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

Toyotas quest to match and rather exceed some competition pays off well with the new 14-inch infotainment system that now listens for more natural language commands beginning with a prompt word of “Hey Toyota,” much like how other new systems from BMW and Mercedes-Benz timely voice recognition commands. The system is really open and simple for its settings and expected over-the-air updates to keep it running with new integrations.

Fuel intake is much improved 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. Where things begin to get even better, at least throughout city driving, is in the hybrid trim Tundra models, which are presently designated for the two top trims of the Tundra TRD Pro and luxurious Capstone trim. As a quick note, the brand-new Tundra has available remote start through the Toyota app (paid service) however when you have the function you can also remote start the Tundra by pushing the lock button three times on your key 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 highly regarded worth. At the top end of the spectrum, the new Tundra TRD Pro starts at $66,805, and the Tundra Capstone at $73,530, which are both hybrids.

Within the brand-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 a lot more in the elegant 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 chauffeur is a new instrument cluster that can be had in a totally digital 12.3-inch display screen offering you all significant lorry information and a couple of customizable parts of the screen. Theres likewise a new 10-inch color heads-up screen and a big 14-inch infotainment system that comes standard for the Limited trim and all greater trim levels in location of the basic 8-inch system in the lower trims.

Fuel usage is much enhanced 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 car. If you select a two-wheel-drive design like the Limited CrewMax youll surpass those fuel consumption figures to get 18 mpg city, 23 mpg highway, and 20 mpg integrated. Where things begin to get back at much better, at least during city driving, remains in the hybrid trim Tundra models, which are currently designated for the two 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 very same city mpg but 1 mpg much better for the highway in the Capstone trim. The 1794 edition trim has the schedule of selecting the hybrid powertrain or stick with the standard twin-turbo V6 as in my test automobile.

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 pleased with all the enhancements, even if theres no longer a gas-guzzling V8. As far as winning over those who currently own rivals or beginners, the new Tundra will do simply fine to capture some who may have had a bad experience or wonder on how well the Tundra might impress them due to the fact that its from an Americanized brand name with an unmatched history of dependability.

Power from the brand-new engine comes on strong with ample torque and gets the vehicle moving well thanks to its a little lighter curb weight over the outgoing model. 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 felt like it was doing not have for its pulling power. For the a lot of part, the new Tundra felt a little lighter on its feet versus the outbound design and the braking feel is outstanding with an initial grab that motivated some self-confidence in managing the truck and bringing it to a safe stop. Overall, 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 closes down the engine if you use enough brake pressure at the stop, but you can temporarily disable the function (it will require disabling after a brand-new preliminary lorry start-up). As a fast note, the brand-new Tundra has readily available remote start through the Toyota app (paid service) however when you have the feature you can also remote begin the Tundra by pressing the lock button three times on your key fob (without the paid-service). The car shuts off when you try to unlock the doors, which is unusual.

To heighten the Tundras location amongst the competition, theres the accessibility of a rear load-leveling suspension system, which was equipped on my Tundra Platinum test vehicle. The lowering and raising of the rear does take some time to finish through the dash button but proves to be extremely useful for hauling or carrying heavy products to prevent rear droop and potentially improve upon stability at speed. The general look of my test lorry seems to be a bit low even with the system set into the automated mode at the normal flight height. Youll want to step up to the TRD Pro to get 10.9 inches if you need extra ground clearance outside of the brand-new Tundra Platinums 9.4 inches. Theres likewise the availability of power tow mirrors found on my test automobile that can be extended at the press of a button, which are already very substantial and frequently produce a little blind spot that you need to be mindful when maneuvering.

The seating arrangements are more comfy than I keep in mind 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 in advance in addition to for the back outboard seats. The seating areas have numerous area, and the rear seat still feels like a big sofa 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 brand-new Tundra maxes out at 12,000 pounds if you select 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 somewhat 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).

In the past, Ive explained often times how Toyotas methodical method to updating their vehicles has actually done well for them thinking about how trustworthy and relied on the brand has actually been for countless years. To reiterate such a concept, the Toyota Tundra has actually gone 14 years in its 2nd 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 entirely revamped 2022 Toyota Tundra is a more refined truck that eliminates 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 discovered in my Tundra Platinum trim test vehicle, touts improvements over the V8 in almost 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 brand-new 10-speed automated transmission that feels primarily direct and does an excellent job of finding the proper equipment without unnecessary shifting.

Toyotas long-standing and proven reliability ought to translate well for the brand-new 2022 Tundra as theres a more refined package here without any rattles and an impeccable develop quality inside and out. The flight of the brand-new Tundra is smoother partly 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 doesnt sound anything like the outbound V8 however does have a neat growl that Toyota handled to invoke from creative engineering.

As anticipated, theres a bunch of active safety features for the brand-new Tundra with Toyotas Safety Sense 2.5 package being standard throughout the board, which includes pre-collision caution with automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, and a lane-keeping system. The additional safety functions, such as the blind-spot screen with rear cross-traffic alert, are standard starting 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 respected value. The rates scale rapidly overtakes the competition 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 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 update the Tundra and it was past time for a redesign. After upwards of 14 years of the very same generation, the Tundra was old and fell back the competitors. Recently the Tundra rested on its reliability factor however there were lots of areas in requirement of much improvement, which I believe the all-new 2022 design has actually resolved with a few fascinating surprises like the offering of the hybrid powertrain in the upper 2 trim levels in addition to the captivating large-and-in-charge 14-inch infotainment screen. As far as appearances, 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 up front and out back. What is missing, in my opinion, is something extra for the tailgate that is otherwise “regular” however has a power-retractable step for simple access to the composite-lined truck bed and a quick power-release button on the drivers side taillight. There are no tow hooks offered that I understand of in any trim level.

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