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 few notches for being more premium, particularly in the upper trim levels like my Platinum test automobile, and a lot more in the glamorous Capstone trim. Theres now a soft-touch control panel and more soft-touch locations for the upper face of the dash. Bringing a central focus to the motorist is a new instrument cluster that can be had in a completely digital 12.3-inch display providing you all significant vehicle info and a number of adjustable parts of the screen. Theres likewise 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 place of the basic 8-inch system in the lower trims.

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

Power from the new engine comes on strong with sufficient torque and gets the automobile moving well thanks to its somewhat lighter curb weight over the outgoing model. I was able to make a couple of 0 to 60 mph tests and the best time came to 6.9 seconds. The mid-range power was the sweet spot for the turbo V6 and it never ever seemed like it was lacking for its pulling power. For the many part, the new Tundra felt a little lighter on its feet versus the outbound model and the braking feel is exceptional with an initial grab that motivated some self-confidence in controlling 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 new start/stop function that closes down the engine if you use enough brake pressure at the stop, but you can momentarily disable the feature (it will need disabling after a brand-new preliminary vehicle startup). As a quick 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). The lorry shuts off when you try to open the doors, which is odd.

Toyotas proven and enduring reliability must translate well for the brand-new 2022 Tundra as theres a more refined bundle here without any rattles and an impeccable develop quality inside and out. The flight of the new Tundra is smoother partly thanks to adaptive dampers, and the cabin is surprisingly quiet for a truck. A few of that quietness is thanks to the turbocharged V6 engine that doesnt sound anything like the outbound V8 but does have a neat growl that Toyota managed to create from clever engineering.

In the past, Ive discussed often times how Toyotas systematic approach to upgrading their lorries has succeeded for them considering how dependable and relied on the brand has been for numerous years. To restate such a notion, the Toyota Tundra has actually gone 14 years in its second generation, and for the 2022 design year, it gets a full redesign marking the third 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 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 brand-new twin-turbo 3.5-liter V6 found in my Tundra Platinum trim test car, touts enhancements over the V8 in simply about every area having a smooth delivery of its 389 horse power and 479 lb-ft of torque in my test lorry. Power is sent through a brand-new 10-speed automatic transmission that feels mostly direct and does a good task of discovering the proper equipment without unnecessary shifting.

Fuel usage 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 car. Where things begin to get even better, at least during 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. As a quick note, the brand-new Tundra has offered remote start through the Toyota app (paid service) however when you have the function you can likewise remote begin the Tundra by pushing the lock button 3 times on your essential fob (without the paid-service). At a starting rate of $35,950 for the base Tundra SR Double Cab 4 × 2 trim, the new 2022 Toyota Tundra is a reputable worth. At the 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.

To heighten the Tundras place among the competitors, theres the accessibility of a rear load-leveling suspension system, which was equipped on my Tundra Platinum test vehicle. The lowering and raising of the back does spend some time to finish through the dash button but proves to be very beneficial for towing or transporting heavy products to avoid rear droop and potentially surpass stability at speed. The general appearance of my test lorry seems to be a bit low even with the system set into the automatic mode at the regular flight height. If you require additional ground clearance beyond the new Tundra Platinums 9.4 inches, youll desire to step up to the TRD Pro to get 10.9 inches. Theres also the accessibility of power tow mirrors found on my test lorry that can be extended at journalism of a button, which are currently very big and typically create a small blind spot that you must be conscious when navigating.

Fuel intake 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. If you select a two-wheel-drive model like the Limited CrewMax youll surpass those fuel usage figures to get 18 mpg city, 23 mpg highway, and 20 mpg combined. Where things start to get back at better, at least during city driving, remains in the hybrid trim Tundra designs, which are presently designated for the 2 top trims of the Tundra TRD Pro and glamorous 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 however 1 mpg better for the highway in the Capstone trim. The 1794 edition trim has the availability of choosing the hybrid powertrain or stick with the standard twin-turbo V6 as in my test car.

As anticipated, theres a bevy of active safety functions for the brand-new Tundra with Toyotas Safety Sense 2.5 bundle being standard throughout the board, that includes pre-collision caution with automatic 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 basic starting with the Limited trim. The Platinum trim adds a 360-degree camera system and a trailer backup guide system.
At a beginning rate 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 captures up with 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. At the top end of the spectrum, the new Tundra TRD Pro begins at $66,805, and the Tundra Capstone at $73,530, which are both hybrids.

The seating plans are more comfortable 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 dashboard 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 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.

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 enhancements, even if theres no longer a gas-guzzling V8. As far as winning over those who presently own beginners or rivals, the brand-new Tundra will do just great to capture some who may have had a bad experience or wonder on how well the Tundra might impress them due to the fact that its from an Americanized brand with an unmatched history of reliability.

Toyotas mission to match and rather go beyond some competitors pays off well with the brand-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 system is extremely open and straightforward for its settings and anticipated over-the-air updates to keep it running with new combinations.

Toyota had to do something to update the Tundra and it was past time for a redesign. After upwards of 14 years of the exact same generation, the Tundra was old and fell behind the competitors. Over the last few years the Tundra rested on its dependability element but there were numerous areas in need of much enhancement, which I think the brand new 2022 design has attended to with a few intriguing surprises like the offering of the hybrid powertrain in the upper 2 trim levels in addition to the appealing large-and-in-charge 14-inch infotainment screen. As far as looks, 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 extra for the tailgate that is otherwise “normal” but has a power-retractable step for easy access to the composite-lined truck bed and a quick power-release button on the motorists side taillight. Also, there are no tow hooks available that I understand of in any trim level.

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