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

Fuel usage is much improved 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 automobile. If you go with a two-wheel-drive design like the Limited CrewMax youll surpass those fuel usage figures to get 18 mpg city, 23 mpg highway, and 20 mpg combined. Where things begin to get even much better, at least during city driving, remains in the hybrid trim Tundra designs, which are currently 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 exact same city mpg but 1 mpg much better for the highway in the Capstone trim. The 1794 edition trim has the schedule of choosing the hybrid powertrain or stick to the basic twin-turbo V6 as in my test vehicle.

Toyota had to do something to upgrade 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 the last few years the Tundra rested on its dependability aspect however there were lots of areas in requirement of much enhancement, which I think the all-new 2022 design has actually attended to with a couple of interesting surprises like the offering of the hybrid powertrain in the upper two trim levels together with the distinctive large-and-in-charge 14-inch infotainment screen. As far as looks, the new 2022 Tundra fits the correct part for having its distinct 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 viewpoint, is something additional for the tailgate that is otherwise “typical” but 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. There are no tow hooks offered that I know of in any trim level.

Toyotas mission to match and rather exceed some competitors 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 prompt voice acknowledgment commands. The new infotainment system is very responsive and has a brief knowing curve. The system has a lot of concealed functions that typically provide themselves at random through pop-up notifications, which can be rather of a distraction if you enable it. The system is really open and uncomplicated for its settings and anticipated over-the-air updates to keep it keeping up new combinations. Theres also wireless or USB-wired Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration that works flawlessly during my experience with my iPhone 13 Pro.

To increase the Tundras place amongst the competition, theres the availability 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 some time to finish through the dash button however shows to be very helpful for hauling or transporting heavy items to avoid rear droop and possibly surpass stability at speed. The general look of my test car 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 beyond the brand-new Tundra Platinums 9.4 inches, youll want to step up to the TRD Pro to get 10.9 inches. Theres likewise the accessibility of power tow mirrors found on my test lorry that can be extended at the press of a button, which are already very substantial and typically produce a small blind spot that you must be conscious when steering.

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 car, and even more in the elegant Capstone trim. Theres also a new 10-inch color heads-up display 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.

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 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 newbies, the brand-new Tundra will do simply great to capture some who might have had a bad experience or are curious on how well the Tundra may impress them because its from an Americanized brand with an unparalleled history of reliability.

The seating plans are more comfy than I keep in mind in the outgoing 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 aerated up front as well as for the back outboard seats. The seating locations have abundant area, and the rear seat still feels like a big couch and has big storage areas below the folding bottoms that is otherwise used up by the hybrid battery in the TRD Pro or Capstone trims.

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 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 discussed sometimes how Toyotas systematic approach to upgrading their vehicles has actually succeeded for them thinking about how reliable and trusted the brand name has been for countless years. To restate such a concept, the Toyota Tundra has gone 14 years in its 2nd generation, and for the 2022 design year, it gets a full 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 completely redesigned 2022 Toyota Tundra is a more refined truck that gets rid of 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 vehicle, touts enhancements over the V8 in simply about every area having a smooth shipment of its 389 horse power and 479 lb-ft of torque in my test automobile. Power is sent through a brand-new 10-speed automatic transmission that feels primarily direct and does an excellent job of finding the proper gear without unneeded moving.

For the many part, the brand-new Tundra felt a little lighter on its feet versus the outbound model and the braking feel is outstanding with an initial grab that inspired 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 use enough brake pressure at the stop, however you can temporarily disable the function (it will need disabling after a new initial lorry start-up). As a fast note, the brand-new Tundra has offered remote start through the Toyota app (paid service) but when you have the feature you can likewise remote start the Tundra by pushing the lock button 3 times on your crucial fob (without the paid-service).

As anticipated, theres a bunch of active security features for the brand-new Tundra with Toyotas Safety Sense 2.5 bundle being basic across the board, which includes pre-collision warning with automatic emergency situation braking, adaptive cruise control, and a lane-keeping system. The additional security features, 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 rate 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 pricing 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. On top 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.

Fuel intake 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 automobile. Where things start to get even much better, at least throughout city driving, is in the hybrid trim Tundra designs, which are presently designated for the two top trims of the Tundra TRD Pro and glamorous Capstone trim. As a fast note, the brand-new Tundra has offered remote start through the Toyota app (paid service) however when you have the function you can also remote start the Tundra by pressing the lock button three times on your key 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 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.

Toyotas tested and long-standing reliability must equate well for the brand-new 2022 Tundra as theres a more refined plan here without any rattles and an impeccable build quality inside and out. The flight of the brand-new Tundra is smoother partially thanks to adaptive dampers, and the cabin is remarkably quiet for a truck. Some of that quietness is thanks to the turbocharged V6 engine that does not sound anything like the outbound V8 however does have a cool growl that Toyota handled to conjure up from creative engineering.

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