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

In the past, Ive discussed often times how Toyotas systematic technique to updating their cars has succeeded for them considering how dependable and relied on the brand name has been for countless years. To reiterate such an idea, the Toyota Tundra has gone 14 years in its 2nd generation, and for the 2022 design year, it gets a full redesign marking the 3rd 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 totally revamped 2022 Toyota Tundra is a more refined truck that does away with 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 found in my Tundra Platinum trim test automobile, touts enhancements over the V8 in practically every area having a smooth shipment of its 389 horsepower and 479 lb-ft of torque in my test lorry. Power is sent through a new 10-speed automated transmission that feels mostly direct and does an excellent task of discovering the proper equipment without unneeded moving.

To heighten the Tundras place among the competition, theres the availability of a rear load-leveling suspension system, which was geared up on my Tundra Platinum test lorry. If you require extra ground clearance outside of the new Tundra Platinums 9.4 inches, youll desire to step up to the TRD Pro to get 10.9 inches.

Fuel consumption 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 lorry. Where things begin to get even much 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 glamorous Capstone trim. As a fast note, the brand-new Tundra has offered remote start through the Toyota app (paid service) however when you have the feature you can also remote start the Tundra by pressing the lock button 3 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 brand-new 2022 Toyota Tundra is a reputable 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.

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 happy with all the improvements, even if theres no longer a gas-guzzling V8. As far as winning over those who presently own competitors or newcomers, the new Tundra will do just great to capture some who may have had a disappointment or wonder on how well the Tundra might impress them since its from an Americanized brand name with an unsurpassed history of reliability.

Fuel intake is much improved 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 car. Where things begin to get even better, at least during city driving, is in the hybrid trim Tundra designs, which are currently designated for the 2 leading trims of the Tundra TRD Pro and glamorous Capstone trim.

Towing capability for the new Tundra maxes out at 12,000 pounds if you choose for 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 only somewhat down with trims like my test automobile 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 mission to match and somewhat surpass some competition settles well with the brand-new 14-inch infotainment system that now listens for more natural language commands beginning with a prompt word of “Hey Toyota,” similar to how other brand-new systems from BMW and Mercedes-Benz prompt voice acknowledgment commands. The brand-new infotainment system is really responsive and has a short learning curve. However, the system has a lot of surprise functions that usually provide themselves at random through pop-up notifications, which can be somewhat of an interruption if you allow it. The system is really open and simple for its settings and anticipated over-the-air updates to keep it running with brand-new combinations. Theres likewise cordless or USB-wired Apple CarPlay and Android Auto combination that works perfectly during my experience with my iPhone 13 Pro.

Toyotas enduring and tested reliability must equate well for the brand-new 2022 Tundra as theres a more refined plan here with no rattles and an impressive 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. Some of that tranquility is thanks to the turbocharged V6 engine that doesnt sound anything like the outbound V8 however does have a neat roar that Toyota managed to summon from smart engineering.

Power from the brand-new engine comes on strong with sufficient torque and gets the automobile moving well thanks to its slightly lighter curb weight over the outbound design. I had the ability to make a couple of 0 to 60 miles per hour tests and the very best time pertained to 6.9 seconds. The mid-range power was the sweet spot for the turbo V6 and it never seemed like it was doing not have for its pulling power. For the most part, the new Tundra felt a little lighter on its feet versus the outgoing model and the braking feel is outstanding with a preliminary grab that motivated some self-confidence in managing the truck and bringing it to a safe stop. In general, the braking pedal feel is the very best Ive experienced in this class of a truck. When stopped, theres a brand-new start/stop function that shuts down the engine if you apply enough brake pressure at the stop, however you can momentarily disable the function (it will need disabling after a new preliminary vehicle startup). As a fast note, the brand-new Tundra has available remote start through the Toyota app (paid service) but when you have the function you can likewise remote start the Tundra by pushing the lock button three times on your crucial fob (without the paid-service). Though, the vehicle shuts down when you try to open the doors, which is weird.

Within the brand-new 2022 Toyota Tundra is a remodelled 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 elegant Capstone trim. Theres now a soft-touch dashboard and more soft-touch areas for the upper face of the dash. Bringing a main focus to the driver is a brand-new instrument cluster that can be had in a totally digital 12.3-inch display offering you all pertinent automobile information and a number of adjustable parts of the screen. 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 standard 8-inch system in the lower trims.

The seating arrangements are more comfy than I keep in mind 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 heated up and aerated up front as well as for the back outboard seats. The seating areas have plentiful space, and the rear seat still seems like a big couch and has big storage locations listed below the folding bottoms that is otherwise taken up by the hybrid battery in the TRD Pro or Capstone trims.

As expected, theres a bevy of active safety features for the brand-new Tundra with Toyotas Safety Sense 2.5 bundle being basic throughout the board, which includes pre-collision caution with automatic emergency situation braking, adaptive cruise control, and a lane-keeping system. The extra safety functions, such as the blind-spot screen with rear cross-traffic alert, are basic starting with the Limited trim. The Platinum trim adds a 360-degree camera system and a trailer backup guide system.
At a beginning 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 rapidly captures 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, tests 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.

Toyota had to do something to upgrade the Tundra and it was previous time for a redesign. After upwards of 14 years of the exact same generation, the Tundra was old and fell behind the competitors. In current years the Tundra rested on its dependability aspect but there were many areas in need of much improvement, which I think the all-new 2022 model has actually addressed with a few fascinating surprises like the offering of the hybrid powertrain in the upper 2 trim levels in addition to the eye-catching large-and-in-charge 14-inch infotainment screen. As far as appearances, the 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 in advance and out back. What is missing, in my opinion, is something extra for the tailgate that is otherwise “regular” but has a power-retractable footstep for easy access to the composite-lined truck bed and a quick power-release button on the chauffeurs side taillight. There are no tow hooks offered that I understand of in any trim level.

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