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

In the past, Ive described many times how Toyotas systematic method to upgrading their cars has succeeded for them considering how trustworthy and relied on the brand name has been for countless years. To restate such a concept, the Toyota Tundra has actually gone 14 years in its second generation, and for the 2022 design year, it gets a complete redesign marking the 3rd generation of the full-size truck that is more poised to take on the Ford F-150, Chevy Silverado/GMC Sierra, and RAM 1500.
The totally upgraded 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 automobile, touts enhancements over the V8 in almost every location having a smooth delivery 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 an excellent job of finding the correct gear without unnecessary shifting.

Toyotas tested and enduring reliability need to translate well for the brand-new 2022 Tundra as theres a more refined package here with no rattles and a flawless develop quality inside and out. The trip of the brand-new Tundra is smoother partially thanks to adaptive dampers, and the cabin is remarkably peaceful for a truck. A few of that tranquility is thanks to the turbocharged V6 engine that does not sound anything like the outbound V8 but does have a cool roar that Toyota managed to create from clever engineering.

Fuel usage 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 automobile. Where things start to get even better, at least throughout city driving, is in the hybrid trim Tundra designs, which are currently designated for the two leading trims of the Tundra TRD Pro and glamorous Capstone trim.

Toyotas quest to match and rather go beyond some competitors pays off well with the brand-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 brand-new systems from BMW and Mercedes-Benz timely voice recognition commands. The system is very open and straightforward for its settings and expected over-the-air updates to keep it running with new combinations.

As expected, theres a bevy of active security features for the brand-new Tundra with Toyotas Safety Sense 2.5 package being basic throughout the board, which includes pre-collision caution with automated emergency situation braking, adaptive cruise control, and a lane-keeping system. The extra safety features, such as the blind-spot display with rear cross-traffic alert, are standard starting with the Limited trim. The Platinum trim includes a 360-degree video camera 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 brand-new 2022 Toyota Tundra is a highly regarded value. The rates scale quickly 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, evaluates out at $63,939. On 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.

Power from the new engine comes on strong with adequate torque and gets the car moving well thanks to its slightly lighter curb weight over the outbound design. I had the ability to make a few 0 to 60 mph tests and the best time concerned 6.9 seconds. The mid-range power was the sweet spot for the turbo V6 and it never ever seemed like it was lacking for its pulling power. For the a lot of part, the brand-new Tundra felt a little lighter on its feet versus the outbound model and the braking feel is excellent with a preliminary grab that motivated some confidence in managing the truck and bringing it to a safe stop. Overall, the braking pedal feel is the finest 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 briefly disable the function (it will need disabling after a new preliminary vehicle startup). As a fast note, the new Tundra has readily available remote start through the Toyota app (paid service) but when you have the feature you can also remote begin the Tundra by pushing the lock button 3 times on your crucial fob (without the paid-service). Though, the car shuts off when you try to unlock the doors, which is unusual.

Fuel usage 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 lorry. Where things start to get even much better, at least throughout city driving, is in the hybrid trim Tundra designs, which are currently designated for the 2 top 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 likewise remote start the Tundra by pushing the lock button three times on your key fob (without the paid-service). At a starting rate of $35,950 for the base Tundra SR Double Cab 4 × 2 trim, the new 2022 Toyota Tundra is a respected value. At the leading 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.

Toyota had to do something to upgrade the Tundra and it was past time for a redesign. In recent years the Tundra rested on its reliability aspect however there were many locations in requirement of much improvement, which I think the brand new 2022 design has actually attended to with a few interesting surprises like the offering of the hybrid powertrain in the upper 2 trim levels along with the attractive large-and-in-charge 14-inch infotainment screen. As far as looks, the new 2022 Tundra fits the correct 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.

The seating arrangements are more comfortable than I remember in the outbound model and there are extra subtle touches that make the interior feel premium, such as the accented stitching throughout the control panel and seats, which are warmed and aerated up front as well as for the back outboard seats. The seating areas have numerous area, and the rear seat still seems like a big couch and has large storage areas listed below the folding bottoms that is otherwise taken up by the hybrid battery in the TRD Pro or Capstone trims.

To heighten the Tundras location among the competition, theres the schedule of a rear load-leveling suspension system, which was equipped on my Tundra Platinum test car. If you need extra 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.

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 newcomers, the brand-new Tundra will do just great to record some who may have had a disappointment or are curious on how well the Tundra might impress them because its from an Americanized brand name with an unparalleled history of dependability.

Towing ability for the new Tundra maxes out at 12,000 pounds if you choose a base SR trim with the smaller 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 just a little 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).

Inside of the brand-new 2022 Toyota Tundra is a revamped cabin that takes things up a few notches for being more premium, especially in the upper trim levels like my Platinum test car, 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 main focus to the chauffeur is a brand-new instrument cluster that can be had in a totally digital 12.3-inch display screen offering you all important automobile details 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 requirement for the Limited trim and all greater trim levels in place of the standard 8-inch system in the lower trims.

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