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

In the past, Ive discussed often times how Toyotas methodical method to upgrading their lorries has succeeded for them thinking about how trustworthy and relied on the brand name has been for many 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 complete redesign marking the third 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 entirely revamped 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 new hybrid V6 setup called the i-Force Max. The base engine, the brand-new twin-turbo 3.5-liter V6 discovered in my Tundra Platinum trim test automobile, touts improvements over the V8 in almost every area having a smooth shipment of its 389 horsepower and 479 lb-ft of torque in my test car. Power is sent through a brand-new 10-speed automated transmission that feels mostly direct and does a great task of discovering the correct gear without unnecessary shifting.

Fuel consumption 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 car. Where things begin to get even much better, at least throughout city driving, is in the hybrid trim Tundra models, which are currently designated for the 2 leading trims of the Tundra TRD Pro and glamorous Capstone trim. As a quick note, the brand-new Tundra has available 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 essential 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 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.

Toyota had to do something to upgrade the Tundra and it was previous time for a redesign. After upwards of 14 years of the same generation, the Tundra was old and fell back the competitors. In the last few years the Tundra rested on its reliability aspect but there were lots of areas in need of much enhancement, which I think the brand new 2022 model has attended to with a few fascinating surprises like the offering of the hybrid powertrain in the upper two trim levels together with the eye-catching 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. What is missing, in my viewpoint, 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. Also, there are no tow hooks readily available that I understand of in any trim level.

Toyotas mission to match and rather exceed 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 prompt voice acknowledgment commands. The system is very open and simple for its settings and expected over-the-air updates to keep it running with brand-new integrations.

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

At the end of the day, the brand-new 2022 Toyota Tundra, happily made in Texas, will continue to keep its fan base proud and quite happy with all the improvements, 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 fine to record 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 unsurpassed history of reliability.

To increase the Tundras location amongst the competition, theres the availability of a rear load-leveling suspension system, which was equipped on my Tundra Platinum test automobile. The lowering and raising of the rear does take some time to complete through the dash button however shows to be really advantageous for hauling or transporting heavy items to avoid rear sag and possibly surpass stability at speed. The general appearance of my test automobile seems to be a bit low even with the system set into the automated mode at the regular flight height. Youll desire to step up to the TRD Pro to get 10.9 inches if you need additional ground clearance outside of the new Tundra Platinums 9.4 inches. Theres likewise the accessibility of power tow mirrors discovered on my test automobile that can be extended at journalism of a button, which are already incredibly big and typically create a little blind spot that you should be mindful when steering.

As anticipated, theres a bevy of active security features for the new Tundra with Toyotas Safety Sense 2.5 plan being basic throughout the board, which consists of pre-collision caution with automatic emergency 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 standard beginning with the Limited trim. The Platinum trim includes a 360-degree 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 value. The prices scale quickly 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 new Tundra TRD Pro begins at $66,805, and the Tundra Capstone at $73,530, which are both hybrids.

Fuel intake 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. 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 glamorous Capstone trim.

Power from the brand-new engine comes on strong with ample torque and gets the lorry moving well thanks to its somewhat lighter curb weight over the outgoing design. I had the ability to make a couple of 0 to 60 miles per hour tests and the finest time came to 6.9 seconds. The mid-range power was the sweet spot for the turbo V6 and it never ever seemed like it was doing not have for its pulling power. For the a lot of part, the brand-new Tundra felt a little lighter on its feet versus the outbound design and the braking feel is exceptional with an initial grab that inspired some confidence in controlling 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 need disabling after a new initial car start-up). As a fast note, the new Tundra has offered remote start through the Toyota app (paid service) but when you have the function you can likewise remote start the Tundra by pressing the lock button 3 times on your key fob (without the paid-service). The car shuts off when you attempt to unlock the doors, which is strange.

Toyotas enduring and tested dependability need to translate well for the new 2022 Tundra as theres a more refined plan here without any rattles and a remarkable build quality inside and out. The ride of the brand-new Tundra is smoother partly thanks to adaptive dampers, and the cabin is surprisingly peaceful for a truck. A few 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 managed to invoke from creative engineering.

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

The seating arrangements are more comfy than I remember in the outbound model and there are additional subtle touches that make the interior feel premium, such as the accented stitching throughout the control panel and seats, which are heated up and ventilated in advance as well as for the back outboard seats. The seating areas have abundant area, and the rear seat still seems like a large sofa and has large storage areas below the folding bottoms that is otherwise used up by the hybrid battery in the TRD Pro or Capstone trims.

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