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

In the past, Ive explained lot of times how Toyotas systematic technique to upgrading their cars has actually succeeded for them thinking about how dependable and trusted the brand name has been for numerous years. To restate 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 third generation of the full-size truck that is more poised to complete with the Ford F-150, Chevy Silverado/GMC Sierra, and RAM 1500.
The totally 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 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 vehicle, promotes enhancements over the V8 in just about every location having a smooth delivery of its 389 horsepower and 479 lb-ft of torque in my test lorry. Power is sent out through a new 10-speed automated transmission that feels primarily direct and does a good task of finding the appropriate gear without unneeded moving.

Toyotas mission to match and rather surpass some competitors settles 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,” just like how other new systems from BMW and Mercedes-Benz timely voice recognition commands. The new infotainment system is really responsive and has a short knowing curve. The system has a lot of hidden functions that typically provide themselves at random through pop-up alerts, which can be somewhat of an interruption if you permit it. The system is really open and straightforward for its settings and anticipated over-the-air updates to keep it keeping up brand-new integrations. Theres likewise cordless or USB-wired Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration that works seamlessly during my experience with my iPhone 13 Pro.

At the end of the day, the new 2022 Toyota Tundra, happily made in Texas, will continue to keep its fan base proud and quite pleased with all the enhancements, even if theres no longer a gas-guzzling V8. As far as winning over those who currently own competitors or newbies, the brand-new Tundra will do simply fine to capture some who may have had a bad experience or wonder on how well the Tundra might impress them since its from an Americanized brand name with an unparalleled history of dependability.

Fuel intake 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. If you go with a two-wheel-drive model like the Limited CrewMax youll surpass those fuel intake figures to get 18 mpg city, 23 mpg highway, and 20 mpg integrated. Where things start to get even much better, at least during city driving, remains in the hybrid trim Tundra designs, 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 horsepower 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 accessibility of choosing the hybrid powertrain or stick with the basic twin-turbo V6 as in my test lorry.

Toyotas tested and long-standing reliability must 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 flight of the brand-new Tundra is smoother partly thanks to adaptive dampers, and the cabin is remarkably 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 however does have a neat roar that Toyota handled to conjure up from clever engineering.

As expected, theres a bevy of active safety functions for the new Tundra with Toyotas Safety Sense 2.5 package being basic across the board, which consists of pre-collision warning with automatic emergency situation braking, adaptive cruise control, and a lane-keeping system. The additional safety features, such as the blind-spot display with rear cross-traffic alert, are standard beginning with the Limited trim. The Platinum trim adds a 360-degree video camera 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 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, checks out at $63,939. On 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.

To increase the Tundras location amongst the competition, theres the accessibility of a rear load-leveling suspension system, which was geared up on my Tundra Platinum test car. The lowering and raising of the rear does spend some time to complete through the dash button however proves to be very useful for pulling or carrying heavy items to avoid rear droop and potentially surpass stability at speed. The overall look of my test vehicle seems to be a bit low even with the system set into the automated mode at the regular trip height. Youll desire to step up to the TRD Pro to get 10.9 inches if you need extra ground clearance outside of the new Tundra Platinums 9.4 inches. Theres also the accessibility of power tow mirrors discovered on my test lorry that can be extended at the press of a button, which are currently super big and typically create a little blind spot that you must be mindful when steering.

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 vehicle. Where things begin to get even better, at least during city driving, is in the hybrid trim Tundra designs, which are presently designated for the 2 leading trims of the Tundra TRD Pro and glamorous Capstone trim. As a fast note, the brand-new Tundra has available remote start through the Toyota app (paid service) however when you have the function you can also remote start the Tundra by pushing the lock button three times on your crucial fob (without the paid-service). At a beginning price of $35,950 for the base Tundra SR Double Cab 4 × 2 trim, the new 2022 Toyota Tundra is a reputable 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.

Within the brand-new 2022 Toyota Tundra is a remodelled cabin that takes things up a few notches for being more premium, especially in the upper trim levels like my Platinum test automobile, and even more in the glamorous Capstone trim. Theres now a soft-touch control panel and more soft-touch locations for the upper face of the dash. Bringing a main focus to the motorist is a brand-new instrument cluster that can be had in a totally digital 12.3-inch display screen offering you all essential automobile information and a number of personalized parts of the screen. Theres likewise a brand-new 10-inch color heads-up display screen and a big 14-inch infotainment system that comes requirement for the Limited trim and all greater trim levels in location of the basic 8-inch system in the lower trims.

Toyota needed to do something to upgrade 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 competition. Recently the Tundra rested on its dependability element however there were numerous locations in need of much improvement, which I believe the all-new 2022 model has resolved with a few intriguing surprises like the offering of the hybrid powertrain in the upper 2 trim levels together with the distinctive large-and-in-charge 14-inch infotainment screen. As far as appearances, the new 2022 Tundra fits the correct part for having its distinct 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 additional for the tailgate that is otherwise “regular” however has a power-retractable step for simple access to the composite-lined truck bed and a fast power-release button on the drivers side taillight. Likewise, there are no tow hooks available that I understand of in any trim level.

Power from the new engine comes on strong with sufficient torque and gets the automobile moving well thanks to its slightly lighter curb weight over the outgoing design. I was able to make a couple of 0 to 60 miles per hour tests and the very best time concerned 6.9 seconds. The mid-range power was the sweet area for the turbo V6 and it never ever felt like it was lacking for its pulling power. For the most part, the new Tundra felt a little lighter on its feet versus the outgoing model and the braking feel is outstanding with an initial grab that inspired some self-confidence in controlling the truck and bringing it to a safe stop. In general, the braking pedal feel is the best Ive experienced in this class of a truck. When stopped, theres a brand-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 brand-new preliminary car startup). As a quick note, the new Tundra has offered remote start through the Toyota app (paid service) but when you have the function you can also remote begin the Tundra by pushing the lock button 3 times on your essential fob (without the paid-service). Though, the vehicle shuts down when you try to unlock the doors, which is unusual.

The seating plans are more comfortable than I keep in mind in the outbound design 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 up front as well as for the back outboard seats. The seating locations have plentiful area, and the rear seat still feels like a big sofa and has large storage locations below the folding bottoms that is otherwise used up by the hybrid battery in the TRD Pro or Capstone trims.

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

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