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

To increase the Tundras place among the competitors, theres the availability of a rear load-leveling suspension system, which was equipped on my Tundra Platinum test lorry. If you require additional 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.

In the past, Ive explained lot of times how Toyotas systematic technique to updating their lorries has succeeded for them thinking about how trusted 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 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 does away with 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 brand-new twin-turbo 3.5-liter V6 found in my Tundra Platinum trim test car, touts improvements over the V8 in practically every area having a smooth shipment of its 389 horsepower and 479 lb-ft of torque in my test vehicle. Power is sent through a brand-new 10-speed automatic transmission that feels primarily direct and does a great job of discovering the correct equipment without unneeded moving.

Toyotas enduring and proven reliability must equate well for the brand-new 2022 Tundra as theres a more refined plan here without any rattles and a flawless build quality inside and out. The ride of the new Tundra is smoother partially thanks to adaptive dampers, and the cabin is remarkably peaceful for a truck. A few of that tranquility is thanks to the turbocharged V6 engine that does not sound anything like the outbound V8 but does have a neat roar that Toyota managed to conjure up from smart engineering.

Power from the brand-new engine comes on strong with ample torque and gets the automobile moving well thanks to its somewhat lighter curb weight over the outbound design. I was able to make a few 0 to 60 miles per hour tests and the best time concerned 6.9 seconds. The mid-range power was the sweet area for the turbo V6 and it never ever seemed like it was lacking for its pulling power. 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 a preliminary grab that inspired some 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 closes down the engine if you use enough brake pressure at the stop, however you can briefly disable the function (it will require disabling after a brand-new initial car startup). As a quick 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). Though, the lorry shuts off when you try to unlock the doors, which is unusual.

Fuel usage 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 car. Where things start to get even better, at least during 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 new Tundra has available 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 3 times on your key 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 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.

Toyotas mission 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,” just like how other brand-new systems from BMW and Mercedes-Benz timely voice acknowledgment commands. The new infotainment system is extremely responsive and has a brief knowing curve. The system has a lot of concealed functions that typically present themselves at random through pop-up notices, which can be somewhat of a distraction if you permit it. The system is straightforward and very open for its settings and expected over-the-air updates to keep it running with brand-new integrations. Theres usb-wired or also cordless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration that works perfectly throughout my experience with my iPhone 13 Pro.

Fuel intake is much enhanced as you would expect 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 vehicle. If you go with a two-wheel-drive model like the Limited CrewMax youll improve upon those fuel consumption figures to get 18 mpg city, 23 mpg highway, and 20 mpg integrated. Where things start to get even better, a minimum of throughout city driving, is in the hybrid trim Tundra designs, 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 horsepower and 583 lb-ft of torque and return 19 mpg city and 21 mpg highway for the TRD Pro and the same city mpg but 1 mpg better for the highway in the Capstone trim. The 1794 edition trim has the schedule of choosing the hybrid powertrain or stick with the standard twin-turbo V6 as in my test car.

Inside of the brand-new 2022 Toyota Tundra is a remodelled cabin that takes things up a few notches for being more premium, particularly in the upper trim levels like my Platinum test lorry, and much more in the luxurious 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 motorist is a brand-new instrument cluster that can be had in a completely digital 12.3-inch screen offering you all essential vehicle info and a number of customizable parts of the screen. Theres likewise a new 10-inch color heads-up screen and a big 14-inch infotainment system that comes requirement for the Limited trim and all greater trim levels in place of the standard 8-inch system in the lower trims.

Toyota needed to do something to upgrade 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. Over the last few years the Tundra rested on its dependability element but there were many locations in need of much improvement, which I believe the all-new 2022 model has resolved with a few interesting 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 brand-new 2022 Tundra fits the correct 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 additional for the tailgate that is otherwise “normal” 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. Also, there are no tow hooks offered that I know of in any trim level.

Towing capability for the brand-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 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).

The seating arrangements are more comfortable than I remember in the outbound design 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 warmed and ventilated in advance as well as for the back outboard seats. The seating locations have abundant space, and the rear seat still seems like a large couch and has large storage areas listed below the folding bottoms that is otherwise used up by the hybrid battery in the TRD Pro or Capstone trims.

As expected, theres a bunch of active security features for the new Tundra with Toyotas Safety Sense 2.5 bundle being standard throughout the board, that includes pre-collision caution with automated emergency situation braking, adaptive cruise control, and a lane-keeping system. The additional safety functions, such as the blind-spot display with rear cross-traffic alert, are standard beginning with the Limited trim. The Platinum trim includes a 360-degree electronic camera 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 reputable 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, tests out at $63,939. On top end of the spectrum, the brand-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, happily made in Texas, will continue to keep its fan base proud and rather happy with all the enhancements, even if theres no longer a gas-guzzling V8. As far as winning over those who presently own rivals or newbies, the new Tundra will do just fine to catch some who might have had a bad experience or are curious on how well the Tundra may impress them due to the fact that its from an Americanized brand name with an unparalleled history of dependability.

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