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

Within the brand-new 2022 Toyota Tundra is a revamped cabin that takes things up a couple of notches for being more premium, particularly in the upper trim levels like my Platinum test car, and even more in the elegant Capstone trim. Theres now a soft-touch dashboard and more soft-touch areas for the upper face of the dash. Bringing a central focus to the motorist is a brand-new instrument cluster that can be had in a totally digital 12.3-inch screen offering you all relevant lorry info and a couple of personalized parts of the screen. Theres likewise a new 10-inch color heads-up screen and a big 14-inch infotainment system that comes standard for the Limited trim and all higher trim levels in place of the standard 8-inch system in the lower trims.

As anticipated, theres a bunch of active security features for the new Tundra with Toyotas Safety Sense 2.5 plan being standard throughout the board, which 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 standard starting with the Limited trim. The Platinum trim includes a 360-degree electronic camera system and a trailer backup guide system.
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 reputable value. The pricing scale rapidly 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 capability for the new Tundra maxes out at 12,000 pounds if you go with a base SR trim with the smaller double taxi, which likewise 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 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).

In the past, Ive discussed lot of times how Toyotas systematic method to updating their automobiles has succeeded for them considering how trustworthy and relied on the brand name has been for numerous years. To restate 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 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 brand-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, promotes enhancements 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 vehicle. Power is sent through a brand-new 10-speed automatic transmission that feels mostly direct and does an excellent task of finding the proper equipment without unnecessary moving.

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

Toyotas tested and long-standing reliability need to translate well for the brand-new 2022 Tundra as theres a more refined bundle here without any rattles and a flawless construct quality inside and out. The ride of the new Tundra is smoother partially thanks to adaptive dampers, and the cabin is remarkably peaceful for a truck. A few 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 managed to conjure up from clever engineering.

Toyota had to do something to upgrade the Tundra and it was previous time for a redesign. In current years the Tundra rested on its reliability aspect however there were many locations in requirement of much enhancement, which I believe the brand new 2022 design 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 appealing large-and-in-charge 14-inch infotainment screen. As far as looks, the new 2022 Tundra fits the proper 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.

Fuel usage 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 vehicle. Where things start to get even better, at least throughout city driving, is in the hybrid trim Tundra designs, which are presently designated for the two leading trims of the Tundra TRD Pro and elegant Capstone trim. As a fast note, the new Tundra has readily available 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 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 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.

For the a lot of part, the new Tundra felt a little lighter on its feet versus the outbound model and the braking feel is exceptional with an initial grab that inspired some self-confidence in managing the truck and bringing it to a safe stop. When stopped, theres a new start/stop function that shuts down the engine if you use enough brake pressure at the stop, but you can temporarily disable the feature (it will require disabling after a new preliminary automobile startup). As a fast note, the new Tundra has offered remote start through the Toyota app (paid service) however when you have the feature you can likewise remote begin the Tundra by pressing the lock button 3 times on your key fob (without the paid-service).

Fuel consumption 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 vehicle. 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 2 leading trims of the Tundra TRD Pro and elegant Capstone trim.

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 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 new infotainment system is really responsive and has a short learning curve. The system has a lot of surprise functions that typically present themselves at random through pop-up notifications, which can be somewhat of an interruption if you permit it. The system is very open and simple for its settings and expected over-the-air updates to keep it running with brand-new integrations. Theres usb-wired or also cordless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto combination that works perfectly throughout my experience with my iPhone 13 Pro.

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 delighted with all the enhancements, 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 fine to catch some who might have had a bad experience or wonder on how well the Tundra may impress them since its from an Americanized brand name with an unmatched history of reliability.

The seating plans are more comfy than I keep in mind in the outbound 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 warmed and aerated in advance along with for the back outboard seats. The seating areas have abundant space, and the rear seat still feels like a large sofa and has large storage locations listed below the folding bottoms that is otherwise taken up by the hybrid battery in the TRD Pro or Capstone trims.

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