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

At the end of the day, the new 2022 Toyota Tundra, proudly made in Texas, will continue to keep its fan base proud and rather happy with all the enhancements, even if theres no longer a gas-guzzling V8. As far as winning over those who presently own rivals or newcomers, the new Tundra will do simply great to record some who might have had a bad experience or wonder on how well the Tundra might impress them since its from an Americanized brand name with an unparalleled history of dependability.

Fuel usage is much enhanced 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 vehicle. Where things begin to get even better, at least during 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. As a fast note, the new Tundra has available remote start through the Toyota app (paid service) however when you have the function you can likewise remote start 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 brand-new 2022 Toyota Tundra is a highly regarded value. At the leading end of the spectrum, the new Tundra TRD Pro begins at $66,805, and the Tundra Capstone at $73,530, which are both hybrids.

Toyotas proven and enduring reliability ought to translate well for the brand-new 2022 Tundra as theres a more refined package here with no rattles and an impeccable build quality inside and out. The flight 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 tranquility is thanks to the turbocharged V6 engine that doesnt sound anything like the outgoing V8 but does have a neat roar that Toyota handled to summon from creative engineering.

As expected, theres a bunch of active security features for the brand-new Tundra with Toyotas Safety Sense 2.5 plan being basic throughout the board, which consists of pre-collision warning with automatic emergency situation braking, adaptive cruise control, and a lane-keeping system. The extra safety functions, such as the blind-spot monitor 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 brand-new 2022 Toyota Tundra is a reputable worth. 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, checks 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.

Inside of the 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 lorry, and much 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 central focus to the chauffeur is a brand-new instrument cluster that can be had in a fully digital 12.3-inch screen providing you all pertinent automobile information 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 higher trim levels in place of the standard 8-inch system in the lower trims.

Towing capability for the brand-new Tundra maxes out at 12,000 pounds if you select a base SR trim with the smaller sized 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 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 described sometimes how Toyotas methodical method to upgrading their lorries has done well for them considering how dependable and trusted the brand name has actually been for countless years. To reiterate such an idea, the Toyota Tundra has gone 14 years in its second generation, and for the 2022 model year, it gets a full redesign marking the 3rd generation of the full-size truck that is more poised to contend with the Ford F-150, Chevy Silverado/GMC Sierra, and RAM 1500.
The entirely revamped 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 found in my Tundra Platinum trim test car, touts improvements over the V8 in almost every location having a smooth delivery of its 389 horse power and 479 lb-ft of torque in my test lorry. Power is sent out through a brand-new 10-speed automated transmission that feels mostly direct and does a good job of finding the correct gear without unnecessary shifting.

To heighten the Tundras location amongst the competitors, theres the accessibility of a rear load-leveling suspension system, which was geared up on my Tundra Platinum test vehicle. If you need 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.

The seating arrangements are more comfortable 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 heated and aerated in advance in addition to for the back outboard seats. The seating locations have abundant area, and the rear seat still seems like a big sofa and has large storage locations below the folding bottoms that is otherwise taken up by the hybrid battery in the TRD Pro or Capstone trims.

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 lorry. Where things begin to get even better, at least throughout city driving, is in the hybrid trim Tundra models, which are currently designated for the 2 top trims of the Tundra TRD Pro and glamorous Capstone trim.

Toyota had to do something to upgrade the Tundra and it was past time for a redesign. In recent years the Tundra rested on its reliability factor however there were lots of locations in need of much improvement, which I think the brand new 2022 design has actually attended to with a few intriguing surprises like the offering of the hybrid powertrain in the upper two trim levels along with the captivating large-and-in-charge 14-inch infotainment screen. As far as appearances, the new 2022 Tundra fits the correct part for having its distinct 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 sufficient torque and gets the vehicle moving well thanks to its slightly lighter curb weight over the outbound design. I was able 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 area for the turbo V6 and it never felt 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 design and the braking feel is exceptional with an initial grab that influenced some self-confidence in controlling the truck and bringing it to a safe stop. In general, 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 apply enough brake pressure at the stop, but you can temporarily disable the feature (it will need disabling after a new preliminary lorry 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 function you can likewise remote start the Tundra by pressing the lock button three times on your key fob (without the paid-service). The vehicle shuts off when you attempt to open the doors, which is unusual.

Toyotas mission to match and somewhat go beyond some competition 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 prompt voice recognition commands. The new infotainment system is very responsive and has a short learning curve. Nevertheless, the system has a lot of surprise features that usually present themselves at random through pop-up notices, which can be somewhat of an interruption if you permit it. The system is extremely open and uncomplicated for its settings and anticipated over-the-air updates to keep it keeping up new combinations. Theres likewise wireless or USB-wired Apple CarPlay and Android Auto combination that works seamlessly throughout my experience with my iPhone 13 Pro.

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