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

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

Fuel consumption 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. Where things start to get even much better, at least during city driving, is in the hybrid trim Tundra designs, which are currently designated for the two leading trims of the Tundra TRD Pro and luxurious Capstone trim. As a fast note, the brand-new Tundra has offered remote start through the Toyota app (paid service) however 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). 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 highly regarded 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.

Toyota needed to do something to update 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 behind the competitors. In current years the Tundra rested on its dependability factor however there were numerous areas in need of much enhancement, which I think the all-new 2022 model has attended to with a couple of fascinating surprises like the offering of the hybrid powertrain in the upper 2 trim levels in addition to the captivating 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. What is missing, in my viewpoint, is something additional for the tailgate that is otherwise “typical” however has a power-retractable step for easy access to the composite-lined truck bed and a fast power-release button on the motorists side taillight. There are no tow hooks offered that I understand of in any trim level.

Fuel intake is much improved 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 car. If you decide for 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 begin to get back at much better, a minimum of during city driving, is in the hybrid trim Tundra models, which are currently designated for the two top trims of the Tundra TRD Pro and glamorous 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 exact same city mpg but 1 mpg better for the highway in the Capstone trim. The 1794 edition trim has the schedule of picking the hybrid powertrain or stick with the standard twin-turbo V6 as in my test vehicle.

The seating arrangements are more comfortable than I remember 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 up and ventilated up front as well as for the back outboard seats. The seating locations have abundant area, and the rear seat still seems like a large sofa and has big storage locations listed below the folding bottoms that is otherwise taken up by the hybrid battery in the TRD Pro or Capstone trims.

Inside of the brand-new 2022 Toyota Tundra is a reworked cabin that takes things up a couple of notches for being more premium, specifically in the upper trim levels like my Platinum test lorry, and even more in the luxurious Capstone trim. Theres likewise a new 10-inch color heads-up display screen and a big 14-inch infotainment system that comes standard for the Limited trim and all greater trim levels in place of the standard 8-inch system in the lower trims.

Toyotas proven and long-standing reliability ought to equate well for the new 2022 Tundra as theres a more refined plan here with no rattles and a flawless build quality inside and out. The trip of the new Tundra is smoother partly 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 grumble that Toyota handled to conjure up from smart engineering.

As expected, theres a bunch of active security features for the brand-new Tundra with Toyotas Safety Sense 2.5 package being basic across the board, that includes pre-collision warning with automated emergency situation braking, adaptive cruise control, and a lane-keeping system. The extra safety features, such as the blind-spot display with rear cross-traffic alert, are standard beginning with the Limited trim. The Platinum trim includes a 360-degree electronic 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 new 2022 Toyota Tundra is a highly regarded value. The pricing scale quickly catches up with 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 begins at $66,805, and the Tundra Capstone at $73,530, which are both hybrids.

Towing ability for the brand-new Tundra maxes out at 12,000 pounds if you select 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 a little 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).

To increase the Tundras location amongst the competitors, theres the accessibility of a rear load-leveling suspension system, which was equipped on my Tundra Platinum test automobile. The lowering and raising of the rear does take some time to finish through the dash button however shows to be really advantageous for pulling or hauling heavy products to prevent rear sag and possibly enhance upon stability at speed. The general look of my test car appears to be a bit low even with the system set into the automatic mode at the typical flight height. If you require additional ground clearance beyond the brand-new Tundra Platinums 9.4 inches, youll want to step up to the TRD Pro to get 10.9 inches. Theres also the accessibility of power tow mirrors discovered on my test car that can be extended at journalism of a button, which are currently incredibly huge and typically create a small blind area that you must be conscious when steering.

Toyotas quest 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 timely word of “Hey Toyota,” similar to how other brand-new systems from BMW and Mercedes-Benz timely voice acknowledgment commands. The new infotainment system is really responsive and has a brief knowing curve. However, the system has a great deal of hidden features that generally present themselves at random through pop-up alerts, which can be somewhat of a diversion if you enable it. The system is really open and uncomplicated for its settings and anticipated over-the-air updates to keep it keeping up new integrations. Theres usb-wired or likewise cordless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto combination that works flawlessly during my experience with my iPhone 13 Pro.

Power from the new engine comes on strong with adequate torque and gets the vehicle moving well thanks to its a little lighter curb weight over the outbound design. I had the ability to make a few 0 to 60 miles per hour tests and the very best time pertained to 6.9 seconds. The mid-range power was the sweet spot for the turbo V6 and it never ever seemed like it was doing not have for its pulling power. For the most part, the brand-new Tundra felt a little lighter on its feet versus the outbound design and the braking feel is exceptional with a preliminary grab that inspired 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 new start/stop function that shuts down the engine if you apply enough brake pressure at the stop, however you can temporarily disable the feature (it will need disabling after a new preliminary lorry start-up). As a fast note, the new Tundra has available remote start through the Toyota app (paid service) but when you have the feature you can also remote start the Tundra by pressing the lock button three times on your key fob (without the paid-service). Though, the car turns off when you attempt to open the doors, which is odd.

In the past, Ive discussed sometimes how Toyotas methodical technique to updating their cars has succeeded for them considering how reputable and relied on the brand has actually been for numerous years. To reiterate such an idea, the Toyota Tundra has gone 14 years in its 2nd generation, and for the 2022 design year, it gets a full redesign marking the 3rd generation of the full-size truck that is more poised to compete with the Ford F-150, Chevy Silverado/GMC Sierra, and RAM 1500.
The totally 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 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 through a brand-new 10-speed automatic transmission that feels mostly direct and does a great job of finding the proper equipment without unnecessary shifting.

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