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

Fuel usage is much enhanced 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 start to get even better, at least during city driving, is in the hybrid trim Tundra designs, which are currently designated for the 2 top trims of the Tundra TRD Pro and elegant Capstone trim. As a quick note, the new Tundra has available remote start through the Toyota app (paid service) but when you have the function you can likewise remote start the Tundra by pushing the lock button 3 times on your crucial fob (without the paid-service). At a starting price of $35,950 for the base Tundra SR Double Cab 4 × 2 trim, the new 2022 Toyota Tundra is a reputable value. 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.

In the past, Ive described often times how Toyotas systematic technique to updating their cars has actually done well for them thinking about how trustworthy and relied on the brand has actually been for countless years. To repeat such a concept, the Toyota Tundra has actually gone 14 years in its second 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 compete with the Ford F-150, Chevy Silverado/GMC Sierra, and RAM 1500.
The entirely redesigned 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 brand-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 delivery of its 389 horsepower and 479 lb-ft of torque in my test car. Power is sent out through a new 10-speed automatic transmission that feels primarily direct and does an excellent task of finding the proper gear without unneeded shifting.

Toyotas quest to match and rather surpass 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,” similar to how other brand-new systems from BMW and Mercedes-Benz timely voice recognition commands. The new infotainment system is very responsive and has a brief learning curve. The system has a lot of covert functions that usually provide themselves at random through pop-up notifications, which can be somewhat of a diversion if you permit it. The system is uncomplicated and really open for its settings and anticipated over-the-air updates to keep it keeping up new integrations. Theres usb-wired or likewise 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 remember in the outbound model and there are additional subtle touches that make the interior feel premium, such as the accented stitching throughout the control panel and seats, which are heated up and aerated up front along with for the back outboard seats. The seating areas have abundant area, and the rear seat still seems like a big couch and has large storage locations below the folding bottoms that is otherwise used up by the hybrid battery in the TRD Pro or Capstone trims.

Toyota had to do something to update the Tundra and it was previous time for a redesign. In current years the Tundra rested on its dependability factor however there were many areas in need of much enhancement, which I believe the brand new 2022 design has attended to with a couple of interesting surprises like the offering of the hybrid powertrain in the upper 2 trim levels along with the captivating large-and-in-charge 14-inch infotainment screen. As far as appearances, the new 2022 Tundra fits the appropriate 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.

Inside of the new 2022 Toyota Tundra is a reworked cabin that takes things up a few notches for being more premium, especially 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 screen and a big 14-inch infotainment system that comes requirement for the Limited trim and all higher trim levels in place of the basic 8-inch system in the lower trims.

Toyotas long-standing and proven reliability must translate well for the new 2022 Tundra as theres a more refined package here with no rattles and a flawless construct quality inside and out. The flight of the 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 does not sound anything like the outgoing V8 but does have a neat growl that Toyota handled to invoke from creative engineering.

To heighten the Tundras location among the competitors, theres the availability of a rear load-leveling suspension system, which was geared up on my Tundra Platinum test vehicle. The lowering and raising of the rear does take some time to complete through the dash button however proves to be very useful for pulling or carrying heavy items to avoid rear sag and potentially surpass stability at speed. The total look of my test automobile seems to be a bit low even with the system set into the automated mode at the typical trip height. If you need 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. Theres likewise the accessibility of power tow mirrors discovered on my test vehicle that can be extended at journalism of a button, which are already very big and frequently create a small blind spot that you need to be conscious when navigating.

Towing ability for the brand-new Tundra maxes out at 12,000 pounds if you go with a base SR trim with the smaller sized 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 only 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 expected, theres a bevy of active safety features for the brand-new Tundra with Toyotas Safety Sense 2.5 plan 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 starting with the Limited trim. The Platinum trim includes a 360-degree 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 respected value. 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. 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.

For the most part, the new Tundra felt a little lighter on its feet versus the outgoing design and the braking feel is outstanding with an initial grab that influenced some confidence in managing 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, but you can briefly disable the feature (it will require disabling after a new preliminary lorry startup). As a quick note, the brand-new Tundra has readily available remote start through the Toyota app (paid service) however when you have the function you can also remote begin the Tundra by pushing the lock button three times on your key fob (without the paid-service).

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 pleased with all the improvements, even if theres no longer a gas-guzzling V8. As far as winning over those who currently own competitors or beginners, the new Tundra will do just fine to record some who may have had a bad experience or wonder on how well the Tundra may impress them since its from an Americanized brand with an unmatched history of dependability.

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

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