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

Toyota needed to do something to upgrade the Tundra and it was previous time for a redesign. After upwards of 14 years of the same generation, the Tundra was old and fell behind the competitors. In recent years the Tundra rested on its dependability factor but there were lots of areas in need of much improvement, which I think the brand new 2022 model has actually addressed with a few intriguing surprises like the offering of the hybrid powertrain in the upper two trim levels in addition to the eye-catching large-and-in-charge 14-inch infotainment screen. As far as looks, the new 2022 Tundra fits the appropriate 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. What is missing out on, in my viewpoint, is something extra for the tailgate that is otherwise “regular” however has a power-retractable footstep for simple access to the composite-lined truck bed and a fast power-release button on the chauffeurs side taillight. Likewise, there are no tow hooks available that I understand of in any trim level.

Within the brand-new 2022 Toyota Tundra is a revamped cabin that takes things up a couple of notches for being more premium, especially in the upper trim levels like my Platinum test automobile, and a lot 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 chauffeur is a brand-new instrument cluster that can be had in a totally digital 12.3-inch screen offering you all relevant automobile info and a number of personalized parts of the screen. Theres likewise a brand-new 10-inch color heads-up display screen and a big 14-inch infotainment system that comes requirement for the Limited trim and all higher trim levels in location of the standard 8-inch system in the lower trims.

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 lorry. Where things begin to get even better, at least throughout city driving, is in the hybrid trim Tundra models, which are presently designated for the 2 leading trims of the Tundra TRD Pro and elegant Capstone trim. As a fast note, the new Tundra has offered remote start through the Toyota app (paid service) but when you have the feature you can likewise remote start the Tundra by pushing the lock button three times on your key fob (without the paid-service). At a beginning rate 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 leading 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.

To increase 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 automobile. The lowering and raising of the rear does spend some time to finish through the dash button but shows to be very useful for pulling or hauling heavy products to prevent rear sag and possibly improve upon stability at speed. The general appearance of my test automobile seems to be a bit low even with the system set into the automated mode at the normal flight height. If you require extra ground clearance beyond the brand-new Tundra Platinums 9.4 inches, youll wish to step up to the TRD Pro to get 10.9 inches. Theres likewise the accessibility of power tow mirrors discovered on my test vehicle that can be extended at the press of a button, which are already extremely big and typically create a little blind area that you should be conscious when steering.

Towing ability 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 slightly 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).

Power from the new engine comes on strong with sufficient torque and gets the car moving well thanks to its somewhat lighter curb weight over the outgoing model. I had the ability to make a few 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 felt 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 model and the braking feel is exceptional with an initial grab that influenced some confidence in managing 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 shuts down the engine if you use enough brake pressure at the stop, but you can briefly disable the function (it will require disabling after a brand-new preliminary vehicle start-up). As a quick note, the new Tundra has readily available remote start through the Toyota app (paid service) however when you have the feature you can also remote start the Tundra by pushing the lock button three times on your essential fob (without the paid-service). Though, the car shuts off when you try to unlock the doors, which is weird.

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 quite pleased with all the improvements, even if theres no longer a gas-guzzling V8. As far as winning over those who currently own rivals or beginners, the brand-new Tundra will do just great to capture some who might have had a disappointment or wonder on how well the Tundra might impress them since its from an Americanized brand name with an unmatched history of dependability.

Fuel consumption 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 lorry. Where things start to get even better, at least throughout city driving, is in the hybrid trim Tundra models, which are currently designated for the two leading trims of the Tundra TRD Pro and elegant Capstone trim.

Toyotas mission to match and somewhat surpass some competition settles 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,” similar to how other brand-new systems from BMW and Mercedes-Benz prompt voice recognition commands. The brand-new infotainment system is very responsive and has a short learning curve. However, the system has a great deal of surprise functions that typically provide themselves at random through pop-up alerts, which can be rather of a distraction if you allow it. The system is extremely open and uncomplicated for its settings and expected over-the-air updates to keep it keeping up new integrations. Theres also cordless or USB-wired Apple CarPlay and Android Auto combination that works seamlessly throughout my experience with my iPhone 13 Pro.

Toyotas enduring and proven dependability should translate well for the new 2022 Tundra as theres a more refined plan here without any rattles and a flawless construct quality inside and out. The trip of the brand-new Tundra is smoother partly thanks to adaptive dampers, and the cabin is surprisingly quiet for a truck. A few of that quietness is thanks to the turbocharged V6 engine that does not sound anything like the outbound V8 but does have a neat roar that Toyota managed to create from clever engineering.

As anticipated, theres a bevy of active security features for the new Tundra with Toyotas Safety Sense 2.5 plan being standard throughout the board, that includes pre-collision caution with automatic 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 standard starting with the Limited trim. The Platinum trim adds a 360-degree electronic camera system and a trailer backup guide system.
At a beginning 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 pricing scale quickly overtakes 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. 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.

In the past, Ive explained lot of times how Toyotas methodical technique to upgrading their automobiles has actually done well for them considering how dependable and trusted the brand has been for countless years. To repeat such a concept, the Toyota Tundra has gone 14 years in its 2nd 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 totally upgraded 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 brand-new hybrid V6 setup called the i-Force Max. The base engine, the new twin-turbo 3.5-liter V6 found in my Tundra Platinum trim test vehicle, touts improvements over the V8 in practically every location having a smooth delivery of its 389 horse power and 479 lb-ft of torque in my test automobile. Power is sent out through a new 10-speed automated transmission that feels mainly direct and does a great task of finding the proper equipment without unnecessary moving.

The seating arrangements are more comfy 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 heated and aerated in advance as well as for the back outboard seats. The seating locations have plentiful area, and the rear seat still feels like a big couch and has large storage locations listed below the folding bottoms that is otherwise used up by the hybrid battery in the TRD Pro or Capstone trims.

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