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

As anticipated, theres a bevy of active safety features for the new Tundra with Toyotas Safety Sense 2.5 package being basic across the board, which consists of pre-collision warning with automated emergency situation braking, adaptive cruise control, and a lane-keeping system. The extra security functions, such as the blind-spot monitor with rear cross-traffic alert, are standard starting with the Limited trim. The Platinum trim adds a 360-degree video 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 value. The prices scale quickly captures 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 starts at $66,805, and the Tundra Capstone at $73,530, which are both hybrids.

Toyotas mission to match and rather surpass some competitors pays off 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,” much like how other brand-new systems from BMW and Mercedes-Benz prompt voice acknowledgment commands. The system is uncomplicated and really open for its settings and expected over-the-air updates to keep it running with new integrations.

Fuel usage is much enhanced 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. If you choose a two-wheel-drive design like the Limited CrewMax youll enhance upon those fuel usage figures to get 18 mpg city, 23 mpg highway, and 20 mpg combined. Where things begin to get even much better, a minimum of during city driving, is in the hybrid trim Tundra designs, which are currently 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 horsepower and 583 lb-ft of torque and return 19 mpg city and 21 mpg highway for the TRD Pro and the same city mpg however 1 mpg much better for the highway in the Capstone trim. The 1794 edition trim has the accessibility of selecting the hybrid powertrain or stick with the standard twin-turbo V6 as in my test lorry.

The seating arrangements are more comfy than I keep in mind in the outgoing design and there are extra subtle touches that make the interior feel premium, such as the accented stitching throughout the control panel and seats, which are warmed and ventilated up front in addition to for the back outboard seats. The seating locations have abundant area, and the rear seat still feels like a large couch and has big storage locations listed below the folding bottoms that is otherwise taken up by the hybrid battery in the TRD Pro or Capstone trims.

In the past, Ive described lot of times how Toyotas systematic approach to upgrading their vehicles has succeeded for them thinking about how trusted and trusted the brand has been for numerous years. To restate such an idea, the Toyota Tundra has actually gone 14 years in its second 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 complete with the Ford F-150, Chevy Silverado/GMC Sierra, and RAM 1500.
The totally upgraded 2022 Toyota Tundra is a more refined truck that does away with 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 car, touts enhancements 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 lorry. Power is sent out through a brand-new 10-speed automated transmission that feels primarily direct and does a great job of finding the proper gear without unneeded shifting.

To heighten the Tundras place amongst the competitors, theres the accessibility of a rear load-leveling suspension system, which was geared up on my Tundra Platinum test lorry. The lowering and raising of the back does spend some time to complete through the dash button however shows to be really advantageous for hauling or hauling heavy products to prevent rear sag and potentially surpass stability at speed. The general look of my test lorry seems to be a bit low even with the system set into the automatic mode at the regular trip height. If you require additional ground clearance beyond the new Tundra Platinums 9.4 inches, youll wish to step up to the TRD Pro to get 10.9 inches. Theres also the schedule of power tow mirrors found on my test vehicle that can be extended at the press of a button, which are already extremely substantial and frequently produce a little blind area that you must be mindful when maneuvering.

For the many part, the brand-new Tundra felt a little lighter on its feet versus the outgoing design and the braking feel is exceptional with a preliminary grab that motivated some confidence in controlling the truck and bringing it to a safe stop. When stopped, theres a new start/stop function that shuts down the engine if you apply enough brake pressure at the stop, however you can temporarily disable the function (it will require disabling after a new preliminary automobile start-up). As a fast note, the new Tundra has 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 key fob (without the paid-service).

Toyotas proven and enduring dependability should translate well for the new 2022 Tundra as theres a more refined package here without any rattles and a flawless build quality inside and out. The flight of the brand-new Tundra is smoother partially thanks to adaptive dampers, and the cabin is surprisingly peaceful for a truck. Some of that tranquility is thanks to the turbocharged V6 engine that does not sound anything like the outbound V8 however does have a neat roar that Toyota handled to summon from clever engineering.

Fuel intake 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 lorry. Where things start to get even 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 new Tundra has available remote start through the Toyota app (paid service) however 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 beginning cost of $35,950 for the base Tundra SR Double Cab 4 × 2 trim, the 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.

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 pleased with all the improvements, even if theres no longer a gas-guzzling V8. As far as winning over those who presently own rivals or newcomers, the brand-new Tundra will do just fine to record some who might have had a disappointment or wonder on how well the Tundra might impress them since its from an Americanized brand name with an unmatched history of reliability.

Inside of the brand-new 2022 Toyota Tundra is a reworked cabin that takes things up a few notches for being more premium, specifically in the upper trim levels like my Platinum test lorry, and even more in the elegant Capstone trim. 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 standard 8-inch system in the lower trims.

Towing ability for the brand-new Tundra maxes out at 12,000 pounds if you choose a base SR trim with the smaller double cab, which also has a max payload of 1,940 pounds (5,095 curb weight/gross weight at 7,035 pounds). From there, towing is just 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).

Toyota had to do something to update the Tundra and it was past time for a redesign. After upwards of 14 years of the very same generation, the Tundra was old and fell back the competitors. In current years the Tundra rested on its dependability aspect but there were lots of areas in requirement of much improvement, which I believe the brand new 2022 model has resolved with a couple of interesting surprises like the offering of the hybrid powertrain in the upper 2 trim levels together with the distinctive large-and-in-charge 14-inch infotainment screen. As far as appearances, 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. What is missing, in my viewpoint, is something additional for the tailgate that is otherwise “normal” however has a power-retractable footstep for simple access to the composite-lined truck bed and a fast power-release button on the motorists side taillight. There are no tow hooks offered that I understand of in any trim level.

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