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

Toyotas enduring and tested dependability should translate well for the new 2022 Tundra as theres a more refined package here with no rattles and an impeccable build quality inside and out. The ride of the new Tundra is smoother partly thanks to adaptive dampers, and the cabin is remarkably peaceful for a truck. Some of that tranquility is thanks to the turbocharged V6 engine that doesnt sound anything like the outbound V8 however does have a neat growl that Toyota managed to create from smart engineering.

In the past, Ive explained lot of times how Toyotas systematic technique to updating their cars has actually done well for them thinking about how reputable and trusted the brand name has been for numerous years. To reiterate such a concept, the Toyota Tundra has actually gone 14 years in its second generation, and for the 2022 model 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 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 automobile, touts improvements over the V8 in practically every location having a smooth shipment of its 389 horsepower and 479 lb-ft of torque in my test vehicle. Power is sent through a new 10-speed automatic transmission that feels primarily direct and does a great job of discovering the correct gear without unneeded shifting.

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

For the a lot of part, the new Tundra felt a little lighter on its feet versus the outbound design and the braking feel is exceptional with a preliminary grab that motivated some 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 temporarily disable the function (it will need disabling after a brand-new initial lorry startup). As a quick note, the new Tundra has available remote start through the Toyota app (paid service) but when you have the feature you can also remote start the Tundra by pressing the lock button three times on your key fob (without the paid-service).

To increase the Tundras location amongst the competitors, theres the schedule of a rear load-leveling suspension system, which was equipped on my Tundra Platinum test automobile. The lowering and raising of the back does take some time to finish through the dash button however shows to be very helpful for pulling or transporting heavy items to avoid rear droop and potentially surpass stability at speed. The overall appearance of my test automobile seems to be a bit low even with the system set into the automated mode at the regular flight height. Youll desire to step up to the TRD Pro to get 10.9 inches if you need additional ground clearance outside of the new Tundra Platinums 9.4 inches. Theres also the accessibility of power tow mirrors discovered on my test automobile that can be extended at journalism of a button, which are already very huge and typically develop a little blind area that you should be conscious when steering.

Fuel consumption is much enhanced 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. Where things begin to get even much better, at least throughout 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.

Inside of the new 2022 Toyota Tundra is a remodelled cabin that takes things up a few notches for being more premium, specifically in the upper trim levels like my Platinum test car, and even more in the glamorous Capstone trim. Theres also a 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.

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 delighted with all the enhancements, even if theres no longer a gas-guzzling V8. As far as winning over those who currently own competitors or beginners, the new Tundra will do simply fine to record some who may have had a bad experience or are curious on how well the Tundra might impress them because its from an Americanized brand name with an unmatched history of reliability.

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 automobile. 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 leading trims of the Tundra TRD Pro and luxurious Capstone trim. As a quick note, the brand-new Tundra has readily available remote start through the Toyota app (paid service) however when you have the function you can likewise remote begin the Tundra by pushing the lock button 3 times on your essential fob (without the paid-service). 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 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.

The seating plans are more comfy than I remember in the outbound design and there are extra subtle touches that make the interior feel premium, such as the accented stitching throughout the dashboard and seats, which are heated and aerated in advance along with for the back outboard seats. The seating locations have numerous area, and the rear seat still feels like a large couch and has large storage areas 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 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 back the competition. In current years the Tundra rested on its dependability aspect however there were lots of areas in need of much enhancement, which I believe the brand new 2022 design has attended to with a couple of fascinating surprises like the offering of the hybrid powertrain in the upper two trim levels along with the captivating large-and-in-charge 14-inch infotainment screen. As far as looks, the brand-new 2022 Tundra fits the proper 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 extra for the tailgate that is otherwise “normal” 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. Likewise, there are no tow hooks offered that I know of in any trim level.

As anticipated, theres a bunch of active safety features for the new Tundra with Toyotas Safety Sense 2.5 plan being basic throughout the board, that includes pre-collision caution with automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, and a lane-keeping system. The additional safety features, such as the blind-spot monitor with rear cross-traffic alert, are standard 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 reputable value. The rates 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 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 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).

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