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

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 taxi, 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 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).

Fuel intake 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 car. If you decide for a two-wheel-drive model like the Limited CrewMax youll improve upon those fuel intake figures to get 18 mpg city, 23 mpg highway, and 20 mpg integrated. Where things begin to get even much better, at least throughout city driving, remains in the hybrid trim Tundra designs, which are presently designated for the 2 top 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 but 1 mpg much better for the highway in the Capstone trim. The 1794 edition trim has the schedule of picking the hybrid powertrain or stick to the basic twin-turbo V6 as in my test automobile.

As anticipated, theres a bunch of active security functions for the brand-new Tundra with Toyotas Safety Sense 2.5 bundle being standard across the board, that includes pre-collision warning with automated emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, and a lane-keeping system. The extra safety features, such as the blind-spot monitor 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 price of $35,950 for the base Tundra SR Double Cab 4 × 2 trim, the brand-new 2022 Toyota Tundra is a reputable worth. The pricing scale rapidly captures up with 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. 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.

At the end of the day, the new 2022 Toyota Tundra, proudly made in Texas, will continue to keep its fan base proud and rather 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 new Tundra will do just fine to record some who might have had a disappointment or wonder on how well the Tundra might impress them due to the fact that its from an Americanized brand name with an unsurpassed history of reliability.

Inside of the brand-new 2022 Toyota Tundra is a revamped cabin that takes things up a few notches for being more premium, especially in the upper trim levels like my Platinum test vehicle, and much more in the elegant 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 fully digital 12.3-inch display screen providing you all relevant car information and a number of adjustable parts of the screen. Theres also a brand-new 10-inch color heads-up screen and a large 14-inch infotainment system that comes standard for the Limited trim and all higher trim levels in location of the standard 8-inch system in the lower trims.

To heighten the Tundras place amongst the competitors, theres the schedule of a rear load-leveling suspension system, which was geared up on my Tundra Platinum test vehicle. The lowering and raising of the rear does take a while to finish through the dash button but shows to be extremely useful for pulling or carrying heavy products to avoid rear droop and potentially surpass stability at speed. The overall appearance of my test vehicle appears to be a bit low even with the system set into the automatic mode at the typical trip height. Youll want to step up to the TRD Pro to get 10.9 inches if you require additional ground clearance outside of the brand-new Tundra Platinums 9.4 inches. Theres likewise the availability of power tow mirrors discovered on my test automobile that can be extended at journalism of a button, which are already extremely huge and often develop a little blind area that you need to be mindful when steering.

In the past, Ive discussed lots of times how Toyotas systematic technique to updating their cars has actually succeeded for them considering how trustworthy and relied on the brand has been for countless years. To reiterate such a notion, the Toyota Tundra has actually gone 14 years in its 2nd generation, and for the 2022 design year, it gets a full redesign marking the third 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 completely upgraded 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 discovered in my Tundra Platinum trim test vehicle, promotes enhancements over the V8 in simply about every area having a smooth delivery of its 389 horse power and 479 lb-ft of torque in my test vehicle. Power is sent through a new 10-speed automated transmission that feels mainly direct and does an excellent job of finding the appropriate gear without unneeded moving.

The seating plans are more comfy than I remember in the outgoing model and there are extra subtle touches that make the interior feel premium, such as the accented stitching throughout the dashboard and seats, which are heated and ventilated up front in addition to for the back outboard seats. The seating locations have plentiful space, and the rear seat still feels like a large couch and has big storage locations below the folding bottoms that is otherwise used up by the hybrid battery in the TRD Pro or Capstone trims.

Toyotas long-standing and tested reliability need to equate well for the brand-new 2022 Tundra as theres a more refined package here with no rattles and a flawless construct quality inside and out. The trip of the brand-new Tundra is smoother partially thanks to adaptive dampers, and the cabin is remarkably quiet for a truck. Some of that tranquility is thanks to the turbocharged V6 engine that does not sound anything like the outgoing V8 however does have a neat growl that Toyota managed to conjure up from smart engineering.

For the many part, the new Tundra felt a little lighter on its feet versus the outbound model and the braking feel is excellent with a preliminary grab that motivated some confidence in managing the truck and bringing it to a safe stop. 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 need disabling after a new initial automobile startup). As a quick note, the new Tundra has readily available remote start through the Toyota app (paid service) but when you have the function you can likewise remote begin the Tundra by pressing the lock button 3 times on your crucial fob (without the paid-service).

Fuel intake 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 car. Where things begin to get even much better, at least throughout city driving, is in the hybrid trim Tundra models, which are currently designated for the two top trims of the Tundra TRD Pro and elegant Capstone trim. 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 three times on your crucial fob (without the paid-service). 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 respected value. 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.

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 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 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.

Toyotas mission to match and somewhat go beyond some competition pays off well with the new 14-inch infotainment system that now listens for more natural language commands starting with a timely word of “Hey Toyota,” much like how other brand-new systems from BMW and Mercedes-Benz timely voice recognition commands. The system is straightforward and very open for its settings and expected over-the-air updates to keep it running with new combinations.

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