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

Toyotas proven and long-standing dependability need to translate well for the brand-new 2022 Tundra as theres a more refined package here without any rattles and a flawless construct quality inside and out. The flight of the new Tundra is smoother partly thanks to adaptive dampers, and the cabin is surprisingly quiet for a truck. A few of that tranquility 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 summon from creative engineering.

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 competitors. In recent years the Tundra rested on its reliability factor however there were many areas in need of much improvement, which I believe the all-new 2022 model has actually resolved with a few 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 correct part for having its distinct 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 simple access to the composite-lined truck bed and a quick power-release button on the chauffeurs side taillight. There are no tow hooks readily available that I know of in any trim level.

Power from the brand-new engine comes on strong with sufficient torque and gets the car moving well thanks to its slightly lighter curb weight over the outbound design. I was able to make a few 0 to 60 mph tests and the finest time concerned 6.9 seconds. The mid-range power was the sweet area for the turbo V6 and it never ever seemed like it was doing not have for its pulling power. For the many part, the brand-new Tundra felt a little lighter on its feet versus the outbound design and the braking feel is excellent with an initial grab that influenced some confidence in controlling 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 apply enough brake pressure at the stop, but you can briefly disable the function (it will require disabling after a new preliminary lorry start-up). 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 also remote begin the Tundra by pressing the lock button three times on your essential fob (without the paid-service). The automobile shuts off when you attempt to unlock the doors, which is odd.

Toyotas mission to match and somewhat surpass some competition settles well with the brand-new 14-inch infotainment system that now listens for more natural language commands beginning with a timely word of “Hey Toyota,” much like how other brand-new systems from BMW and Mercedes-Benz prompt voice recognition commands. The brand-new infotainment system is extremely responsive and has a short knowing curve. Nevertheless, the system has a lot of covert features that typically provide themselves at random through pop-up alerts, which can be somewhat of a distraction if you permit it. The system is extremely open and simple for its settings and anticipated over-the-air updates to keep it running with brand-new combinations. Theres usb-wired or likewise cordless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto combination that works effortlessly during my experience with my iPhone 13 Pro.

Fuel consumption 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 automobile. If you choose for a two-wheel-drive design like the Limited CrewMax youll enhance upon those fuel intake figures to get 18 mpg city, 23 mpg highway, and 20 mpg integrated. 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 2 leading trims of the Tundra TRD Pro and luxurious 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 very same city mpg but 1 mpg much better for the highway in the Capstone trim. The 1794 edition trim has the schedule of choosing the hybrid powertrain or stick with the basic twin-turbo V6 as in my test car.

In the past, Ive described numerous times how Toyotas systematic technique to updating their lorries has actually done well for them thinking about how trusted and relied on the brand name has been for numerous years. To repeat such a notion, 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 contend with the Ford F-150, Chevy Silverado/GMC Sierra, and RAM 1500.
The entirely redesigned 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 new twin-turbo 3.5-liter V6 discovered in my Tundra Platinum trim test automobile, promotes enhancements over the V8 in almost every area having a smooth shipment 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 mainly direct and does a good task of finding the proper gear without unneeded shifting.

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

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 happy with all the enhancements, even if theres no longer a gas-guzzling V8. As far as winning over those who presently own competitors or beginners, the brand-new Tundra will do simply great to capture some who might 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 unsurpassed history of reliability.

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

Fuel intake 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 vehicle. Where things begin to get even better, at least throughout city driving, is in the hybrid trim Tundra models, which are currently designated for the 2 top 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) however when you have the function you can likewise remote begin the Tundra by pressing the lock button 3 times on your key fob (without the paid-service). At a beginning cost of $35,950 for the base Tundra SR Double Cab 4 × 2 trim, the new 2022 Toyota Tundra is a highly regarded value. 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.

As anticipated, theres a bunch of active safety functions for the brand-new Tundra with Toyotas Safety Sense 2.5 package being standard across the board, which consists of pre-collision caution with automated emergency situation braking, adaptive cruise control, and a lane-keeping system. The additional security features, such as the blind-spot monitor with rear cross-traffic alert, are standard starting with the Limited trim. The Platinum trim includes 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 worth. The rates 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.

To heighten the Tundras place among the competition, theres the schedule of a rear load-leveling suspension system, which was geared up on my Tundra Platinum test car. The lowering and raising of the back does take some time to finish through the dash button however proves to be very useful for towing or carrying heavy products to avoid rear droop and potentially improve upon stability at speed. The overall look of my test vehicle seems to be a bit low even with the system set into the automated mode at the regular trip height. Youll want 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 availability of power tow mirrors discovered on my test automobile that can be extended at journalism of a button, which are already extremely substantial and frequently create a little blind area that you need to be conscious when steering.

The seating plans are more comfy than I remember in the outbound design and there are extra subtle touches that make the interior feel premium, such as the accented stitching throughout the dashboard and seats, which are warmed and ventilated up front as well as for the back outboard seats. The seating areas have plentiful area, and the rear seat still seems like a large couch and has large storage locations listed below the folding bottoms that is otherwise used up by the hybrid battery in the TRD Pro or Capstone trims.

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