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

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 dependability aspect however there were lots of areas in need of much improvement, which I believe the brand new 2022 design has attended to with a couple of fascinating surprises like the offering of the hybrid powertrain in the upper 2 trim levels along with the captivating large-and-in-charge 14-inch infotainment screen. As far as looks, the new 2022 Tundra fits the appropriate part for having its unique character with its auto-highbeam LED headlights, LED foglights, and sequentially lit LED turn signals up front and out back.

Inside of the brand-new 2022 Toyota Tundra is a revamped cabin that takes things up a couple of notches for being more premium, particularly in the upper trim levels like my Platinum test vehicle, and even more in the luxurious Capstone trim. Theres also a new 10-inch color heads-up screen and a large 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 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 car. Where things begin to get even much better, at least 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 luxurious Capstone trim.

Towing ability for the brand-new Tundra maxes out at 12,000 pounds if you choose a base SR trim with the smaller sized 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 just a little down with trims like my test car 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 discussed often times how Toyotas methodical method to updating their automobiles has done well for them considering how trusted and relied on the brand has been for countless years. To restate such a notion, the Toyota Tundra has gone 14 years in its second generation, and for the 2022 design year, it gets a full redesign marking the third 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 totally 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 vehicle, promotes improvements over the V8 in almost 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 automatic transmission that feels mainly direct and does a good job of finding the correct equipment without unneeded moving.

Toyotas proven and enduring reliability must equate well for the brand-new 2022 Tundra as theres a more refined package here with no rattles and a remarkable construct quality inside and out. The trip 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 doesnt sound anything like the outbound V8 but does have a neat growl that Toyota managed to create from creative engineering.

To heighten the Tundras place amongst the competition, theres the schedule of a rear load-leveling suspension system, which was geared up on my Tundra Platinum test lorry. If you require 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.

As expected, theres a bevy of active security functions for the new Tundra with Toyotas Safety Sense 2.5 plan being basic throughout the board, that includes pre-collision caution with automated emergency situation braking, adaptive cruise control, and a lane-keeping system. The additional safety features, such as the blind-spot monitor with rear cross-traffic alert, are basic starting with the Limited trim. The Platinum trim includes a 360-degree electronic camera system and a trailer backup guide system.
At a beginning price of $35,950 for the base Tundra SR Double Cab 4 × 2 trim, the new 2022 Toyota Tundra is a highly regarded worth. The pricing scale rapidly captures up with 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. On 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.

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 improvements, even if theres no longer a gas-guzzling V8. As far as winning over those who currently own rivals or newbies, the brand-new Tundra will do simply great to record some who might have had a disappointment or wonder on how well the Tundra may impress them because its from an Americanized brand with an unsurpassed history of reliability.

Toyotas quest to match and rather surpass some competition pays off well with the new 14-inch infotainment system that now listens for more natural language commands starting with a prompt word of “Hey Toyota,” much like how other brand-new systems from BMW and Mercedes-Benz timely voice acknowledgment commands. The system is uncomplicated and extremely open for its settings and anticipated over-the-air updates to keep it running with brand-new combinations.

Power from the brand-new engine comes on strong with sufficient torque and gets the vehicle moving well thanks to its a little lighter curb weight over the outgoing design. I had the ability to make a couple of 0 to 60 mph tests and the very best time pertained to 6.9 seconds. The mid-range power was the sweet spot for the turbo V6 and it never ever seemed like it was lacking for its pulling power. For the a lot of part, the brand-new Tundra felt a little lighter on its feet versus the outgoing model and the braking feel is outstanding with a preliminary grab that motivated some confidence in managing 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 new start/stop function that shuts down the engine if you apply enough brake pressure at the stop, but you can momentarily disable the feature (it will require disabling after a new initial vehicle startup). As a fast note, the new Tundra has offered remote start through the Toyota app (paid service) but when you have the feature you can also remote start the Tundra by pressing the lock button 3 times on your key fob (without the paid-service). The automobile shuts off when you try to open the doors, which is odd.

The seating arrangements are more comfy than I keep in mind in the outgoing 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 ventilated in advance as well as for the back outboard seats. The seating areas have numerous space, and the rear seat still feels like a large sofa and has big storage locations below the folding bottoms that is otherwise taken up by the hybrid battery in the TRD Pro or Capstone trims.

Fuel consumption 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 car. Where things start to get even much 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 glamorous Capstone trim. As a quick note, the new Tundra has offered remote start through the Toyota app (paid service) however when you have the feature you can also remote begin the Tundra by pushing the lock button 3 times on your essential fob (without the paid-service). At a beginning rate of $35,950 for the base Tundra SR Double Cab 4 × 2 trim, the brand-new 2022 Toyota Tundra is a reputable value. At the leading end of the spectrum, the brand-new Tundra TRD Pro starts at $66,805, and the Tundra Capstone at $73,530, which are both hybrids.

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