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

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 element but there were many areas in requirement of much enhancement, which I think the all-new 2022 model has resolved with a couple of fascinating surprises like the offering of the hybrid powertrain in the upper 2 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 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.

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 choose a two-wheel-drive design like the Limited CrewMax youll improve upon those fuel consumption figures to get 18 mpg city, 23 mpg highway, and 20 mpg combined. Where things start to get even better, at least during 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. 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 better for the highway in the Capstone trim. The 1794 edition trim has the schedule of selecting the hybrid powertrain or stick with the basic twin-turbo V6 as in my test car.

As expected, theres a bevy of active security features for the brand-new Tundra with Toyotas Safety Sense 2.5 bundle being standard across the board, that includes pre-collision caution with automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, and a lane-keeping system. The extra safety functions, such as the blind-spot screen with rear cross-traffic alert, are standard beginning 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 respected worth. The pricing 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 new Tundra TRD Pro begins at $66,805, and the Tundra Capstone at $73,530, which are both hybrids.

Toyotas enduring and proven dependability must translate well for the new 2022 Tundra as theres a more refined package here without any rattles and an impressive develop quality inside and out. The trip of the new Tundra is smoother partly thanks to adaptive dampers, and the cabin is surprisingly peaceful for a truck. Some of that quietness is thanks to the turbocharged V6 engine that doesnt sound anything like the outgoing V8 but does have a neat grumble that Toyota managed to conjure up from creative engineering.

The seating arrangements are more comfortable 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 control panel and seats, which are heated up and aerated in advance in addition to for the back outboard seats. The seating areas have abundant space, and the rear seat still feels like a large couch 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.

Toyotas mission to match and rather surpass some competitors pays off well with the brand-new 14-inch infotainment system that now listens for more natural language commands starting with a timely word of “Hey Toyota,” similar to how other new systems from BMW and Mercedes-Benz prompt voice acknowledgment commands. The brand-new infotainment system is very responsive and has a brief knowing curve. The system has a lot of concealed features that generally present themselves at random through pop-up notifications, which can be rather of a distraction if you enable it. The system is uncomplicated and extremely open for its settings and expected over-the-air updates to keep it keeping up brand-new integrations. Theres likewise cordless or USB-wired Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration that works effortlessly throughout my experience with my iPhone 13 Pro.

Fuel consumption 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 car. 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 two 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) however when you have the feature you can likewise remote begin the Tundra by pushing the lock button 3 times on your essential 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 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.

In the past, Ive explained often times how Toyotas methodical approach to updating their vehicles has actually succeeded for them considering how trustworthy and relied on the brand has actually been for many years. To reiterate such a concept, the Toyota Tundra has actually gone 14 years in its second generation, and for the 2022 design year, it gets a full redesign marking the 3rd 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 totally redesigned 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 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 just about every location having a smooth delivery of its 389 horsepower and 479 lb-ft of torque in my test lorry. Power is sent through a brand-new 10-speed automatic transmission that feels primarily direct and does a good task of finding the appropriate gear without unneeded shifting.

Towing ability for the new Tundra maxes out at 12,000 pounds if you go with a base SR trim with the smaller double taxi, 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 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).

To heighten the Tundras place among the competition, theres the availability of a rear load-leveling suspension system, which was geared up on my Tundra Platinum test lorry. If you need extra ground clearance outside of the new Tundra Platinums 9.4 inches, youll desire to step up to the TRD Pro to get 10.9 inches.

Inside of the brand-new 2022 Toyota Tundra is a revamped cabin that takes things up a few notches for being more premium, particularly in the upper trim levels like my Platinum test vehicle, and even more in the elegant Capstone trim. 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 higher trim levels in location of the standard 8-inch system in the lower trims.

Power from the new engine comes on strong with ample torque and gets the lorry moving well thanks to its a little lighter curb weight over the outgoing model. I was able to make a couple of 0 to 60 mph tests and the very best time concerned 6.9 seconds. The mid-range power was the sweet spot for the turbo V6 and it never seemed like it was lacking for its pulling power. For the most part, the 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 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, however you can momentarily disable the feature (it will require disabling after a brand-new preliminary car start-up). As a fast note, the new Tundra has available remote start through the Toyota app (paid service) but when you have the feature you can likewise remote start the Tundra by pushing the lock button 3 times on your essential fob (without the paid-service). The automobile shuts off when you attempt to open the doors, which is odd.

At the end of the day, the new 2022 Toyota Tundra, happily made in Texas, will continue to keep its fan base proud and rather delighted with all the improvements, 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 disappointment or are curious on how well the Tundra may impress them because its from an Americanized brand with an unparalleled history of dependability.

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