRD Pro and luxurious Capstone trim. The TRD Pro and Capstone trims get the hybrid powertrain with 437 horse power and 583 lb-ft of torque and return 19 mpg city and 21 mpg highway for the TRD Pro and the 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.

Towing capability for the brand-new Tundra maxes out at 12,000 pounds if you select 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 somewhat down with trims like my test automobile maxing out at 11,180 pounds and a max payload of 1,630 pounds (5,535 curb weight/gross weight at 7,165 pounds).

In the past, Ive explained sometimes how Toyotas systematic approach to updating their lorries has actually done well for them considering how reliable and relied on the brand name has actually been for countless years. To reiterate such a concept, the Toyota Tundra has actually 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 totally revamped 2022 Toyota Tundra is a more refined truck that does away with 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 lorry, touts improvements over the V8 in almost every location having a smooth shipment of its 389 horse power and 479 lb-ft of torque in my test vehicle. Power is sent through a brand-new 10-speed automatic transmission that feels mainly direct and does an excellent task of discovering the appropriate gear without unnecessary shifting.

For the most part, the brand-new Tundra felt a little lighter on its feet versus the outbound design and the braking feel is exceptional with a preliminary grab that influenced some self-confidence in managing 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 apply enough brake pressure at the stop, however you can briefly disable the feature (it will need disabling after a new preliminary vehicle startup). As a fast note, the brand-new Tundra has readily 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 three times on your key fob (without the paid-service).

Inside of the new 2022 Toyota Tundra is a remodelled cabin that takes things up a few notches for being more premium, specifically in the upper trim levels like my Platinum test car, and even more in the glamorous Capstone trim. Theres also a brand-new 10-inch color heads-up display and a big 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 consumption 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 automobile. Where things start to get even 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 elegant Capstone trim. As a fast note, the brand-new Tundra has readily 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 3 times on your essential 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 highly regarded 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.

Toyotas quest to match and rather go beyond some competition pays off well with the brand-new 14-inch infotainment system that now listens for more natural language commands beginning with a prompt word of “Hey Toyota,” much like how other new systems from BMW and Mercedes-Benz prompt voice recognition commands. The system is really open and straightforward for its settings and expected over-the-air updates to keep it running with new integrations.

As expected, theres a bevy of active security functions for the new Tundra with Toyotas Safety Sense 2.5 package being basic throughout the board, which consists of pre-collision caution with automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, and a lane-keeping system. The additional security functions, such as the blind-spot monitor with rear cross-traffic alert, are basic starting with the Limited trim. The Platinum trim includes a 360-degree cam 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 quickly overtakes 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, checks out at $63,939. 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.

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