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

The seating plans are more comfortable 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 up front in addition to for the back outboard seats. The seating areas have numerous area, and the rear seat still seems like a big couch 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.

In the past, Ive explained numerous times how Toyotas methodical approach to updating their cars has succeeded for them considering how reputable and relied on the brand name has actually been for countless years. To reiterate such an idea, 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 contend with 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 new twin-turbo 3.5-liter V6 discovered in my Tundra Platinum trim test car, promotes improvements over the V8 in almost every area having a smooth delivery of its 389 horsepower and 479 lb-ft of torque in my test vehicle. Power is sent out through a new 10-speed automatic transmission that feels primarily direct and does a good task of finding the correct gear without unneeded moving.

As expected, theres a bevy of active safety features for the brand-new Tundra with Toyotas Safety Sense 2.5 plan being basic throughout the board, which consists of pre-collision caution with automated emergency situation braking, adaptive cruise control, and a lane-keeping system. The extra security functions, such as the blind-spot display with rear cross-traffic alert, are basic starting with the Limited trim. The Platinum trim adds a 360-degree cam system and a trailer backup guide system.
At a starting rate of $35,950 for the base Tundra SR Double Cab 4 × 2 trim, the new 2022 Toyota Tundra is a highly regarded worth. The prices scale quickly catches 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.

Toyotas tested and long-standing reliability must translate well for the brand-new 2022 Tundra as theres a more refined bundle here without any rattles and an impeccable build quality inside and out. The trip of the brand-new Tundra is smoother partly 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 outgoing V8 however does have a neat grumble that Toyota handled to conjure up from clever engineering.

Toyotas quest to match and rather exceed some competitors settles 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 new systems from BMW and Mercedes-Benz prompt voice acknowledgment commands. The new infotainment system is really responsive and has a short learning curve. The system has a lot of covert features that generally present themselves at random through pop-up alerts, which can be somewhat of an interruption if you allow it. The system is very open and straightforward for its settings and expected over-the-air updates to keep it running with brand-new combinations. Theres also wireless or USB-wired Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration that works flawlessly during my experience with my iPhone 13 Pro.

For the many part, the brand-new Tundra felt a little lighter on its feet versus the outbound design and the braking feel is excellent with an initial grab that inspired some 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 apply enough brake pressure at the stop, but you can briefly disable the function (it will require disabling after a brand-new preliminary lorry startup). As a fast 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 start the Tundra by pressing the lock button three times on your essential fob (without the paid-service).

To increase the Tundras location among the competitors, theres the schedule of a rear load-leveling suspension system, which was equipped on my Tundra Platinum test vehicle. If you need extra ground clearance outside of the brand-new Tundra Platinums 9.4 inches, youll want to step up to the TRD Pro to get 10.9 inches.

Fuel intake 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 start to get even much better, at least throughout city driving, is in the hybrid trim Tundra designs, which are currently designated for the 2 top trims of the Tundra TRD Pro and elegant Capstone trim.

Within the brand-new 2022 Toyota Tundra is a reworked cabin that takes things up a couple of notches for being more premium, particularly in the upper trim levels like my Platinum test lorry, and a lot more in the luxurious Capstone trim. Theres now a soft-touch control panel and more soft-touch areas for the upper face of the dash. Bringing a main focus to the chauffeur is a brand-new instrument cluster that can be had in a totally digital 12.3-inch display providing you all relevant lorry info and a number of adjustable 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 greater trim levels in place of the basic 8-inch system in the lower trims.

Toyota needed to do something to update the Tundra and it was past time for a redesign. After upwards of 14 years of the same generation, the Tundra was old and fell behind the competitors. In the last few years the Tundra rested on its dependability factor however there were many areas in requirement of much improvement, which I think the brand new 2022 design has resolved with a few fascinating surprises like the offering of the hybrid powertrain in the upper 2 trim levels together with the appealing large-and-in-charge 14-inch infotainment screen. As far as appearances, the new 2022 Tundra fits the correct 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. What is missing, in my viewpoint, is something additional for the tailgate that is otherwise “typical” but has a power-retractable footstep for simple access to the composite-lined truck bed and a fast power-release button on the chauffeurs side taillight. There are no tow hooks offered that I know of in any trim level.

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 enhancements, even if theres no longer a gas-guzzling V8. As far as winning over those who currently own newcomers or rivals, the new Tundra will do just great to catch some who may have had a disappointment or are curious on how well the Tundra might impress them since its from an Americanized brand with an unsurpassed history of dependability.

Fuel intake 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 lorry. Where things start to get even better, at least throughout city driving, is in the hybrid trim Tundra models, which are currently designated for the two top 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 feature you can likewise remote begin the Tundra by pushing the lock button three times on your crucial fob (without the paid-service). At a starting 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 starts at $66,805, and the Tundra Capstone at $73,530, which are both hybrids.

Towing capability for the new Tundra maxes out at 12,000 pounds if you choose a base SR trim with the smaller double taxi, 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 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).

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