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

Toyotas mission to match and rather exceed some competition pays off well with the 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 recognition commands. The system is very open and simple for its settings and anticipated over-the-air updates to keep it running with brand-new integrations.

Toyotas proven and enduring dependability should equate well for the new 2022 Tundra as theres a more refined plan here without any rattles and a flawless construct 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 neat roar that Toyota managed to conjure up from smart engineering.

Power from the brand-new engine comes on strong with sufficient torque and gets the lorry moving well thanks to its slightly lighter curb weight over the outgoing design. I had the ability to make a few 0 to 60 miles per hour tests and the finest time came to 6.9 seconds. The mid-range power was the sweet spot for the turbo V6 and it never felt like it was doing not have for its pulling power. For the a lot of part, the new Tundra felt a little lighter on its feet versus the outbound model and the braking feel is exceptional with a preliminary grab that motivated some confidence in managing the truck and bringing it to a safe stop. In general, 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 shuts down the engine if you use enough brake pressure at the stop, but you can briefly disable the function (it will require disabling after a new initial car start-up). As a quick note, the brand-new Tundra has readily 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 essential fob (without the paid-service). The lorry shuts off when you attempt to unlock the doors, which is strange.

As anticipated, theres a bunch of active security functions for the brand-new Tundra with Toyotas Safety Sense 2.5 bundle being basic across the board, which consists of pre-collision caution with automated emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, and a lane-keeping system. The extra security functions, such as the blind-spot display 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 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. The pricing 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, evaluates out at $63,939. On 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.

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 also 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 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).

Toyota needed to do something to upgrade the Tundra and it was past time for a redesign. After upwards of 14 years of the same generation, the Tundra was old and fell behind the competition. In current years the Tundra rested on its dependability aspect however there were many areas in need of much improvement, which I believe the all-new 2022 model has resolved with a couple of 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 brand-new 2022 Tundra fits the proper part for having its unique 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 “typical” but has a power-retractable footstep for simple access to the composite-lined truck bed and a quick power-release button on the drivers side taillight. Also, there are no tow hooks readily available that I understand of in any trim level.

Fuel consumption 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 start to get even much better, at least throughout city driving, is in the hybrid trim Tundra models, which are presently designated for the two leading trims of the Tundra TRD Pro and elegant Capstone trim.

The seating plans are more comfortable than I keep in mind in the outgoing 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 heated up and ventilated up front as well as for the back outboard seats. The seating locations have plentiful area, and the rear seat still seems like a large couch and has big storage areas below the folding bottoms that is otherwise used up by the hybrid battery in the TRD Pro or Capstone trims.

In the past, Ive discussed sometimes how Toyotas methodical technique to updating their lorries has succeeded for them considering how reliable and relied on the brand has been for many years. To repeat such an idea, 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 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 entirely upgraded 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 found in my Tundra Platinum trim test lorry, promotes improvements over the V8 in simply about every area having a smooth shipment of its 389 horsepower and 479 lb-ft of torque in my test vehicle. Power is sent through a brand-new 10-speed automated transmission that feels mainly direct and does a great job of finding the appropriate equipment without unneeded shifting.

Inside of the new 2022 Toyota Tundra is a remodelled 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 luxurious Capstone trim. 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 higher trim levels in location of the standard 8-inch system in the lower trims.

To heighten the Tundras place among the competitors, theres the availability 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 new Tundra Platinums 9.4 inches, youll desire to step up to the TRD Pro to get 10.9 inches.

Fuel usage is much improved 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. Where things begin to get even 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 elegant Capstone trim. As a quick note, the new Tundra has readily 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 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 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.

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 rather 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 simply great to capture some who might have had a disappointment or are curious on how well the Tundra may impress them since its from an Americanized brand with an unmatched history of reliability.

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