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

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 quite 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 just great to catch some who may have had a bad experience or are curious on how well the Tundra might impress them since its from an Americanized brand with an unmatched history of dependability.

Inside of the brand-new 2022 Toyota Tundra is a revamped cabin that takes things up a couple of notches for being more premium, specifically in the upper trim levels like my Platinum test vehicle, and even more in the glamorous Capstone trim. Theres also a new 10-inch color heads-up display and a large 14-inch infotainment system that comes requirement for the Limited trim and all higher trim levels in place of the standard 8-inch system in the lower trims.

Toyotas long-standing and proven dependability ought to equate well for the brand-new 2022 Tundra as theres a more refined bundle here with no rattles and an impeccable build quality inside and out. The trip of the new Tundra is smoother partially thanks to adaptive dampers, and the cabin is surprisingly quiet 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 cool roar that Toyota managed to invoke from clever engineering.

Toyotas mission to match and rather go beyond some competition settles well with the 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 new systems from BMW and Mercedes-Benz timely voice acknowledgment commands. The brand-new infotainment system is really responsive and has a brief knowing curve. Nevertheless, the system has a great deal of covert functions that usually provide themselves at random through pop-up notices, which can be somewhat of a diversion if you enable it. The system is really open and uncomplicated for its settings and anticipated over-the-air updates to keep it keeping up brand-new combinations. Theres usb-wired or also cordless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto combination that works seamlessly 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 outgoing model and the braking feel is exceptional with a preliminary grab that inspired some confidence in managing the truck and bringing it to a safe stop. When stopped, theres a new start/stop function that shuts down the engine if you apply enough brake pressure at the stop, however you can temporarily disable the function (it will require disabling after a new initial automobile startup). 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 start the Tundra by pushing the lock button three times on your essential fob (without the paid-service).

Toyota needed to do something to upgrade the Tundra and it was past time for a redesign. After upwards of 14 years of the very same generation, the Tundra was old and fell back the competition. In the last few years the Tundra rested on its reliability element however there were numerous locations in requirement of much improvement, which I think the brand new 2022 model has resolved with a few fascinating surprises like the offering of the hybrid powertrain in the upper two trim levels in addition to the captivating 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 viewpoint, is something extra for the tailgate that is otherwise “regular” but has a power-retractable step for simple access to the composite-lined truck bed and a quick power-release button on the chauffeurs side taillight. Also, there are no tow hooks offered that I know of in any trim level.

To heighten the Tundras location among the competitors, theres the schedule of a rear load-leveling suspension system, which was geared up on my Tundra Platinum test automobile. The lowering and raising of the back does spend some time to finish through the dash button however proves to be very beneficial for hauling or transporting heavy products to avoid rear droop and potentially surpass stability at speed. The overall look of my test car appears to be a bit low even with the system set into the automatic mode at the normal trip height. If you require extra ground clearance outside of the brand-new Tundra Platinums 9.4 inches, youll wish to step up to the TRD Pro to get 10.9 inches. Theres also the accessibility of power tow mirrors discovered on my test car that can be extended at journalism of a button, which are already extremely huge and typically produce a little blind area that you need to be conscious when navigating.

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 heated and ventilated up front as well as for the back outboard seats. The seating areas have numerous area, and the rear seat still feels like a big sofa and has big storage areas below the folding bottoms that is otherwise used up by the hybrid battery in the TRD Pro or Capstone trims.

Fuel intake is much improved 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 lorry. Where things start to get even much better, at least during city driving, is in the hybrid trim Tundra designs, which are presently designated for the two leading trims of the Tundra TRD Pro and luxurious Capstone trim. As a fast note, the new Tundra has available remote start through the Toyota app (paid service) however when you have the function you can also remote begin the Tundra by pressing the lock button 3 times on your crucial fob (without the paid-service). 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. At the 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.

In the past, Ive discussed lot of times how Toyotas systematic technique to updating their cars has done well for them considering how trusted and trusted the brand name has actually been for many 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 complete 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 totally redesigned 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 new twin-turbo 3.5-liter V6 found in my Tundra Platinum trim test vehicle, touts improvements over the V8 in almost every area having a smooth delivery of its 389 horse power and 479 lb-ft of torque in my test vehicle. Power is sent through a brand-new 10-speed automatic transmission that feels mainly direct and does a great job of finding the correct equipment without unneeded moving.

Towing ability for the new Tundra maxes out at 12,000 pounds if you choose 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 lorry maxing out at 11,180 pounds and a max payload of 1,630 pounds (5,535 curb weight/gross weight at 7,165 pounds).

Fuel usage is much enhanced 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. If you select a two-wheel-drive design like the Limited CrewMax youll enhance upon those fuel consumption figures to get 18 mpg city, 23 mpg highway, and 20 mpg combined. Where things start to get even better, at least throughout city driving, remains in the hybrid trim Tundra models, which are currently designated for the 2 top trims of the Tundra TRD Pro and elegant 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 same city mpg but 1 mpg much better for the highway in the Capstone trim. The 1794 edition trim has the availability of choosing the hybrid powertrain or stick with the standard twin-turbo V6 as in my test lorry.

As expected, theres a bevy of active safety functions for the new Tundra with Toyotas Safety Sense 2.5 bundle being basic throughout the board, that includes pre-collision warning with automatic emergency situation braking, adaptive cruise control, and a lane-keeping system. The additional security functions, such as the blind-spot monitor with rear cross-traffic alert, are basic beginning with the Limited trim. The Platinum trim adds a 360-degree cam 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 brand-new 2022 Toyota Tundra is a respected worth. The prices 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.

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