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

Toyotas mission to match and somewhat go beyond some competition settles well with the new 14-inch infotainment system that now listens for more natural language commands starting with a timely word of “Hey Toyota,” just like how other brand-new systems from BMW and Mercedes-Benz timely voice acknowledgment commands. The brand-new infotainment system is really responsive and has a brief learning curve. Nevertheless, the system has a great deal of concealed functions that normally provide themselves at random through pop-up alerts, which can be rather of an interruption if you permit it. The system is simple and really open for its settings and expected over-the-air updates to keep it running with brand-new integrations. Theres usb-wired or likewise cordless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration that works perfectly throughout my experience with my iPhone 13 Pro.

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 rather pleased with all the improvements, even if theres no longer a gas-guzzling V8. As far as winning over those who currently own newcomers or competitors, the new Tundra will do simply great to record 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 name with an unsurpassed history of reliability.

Fuel intake is much enhanced 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 better, at least during city driving, is in the hybrid trim Tundra models, which are presently designated for the two top trims of the Tundra TRD Pro and elegant Capstone trim. As a quick note, the brand-new Tundra has readily available 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 three times on your essential 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 respected worth. 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.

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 an initial grab that motivated 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 briefly disable the function (it will require disabling after a new preliminary vehicle start-up). As a fast note, the brand-new Tundra has readily available remote start through the Toyota app (paid service) but when you have the function you can likewise remote begin the Tundra by pressing the lock button three times on your key fob (without the paid-service).

Towing ability for the brand-new Tundra maxes out at 12,000 pounds if you select a base SR trim with the smaller sized double cab, which also has a max payload of 1,940 pounds (5,095 curb weight/gross weight at 7,035 pounds). From there, towing is just a little down with trims like my test lorry maxing out at 11,180 pounds and a max payload of 1,630 pounds (5,535 curb weight/gross weight at 7,165 pounds).

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

Toyota had 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 behind the competition. Recently the Tundra rested on its reliability aspect however there were numerous areas in need of much enhancement, which I think the all-new 2022 model has addressed with a few intriguing 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 brand-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 up front and out back. What is missing out on, in my opinion, is something extra for the tailgate that is otherwise “regular” but has a power-retractable footstep for simple access to the composite-lined truck bed and a quick power-release button on the motorists side taillight. There are no tow hooks offered that I understand of in any trim level.

To heighten the Tundras location amongst the competition, theres the schedule of a rear load-leveling suspension system, which was equipped on my Tundra Platinum test vehicle. The lowering and raising of the rear does take some time to finish through the dash button however proves to be extremely beneficial for towing or hauling heavy items to avoid rear sag and potentially surpass stability at speed. The total look of my test lorry seems to be a bit low even with the system set into the automated mode at the regular flight height. If you require additional ground clearance outside of the brand-new Tundra Platinums 9.4 inches, youll wish to step up to the TRD Pro to get 10.9 inches. Theres also the schedule of power tow mirrors found on my test car that can be extended at the press of a button, which are currently super substantial and frequently produce a small blind spot that you need to be mindful when navigating.

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 lorry. 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.

Toyotas enduring and tested dependability need to translate well for the brand-new 2022 Tundra as theres a more refined plan here with no rattles and a flawless build quality inside and out. The flight of the brand-new Tundra is smoother partly thanks to adaptive dampers, and the cabin is remarkably quiet for a truck. A few of that tranquility is thanks to the turbocharged V6 engine that does not sound anything like the outbound V8 however does have a cool roar that Toyota managed to summon from smart engineering.

As expected, theres a bunch of active safety features for the brand-new Tundra with Toyotas Safety Sense 2.5 bundle being basic across the board, which consists of pre-collision warning with automatic emergency situation braking, adaptive cruise control, and a lane-keeping system. The additional security functions, such as the blind-spot display with rear cross-traffic alert, are basic beginning with the Limited trim. The Platinum trim adds a 360-degree video camera system and a trailer backup guide system.
At a beginning price of $35,950 for the base Tundra SR Double Cab 4 × 2 trim, the 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, tests out at $63,939. On 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.

Within the new 2022 Toyota Tundra is a reworked cabin that takes things up a few notches for being more premium, especially in the upper trim levels like my Platinum test lorry, and even more in the glamorous Capstone trim. Theres now a soft-touch dashboard and more soft-touch areas for the upper face of the dash. Bringing a central focus to the driver is a brand-new instrument cluster that can be had in a fully digital 12.3-inch screen giving you all relevant lorry info and a number of personalized parts of the screen. Theres also a brand-new 10-inch color heads-up display and a big 14-inch infotainment system that comes requirement for the Limited trim and all greater trim levels in place of the basic 8-inch system in the lower trims.

In the past, Ive discussed sometimes how Toyotas systematic technique to upgrading their vehicles has actually succeeded for them thinking about how reliable and trusted the brand name has actually been for many years. To restate such an idea, the Toyota Tundra has actually gone 14 years in its 2nd generation, and for the 2022 model year, it gets a complete 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 completely 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 brand-new hybrid V6 setup called the i-Force Max. The base engine, the new twin-turbo 3.5-liter V6 discovered in my Tundra Platinum trim test lorry, promotes improvements over the V8 in simply about every location having a smooth delivery of its 389 horse power and 479 lb-ft of torque in my test car. Power is sent through a new 10-speed automatic transmission that feels mainly direct and does a good task of discovering the proper equipment without unnecessary shifting.

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