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

To increase the Tundras location amongst the competition, theres the availability of a rear load-leveling suspension system, which was geared up on my Tundra Platinum test vehicle. If you require 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.

At the end of the day, the new 2022 Toyota Tundra, happily 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 presently own beginners or competitors, the new Tundra will do simply great to capture some who may have had a bad experience or are curious on how well the Tundra may impress them since its from an Americanized brand name with an unparalleled history of reliability.

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 vehicle. Where things start to get even much better, at least during city driving, is in the hybrid trim Tundra designs, which are presently designated for the two leading 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) but 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 starting rate of $35,950 for the base Tundra SR Double Cab 4 × 2 trim, the brand-new 2022 Toyota Tundra is a reputable worth. 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.

Fuel consumption 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 automobile. If you opt for a two-wheel-drive design like the Limited CrewMax youll improve upon those fuel intake figures to get 18 mpg city, 23 mpg highway, and 20 mpg combined. Where things begin to get even better, at least throughout city driving, remains in the hybrid trim Tundra models, which are presently designated for the two top 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 very same city mpg however 1 mpg much better for the highway in the Capstone trim. The 1794 edition trim has the availability of selecting the hybrid powertrain or stick to the basic twin-turbo V6 as in my test lorry.

Toyota needed to do something to upgrade 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 back the competitors. Recently the Tundra rested on its reliability element but there were many locations in requirement of much enhancement, which I believe the all-new 2022 design has actually addressed with a couple of 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 appropriate 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 opinion, is something extra for the tailgate that is otherwise “regular” however has a power-retractable footstep for easy access to the composite-lined truck bed and a quick power-release button on the drivers side taillight. There are no tow hooks offered that I know of in any trim level.

For the most part, the brand-new Tundra felt a little lighter on its feet versus the outbound design and the braking feel is outstanding with a preliminary grab that influenced 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, but you can briefly disable the feature (it will need disabling after a new preliminary vehicle start-up). As a fast note, the new Tundra has available remote start through the Toyota app (paid service) but 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).

In the past, Ive explained lot of times how Toyotas systematic method to upgrading their automobiles has actually done well for them thinking about how trustworthy and trusted the brand has been for countless years. To repeat such a notion, the Toyota Tundra has gone 14 years in its second generation, and for the 2022 design year, it gets a complete redesign marking the 3rd generation of the full-size truck that is more poised to complete with the Ford F-150, Chevy Silverado/GMC Sierra, and RAM 1500.
The totally 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 brand-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, touts enhancements over the V8 in practically every area having a smooth delivery of its 389 horsepower and 479 lb-ft of torque in my test automobile. Power is sent through a brand-new 10-speed automatic transmission that feels mostly direct and does a great job of finding the appropriate equipment without unnecessary shifting.

As anticipated, theres a bevy of active security functions for the new Tundra with Toyotas Safety Sense 2.5 plan being basic across the board, that includes pre-collision caution 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 basic beginning with the Limited trim. The Platinum trim adds a 360-degree cam 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 respected value. The pricing scale quickly 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. On 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.

Toyotas long-standing and tested dependability ought to translate well for the new 2022 Tundra as theres a more refined package here without any rattles and an impeccable construct quality inside and out. The flight of the new Tundra is smoother partly 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 doesnt sound anything like the outbound V8 however does have a neat growl that Toyota handled to summon from clever engineering.

Towing capability 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 vehicle 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 somewhat exceed some competition pays off 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,” much like how other brand-new systems from BMW and Mercedes-Benz timely voice recognition commands. The system is extremely open and simple for its settings and anticipated over-the-air updates to keep it running with new combinations.

The seating arrangements are more comfortable than I keep in mind in the outgoing design and there are additional subtle touches that make the interior feel premium, such as the accented stitching throughout the dashboard and seats, which are heated up and aerated in advance as well as for the back outboard seats. The seating areas have numerous area, and the rear seat still seems 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.

Inside of the new 2022 Toyota Tundra is a reworked cabin that takes things up a couple of notches for being more premium, especially in the upper trim levels like my Platinum test automobile, and even more in the glamorous 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 standard 8-inch system in the lower trims.

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