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

Toyotas enduring and proven reliability need to equate well for the brand-new 2022 Tundra as theres a more refined bundle here without any rattles and a flawless develop 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 quietness is thanks to the turbocharged V6 engine that doesnt sound anything like the outgoing V8 however does have a neat roar that Toyota handled to create from smart engineering.

The seating arrangements are more comfortable than I remember 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 ventilated up front along with for the back outboard seats. The seating locations have numerous area, and the rear seat still feels like a large couch and has big 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 combined 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 presently designated for the 2 leading trims of the Tundra TRD Pro and luxurious 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 begin the Tundra by pressing the lock button 3 times on your essential fob (without the paid-service). At a beginning price of $35,950 for the base Tundra SR Double Cab 4 × 2 trim, the new 2022 Toyota Tundra is a reputable 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.

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 pleased with all the enhancements, even if theres no longer a gas-guzzling V8. As far as winning over those who presently own beginners or rivals, the new Tundra will do simply fine to record some who might have had a disappointment or are curious on how well the Tundra might impress them due to the fact that its from an Americanized brand with an unparalleled history of reliability.

In the past, Ive explained many times how Toyotas methodical approach to updating their vehicles has actually succeeded for them considering how trusted and trusted the brand name has been for numerous years. To reiterate such a notion, the Toyota Tundra has actually gone 14 years in its 2nd generation, and for the 2022 design year, it gets a complete redesign marking the 3rd 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 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 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 lorry, promotes improvements over the V8 in just about every area having a smooth shipment of its 389 horse power and 479 lb-ft of torque in my test automobile. Power is sent through a brand-new 10-speed automatic transmission that feels mostly direct and does an excellent job of finding the proper gear without unnecessary shifting.

Within the new 2022 Toyota Tundra is a remodelled cabin that takes things up a couple of notches for being more premium, particularly in the upper trim levels like my Platinum test vehicle, and even 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 new instrument cluster that can be had in a fully digital 12.3-inch display screen giving you all important automobile info and a couple of adjustable parts of the screen. Theres also a brand-new 10-inch color heads-up display and a big 14-inch infotainment system that comes standard for the Limited trim and all greater trim levels in place of the basic 8-inch system in the lower trims.

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 model. I was able to make a couple of 0 to 60 miles per hour tests and the best time concerned 6.9 seconds. The mid-range power was the sweet area for the turbo V6 and it never ever seemed like it was lacking for its pulling power. For the most part, the brand-new Tundra felt a little lighter on its feet versus the outgoing design and the braking feel is exceptional with an initial grab that motivated some self-confidence in controlling the truck and bringing it to a safe stop. Overall, the braking pedal feel is the very 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 briefly disable the function (it will need disabling after a new initial car start-up). As a fast note, the brand-new Tundra has offered remote start through the Toyota app (paid service) but when you have the feature you can likewise remote begin the Tundra by pressing the lock button three times on your crucial fob (without the paid-service). The automobile shuts off when you try to open the doors, which is strange.

Toyota had to do something to update the Tundra and it was previous time for a redesign. In recent years the Tundra rested on its dependability factor however there were numerous areas in requirement of much improvement, which I believe the brand new 2022 design has addressed with a few fascinating surprises like the offering of the hybrid powertrain in the upper 2 trim levels along with the captivating large-and-in-charge 14-inch infotainment screen. As far as looks, the new 2022 Tundra fits the appropriate 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.

Towing ability for the new Tundra maxes out at 12,000 pounds if you choose 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 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).

Fuel usage 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 car. If you go with 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, at least throughout city driving, is in the hybrid trim Tundra models, which are presently designated for the two leading trims of the Tundra TRD Pro and luxurious 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 much better for the highway in the Capstone trim. The 1794 edition trim has the accessibility of picking the hybrid powertrain or stick to the standard twin-turbo V6 as in my test car.

As expected, theres a bevy of active security features for the brand-new Tundra with Toyotas Safety Sense 2.5 package being standard throughout the board, that includes pre-collision caution with automatic 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 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 highly regarded worth. The prices 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.

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

Toyotas mission to match and rather go beyond some competitors pays off well with the new 14-inch infotainment system that now listens for more natural language commands starting with a timely word of “Hey Toyota,” just like how other brand-new systems from BMW and Mercedes-Benz prompt voice recognition commands. The brand-new infotainment system is really responsive and has a short knowing curve. Nevertheless, the system has a lot of concealed features that usually provide themselves at random through pop-up notices, which can be rather of an interruption if you enable it. The system is uncomplicated and very open for its settings and anticipated over-the-air updates to keep it keeping up new combinations. Theres usb-wired or likewise wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto combination that works flawlessly throughout my experience with my iPhone 13 Pro.

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