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

Toyota had to do something to update the Tundra and it was previous time for a redesign. After upwards of 14 years of the very same generation, the Tundra was old and fell back the competition. Recently the Tundra rested on its reliability element but there were lots of locations in need of much improvement, which I believe the all-new 2022 model has resolved with a couple of intriguing surprises like the offering of the hybrid powertrain in the upper 2 trim levels along with the distinctive 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. What is missing, in my viewpoint, is something additional for the tailgate that is otherwise “normal” however has a power-retractable footstep for simple access to the composite-lined truck bed and a quick power-release button on the chauffeurs side taillight. There are no tow hooks available that I know of in any trim level.

Inside of the brand-new 2022 Toyota Tundra is a reworked cabin that takes things up a couple of notches for being more premium, particularly in the upper trim levels like my Platinum test lorry, and even more in the luxurious Capstone trim. Theres now a soft-touch dashboard and more soft-touch areas for the upper face of the dash. Bringing a central focus to the motorist is a brand-new instrument cluster that can be had in a fully digital 12.3-inch display screen giving you all relevant car info and a couple of customizable parts of the screen. Theres also a new 10-inch color heads-up screen and a big 14-inch infotainment system that comes requirement for the Limited trim and all higher trim levels in location of the standard 8-inch system in the lower trims.

Fuel intake 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 much better, at least throughout city driving, is in the hybrid trim Tundra models, which are presently designated for the two leading trims of the Tundra TRD Pro and glamorous Capstone trim.

Toyotas quest to match and somewhat go beyond some competition pays off well with the 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 brand-new systems from BMW and Mercedes-Benz timely voice acknowledgment commands. The system is straightforward and really open for its settings and anticipated over-the-air updates to keep it running with new integrations.

The seating arrangements are more comfy than I keep in mind in the outbound design 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 heated and aerated up front along with for the back outboard seats. The seating areas have plentiful area, and the rear seat still feels like a large couch and has big storage locations listed below the folding bottoms that is otherwise taken up by the hybrid battery in the TRD Pro or Capstone trims.

At the end of the day, the new 2022 Toyota Tundra, happily made in Texas, will continue to keep its fan base proud and quite happy 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 new Tundra will do just great to capture some who may have had a bad experience or are curious on how well the Tundra may impress them due to the fact that its from an Americanized brand name with an unmatched history of dependability.

Fuel intake 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 lorry. Where things start to get even much 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 fast note, the brand-new Tundra has available remote start through the Toyota app (paid service) however when you have the function you can likewise remote begin the Tundra by pressing the lock button 3 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 brand-new 2022 Toyota Tundra is a respected value. At the top end of the spectrum, the new Tundra TRD Pro starts at $66,805, and the Tundra Capstone at $73,530, which are both hybrids.

Power from the new engine comes on strong with ample torque and gets the lorry moving well thanks to its a little lighter curb weight over the outgoing model. I was able to make a few 0 to 60 miles per hour tests and the very best time pertained to 6.9 seconds. The mid-range power was the sweet spot for the turbo V6 and it never ever felt like it was doing not have for its pulling power. For the many part, the brand-new Tundra felt a little lighter on its feet versus the outgoing model and the braking feel is outstanding with an initial grab that motivated some confidence in controlling the truck and bringing it to a safe stop. Overall, the braking pedal feel is the finest Ive experienced in this class of a truck. When stopped, theres a new start/stop function that closes down the engine if you use enough brake pressure at the stop, however you can briefly disable the function (it will need disabling after a new initial automobile startup). 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 pushing the lock button three times on your key fob (without the paid-service). Though, the vehicle turns off when you try to open the doors, which is weird.

To increase the Tundras place amongst the competitors, theres the availability of a rear load-leveling suspension system, which was equipped on my Tundra Platinum test automobile. The lowering and raising of the back does spend some time to finish through the dash button but proves to be really advantageous for towing or transporting heavy items to prevent rear droop and potentially surpass stability at speed. The general appearance of my test car seems to be a bit low even with the system set into the automatic mode at the normal ride height. If you need additional ground clearance beyond the brand-new Tundra Platinums 9.4 inches, youll wish to step up to the TRD Pro to get 10.9 inches. Theres likewise the accessibility of power tow mirrors discovered on my test automobile that can be extended at journalism of a button, which are currently extremely substantial and often produce a small blind area that you should be mindful when steering.

In the past, Ive explained often times how Toyotas methodical approach to updating their vehicles has succeeded for them thinking about how dependable and relied on the brand has been for numerous years. To repeat such a concept, the Toyota Tundra has gone 14 years in its second generation, and for the 2022 model year, it gets a complete redesign marking the third generation of the full-size truck that is more poised to compete with the Ford F-150, Chevy Silverado/GMC Sierra, and RAM 1500.
The totally 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 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 car, 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 lorry. Power is sent out through a new 10-speed automated transmission that feels primarily direct and does an excellent job of finding the appropriate equipment without unneeded shifting.

As anticipated, theres a bunch of active security features for the new Tundra with Toyotas Safety Sense 2.5 plan being basic across the board, which consists of pre-collision caution with automated emergency situation 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 standard starting with the Limited trim. The Platinum trim adds a 360-degree video 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 brand-new 2022 Toyota Tundra is a highly regarded value. The prices scale rapidly captures up with 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. At the leading end of the spectrum, the new Tundra TRD Pro starts at $66,805, and the Tundra Capstone at $73,530, which are both hybrids.

Toyotas long-standing and tested reliability ought to equate well for the brand-new 2022 Tundra as theres a more refined bundle here with no rattles and a flawless build quality inside and out. The trip of the brand-new Tundra is smoother partially 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 doesnt sound anything like the outbound V8 but does have a neat roar that Toyota managed to create from clever engineering.

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

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