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

To heighten the Tundras location amongst the competition, theres the accessibility of a rear load-leveling suspension system, which was geared up on my Tundra Platinum test lorry. If you need additional ground clearance outside of the new Tundra Platinums 9.4 inches, youll desire to step up to the TRD Pro to get 10.9 inches.

Fuel usage 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 car. Where things begin to get even much better, at least throughout 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.

Toyota had to do something to update the Tundra and it was previous 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 element but there were numerous areas in need of much enhancement, which I believe the all-new 2022 model has resolved with a couple of intriguing surprises like the offering of the hybrid powertrain in the upper two trim levels along with the appealing large-and-in-charge 14-inch infotainment screen. As far as looks, the brand-new 2022 Tundra fits the proper 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 opinion, is something extra for the tailgate that is otherwise “typical” but has a power-retractable step for easy access to the composite-lined truck bed and a quick power-release button on the motorists side taillight. Also, there are no tow hooks offered that I understand of in any trim level.

As expected, theres a bunch of active security features for the brand-new Tundra with Toyotas Safety Sense 2.5 package being basic across the board, which consists of 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 standard beginning with the Limited trim. The Platinum trim adds a 360-degree cam 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 brand-new 2022 Toyota Tundra is a respected value. The rates 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, evaluates out at $63,939. At the 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.

Toyotas quest to match and somewhat exceed some competitors pays off well with the brand-new 14-inch infotainment system that now listens for more natural language commands starting with a timely 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 really responsive and has a brief knowing curve. However, the system has a great deal of surprise features that generally provide themselves at random through pop-up notices, which can be rather of an interruption if you allow it. The system is uncomplicated and very open for its settings and expected over-the-air updates to keep it running with brand-new integrations. Theres usb-wired or likewise wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration that works effortlessly during my experience with my iPhone 13 Pro.

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 dashboard and seats, which are heated and aerated up front as well as for the back outboard seats. The seating locations have numerous space, and the rear seat still feels like a large couch and has big storage locations listed below the folding bottoms that is otherwise taken up by the hybrid battery in the TRD Pro or Capstone trims.

For the many part, the brand-new Tundra felt a little lighter on its feet versus the outbound model and the braking feel is excellent with an initial grab that influenced 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 apply enough brake pressure at the stop, but you can momentarily disable the function (it will require disabling after a new initial vehicle start-up). As a quick note, the brand-new Tundra has readily available remote start through the Toyota app (paid service) but when you have the function you can likewise remote begin the Tundra by pressing the lock button 3 times on your crucial fob (without the paid-service).

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 automobile. Where things start to get even much better, at least throughout city driving, is in the hybrid trim Tundra designs, which are presently designated for the two leading trims of the Tundra TRD Pro and elegant Capstone trim. As a quick note, the new Tundra has readily available remote start through the Toyota app (paid service) but when you have the function you can also remote begin the Tundra by pushing the lock button three times on your crucial fob (without the paid-service). At a starting cost of $35,950 for the base Tundra SR Double Cab 4 × 2 trim, the brand-new 2022 Toyota Tundra is a reputable worth. 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.

Inside of the brand-new 2022 Toyota Tundra is a remodelled cabin that takes things up a few notches for being more premium, especially in the upper trim levels like my Platinum test car, and even more in the glamorous Capstone trim. Theres likewise a new 10-inch color heads-up display screen and a large 14-inch infotainment system that comes requirement for the Limited trim and all greater trim levels in location of the basic 8-inch system in the lower trims.

Toyotas proven and enduring reliability need to translate well for the new 2022 Tundra as theres a more refined plan here without any rattles and an impressive build quality inside and out. The trip of the new Tundra is smoother partly thanks to adaptive dampers, and the cabin is surprisingly quiet for a truck. Some of that tranquility is thanks to the turbocharged V6 engine that does not sound anything like the outgoing V8 however does have a cool growl that Toyota managed to summon from clever engineering.

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 capture some who might have had a bad experience or are curious on how well the Tundra may impress them due to the fact that its from an Americanized brand name with an unsurpassed history of dependability.

Towing capability for the new Tundra maxes out at 12,000 pounds if you choose a base SR trim with the smaller double cab, which also has a max payload of 1,940 pounds (5,095 curb weight/gross weight at 7,035 pounds). From there, towing is only slightly down with trims like my test vehicle 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 described many times how Toyotas methodical method to upgrading their vehicles has actually done well for them considering how trustworthy and relied on the brand has actually been for many years. To repeat 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 compete with the Ford F-150, Chevy Silverado/GMC Sierra, and RAM 1500.
The totally 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 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 vehicle, promotes improvements over the V8 in simply about every area having a smooth delivery of its 389 horse power and 479 lb-ft of torque in my test vehicle. Power is sent through a brand-new 10-speed automatic transmission that feels primarily direct and does a great task of discovering the appropriate equipment without unneeded moving.

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