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

To increase the Tundras location amongst the competitors, theres the availability of a rear load-leveling suspension system, which was equipped 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.

At the end of the day, the brand-new 2022 Toyota Tundra, proudly made in Texas, will continue to keep its fan base proud and quite pleased with all the enhancements, even if theres no longer a gas-guzzling V8. As far as winning over those who currently own beginners or rivals, the new Tundra will do simply great to catch some who might have had a disappointment or are curious on how well the Tundra might impress them since its from an Americanized brand name with an unmatched history of reliability.

In the past, Ive discussed sometimes how Toyotas systematic method to upgrading their vehicles has actually succeeded for them thinking about how dependable and relied on the brand has been for countless years. To restate such a concept, the Toyota Tundra has actually gone 14 years in its second 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 take on the Ford F-150, Chevy Silverado/GMC Sierra, and RAM 1500.
The completely revamped 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 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 car, promotes enhancements over the V8 in just about every location having a smooth shipment of its 389 horsepower and 479 lb-ft of torque in my test automobile. Power is sent out through a brand-new 10-speed automatic transmission that feels mainly direct and does a good task of discovering the proper equipment without unneeded moving.

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

Toyotas long-standing and tested dependability need to 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 ride of the new Tundra is smoother partly thanks to adaptive dampers, and the cabin is remarkably 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 roar that Toyota handled to conjure up from smart engineering.

As anticipated, theres a bevy of active safety features for the brand-new Tundra with Toyotas Safety Sense 2.5 plan being basic throughout the board, which includes pre-collision caution with automated emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, and a lane-keeping system. The additional safety 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 rate 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 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, evaluates 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.

Power from the new engine comes on strong with adequate torque and gets the car moving well thanks to its slightly lighter curb weight over the outbound design. I had the ability 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 ever felt like it was lacking for its pulling power. For the many 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 self-confidence in managing 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 apply enough brake pressure at the stop, however you can temporarily disable the function (it will need disabling after a brand-new preliminary lorry start-up). As a fast note, the brand-new Tundra has offered remote start through the Toyota app (paid service) however when you have the feature you can likewise remote begin the Tundra by pushing the lock button 3 times on your crucial fob (without the paid-service). The automobile shuts off when you try to open the doors, which is strange.

Fuel intake 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 automobile. Where things begin to get even much better, at least during city driving, is in the hybrid trim Tundra models, which are currently designated for the 2 top trims of the Tundra TRD Pro and elegant Capstone trim. As a quick note, the new Tundra has offered 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 beginning price of $35,950 for the base Tundra SR Double Cab 4 × 2 trim, the brand-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.

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 car, and even more in the elegant Capstone trim. Theres likewise a brand-new 10-inch color heads-up screen and a big 14-inch infotainment system that comes standard for the Limited trim and all higher trim levels in place of the basic 8-inch system in the lower trims.

Fuel consumption is much improved 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. Where things start to get even better, at least throughout city driving, is in the hybrid trim Tundra models, which are presently designated for the 2 top trims of the Tundra TRD Pro and luxurious Capstone trim.

Toyotas mission to match and rather go beyond some competitors settles well with the 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 extremely responsive and has a short learning curve. Nevertheless, the system has a lot of concealed functions that typically provide themselves at random through pop-up notices, which can be rather of a distraction 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 brand-new integrations. Theres usb-wired or likewise cordless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration that works effortlessly throughout my experience with my iPhone 13 Pro.

The seating plans are more comfortable than I remember in the outgoing model 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 aerated in advance along with for the back outboard seats. The seating locations have numerous space, and the rear seat still seems like a big 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.

Toyota needed to do something to upgrade 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. Over the last few years the Tundra rested on its reliability factor however there were lots of areas in need of much improvement, which I think the all-new 2022 model has resolved with a couple of fascinating surprises like the offering of the hybrid powertrain in the upper two trim levels along with the distinctive large-and-in-charge 14-inch infotainment screen. As far as looks, the brand-new 2022 Tundra fits the correct part for having its unique character with its auto-highbeam LED headlights, LED foglights, and sequentially lit LED turn signals in advance and out back. What is missing out on, in my opinion, is something extra for the tailgate that is otherwise “normal” however has a power-retractable step for simple access to the composite-lined truck bed and a quick power-release button on the drivers side taillight. There are no tow hooks readily available that I understand of in any trim level.

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