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

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 prompt word of “Hey Toyota,” much like how other new systems from BMW and Mercedes-Benz timely voice recognition commands. The brand-new infotainment system is extremely responsive and has a short learning curve. However, the system has a lot of covert functions that typically provide themselves at random through pop-up alerts, which can be rather of a diversion if you enable it. The system is straightforward and really open for its settings and anticipated over-the-air updates to keep it keeping up new combinations. Theres usb-wired or also wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto combination that works effortlessly during my experience with my iPhone 13 Pro.

Toyota had to do something to upgrade 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 competitors. Over the last few years the Tundra rested on its dependability factor but there were many locations in need of much enhancement, which I believe the brand new 2022 design has actually addressed with a couple of intriguing surprises like the offering of the hybrid powertrain in the upper 2 trim levels in addition to the appealing large-and-in-charge 14-inch infotainment screen. As far as looks, the new 2022 Tundra fits the proper 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” but has a power-retractable step for simple access to the composite-lined truck bed and a fast power-release button on the drivers side taillight. There are no tow hooks offered that I know of in any trim level.

Towing capability for the brand-new Tundra maxes out at 12,000 pounds if you go with 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 just slightly down with trims like my test automobile maxing out at 11,180 pounds and a max payload of 1,630 pounds (5,535 curb weight/gross weight at 7,165 pounds).

Power from the brand-new engine comes on strong with adequate torque and gets the vehicle moving well thanks to its somewhat lighter curb weight over the outgoing design. I had the ability to make a few 0 to 60 miles per hour tests and the finest time pertained to 6.9 seconds. The mid-range power was the sweet area 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 excellent with a preliminary grab that inspired some self-confidence in controlling the truck and bringing it to a safe stop. Overall, the braking pedal feel is the finest Ive experienced in this class of a truck. When stopped, theres a brand-new start/stop function that closes down the engine if you use enough brake pressure at the stop, however you can briefly disable the feature (it will require disabling after a brand-new preliminary automobile start-up). As a quick note, the brand-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 3 times on your crucial fob (without the paid-service). The vehicle shuts off when you try to open the doors, which is weird.

Toyotas enduring and tested reliability need to translate well for the brand-new 2022 Tundra as theres a more refined bundle here with no rattles and a flawless develop quality inside and out. The flight of the brand-new Tundra is smoother partly 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 doesnt sound anything like the outbound V8 however does have a neat grumble that Toyota handled to summon from smart engineering.

The seating arrangements are more comfortable than I remember 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 aerated up front in addition to for the back outboard seats. The seating areas have abundant space, 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.

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

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. Where things start to get even better, at least during city driving, is in the hybrid trim Tundra models, which are presently designated for the 2 leading trims of the Tundra TRD Pro and elegant Capstone trim. As a fast note, the brand-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 3 times on your crucial fob (without the paid-service). At a beginning cost of $35,950 for the base Tundra SR Double Cab 4 × 2 trim, the brand-new 2022 Toyota Tundra is a respected value. 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.

Fuel consumption is much improved as you would anticipate 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 automobile. If you choose 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 even much better, a minimum of throughout city driving, is in the hybrid trim Tundra designs, which are presently designated for the 2 leading trims of the Tundra TRD Pro and luxurious 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 but 1 mpg much better for the highway in the Capstone trim. The 1794 edition trim has the accessibility of choosing the hybrid powertrain or stick to the standard twin-turbo V6 as in my test lorry.

Inside of the new 2022 Toyota Tundra is a reworked cabin that takes things up a couple of notches for being more premium, specifically in the upper trim levels like my Platinum test lorry, and even more in the luxurious Capstone trim. Theres now a soft-touch dashboard and more soft-touch areas for the upper face of the dash. Bringing a main focus to the driver is a new instrument cluster that can be had in a totally digital 12.3-inch display providing you all pertinent car info and a number of customizable parts of the screen. Theres likewise a brand-new 10-inch color heads-up display screen and a big 14-inch infotainment system that comes standard for the Limited trim and all higher trim levels in place of the standard 8-inch system in the lower trims.

To increase the Tundras location amongst the competitors, theres the schedule of a rear load-leveling suspension system, which was equipped on my Tundra Platinum test vehicle. The lowering and raising of the back does spend some time to finish through the dash button but proves to be really beneficial for pulling or carrying heavy products to avoid rear sag and possibly surpass stability at speed. The overall appearance of my test automobile seems to be a bit low even with the system set into the automated mode at the normal ride height. If you need additional ground clearance beyond the brand-new Tundra Platinums 9.4 inches, youll wish to step up to the TRD Pro to get 10.9 inches. Theres also the accessibility of power tow mirrors discovered on my test vehicle that can be extended at the press of a button, which are already incredibly substantial and typically produce a small blind area that you should be mindful when navigating.

As anticipated, theres a bevy of active safety features for the brand-new Tundra with Toyotas Safety Sense 2.5 plan being standard across the board, which consists of pre-collision warning with automated emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, and a lane-keeping system. The extra safety features, such as the blind-spot display with rear cross-traffic alert, are basic beginning with the Limited trim. The Platinum trim adds a 360-degree cam system and a trailer backup guide system.
At a beginning rate of $35,950 for the base Tundra SR Double Cab 4 × 2 trim, the new 2022 Toyota Tundra is a reputable value. The rates 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 top 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.

In the past, Ive explained lot of times how Toyotas methodical approach to upgrading their automobiles has actually succeeded for them considering how reputable and relied on the brand has been for countless years. To repeat 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 totally redesigned 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 new twin-turbo 3.5-liter V6 found in my Tundra Platinum trim test automobile, promotes improvements over the V8 in just about every location having a smooth delivery of its 389 horse power and 479 lb-ft of torque in my test automobile. Power is sent out through a new 10-speed automated transmission that feels primarily direct and does a great job of discovering the correct gear without unneeded shifting.

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