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

At the end of the day, the new 2022 Toyota Tundra, happily 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 presently own rivals or newcomers, the new Tundra will do simply fine to catch some who may have had a bad experience or are curious on how well the Tundra might impress them because its from an Americanized brand with an unmatched history of dependability.

Fuel usage 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. If you choose for a two-wheel-drive model like the Limited CrewMax youll surpass those fuel consumption figures to get 18 mpg city, 23 mpg highway, and 20 mpg combined. Where things begin to get back at much better, a minimum of throughout city driving, remains in the hybrid trim Tundra models, which are currently designated for the 2 top trims of the Tundra TRD Pro and glamorous 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 but 1 mpg better for the highway in the Capstone trim. The 1794 edition trim has the availability of picking the hybrid powertrain or stick with the basic twin-turbo V6 as in my test vehicle.

To heighten the Tundras place amongst the competition, theres the availability of a rear load-leveling suspension system, which was equipped on my Tundra Platinum test vehicle. The lowering and raising of the rear does spend some time to complete through the dash button but proves to be very useful for towing or hauling heavy products to avoid rear droop and potentially surpass stability at speed. The general appearance of my test lorry seems to be a bit low even with the system set into the automatic mode at the typical trip height. Youll want to step up to the TRD Pro to get 10.9 inches if you require additional ground clearance outside of the new Tundra Platinums 9.4 inches. Theres likewise the availability of power tow mirrors discovered on my test vehicle that can be extended at the press of a button, which are currently extremely substantial and frequently create a small blind area that you must be mindful when maneuvering.

Toyotas tested and enduring dependability must equate well for the new 2022 Tundra as theres a more refined package here with no rattles and an impressive develop quality inside and out. The ride of the brand-new Tundra is smoother partially thanks to adaptive dampers, and the cabin is remarkably quiet for a truck. Some of that quietness is thanks to the turbocharged V6 engine that does not sound anything like the outbound V8 however does have a cool roar that Toyota handled to conjure up from creative engineering.

Fuel usage 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 vehicle. Where things begin to get even better, at least during city driving, is in the hybrid trim Tundra designs, which are presently designated for the 2 top trims of the Tundra TRD Pro and luxurious Capstone trim. As a quick note, the new Tundra has available remote start through the Toyota app (paid service) but when you have the feature you can likewise remote begin the Tundra by pushing the lock button three times on your crucial fob (without the paid-service). At a starting price 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 begins at $66,805, and the Tundra Capstone at $73,530, which are both hybrids.

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

Toyota needed to do something to update the Tundra and it was past time for a redesign. After upwards of 14 years of the exact same generation, the Tundra was old and fell behind the competition. Recently the Tundra rested on its reliability aspect but there were many areas in requirement of much improvement, which I believe the all-new 2022 design has addressed with a couple of interesting surprises like the offering of the hybrid powertrain in the upper two 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 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 “typical” however has a power-retractable step for easy access to the composite-lined truck bed and a quick power-release button on the chauffeurs side taillight. Likewise, there are no tow hooks readily available that I understand of in any trim level.

The seating arrangements are more comfortable 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 up front in addition to for the back outboard seats. The seating locations have numerous space, and the rear seat still seems like a large couch and has large storage areas below the folding bottoms that is otherwise taken up by the hybrid battery in the TRD Pro or Capstone trims.

Towing capability for the new Tundra maxes out at 12,000 pounds if you go with a base SR trim with the smaller double taxi, 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 a little 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).

As anticipated, theres a bunch of active security functions for the new Tundra with Toyotas Safety Sense 2.5 bundle being standard across the board, that includes pre-collision warning with automated emergency situation braking, adaptive cruise control, and a lane-keeping system. The additional security features, such as the blind-spot display with rear cross-traffic alert, are standard beginning 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 highly regarded worth. The prices 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. At the leading end of the spectrum, the new Tundra TRD Pro starts at $66,805, and the Tundra Capstone at $73,530, which are both hybrids.

In the past, Ive described often times how Toyotas systematic method to updating their lorries has done well for them thinking about how trusted and trusted the brand has actually been for many years. To reiterate such an idea, 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 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 completely upgraded 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 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, touts improvements over the V8 in simply about every area having a smooth delivery of its 389 horsepower 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 a good job of finding the appropriate gear without unnecessary shifting.

Inside of the new 2022 Toyota Tundra is a remodelled cabin that takes things up a few notches for being more premium, specifically in the upper trim levels like my Platinum test vehicle, and a lot more in the luxurious Capstone trim. Theres now a soft-touch control panel and more soft-touch areas 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 fully digital 12.3-inch display screen giving you all significant vehicle information and a couple of personalized parts of the screen. Theres also a new 10-inch color heads-up screen and a big 14-inch infotainment system that comes requirement for the Limited trim and all higher trim levels in location of the standard 8-inch system in the lower trims.

For the many part, the new Tundra felt a little lighter on its feet versus the outgoing design 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. 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 briefly disable the function (it will need disabling after a brand-new preliminary lorry startup). As a fast note, the brand-new Tundra has offered remote start through the Toyota app (paid service) however when you have the function you can likewise remote start the Tundra by pushing the lock button 3 times on your crucial fob (without the paid-service).

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