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

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 back the competitors. In the last few years the Tundra rested on its dependability aspect however there were numerous areas in need of much enhancement, which I believe the brand new 2022 design has resolved with a few interesting surprises like the offering of the hybrid powertrain in the upper two trim levels together with the appealing large-and-in-charge 14-inch infotainment screen. As far as appearances, 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 out on, in my opinion, is something extra for the tailgate that is otherwise “regular” however has a power-retractable footstep for easy access to the composite-lined truck bed and a fast power-release button on the drivers side taillight. There are no tow hooks available that I understand of in any trim level.

Towing ability for the new Tundra maxes out at 12,000 pounds if you go with 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 slightly 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).

The seating arrangements are more comfy than I keep in mind in the outgoing 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 warmed and aerated in advance along with for the back outboard seats. The seating areas have abundant area, and the rear seat still feels like a large couch and has large storage locations below the folding bottoms that is otherwise taken up by the hybrid battery in the TRD Pro or Capstone trims.

To increase the Tundras place among the competitors, theres the schedule of a rear load-leveling suspension system, which was geared up on my Tundra Platinum test automobile. If you require additional ground clearance outside of the brand-new Tundra Platinums 9.4 inches, youll want to step up to the TRD Pro to get 10.9 inches.

In the past, Ive discussed sometimes how Toyotas methodical approach to upgrading their lorries has done well for them considering how reliable and trusted the brand name has been for many years. To restate such a concept, the Toyota Tundra has actually gone 14 years in its 2nd 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 completely 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 discovered in my Tundra Platinum trim test automobile, 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 vehicle. Power is sent out through a new 10-speed automated transmission that feels mainly direct and does a great task of finding the appropriate gear without unneeded moving.

Fuel usage 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 vehicle. Where things start to get even 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 fast note, the new Tundra has available remote start through the Toyota app (paid service) but when you have the function you can also remote start the Tundra by pushing the lock button three times on your essential 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 respected 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.

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 self-confidence in controlling the truck and bringing it to a safe stop. When stopped, theres a brand-new start/stop function that shuts down the engine if you apply enough brake pressure at the stop, however you can momentarily disable the feature (it will require disabling after a new initial automobile startup). As a quick note, the new Tundra has offered remote start through the Toyota app (paid service) however 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).

At the end of the day, the new 2022 Toyota Tundra, proudly made in Texas, will continue to keep its fan base proud and rather happy with all the improvements, even if theres no longer a gas-guzzling V8. As far as winning over those who currently own newcomers or competitors, the new Tundra will do just fine to capture some who may have had a disappointment or wonder on how well the Tundra may impress them since its from an Americanized brand with an unmatched history of dependability.

Fuel usage is much enhanced 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 vehicle. If you select a two-wheel-drive model like the Limited CrewMax youll improve upon those fuel intake figures to get 18 mpg city, 23 mpg highway, and 20 mpg combined. Where things start to get back at much better, at least throughout city driving, remains in the hybrid trim Tundra designs, which are currently designated for the 2 leading trims of the Tundra TRD Pro and elegant 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 however 1 mpg better for the highway in the Capstone trim. The 1794 edition trim has the schedule of picking the hybrid powertrain or stick to the standard twin-turbo V6 as in my test lorry.

As expected, theres a bunch of active security functions for the brand-new Tundra with Toyotas Safety Sense 2.5 bundle being basic across the board, that includes pre-collision caution with automatic emergency situation braking, adaptive cruise control, and a lane-keeping system. The extra security features, such as the blind-spot display with rear cross-traffic alert, are basic beginning with the Limited trim. The Platinum trim includes a 360-degree camera system and a trailer backup guide system.
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. 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, tests out at $63,939. On 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.

Toyotas proven and long-standing dependability ought to equate well for the brand-new 2022 Tundra as theres a more refined package here without any rattles and a remarkable construct quality inside and out. The trip of the new Tundra is smoother partially thanks to adaptive dampers, and the cabin is remarkably peaceful for a truck. A few of that quietness is thanks to the turbocharged V6 engine that does not sound anything like the outbound V8 however does have a cool grumble that Toyota managed to summon from clever engineering.

Toyotas mission 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 beginning with a timely word of “Hey Toyota,” much like how other brand-new systems from BMW and Mercedes-Benz timely voice acknowledgment commands. The system is really open and simple for its settings and expected over-the-air updates to keep it running with new combinations.

Inside of the brand-new 2022 Toyota Tundra is a remodelled cabin that takes things up a couple of 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 also a brand-new 10-inch color heads-up screen and a big 14-inch infotainment system that comes requirement for the Limited trim and all higher trim levels in place of the standard 8-inch system in the lower trims.

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