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

Toyotas quest to match and somewhat surpass some competitors pays off well with the new 14-inch infotainment system that now listens for more natural language commands starting with a timely word of “Hey Toyota,” just like how other new systems from BMW and Mercedes-Benz prompt voice acknowledgment commands. The new infotainment system is really responsive and has a brief learning curve. The system has a lot of concealed features that usually provide themselves at random through pop-up alerts, which can be rather of a diversion if you permit it. The system is simple and extremely open for its settings and expected over-the-air updates to keep it running with new combinations. Theres likewise wireless or USB-wired Apple CarPlay and Android Auto combination that works flawlessly throughout my experience with my iPhone 13 Pro.

Toyota needed to do something to update the Tundra and it was past time for a redesign. After upwards of 14 years of the same generation, the Tundra was old and fell behind the competition. Over the last few years the Tundra rested on its reliability element but there were numerous locations in requirement of much enhancement, which I think the brand new 2022 model has actually resolved with a few interesting surprises like the offering of the hybrid powertrain in the upper 2 trim levels along with the appealing large-and-in-charge 14-inch infotainment screen. As far as looks, the new 2022 Tundra fits the correct part for having its special character with its auto-highbeam LED headlights, LED foglights, and sequentially lit LED turn signals in advance and out back. What is missing out on, in my opinion, is something extra for the tailgate that is otherwise “regular” however has a power-retractable step for easy access to the composite-lined truck bed and a fast power-release button on the drivers side taillight. Likewise, there are no tow hooks readily available that I understand of in any trim level.

Fuel usage is much improved 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 vehicle. 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 2 top trims of the Tundra TRD Pro and glamorous Capstone trim. 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 also remote begin the Tundra by pressing the lock button three times on your crucial fob (without the paid-service). At a starting rate of $35,950 for the base Tundra SR Double Cab 4 × 2 trim, the brand-new 2022 Toyota Tundra is a reputable value. 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.

The seating plans are more comfortable than I remember in the outbound model 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 up and aerated up front along with for the back outboard seats. The seating areas have numerous space, and the rear seat still seems like a big sofa and has large storage areas below the folding bottoms that is otherwise used up by the hybrid battery in the TRD Pro or Capstone trims.

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

Fuel consumption is much improved 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. If you select a two-wheel-drive design like the Limited CrewMax youll enhance upon those fuel consumption figures to get 18 mpg city, 23 mpg highway, and 20 mpg integrated. Where things begin to get back at much better, at least throughout city driving, remains in the hybrid trim Tundra designs, which are currently designated for the two top 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 very same city mpg but 1 mpg much better for the highway in the Capstone trim. The 1794 edition trim has the schedule of picking the hybrid powertrain or stick with the basic twin-turbo V6 as in my test lorry.

In the past, Ive described sometimes how Toyotas methodical method to upgrading their vehicles has actually done well for them thinking about how reliable and trusted the brand name has been for many years. To reiterate such an idea, 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 third 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 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 brand-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 practically every location having a smooth delivery of its 389 horse power and 479 lb-ft of torque in my test car. Power is sent through a brand-new 10-speed automatic transmission that feels primarily direct and does a good task of discovering the correct equipment without unnecessary shifting.

Within the brand-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 car, and a lot 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 chauffeur is a brand-new instrument cluster that can be had in a fully digital 12.3-inch display screen offering you all important automobile details and a number of personalized parts of the screen. Theres also a brand-new 10-inch color heads-up display and a large 14-inch infotainment system that comes requirement for the Limited trim and all higher trim levels in location of the basic 8-inch system in the lower trims.

Toyotas enduring and proven reliability should translate well for the brand-new 2022 Tundra as theres a more refined bundle here without any rattles and an impeccable construct quality inside and out. The trip of the brand-new Tundra is smoother partially 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 but does have a cool grumble that Toyota handled to create from smart engineering.

To heighten the Tundras location amongst the competitors, theres the accessibility of a rear load-leveling suspension system, which was geared up on my Tundra Platinum test car. The lowering and raising of the back does take some time to finish through the dash button but shows to be extremely beneficial for towing or carrying heavy products to prevent rear droop and possibly enhance upon stability at speed. The overall appearance of my test car seems to be a bit low even with the system set into the automated mode at the typical 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 availability of power tow mirrors discovered on my test vehicle that can be extended at the press of a button, which are currently very big and often develop a small blind spot that you must be conscious when maneuvering.

Towing capability for the new Tundra maxes out at 12,000 pounds if you opt for a base SR trim with the smaller double taxi, which also 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 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 features for the brand-new Tundra with Toyotas Safety Sense 2.5 plan being basic across the board, that includes pre-collision warning with automated emergency 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 basic beginning with the Limited trim. The Platinum trim adds a 360-degree video camera system and a trailer backup guide system.
At a starting cost 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 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, evaluates 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.

Power from the brand-new engine comes on strong with ample torque and gets the car moving well thanks to its a little lighter curb weight over the outbound design. I was able to make a few 0 to 60 miles per hour tests and the very best time concerned 6.9 seconds. The mid-range power was the sweet spot for the turbo V6 and it never felt 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 exceptional with a preliminary grab that motivated some confidence in managing the truck and bringing it to a safe stop. Overall, the braking pedal feel is the best Ive experienced in this class of a truck. When stopped, theres a brand-new start/stop function that shuts down the engine if you apply enough brake pressure at the stop, but you can briefly disable the function (it will need disabling after a new preliminary automobile startup). As a quick 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 start the Tundra by pressing the lock button 3 times on your crucial fob (without the paid-service). The automobile shuts off when you try to unlock the doors, which is unusual.

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