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

Inside of the new 2022 Toyota Tundra is a revamped 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 even more in the luxurious Capstone trim. Theres likewise a new 10-inch color heads-up display screen and a large 14-inch infotainment system that comes standard for the Limited trim and all greater trim levels in location of the basic 8-inch system in the lower 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 rather happy with all the improvements, even if theres no longer a gas-guzzling V8. As far as winning over those who currently own newbies or competitors, the new Tundra will do just fine to catch some who may have had a disappointment or wonder on how well the Tundra might impress them since its from an Americanized brand name with an unsurpassed history of dependability.

In the past, Ive discussed many times how Toyotas systematic method to upgrading their cars has actually done well for them considering how trusted and relied on the brand name has been for numerous years. To repeat such an idea, the Toyota Tundra has 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 contend with the Ford F-150, Chevy Silverado/GMC Sierra, and RAM 1500.
The entirely upgraded 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 brand-new twin-turbo 3.5-liter V6 found in my Tundra Platinum trim test lorry, promotes improvements over the V8 in simply about every location having a smooth shipment of its 389 horsepower and 479 lb-ft of torque in my test automobile. Power is sent out through a brand-new 10-speed automated transmission that feels mostly direct and does a good job of discovering the proper gear without unneeded moving.

Towing capability for the brand-new Tundra maxes out at 12,000 pounds if you choose for a base SR trim with the smaller double taxi, 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 slightly 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).

To increase the Tundras place amongst the competition, theres the accessibility of a rear load-leveling suspension system, which was equipped on my Tundra Platinum test car. The lowering and raising of the back does take a while to complete through the dash button however proves to be very advantageous for pulling or hauling heavy items to avoid rear sag and possibly surpass stability at speed. The general appearance of my test automobile appears to be a bit low even with the system set into the automatic mode at the typical flight height. Youll want to step up to the TRD Pro to get 10.9 inches if you need extra ground clearance outside of the 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 super huge and frequently create a small blind spot that you must be mindful when maneuvering.

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 car. Where things start to get even better, at least throughout city driving, is in the hybrid trim Tundra models, which are presently designated for the 2 top trims of the Tundra TRD Pro and elegant Capstone trim. As a fast note, the new Tundra has offered remote start through the Toyota app (paid service) however when you have the feature you can also remote start the Tundra by pushing the lock button 3 times on your crucial fob (without the paid-service). At a beginning rate of $35,950 for the base Tundra SR Double Cab 4 × 2 trim, the new 2022 Toyota Tundra is a highly regarded worth. At the leading 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.

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 lorry. Where things start to get even better, at least throughout city driving, is in the hybrid trim Tundra designs, which are currently designated for the 2 leading trims of the Tundra TRD Pro and luxurious Capstone trim.

Toyotas quest to match and rather go beyond some competition 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,” much like how other new systems from BMW and Mercedes-Benz prompt voice recognition commands. The system is extremely open and uncomplicated for its settings and expected over-the-air updates to keep it running with new integrations.

For the most part, the brand-new Tundra felt a little lighter on its feet versus the outgoing model and the braking feel is exceptional with a preliminary grab that influenced some self-confidence in controlling 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 use enough brake pressure at the stop, but you can temporarily disable the feature (it will require disabling after a new preliminary vehicle start-up). As a fast note, the brand-new Tundra has 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 key fob (without the paid-service).

Toyotas tested and long-standing dependability must equate well for the new 2022 Tundra as theres a more refined bundle here without any rattles and a flawless develop 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 growl that Toyota managed to invoke from clever engineering.

The seating arrangements are more comfy than I keep in mind in the outbound design 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 ventilated up front in addition to for the back outboard seats. The seating areas have abundant area, and the rear seat still feels like a large 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.

As anticipated, theres a bevy of active security features for the brand-new Tundra with Toyotas Safety Sense 2.5 plan being basic throughout the board, that includes pre-collision caution with automated emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, and a lane-keeping system. The extra security features, such as the blind-spot screen with rear cross-traffic alert, are standard starting with the Limited trim. The Platinum trim includes 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 new 2022 Toyota Tundra is a highly regarded value. The prices scale rapidly 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, evaluates out at $63,939. 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.

Toyota had to do something to upgrade the Tundra and it was previous time for a redesign. In current years the Tundra rested on its dependability element however there were lots of areas in requirement of much enhancement, which I believe the brand new 2022 model has resolved with a few intriguing 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 appearances, the brand-new 2022 Tundra fits the proper 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.

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