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

Toyotas quest to match and somewhat exceed some competition pays off well with the new 14-inch infotainment system that now listens for more natural language commands starting 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 simple for its settings and expected over-the-air updates to keep it running with new combinations.

Toyotas enduring and proven dependability ought to translate well for the new 2022 Tundra as theres a more refined bundle here without any rattles and an impressive construct quality inside and out. The ride of the 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 managed to summon from smart engineering.

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 throughout city driving, is in the hybrid trim Tundra designs, which are currently designated for the two top trims of the Tundra TRD Pro and elegant Capstone trim. As a quick note, the brand-new Tundra has available remote start through the Toyota app (paid service) but when you have the function you can also remote start the Tundra by pushing the lock button three times on your key fob (without the paid-service). At a starting price of $35,950 for the base Tundra SR Double Cab 4 × 2 trim, the new 2022 Toyota Tundra is a highly regarded worth. 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.

In the past, Ive described lot of times how Toyotas systematic approach to updating their automobiles has actually done well for them considering how reliable and relied on the brand 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 complete 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 totally 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 discovered in my Tundra Platinum trim test automobile, promotes 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 car. Power is sent out through a brand-new 10-speed automated transmission that feels mainly direct and does a great job of finding the proper equipment without unnecessary shifting.

The seating arrangements are more comfy than I remember in the outgoing design 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 in advance along with for the back outboard seats. The seating areas have numerous space, and the rear seat still feels like a large sofa and has large storage locations listed below the folding bottoms that is otherwise taken up by the hybrid battery in the TRD Pro or Capstone trims.

Towing capability for the new Tundra maxes out at 12,000 pounds if you decide for 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 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).

Toyota had to do something to upgrade the Tundra and it was previous time for a redesign. In recent years the Tundra rested on its reliability aspect however there were numerous locations in requirement of much enhancement, which I believe the all-new 2022 design has 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 looks, 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 up front and out back.

At the end of the day, the brand-new 2022 Toyota Tundra, proudly made in Texas, will continue to keep its fan base proud and rather pleased with all the enhancements, even if theres no longer a gas-guzzling V8. As far as winning over those who currently own rivals or newcomers, the brand-new Tundra will do just great to catch some who may have had a disappointment or wonder on how well the Tundra may impress them because its from an Americanized brand name with an unmatched history of reliability.

Fuel consumption 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 lorry. If you select a two-wheel-drive design like the Limited CrewMax youll surpass those fuel intake figures to get 18 mpg city, 23 mpg highway, and 20 mpg integrated. Where things start to get even better, at least throughout city driving, remains in the hybrid trim Tundra models, which are presently designated for the 2 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 accessibility of picking the hybrid powertrain or stick with the standard twin-turbo V6 as in my test automobile.

As anticipated, theres a bevy of active security functions for the brand-new Tundra with Toyotas Safety Sense 2.5 plan being basic across the board, that includes pre-collision caution with automated emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, and a lane-keeping system. The extra security features, such as the blind-spot screen 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 rates 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, checks 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.

Power from the brand-new engine comes on strong with sufficient torque and gets the vehicle moving well thanks to its a little lighter curb weight over the outbound design. I was able to make a few 0 to 60 mph tests and the best time concerned 6.9 seconds. The mid-range power was the sweet area for the turbo V6 and it never seemed like it was doing not have 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 excellent with an initial grab that motivated some confidence in managing the truck and bringing it to a safe stop. In general, the braking pedal feel is the best Ive experienced in this class of a truck. When stopped, theres a brand-new start/stop function that closes down the engine if you apply enough brake pressure at the stop, but you can briefly disable the function (it will require disabling after a new initial car startup). As a fast note, the new Tundra has offered 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 essential fob (without the paid-service). Though, the vehicle shuts down when you attempt to unlock the doors, which is odd.

Within the new 2022 Toyota Tundra is a remodelled cabin that takes things up a couple of notches for being more premium, especially in the upper trim levels like my Platinum test lorry, and much more in the luxurious 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 chauffeur is a new instrument cluster that can be had in a totally digital 12.3-inch display screen providing you all important lorry info and a couple of personalized parts of the screen. Theres likewise a brand-new 10-inch color heads-up screen and a large 14-inch infotainment system that comes standard for the Limited trim and all higher trim levels in location of the basic 8-inch system in the lower trims.

To increase the Tundras place among the competitors, theres the schedule of a rear load-leveling suspension system, which was equipped on my Tundra Platinum test car. If you need extra 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.

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