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

Toyotas quest to match and somewhat go beyond some competition pays off well with the brand-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 brand-new integrations.

In the past, Ive explained sometimes how Toyotas methodical technique to upgrading their vehicles has actually done well for them considering how reliable and relied on the brand has been for countless years. To restate such a notion, the Toyota Tundra has actually gone 14 years in its second 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 take on the Ford F-150, Chevy Silverado/GMC Sierra, and RAM 1500.
The totally 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 found in my Tundra Platinum trim test automobile, touts enhancements over the V8 in almost every area having a smooth shipment of its 389 horsepower and 479 lb-ft of torque in my test vehicle. Power is sent out through a brand-new 10-speed automatic transmission that feels primarily direct and does an excellent task of discovering the correct gear without unneeded moving.

To heighten the Tundras place among the competition, theres the availability of a rear load-leveling suspension system, which was geared up on my Tundra Platinum test car. The lowering and raising of the back does take a while to finish through the dash button but proves to be really advantageous for pulling or hauling heavy products to prevent rear droop 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 normal flight height. If you need extra ground clearance outside of the new Tundra Platinums 9.4 inches, youll desire to step up to the TRD Pro to get 10.9 inches. Theres also the accessibility of power tow mirrors found on my test lorry that can be extended at journalism of a button, which are already super big and typically create a small blind spot that you should be conscious when steering.

Toyota had to do something to upgrade the Tundra and it was past time for a redesign. In recent years the Tundra rested on its reliability factor however there were many locations in need of much enhancement, which I think the brand new 2022 model has actually addressed with a few interesting surprises like the offering of the hybrid powertrain in the upper 2 trim levels along with the eye-catching large-and-in-charge 14-inch infotainment screen. As far as appearances, the new 2022 Tundra fits the correct 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.

The seating arrangements are more comfortable than I remember in the outgoing 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 ventilated in advance along with for the back outboard seats. The seating areas have plentiful area, and the rear seat still seems like a big couch 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.

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 lorry. Where things begin to get even much better, at least during city driving, is in the hybrid trim Tundra designs, which are presently designated for the two leading trims of the Tundra TRD Pro and glamorous Capstone trim. 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 also remote start the Tundra by pressing the lock button three times on your crucial fob (without the paid-service). At a starting rate of $35,950 for the base Tundra SR Double Cab 4 × 2 trim, the new 2022 Toyota Tundra is a highly regarded value. 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.

Towing capability for the new Tundra maxes out at 12,000 pounds if you decide for 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 only a little down with trims like my test car 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 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 lorry. If you select 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 combined. Where things start to get back at much better, a minimum of throughout city driving, remains in the hybrid trim Tundra models, which are presently designated for the 2 leading trims of the Tundra TRD Pro and glamorous 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 very same city mpg but 1 mpg better for the highway in the Capstone trim. The 1794 edition trim has the availability of selecting the hybrid powertrain or stick with the standard twin-turbo V6 as in my test automobile.

As expected, theres a bevy 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 caution with automated emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, and a lane-keeping system. The additional security features, such as the blind-spot screen 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 beginning cost 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 quickly catches 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, evaluates 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, happily 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 currently own newcomers or rivals, the new Tundra will do just great to catch some who may have had a disappointment or are curious on how well the Tundra might impress them since its from an Americanized brand name with an unmatched history of dependability.

Toyotas tested and long-standing dependability must equate well for the brand-new 2022 Tundra as theres a more refined package here without any rattles and an impeccable develop quality inside and out. The trip of the new Tundra is smoother partially thanks to adaptive dampers, and the cabin is surprisingly quiet for a truck. Some of that quietness is thanks to the turbocharged V6 engine that doesnt sound anything like the outgoing V8 however does have a cool roar that Toyota managed to create from clever engineering.

Power from the brand-new engine comes on strong with adequate torque and gets the lorry moving well thanks to its somewhat lighter curb weight over the outgoing design. I had the ability to make a few 0 to 60 miles per hour tests and the very best time came to 6.9 seconds. The mid-range power was the sweet area for the turbo V6 and it never ever seemed like it was doing not have for its pulling power. For the many part, the new Tundra felt a little lighter on its feet versus the outgoing model and the braking feel is exceptional with a preliminary grab that influenced 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, but you can momentarily disable the function (it will require disabling after a brand-new preliminary automobile startup). As a fast note, the new Tundra has available remote start through the Toyota app (paid service) but when you have the function you can likewise remote start the Tundra by pressing the lock button three times on your crucial fob (without the paid-service). Though, the vehicle shuts off when you try to open the doors, which is unusual.

Inside of the new 2022 Toyota Tundra is a reworked cabin that takes things up a couple of notches for being more premium, especially in the upper trim levels like my Platinum test vehicle, and even more in the luxurious Capstone trim. Theres likewise a new 10-inch color heads-up display 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.

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