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 car. Where things start to get even much better, at least during 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. As a quick note, the new Tundra has offered remote start through the Toyota app (paid service) however 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). At a beginning cost of $35,950 for the base Tundra SR Double Cab 4 × 2 trim, the new 2022 Toyota Tundra is a highly regarded value. At the 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.

In the past, Ive described lot of times how Toyotas systematic technique to upgrading their cars has done well for them thinking about how trustworthy and relied on the brand has been for countless years. To restate such a notion, the Toyota Tundra has 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 take on 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 brand-new twin-turbo 3.5-liter V6 discovered in my Tundra Platinum trim test automobile, 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 car. Power is sent through a new 10-speed automated transmission that feels mainly direct and does an excellent job of discovering the correct equipment without unnecessary moving.

To heighten the Tundras location amongst the competition, theres the accessibility of a rear load-leveling suspension system, which was equipped on my Tundra Platinum test automobile. If you need additional ground clearance outside of the new Tundra Platinums 9.4 inches, youll want to step up to the TRD Pro to get 10.9 inches.

Fuel consumption is much improved 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 car. Where things begin to get even better, at least during city driving, is in the hybrid trim Tundra models, which are presently designated for the two leading trims of the Tundra TRD Pro and luxurious Capstone trim.

For the many 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 inspired some confidence in controlling 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 momentarily disable the feature (it will need disabling after a new initial vehicle start-up). As a fast note, the new Tundra has readily available remote start through the Toyota app (paid service) but when you have the function you can likewise remote start the Tundra by pressing the lock button 3 times on your key fob (without the paid-service).

The seating plans are more comfortable than I remember in the outgoing 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 in addition to for the back outboard seats. The seating areas have numerous area, and the rear seat still feels like a large sofa and has large storage areas 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, proudly made in Texas, will continue to keep its fan base proud and quite 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 newcomers, the brand-new Tundra will do simply fine to record some who might have had a disappointment or wonder on how well the Tundra might impress them since its from an Americanized brand name with an unmatched history of reliability.

Toyota needed 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. In recent years the Tundra rested on its dependability aspect but there were many areas in requirement of much enhancement, which I believe the brand new 2022 design has actually addressed with a couple of interesting surprises like the offering of the hybrid powertrain in the upper two 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 special 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 extra for the tailgate that is otherwise “typical” but has a power-retractable step for simple access to the composite-lined truck bed and a fast power-release button on the drivers side taillight. Likewise, there are no tow hooks offered that I understand of in any trim level.

Inside of the brand-new 2022 Toyota Tundra is a remodelled cabin that takes things up a couple of notches for being more premium, specifically in the upper trim levels like my Platinum test vehicle, and even more in the glamorous Capstone trim. Theres likewise a brand-new 10-inch color heads-up display screen and a large 14-inch infotainment system that comes requirement for the Limited trim and all greater trim levels in location of the basic 8-inch system in the lower trims.

Toyotas proven and long-standing reliability need to translate well for the brand-new 2022 Tundra as theres a more refined plan here with no rattles and a flawless construct 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 doesnt sound anything like the outbound V8 however does have a cool growl that Toyota handled to create from smart engineering.

As expected, theres a bevy of active safety functions for the new Tundra with Toyotas Safety Sense 2.5 plan being standard across the board, which 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 display with rear cross-traffic alert, are basic starting with the Limited trim. The Platinum trim includes a 360-degree electronic camera system and a trailer backup guide system.
At a starting price of $35,950 for the base Tundra SR Double Cab 4 × 2 trim, the brand-new 2022 Toyota Tundra is a reputable worth. The pricing scale quickly 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, evaluates out at $63,939. On 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.

Towing ability for the brand-new Tundra maxes out at 12,000 pounds if you choose 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 slightly 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).

Toyotas quest to match and rather go beyond some competitors settles well with the brand-new 14-inch infotainment system that now listens for more natural language commands beginning with a timely word of “Hey Toyota,” similar to how other new systems from BMW and Mercedes-Benz prompt voice acknowledgment commands. The new infotainment system is really responsive and has a brief learning curve. The system has a lot of covert functions that normally present themselves at random through pop-up notices, which can be rather of an interruption if you enable it. The system is very open and straightforward for its settings and expected over-the-air updates to keep it running with new integrations. Theres also cordless or USB-wired Apple CarPlay and Android Auto combination that works seamlessly during my experience with my iPhone 13 Pro.

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