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

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 improvements, 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 just great to catch some who may have had a disappointment or are curious on how well the Tundra might impress them because its from an Americanized brand name with an unsurpassed history of dependability.

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 also has a max payload of 1,940 pounds (5,095 curb weight/gross weight at 7,035 pounds). From there, towing is only 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).

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 dependability factor but there were many locations in requirement of much enhancement, which I think the all-new 2022 design has attended to with a couple of intriguing surprises like the offering of the hybrid powertrain in the upper two trim levels along with the appealing 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.

Power from the new engine comes on strong with adequate torque and gets the automobile moving well thanks to its slightly lighter curb weight over the outbound design. I had the ability to make a couple of 0 to 60 miles per hour tests and the finest time pertained to 6.9 seconds. The mid-range power was the sweet spot for the turbo V6 and it never seemed like it was lacking for its pulling power. For the many part, the brand-new Tundra felt a little lighter on its feet versus the outbound model and the braking feel is outstanding with a preliminary grab that influenced some 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 brand-new start/stop function that closes down the engine if you apply enough brake pressure at the stop, however you can temporarily disable the function (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 start the Tundra by pushing the lock button 3 times on your key fob (without the paid-service). Though, the automobile shuts down when you try to open the doors, which is weird.

In the past, Ive discussed numerous times how Toyotas methodical technique to updating their lorries has done well for them considering how reliable and trusted the brand name has actually been for countless years. To reiterate such a concept, the Toyota Tundra has gone 14 years in its second generation, and for the 2022 design 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 entirely redesigned 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 car, touts improvements over the V8 in almost every area having a smooth delivery of its 389 horsepower and 479 lb-ft of torque in my test vehicle. Power is sent out through a new 10-speed automated transmission that feels mainly direct and does a good job of discovering the correct equipment without unneeded shifting.

Fuel usage is much enhanced as you would anticipate 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. If you choose a two-wheel-drive model like the Limited CrewMax youll enhance upon those fuel usage figures to get 18 mpg city, 23 mpg highway, and 20 mpg combined. Where things start to get back at better, at least throughout city driving, remains in the hybrid trim Tundra designs, which are currently designated for the 2 leading 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 very same city mpg however 1 mpg better for the highway in the Capstone trim. The 1794 edition trim has the schedule of selecting the hybrid powertrain or stick to the basic twin-turbo V6 as in my test automobile.

To heighten the Tundras place amongst the competition, theres the accessibility of a rear load-leveling suspension system, which was geared up on my Tundra Platinum test lorry. If you require extra ground clearance outside of the brand-new Tundra Platinums 9.4 inches, youll desire to step up to the TRD Pro to get 10.9 inches.

Toyotas tested and long-standing dependability need to equate well for the new 2022 Tundra as theres a more refined bundle here with no 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 remarkably peaceful 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 grumble that Toyota handled to create from smart engineering.

As anticipated, theres a bevy of active security functions for the brand-new Tundra with Toyotas Safety Sense 2.5 bundle being basic across the board, which includes pre-collision caution with automated emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, and a lane-keeping system. The extra security features, such as the blind-spot screen with rear cross-traffic alert, are standard starting with the Limited trim. The Platinum trim includes 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 respected value. 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, 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.

Inside of the brand-new 2022 Toyota Tundra is a reworked cabin that takes things up a few notches for being more premium, especially in the upper trim levels like my Platinum test automobile, and a lot more in the glamorous Capstone trim. Theres now a soft-touch dashboard and more soft-touch locations for the upper face of the dash. Bringing a main focus to the chauffeur is a brand-new instrument cluster that can be had in a completely digital 12.3-inch display screen offering you all important automobile details and a number of personalized parts of the screen. Theres also a 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.

Toyotas mission to match and somewhat 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 prompt word of “Hey Toyota,” just like how other brand-new systems from BMW and Mercedes-Benz timely voice recognition commands. The brand-new infotainment system is really responsive and has a short knowing curve. Nevertheless, the system has a great deal of covert functions that typically provide themselves at random through pop-up alerts, which can be somewhat of a distraction if you enable it. The system is extremely open and uncomplicated for its settings and expected over-the-air updates to keep it running with new combinations. Theres usb-wired or likewise cordless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto combination that works perfectly throughout my experience with my iPhone 13 Pro.

The seating plans are more comfortable 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 control panel and seats, which are warmed and aerated up front along with for the back outboard seats. The seating areas have plentiful area, and the rear seat still seems like a big sofa and has large storage areas below the folding bottoms that is otherwise taken up by the hybrid battery in the TRD Pro or Capstone trims.

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 vehicle. Where things start to get even much better, at least throughout city driving, is in the hybrid trim Tundra designs, which are currently designated for the 2 leading trims of the Tundra TRD Pro and glamorous Capstone trim. As a quick note, the new Tundra has offered 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 essential 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 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.

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