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

Power from the new engine comes on strong with sufficient torque and gets the vehicle moving well thanks to its somewhat lighter curb weight over the outbound model. I was able to make a few 0 to 60 mph 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 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 outgoing model 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. Overall, the braking pedal feel is the best Ive experienced in this class of a truck. 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 start-up). As a fast note, the brand-new Tundra has readily available remote start through the Toyota app (paid service) however when you have the feature you can likewise remote start the Tundra by pushing the lock button three times on your crucial fob (without the paid-service). Though, the lorry turns off when you try to unlock the doors, which is weird.

Fuel usage 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 car. Where things begin to get even much better, at least during city driving, is in the hybrid trim Tundra designs, which are presently designated for the two top trims of the Tundra TRD Pro and glamorous Capstone trim. As a quick note, the brand-new Tundra has available remote start through the Toyota app (paid service) however when you have the function you can also remote begin 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 new 2022 Toyota Tundra is a respected worth. At the top 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.

To increase the Tundras location among the competition, theres the schedule of a rear load-leveling suspension system, which was geared up 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 mission to match and rather exceed some competition pays off well with the new 14-inch infotainment system that now listens for more natural language commands beginning with a prompt word of “Hey Toyota,” much like how other new systems from BMW and Mercedes-Benz timely voice acknowledgment commands. The system is very open and simple for its settings and anticipated over-the-air updates to keep it running with new combinations.

In the past, Ive explained often times how Toyotas systematic approach to updating their vehicles has succeeded for them considering how reputable and trusted the brand name has actually been for many years. To restate such a notion, the Toyota Tundra has actually gone 14 years in its second 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 entirely 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 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 shipment of its 389 horse power and 479 lb-ft of torque in my test automobile. Power is sent through a new 10-speed automated transmission that feels mostly direct and does an excellent task of finding the appropriate equipment without unnecessary moving.

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 lorry. If you choose a two-wheel-drive model like the Limited CrewMax youll enhance upon those fuel consumption figures to get 18 mpg city, 23 mpg highway, and 20 mpg integrated. Where things begin to get even better, a minimum of during city driving, remains in the hybrid trim Tundra designs, which are presently designated for the two top trims of the Tundra TRD Pro and elegant Capstone trim. The TRD Pro and Capstone trims get the hybrid powertrain with 437 horse power and 583 lb-ft of torque and return 19 mpg city and 21 mpg highway for the TRD Pro and the exact same city mpg however 1 mpg much better for the highway in the Capstone trim. The 1794 edition trim has the availability of selecting the hybrid powertrain or stick to the standard twin-turbo V6 as in my test lorry.

Toyotas long-standing and proven dependability need to equate well for the new 2022 Tundra as theres a more refined plan here without any rattles and an impressive develop quality inside and out. The trip of the brand-new Tundra is smoother partially thanks to adaptive dampers, and the cabin is remarkably quiet for a truck. A few of that tranquility is thanks to the turbocharged V6 engine that doesnt sound anything like the outgoing V8 however does have a cool roar that Toyota managed to summon from smart engineering.

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

Within the brand-new 2022 Toyota Tundra is a revamped cabin that takes things up a few notches for being more premium, particularly in the upper trim levels like my Platinum test automobile, and a lot more in the luxurious Capstone trim. Theres now a soft-touch control panel and more soft-touch locations 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 giving you all significant automobile info and a number of adjustable parts of the screen. Theres also a new 10-inch color heads-up display and a large 14-inch infotainment system that comes standard for the Limited trim and all higher trim levels in location of the standard 8-inch system in the lower trims.

As anticipated, theres a bevy of active security functions for the new Tundra with Toyotas Safety Sense 2.5 package being standard across the board, that includes pre-collision caution with automated 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 basic 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 new 2022 Toyota Tundra is a respected value. The pricing scale rapidly 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, checks out at $63,939. 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.

Toyota had to do something to upgrade the Tundra and it was past time for a redesign. In current years the Tundra rested on its reliability factor but there were lots of areas in requirement of much improvement, which I believe the all-new 2022 design has actually attended to with a few fascinating surprises like the offering of the hybrid powertrain in the upper 2 trim levels along with the attractive large-and-in-charge 14-inch infotainment screen. As far as looks, 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.

The seating plans are more comfortable than I keep in mind in the outbound model 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 along with for the back outboard seats. The seating locations have numerous area, and the rear seat still seems like a large couch and has large storage locations below the folding bottoms that is otherwise used up by the hybrid battery in the TRD Pro or Capstone trims.

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