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

As anticipated, theres a bunch of active security functions for the new Tundra with Toyotas Safety Sense 2.5 package being basic throughout the board, that includes pre-collision warning with automated emergency situation braking, adaptive cruise control, and a lane-keeping system. The additional safety features, 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 cam 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 value. The rates scale rapidly 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 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.

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 vehicle. If you choose a two-wheel-drive design like the Limited CrewMax youll surpass those fuel intake figures to get 18 mpg city, 23 mpg highway, and 20 mpg combined. Where things start to get back at better, a minimum of during city driving, remains in the hybrid trim Tundra designs, which are presently designated for the two top trims of the Tundra TRD Pro and elegant 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 very same city mpg but 1 mpg much better for the highway in the Capstone trim. The 1794 edition trim has the schedule of selecting the hybrid powertrain or stick to the standard twin-turbo V6 as in my test car.

In the past, Ive described numerous times how Toyotas systematic approach to upgrading their automobiles has done well for them thinking about how trustworthy and relied on the brand name has actually been for countless years. To reiterate such a concept, the Toyota Tundra has actually gone 14 years in its second 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 entirely redesigned 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 new hybrid V6 setup called the i-Force Max. The base engine, the brand-new twin-turbo 3.5-liter V6 discovered in my Tundra Platinum trim test automobile, touts enhancements over the V8 in practically every location having a smooth shipment of its 389 horse power and 479 lb-ft of torque in my test lorry. Power is sent through a brand-new 10-speed automatic transmission that feels primarily direct and does a great job of discovering the proper equipment without unnecessary shifting.

Inside of the brand-new 2022 Toyota Tundra is a reworked cabin that takes things up a couple of notches for being more premium, specifically in the upper trim levels like my Platinum test lorry, and even more in the glamorous Capstone trim. Theres also a brand-new 10-inch color heads-up display screen and a large 14-inch infotainment system that comes requirement 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 comfortable 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 ventilated up front along with for the back outboard seats. The seating areas have numerous area, and the rear seat still seems like a large 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.

To heighten the Tundras location among the competition, theres the availability of a rear load-leveling suspension system, which was equipped on my Tundra Platinum test vehicle. The lowering and raising of the rear does take 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 possibly enhance upon stability at speed. The overall look of my test lorry seems to be a bit low even with the system set into the automated mode at the normal trip height. Youll want to step up to the TRD Pro to get 10.9 inches if you require extra ground clearance outside of the new Tundra Platinums 9.4 inches. Theres likewise the accessibility of power tow mirrors found on my test car that can be extended at the press of a button, which are already super substantial and typically produce a little blind area that you should be conscious when navigating.

Power from the new engine comes on strong with adequate torque and gets the car moving well thanks to its slightly lighter curb weight over the outgoing design. I was able to make a few 0 to 60 miles per hour tests and the best time came to 6.9 seconds. The mid-range power was the sweet spot for the turbo V6 and it never felt like it was lacking for its pulling power. For the many part, the new Tundra felt a little lighter on its feet versus the outbound model and the braking feel is exceptional with an initial grab that influenced some self-confidence in controlling the truck and bringing it to a safe stop. Overall, the braking pedal feel is the finest 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, but you can momentarily disable the feature (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 feature you can likewise remote start the Tundra by pushing the lock button 3 times on your key fob (without the paid-service). Though, the car shuts off when you attempt to unlock the doors, which is unusual.

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 pleased with all the improvements, even if theres no longer a gas-guzzling V8. As far as winning over those who presently own rivals or newbies, the brand-new Tundra will do just fine to capture some who may have had a disappointment or wonder on how well the Tundra might impress them due to the fact that its from an Americanized brand with an unsurpassed history of dependability.

Toyota had to do something to upgrade the Tundra and it was past time for a redesign. In current years the Tundra rested on its reliability element but there were numerous areas in need of much enhancement, which I think the brand new 2022 design has actually resolved with a couple of interesting 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 correct part for having its unique character with its auto-highbeam LED headlights, LED foglights, and sequentially lit LED turn signals up front and out back.

Fuel usage 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 car. Where things start to get even much 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 offered remote start through the Toyota app (paid service) but when you have the feature you can likewise remote begin the Tundra by pressing 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 brand-new 2022 Toyota Tundra is a respected 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.

Toyotas quest to match and somewhat surpass some competitors settles well with the new 14-inch infotainment system that now listens for more natural language commands beginning with a timely word of “Hey Toyota,” just like how other new systems from BMW and Mercedes-Benz timely voice acknowledgment commands. The brand-new infotainment system is very responsive and has a short knowing curve. The system has a lot of surprise features that generally present themselves at random through pop-up alerts, which can be somewhat of a diversion if you allow it. The system is simple and very open for its settings and expected over-the-air updates to keep it keeping up brand-new combinations. Theres usb-wired or also cordless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration that works effortlessly during my experience with my iPhone 13 Pro.

Towing capability for the brand-new Tundra maxes out at 12,000 pounds if you choose 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 just somewhat 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).

Toyotas enduring and tested reliability need to translate well for the brand-new 2022 Tundra as theres a more refined bundle here with no rattles and a flawless develop quality inside and out. The ride of the brand-new Tundra is smoother partially 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 but does have a cool grumble that Toyota managed to conjure up from clever engineering.

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