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

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 delighted with all the enhancements, even if theres no longer a gas-guzzling V8. As far as winning over those who currently own newbies or competitors, the new Tundra will do simply great to capture some who might have had a bad experience or are curious on how well the Tundra might impress them because its from an Americanized brand name with an unmatched history of reliability.

Toyotas quest to match and somewhat exceed some competitors pays off 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 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 features that typically provide themselves at random through pop-up alerts, which can be rather of a distraction if you enable it. The system is uncomplicated and really open for its settings and expected over-the-air updates to keep it keeping up new integrations. Theres usb-wired or also wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration that works perfectly during my experience with my iPhone 13 Pro.

Fuel intake 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 lorry. Where things begin to get even 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.

In the past, Ive discussed lot of times how Toyotas systematic approach to updating their vehicles has done well for them considering how reliable and relied on the brand has actually 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 entirely revamped 2022 Toyota Tundra is a more refined truck that gets rid of 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 lorry, touts improvements over the V8 in practically every location having a smooth shipment of its 389 horsepower 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 an excellent job of finding the proper gear without unneeded shifting.

Power from the brand-new engine comes on strong with ample torque and gets the vehicle moving well thanks to its a little lighter curb weight over the outgoing design. I was able to make a few 0 to 60 mph tests and the finest time came to 6.9 seconds. The mid-range power was the sweet spot for the turbo V6 and it never ever felt like it was lacking for its pulling power. For the most part, the brand-new Tundra felt a little lighter on its feet versus the outgoing design and the braking feel is outstanding with a preliminary grab that inspired some confidence in controlling the truck and bringing it to a safe stop. Overall, the braking pedal feel is the very best Ive experienced in this class of a truck. When stopped, theres a new start/stop function that shuts down the engine if you use enough brake pressure at the stop, however you can momentarily disable the feature (it will require disabling after a new preliminary vehicle start-up). As a fast 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 start the Tundra by pushing the lock button 3 times on your key fob (without the paid-service). Though, the car shuts down when you attempt to unlock the doors, which is odd.

Towing capability for the new Tundra maxes out at 12,000 pounds if you choose a base SR trim with the smaller 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).

Fuel usage 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 vehicle. 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 two top trims of the Tundra TRD Pro and luxurious Capstone trim. 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 begin the Tundra by pressing the lock button three times on your key 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.

Toyotas proven and enduring reliability need to translate well for the brand-new 2022 Tundra as theres a more refined bundle here without any rattles and a remarkable develop quality inside and out. The trip of the new Tundra is smoother partly thanks to adaptive dampers, and the cabin is remarkably quiet for a truck. A few of that quietness is thanks to the turbocharged V6 engine that doesnt sound anything like the outgoing V8 but does have a neat roar that Toyota handled to create from clever engineering.

Toyota needed to do something to update the Tundra and it was previous time for a redesign. After upwards of 14 years of the very same generation, the Tundra was old and fell back the competition. Over the last few years the Tundra rested on its reliability aspect however there were many locations in need of much improvement, which I believe the all-new 2022 design has actually addressed with a few intriguing surprises like the offering of the hybrid powertrain in the upper two trim levels together 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 in advance and out back. What is missing out on, in my opinion, is something extra for the tailgate that is otherwise “typical” but has a power-retractable step for easy access to the composite-lined truck bed and a quick power-release button on the drivers side taillight. There are no tow hooks available that I know of in any trim level.

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 warmed and aerated 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 couch and has large storage locations below the folding bottoms that is otherwise taken up by the hybrid battery in the TRD Pro or Capstone trims.

To heighten the Tundras place amongst the competitors, theres the accessibility of a rear load-leveling suspension system, which was geared up on my Tundra Platinum test vehicle. If you require additional 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.

As anticipated, theres a bevy of active security functions for the new Tundra with Toyotas Safety Sense 2.5 bundle being standard across the board, which consists of pre-collision caution with automatic emergency 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 includes a 360-degree 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 brand-new 2022 Toyota Tundra is a highly regarded value. The rates 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. 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.

Within the brand-new 2022 Toyota Tundra is a reworked cabin that takes things up a few notches for being more premium, specifically in the upper trim levels like my Platinum test car, and much more in the glamorous 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 driver is a new instrument cluster that can be had in a fully digital 12.3-inch display screen providing you all essential lorry details and a couple of adjustable parts of the screen. Theres also a brand-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 standard 8-inch system in the lower trims.

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