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

Toyotas proven and enduring dependability need to translate well for the brand-new 2022 Tundra as theres a more refined bundle here with no rattles and an impeccable construct 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. A few of that quietness is thanks to the turbocharged V6 engine that does not sound anything like the outgoing V8 but does have a neat roar that Toyota managed to summon from creative engineering.

To heighten the Tundras place among the competitors, theres the schedule of a rear load-leveling suspension system, which was equipped on my Tundra Platinum test lorry. The lowering and raising of the rear does take a while to finish through the dash button however proves to be really beneficial for towing or carrying heavy products to prevent rear sag and potentially surpass stability at speed. The general look of my test automobile appears to be a bit low even with the system set into the automated mode at the typical 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 brand-new Tundra Platinums 9.4 inches. Theres likewise the schedule of power tow mirrors discovered on my test automobile that can be extended at journalism of a button, which are currently extremely substantial and typically develop a small blind area that you must be conscious when steering.

Toyota had to do something to update the Tundra and it was previous time for a redesign. After upwards of 14 years of the very same generation, the Tundra was old and fell behind the competitors. Over the last few years the Tundra rested on its dependability aspect but there were numerous locations in need of much enhancement, which I think the brand new 2022 design has attended to with a few fascinating surprises like the offering of the hybrid powertrain in the upper two trim levels along with the eye-catching large-and-in-charge 14-inch infotainment screen. As far as looks, the new 2022 Tundra fits the appropriate part for having its special character with its auto-highbeam LED headlights, LED foglights, and sequentially lit LED turn signals in advance and out back. What is missing, in my viewpoint, is something additional for the tailgate that is otherwise “typical” however has a power-retractable footstep for easy access to the composite-lined truck bed and a quick power-release button on the chauffeurs side taillight. Likewise, there are no tow hooks offered that I know of in any trim level.

Within the 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 lorry, and much more in the luxurious Capstone trim. Theres now a soft-touch dashboard and more soft-touch areas for the upper face of the dash. Bringing a central focus to the driver is a brand-new instrument cluster that can be had in a fully digital 12.3-inch display providing you all important automobile info and a couple of personalized parts of the screen. Theres likewise a brand-new 10-inch color heads-up display and a big 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.

In the past, Ive explained many times how Toyotas systematic method to upgrading their automobiles has actually succeeded for them considering how trustworthy and relied on the brand name has actually been for countless years. To restate such an idea, the Toyota Tundra has 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 compete with the Ford F-150, Chevy Silverado/GMC Sierra, and RAM 1500.
The completely revamped 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 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, promotes enhancements over the V8 in practically 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 automatic transmission that feels primarily direct and does a great job of finding the proper gear without unneeded shifting.

At the end of the day, the brand-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 beginners or competitors, the brand-new Tundra will do simply fine to catch some who may have had a bad experience or wonder on how well the Tundra may impress them due to the fact that its from an Americanized brand name with an unmatched history of dependability.

Towing capability for the brand-new Tundra maxes out at 12,000 pounds if you choose 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 just somewhat 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).

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 ventilated up front as well as for the back outboard seats. The seating locations have numerous area, and the rear seat still feels like a big 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.

Power from the new engine comes on strong with sufficient torque and gets the automobile moving well thanks to its a little lighter curb weight over the outbound design. I was able to make a few 0 to 60 mph tests and the finest time came to 6.9 seconds. The mid-range power was the sweet area 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 design and the braking feel is outstanding with an initial grab that influenced some self-confidence in managing the truck and bringing it to a safe stop. In general, the braking pedal feel is the best Ive experienced in this class of a truck. 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 briefly disable the feature (it will require disabling after a new preliminary automobile startup). As a fast note, the brand-new Tundra has 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 key fob (without the paid-service). Though, the automobile turns off when you attempt to unlock the doors, which is weird.

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 lorry. If you select a two-wheel-drive design like the Limited CrewMax youll enhance upon those fuel consumption figures to get 18 mpg city, 23 mpg highway, and 20 mpg integrated. Where things start to get back at much better, a minimum of throughout city driving, is in the hybrid trim Tundra models, which are currently designated for the two top 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 exact same city mpg but 1 mpg much better for the highway in the Capstone trim. The 1794 edition trim has the availability of selecting the hybrid powertrain or stick to the basic twin-turbo V6 as in my test lorry.

As anticipated, theres a bunch of active security functions for the new Tundra with Toyotas Safety Sense 2.5 bundle being basic throughout the board, that includes pre-collision warning with automated emergency situation braking, adaptive cruise control, and a lane-keeping system. The extra security features, such as the blind-spot screen with rear cross-traffic alert, are standard starting with the Limited trim. The Platinum trim includes a 360-degree electronic camera 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 new 2022 Toyota Tundra is a reputable worth. The prices 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. 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 quest to match and somewhat surpass some competitors settles well with the new 14-inch infotainment system that now listens for more natural language commands beginning with a timely word of “Hey Toyota,” similar to how other brand-new systems from BMW and Mercedes-Benz timely voice recognition commands. The new infotainment system is extremely responsive and has a short learning curve. However, the system has a lot of hidden functions that typically provide themselves at random through pop-up notices, which can be rather of a diversion if you allow it. The system is straightforward and very open for its settings and expected over-the-air updates to keep it keeping up new integrations. Theres likewise cordless or USB-wired Apple CarPlay and Android Auto combination that works effortlessly during my experience with my iPhone 13 Pro.

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 presently designated for the 2 top trims of the Tundra TRD Pro and glamorous Capstone trim. As a quick note, the brand-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 3 times on your key fob (without the paid-service). At a beginning price of $35,950 for the base Tundra SR Double Cab 4 × 2 trim, the brand-new 2022 Toyota Tundra is a respected value. At the leading end of the spectrum, the new Tundra TRD Pro begins at $66,805, and the Tundra Capstone at $73,530, which are both hybrids.

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