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

Toyotas enduring and tested reliability should equate well for the brand-new 2022 Tundra as theres a more refined bundle here with no rattles and an impressive develop 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. Some of that tranquility is thanks to the turbocharged V6 engine that doesnt sound anything like the outgoing V8 but does have a neat growl that Toyota managed to summon from creative engineering.

Fuel usage 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 lorry. Where things begin to get even much better, at least during city driving, is in the hybrid trim Tundra designs, which are currently designated for the two top trims of the Tundra TRD Pro and elegant Capstone trim.

As expected, theres a bunch of active safety features for the new Tundra with Toyotas Safety Sense 2.5 bundle being standard across the board, that includes pre-collision warning with automated 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 standard starting with the Limited trim. The Platinum trim adds a 360-degree electronic camera 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 brand-new 2022 Toyota Tundra is a respected value. The rates scale rapidly 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. At the leading end of the spectrum, the brand-new Tundra TRD Pro begins at $66,805, and the Tundra Capstone at $73,530, which are both hybrids.

To heighten the Tundras place among the competitors, theres the schedule of a rear load-leveling suspension system, which was geared up on my Tundra Platinum test lorry. The lowering and raising of the back does take a while to complete through the dash button but proves to be extremely helpful for hauling or transporting heavy products to avoid rear sag and potentially surpass stability at speed. The general appearance of my test car seems to be a bit low even with the system set into the automated mode at the typical trip height. Youll desire to step up to the TRD Pro to get 10.9 inches if you need additional ground clearance outside of the new Tundra Platinums 9.4 inches. Theres also the availability of power tow mirrors found on my test car that can be extended at journalism of a button, which are currently extremely substantial and typically produce a small blind area that you must be mindful when navigating.

Fuel consumption is much improved 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 car. Where things start to get even better, at least throughout city driving, is in the hybrid trim Tundra models, which are currently designated for the 2 leading trims of the Tundra TRD Pro and luxurious Capstone trim. As a quick note, the new Tundra has readily available remote start through the Toyota app (paid service) however when you have the function you can also remote begin the Tundra by pushing the lock button 3 times on your key fob (without the paid-service). At a beginning rate of $35,950 for the base Tundra SR Double Cab 4 × 2 trim, the brand-new 2022 Toyota Tundra is a respected value. At the top end of the spectrum, the new Tundra TRD Pro begins at $66,805, and the Tundra Capstone at $73,530, which are both hybrids.

The seating arrangements are more comfy than I keep in mind in the outbound model and there are additional subtle touches that make the interior feel premium, such as the accented stitching throughout the dashboard and seats, which are warmed and aerated in advance in addition to for the back outboard seats. The seating locations have abundant space, and the rear seat still feels like a large sofa and has large storage areas below the folding bottoms that is otherwise used up by the hybrid battery in the TRD Pro or Capstone trims.

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 happy with all the enhancements, even if theres no longer a gas-guzzling V8. As far as winning over those who presently own competitors or newcomers, the brand-new Tundra will do simply great to capture some who might have had a disappointment or wonder on how well the Tundra may impress them due to the fact that its from an Americanized brand name with an unparalleled history of reliability.

Towing ability for the new Tundra maxes out at 12,000 pounds if you go with 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 slightly 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).

Toyotas quest to match and somewhat surpass some competition 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,” much like how other brand-new systems from BMW and Mercedes-Benz prompt voice recognition commands. The new infotainment system is extremely responsive and has a short knowing curve. Nevertheless, the system has a great deal of hidden functions that typically provide themselves at random through pop-up alerts, which can be somewhat of a diversion if you allow it. The system is really open and uncomplicated for its settings and expected over-the-air updates to keep it running with brand-new combinations. Theres also cordless or USB-wired Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration that works perfectly during my experience with my iPhone 13 Pro.

Toyota had to do something to update the Tundra and it was previous time for a redesign. After upwards of 14 years of the exact same generation, the Tundra was old and fell back the competitors. In the last few years the Tundra rested on its dependability element but there were many areas in requirement of much enhancement, which I believe the brand new 2022 model has attended to with a couple of interesting surprises like the offering of the hybrid powertrain in the upper 2 trim levels along with the captivating large-and-in-charge 14-inch infotainment screen. As far as appearances, the brand-new 2022 Tundra fits the proper part for having its special character with its auto-highbeam LED headlights, LED foglights, and sequentially lit LED turn signals up front and out back. What is missing out on, in my viewpoint, is something extra for the tailgate that is otherwise “regular” but has a power-retractable footstep for simple access to the composite-lined truck bed and a fast power-release button on the drivers side taillight. There are no tow hooks readily available that I understand of in any trim level.

Power from the new engine comes on strong with ample torque and gets the lorry moving well thanks to its a little lighter curb weight over the outgoing model. I was able to make a couple of 0 to 60 mph tests and the very best 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 a lot of part, the brand-new Tundra felt a little lighter on its feet versus the outgoing design and the braking feel is excellent with a preliminary grab that influenced some confidence in controlling the truck and bringing it to a safe stop. Overall, the braking pedal feel is the best Ive experienced in this class of a truck. When stopped, theres a new start/stop function that closes down the engine if you use enough brake pressure at the stop, however you can temporarily disable the feature (it will require disabling after a new initial automobile start-up). As a quick note, the new Tundra has offered remote start through the Toyota app (paid service) however when you have the feature you can likewise remote begin the Tundra by pressing the lock button three times on your essential fob (without the paid-service). The automobile shuts off when you attempt to open the doors, which is odd.

In the past, Ive discussed lot of times how Toyotas methodical method to upgrading their automobiles has actually succeeded for them thinking about how reliable and trusted the brand has actually been for numerous years. To repeat such a concept, the Toyota Tundra has gone 14 years in its 2nd generation, and for the 2022 model year, it gets a complete 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 brand-new hybrid V6 setup called the i-Force Max. The base engine, the new twin-turbo 3.5-liter V6 discovered in my Tundra Platinum trim test lorry, touts improvements 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 new 10-speed automated transmission that feels mainly direct and does a great job of discovering the correct gear without unnecessary moving.

Within the 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 vehicle, and even more in the luxurious Capstone trim. Theres now a soft-touch control panel and more soft-touch locations 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 display screen giving you all pertinent automobile information and a couple of personalized 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.

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