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

In the past, Ive discussed lot of times how Toyotas systematic approach to upgrading their vehicles has actually succeeded for them thinking about how reputable and trusted the brand name has been for countless years. To repeat such a notion, 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 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 improvements over the V8 in almost every area having a smooth delivery of its 389 horse power and 479 lb-ft of torque in my test lorry. Power is sent out through a brand-new 10-speed automated transmission that feels mainly direct and does a good task of finding the correct equipment without unneeded moving.

Power from the brand-new engine comes on strong with ample torque and gets the automobile moving well thanks to its slightly lighter curb weight over the outbound design. I was able to make a couple of 0 to 60 mph tests and the finest 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 outbound design and the braking feel is exceptional with an initial grab that inspired some self-confidence in managing 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 new start/stop function that closes down the engine if you use enough brake pressure at the stop, however you can briefly disable the feature (it will need disabling after a new initial car startup). 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 also remote start the Tundra by pressing the lock button three times on your essential fob (without the paid-service). The car shuts off when you attempt to unlock the doors, which is weird.

The seating arrangements are more comfy than I keep in mind in the outbound 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 and aerated in advance in addition to for the back outboard seats. The seating areas have numerous space, and the rear seat still seems like a large 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.

Toyotas mission to match and rather go beyond some competitors settles well with the brand-new 14-inch infotainment system that now listens for more natural language commands beginning with a timely word of “Hey Toyota,” much 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. Nevertheless, the system has a lot of covert functions that typically provide themselves at random through pop-up notices, which can be somewhat of a distraction if you enable it. The system is uncomplicated and extremely open for its settings and anticipated over-the-air updates to keep it keeping up brand-new integrations. Theres usb-wired or also cordless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto combination that works seamlessly during my experience with my iPhone 13 Pro.

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 pleased with all the enhancements, 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 great 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 unmatched history of reliability.

Fuel intake is much enhanced 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 car. Where things begin to get even better, at least throughout city driving, is in the hybrid trim Tundra designs, which are presently designated for the 2 leading trims of the Tundra TRD Pro and elegant Capstone trim. As a quick note, the new Tundra has available 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 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 respected 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 capability for the new Tundra maxes out at 12,000 pounds if you choose a base SR trim with the smaller double taxi, 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 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).

Toyota had to do something to upgrade the Tundra and it was previous time for a redesign. In recent years the Tundra rested on its reliability aspect but there were numerous areas in requirement of much improvement, which I believe the all-new 2022 design has actually addressed with a few fascinating surprises like the offering of the hybrid powertrain in the upper two trim levels along with the distinctive 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 intake 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 select a two-wheel-drive model like the Limited CrewMax youll surpass those fuel consumption figures to get 18 mpg city, 23 mpg highway, and 20 mpg integrated. Where things start to get back at much better, at least throughout city driving, remains in the hybrid trim Tundra models, which are presently designated for the two leading trims of the Tundra TRD Pro and luxurious 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 same city mpg however 1 mpg much better for the highway in the Capstone trim. The 1794 edition trim has the availability of picking the hybrid powertrain or stick to the standard twin-turbo V6 as in my test lorry.

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 extra ground clearance outside of the new Tundra Platinums 9.4 inches, youll want to step up to the TRD Pro to get 10.9 inches.

Inside of 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 automobile, 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 driver is a brand-new instrument cluster that can be had in a fully digital 12.3-inch display providing you all relevant lorry info and a number of personalized parts of the screen. Theres likewise a new 10-inch color heads-up 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.

Toyotas enduring and proven reliability must translate well for the brand-new 2022 Tundra as theres a more refined bundle here with no rattles and an impressive construct quality inside and out. The ride of the brand-new Tundra is smoother partially thanks to adaptive dampers, and the cabin is surprisingly quiet for a truck. Some of that tranquility is thanks to the turbocharged V6 engine that doesnt sound anything like the outgoing V8 however does have a cool growl that Toyota handled to summon from smart engineering.

As expected, theres a bevy of active security functions for the new Tundra with Toyotas Safety Sense 2.5 plan being basic throughout the board, which includes 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 basic starting with the Limited trim. The Platinum trim includes a 360-degree video camera system and a trailer backup guide system.
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. 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, evaluates 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.

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