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

Toyotas mission to match and rather surpass some competition settles well with the brand-new 14-inch infotainment system that now listens for more natural language commands beginning with a prompt word of “Hey Toyota,” just like how other brand-new systems from BMW and Mercedes-Benz timely voice acknowledgment commands. The brand-new infotainment system is very responsive and has a short learning curve. However, the system has a lot of covert features that typically present themselves at random through pop-up alerts, which can be somewhat of a distraction if you allow it. The system is simple and extremely open for its settings and expected over-the-air updates to keep it keeping up new integrations. Theres usb-wired or likewise wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto combination that works perfectly during my experience with my iPhone 13 Pro.

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 improvements, even if theres no longer a gas-guzzling V8. As far as winning over those who currently own rivals or newcomers, the brand-new Tundra will do just great to capture some who might have had a bad experience or are curious on how well the Tundra might impress them due to the fact that its from an Americanized brand name with an unparalleled history of dependability.

Power from the new engine comes on strong with sufficient torque and gets the automobile moving well thanks to its somewhat lighter curb weight over the outbound design. I had the ability to make a couple of 0 to 60 mph tests and the finest time pertained to 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 new Tundra felt a little lighter on its feet versus the outgoing model and the braking feel is exceptional with an initial grab that inspired some 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 new start/stop function that closes down the engine if you use enough brake pressure at the stop, however you can briefly disable the feature (it will require disabling after a brand-new preliminary car start-up). As a fast note, the new Tundra has offered remote start through the Toyota app (paid service) but when you have the function you can likewise remote start the Tundra by pushing the lock button 3 times on your essential fob (without the paid-service). The automobile shuts off when you attempt to unlock the doors, which is strange.

In the past, Ive explained lots of times how Toyotas methodical technique to upgrading their vehicles has succeeded for them thinking about how reputable and relied on the brand name has been for many years. To restate such an idea, the Toyota Tundra has gone 14 years in its 2nd generation, and for the 2022 model year, it gets a complete redesign marking the 3rd generation of the full-size truck that is more poised to complete with the Ford F-150, Chevy Silverado/GMC Sierra, and RAM 1500.
The completely 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 new twin-turbo 3.5-liter V6 discovered in my Tundra Platinum trim test vehicle, touts improvements over the V8 in practically every area having a smooth shipment of its 389 horse power and 479 lb-ft of torque in my test car. Power is sent out through a new 10-speed automatic transmission that feels mainly direct and does a good task of discovering the proper equipment without unnecessary shifting.

Fuel intake 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 vehicle. Where things start to get even better, at least during city driving, is in the hybrid trim Tundra models, which are currently designated for the 2 leading trims of the Tundra TRD Pro and luxurious Capstone trim.

Toyota had to do something to update the Tundra and it was past time for a redesign. In recent years the Tundra rested on its reliability aspect however there were many areas in need of much improvement, 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 two trim levels along with the eye-catching 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.

Fuel intake 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 automobile. Where things begin to get even much better, at least during city driving, is in the hybrid trim Tundra models, which are presently designated for the two top trims of the Tundra TRD Pro and glamorous Capstone trim. As a fast note, the brand-new Tundra has available remote start through the Toyota app (paid service) but when you have the feature you can likewise remote start the Tundra by pressing the lock button three times on your key fob (without the paid-service). At a starting cost of $35,950 for the base Tundra SR Double Cab 4 × 2 trim, the new 2022 Toyota Tundra is a respected worth. At the leading end of the spectrum, the brand-new Tundra TRD Pro begins at $66,805, and the Tundra Capstone at $73,530, which are both hybrids.

Within the brand-new 2022 Toyota Tundra is a revamped cabin that takes things up a couple of notches for being more premium, specifically in the upper trim levels like my Platinum test car, and much more in the glamorous 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 motorist is a brand-new instrument cluster that can be had in a totally digital 12.3-inch display providing you all essential automobile information and a couple of adjustable parts of the screen. Theres also a brand-new 10-inch color heads-up screen and a large 14-inch infotainment system that comes standard for the Limited trim and all greater trim levels in location of the basic 8-inch system in the lower trims.

As anticipated, theres a bevy of active security features for the brand-new Tundra with Toyotas Safety Sense 2.5 plan being basic throughout the board, that includes pre-collision warning with automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, and a lane-keeping system. The additional safety functions, such as the blind-spot screen with rear cross-traffic alert, are basic beginning with the Limited trim. The Platinum trim adds a 360-degree electronic camera system and a trailer backup guide system.
At a starting cost of $35,950 for the base Tundra SR Double Cab 4 × 2 trim, the new 2022 Toyota Tundra is a respected worth. The rates 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 begins at $66,805, and the Tundra Capstone at $73,530, which are both hybrids.

Toyotas proven and long-standing reliability must equate well for the brand-new 2022 Tundra as theres a more refined bundle here with no rattles and an impeccable build 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. Some of that tranquility is thanks to the turbocharged V6 engine that does not sound anything like the outgoing V8 but does have a neat grumble that Toyota managed to create from smart engineering.

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

To increase the Tundras place among the competition, theres the accessibility of a rear load-leveling suspension system, which was equipped on my Tundra Platinum test car. The lowering and raising of the rear does take a while to finish through the dash button however proves to be very useful for hauling or hauling heavy products to prevent rear sag and possibly surpass stability at speed. The total appearance of my test automobile appears to be a bit low even with the system set into the automated mode at the typical trip height. Youll desire to step up to the TRD Pro to get 10.9 inches if you need additional ground clearance outside of the new Tundra Platinums 9.4 inches. Theres likewise the availability of power tow mirrors found on my test lorry that can be extended at journalism of a button, which are already incredibly huge and often develop a small blind area that you must be conscious when navigating.

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 heated and aerated in advance in addition to for the back outboard seats. The seating locations have abundant space, and the rear seat still feels like a large sofa and has big storage areas 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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