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

For the a lot of part, the brand-new Tundra felt a little lighter on its feet versus the outgoing model and the braking feel is excellent with a preliminary grab that inspired 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 feature (it will need disabling after a brand-new preliminary car start-up). As a fast 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 pushing the lock button three times on your key fob (without the paid-service).

The seating arrangements are more comfy than I keep in mind in the outgoing model and there are extra subtle touches that make the interior feel premium, such as the accented stitching throughout the dashboard and seats, which are warmed and aerated up front as well as for the back outboard seats. The seating areas have plentiful area, and the rear seat still feels 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 lots of times how Toyotas systematic technique to updating their cars has actually succeeded for them thinking about how reputable and relied on the brand has been for many years. To restate such a notion, the Toyota Tundra has 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 contend with the Ford F-150, Chevy Silverado/GMC Sierra, and RAM 1500.
The entirely 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 found in my Tundra Platinum trim test lorry, promotes enhancements over the V8 in practically every area having a smooth delivery of its 389 horse power and 479 lb-ft of torque in my test lorry. Power is sent through a new 10-speed automatic transmission that feels mostly direct and does a good job of discovering the correct equipment without unneeded shifting.

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

Toyotas quest 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,” just like how other brand-new systems from BMW and Mercedes-Benz prompt voice acknowledgment commands. The brand-new infotainment system is extremely responsive and has a short knowing curve. The system has a lot of concealed functions that normally present themselves at random through pop-up notices, which can be rather of a diversion if you permit it. The system is simple and really open for its settings and anticipated over-the-air updates to keep it running with brand-new integrations. Theres usb-wired or likewise cordless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration that works flawlessly during my experience with my iPhone 13 Pro.

Fuel consumption 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 car. 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 2 leading trims of the Tundra TRD Pro and luxurious Capstone trim. As a fast note, the brand-new Tundra has readily available remote start through the Toyota app (paid service) but when you have the feature you can likewise remote start the Tundra by pushing the lock button 3 times on your crucial fob (without the paid-service). At a starting rate 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.

Towing ability 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 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).

As anticipated, theres a bevy of active safety features for the new Tundra with Toyotas Safety Sense 2.5 plan being basic throughout the board, which consists of pre-collision warning with automated 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 starting with the Limited trim. The Platinum trim includes a 360-degree video camera 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 new 2022 Toyota Tundra is a respected worth. The prices scale quickly overtakes 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. At the leading 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.

Within the brand-new 2022 Toyota Tundra is a revamped cabin that takes things up a few notches for being more premium, particularly in the upper trim levels like my Platinum test car, and much more in the elegant Capstone trim. Theres now a soft-touch dashboard and more soft-touch locations for the upper face of the dash. Bringing a central focus to the motorist is a new instrument cluster that can be had in a totally digital 12.3-inch display screen offering you all essential vehicle details and a number of adjustable parts of the screen. Theres also a new 10-inch color heads-up display and a big 14-inch infotainment system that comes standard for the Limited trim and all greater trim levels in location of the basic 8-inch system in the lower trims.

To increase the Tundras place among the competition, theres the accessibility of a rear load-leveling suspension system, which was geared up on my Tundra Platinum test vehicle. The lowering and raising of the rear does spend some time to finish through the dash button however shows to be extremely advantageous for pulling or carrying heavy items to prevent rear droop and possibly improve upon stability at speed. The overall look of my test automobile seems to be a bit low even with the system set into the automatic mode at the typical flight height. If you require extra ground clearance outside of the brand-new Tundra Platinums 9.4 inches, youll desire to step up to the TRD Pro to get 10.9 inches. Theres likewise the accessibility of power tow mirrors found on my test vehicle that can be extended at the press of a button, which are already super big and typically create a small blind area that you need to be conscious when maneuvering.

Fuel usage 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. If you decide for a two-wheel-drive design like the Limited CrewMax youll enhance upon those fuel intake figures to get 18 mpg city, 23 mpg highway, and 20 mpg integrated. Where things begin to get back at better, at least 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 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 exact same city mpg however 1 mpg much better for the highway in the Capstone trim. The 1794 edition trim has the schedule of picking the hybrid powertrain or stick to the standard twin-turbo V6 as in my test car.

Toyota had to do something to upgrade the Tundra and it was past time for a redesign. In recent years the Tundra rested on its dependability factor however there were numerous locations in requirement of much enhancement, which I believe 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 along with the attractive large-and-in-charge 14-inch infotainment screen. As far as appearances, the 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.

Toyotas tested and long-standing reliability must equate well for the brand-new 2022 Tundra as theres a more refined plan here with no rattles and a remarkable develop quality inside and out. The flight of the new Tundra is smoother partly thanks to adaptive dampers, and the cabin is remarkably quiet for a truck. Some of that tranquility is thanks to the turbocharged V6 engine that does not sound anything like the outgoing V8 however does have a neat roar that Toyota managed to invoke from smart engineering.

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