2022 Toyota Tundra Review: Bigger, Better and Stronger

The 2022 Toyota Tundra pickup is bigger, stronger and more refined than the current model thanks to a complete redesign.

A recent driver through 200 miles of mountainous Texas near San Antonio proved that the new version is a huge improvement over the 2021 Tundra. The current model is 14 years old and has fallen behind other pickup trucks.

Previously, the main selling points of the aging Tundra were its reliability and resale value. While it beat all competitors in these characteristics, the pickup lagged in fuel economy, comfort, noise, and ride quality.

Toyota addressed those issues with the redesigned 2022 Tundra. It’s now a truck for buyers to seriously consider along with the Ford F-150 and Ram 1500 – the half-ton pickups that scored best in previous Trucks.com reviews.

THE 2022 TOYOTA TUNDRA OFFERS MORE COMFORT AND SAFETY

The passenger compartment is comfortable, spacious and benefits from improved ergonomics. The controls are intuitive and easy to access. There is less sound intrusion from the engine, road and passing vehicles.

The new Tundra has some of the best standard half-ton pickup safety features. It is equipped with forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, blind spot warning, rear cross traffic warning and adaptive cruise control. The truck is also equipped with automatic high beams, which turn on and off depending on oncoming traffic.

Toyota designed the truck’s body and improved stability by strengthening its construction while using lightweight materials. The truck is now slightly wider and longer than the current model.

2022 TOYOTA TUNDRA TECHNOLOGY

Technology is one of the areas where Toyota has made significant improvements to make the Tundra competitive with the segment’s latest offerings. If the owner pays for the service, the truck can serve as a hotspot for 10 devices. It has a 110 volt outlet in the bed of the truck.

While Toyota offers a cloud-based navigation and infotainment system from Google, the Tundra also has Apple CarPlay and Android Auto wireless connectivity.

The new Tundra comes with an optional 14-inch touchscreen.

The dashboard has a standard 8-inch touchscreen, but an optional 14-inch screen is available. Both are huge improvements over the previous screen. They also offer better touch responsiveness resolution. The driver information display has two analog displays surrounding a 4.1-inch information screen. There’s an optional 12.3-inch all-digital driver information display. Toyota has mounted two microphones in the cabin so that passengers can access telephone and voice commands. It’s a feature more automakers need to emulate.

2022 TOYOTA TUNDRA POWERTRAIN

Toyota has scuttled the truck’s gas-guzzling V8 engine and is opting for a two-motor strategy.

The Tundra’s standard engine is a twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V6 that will produce up to 389 horsepower and 479 pound-feet of torque. It easily pulled a 7,000-pound, 26-foot Airstream up various grades and at highway speeds in the backcountry near Canyon Lake. It has a maximum towing capacity of 12,000 pounds and a maximum payload of 1,940 pounds. That’s a significant improvement over the current model’s maximums of 10,200 and 1,730 pounds.

The 2022 Toyota Tundra easily tows an Airstream trailer.

Toyota is following its standard playbook and offering a hybrid option, just as it does across its entire model line. The automaker calls the hybrid option the i-FORCE MAX. It will deliver up to 437 horsepower and 583 pounds of torque. The hybrid will have the same payload as the standard V6 engine, but its maximum towing capacity drops to 11,450 pounds.

STYLING

This is the one area where Toyota might have missed the mark. The fenders and hood feature prominent ridges that are distinctive. It’s part of a design language stylists from Toyota’s Newport Beach, Calif. design house called “Technical Muscle.” They say they want it to be a “visual illustration of tenacity and ability”. But some will see bulges rather than muscles. It lacks the toughness of typical pickup truck styling that channels the Peterbilt and other Class 8 trucks and the sleekness of more advanced vehicles, like the new Rivian electric pickup.

BODY TRIM LEVELS

Toyota will sell two four-door options, a Double Cab and a CrewMax with a larger cabin. Double Cab models will be offered with the choice of a 6.5-foot bed or an 8.1-foot bed that comes with Double Cab models. CrewMax truck models will have either a 5.5-foot bed or a new 6.5-foot bed. All will have a four-wheel-drive option.

There are five trim levels: SR, SR5, Limited, Platinum and 1794 available. Only the off-road optimized TRD Pro will be available with the hybrid powertrain. Additionally, the i-FORCE MAX is only available in Limited, Platinum and 1794 versions.

2022 TOYOTA TUNDRA FUEL ECONOMY

Toyota said the EPA-estimated fuel economy for the Tundra’s standard two-wheel-drive powertrain was 18 mpg in city driving, 24 on the highway and 20 in combined driving. On all other two-wheel-drive trim levels, the highway rating drops to 23.

The EPA rates four-wheel-drive Tundras at 17 in city driving, 23 on the highway, and 20 combined. But the heavier Limited, Platinum and 1794 trim levels have estimated ratings of 17 city, 22 highway and 19 combined.

Toyota did not provide mpg estimates for the hybrid version.

PRICE TOYOTA TUNDRA 2022

The starting price for the Tundra 4×2 SR Double Cab with a 6.5-foot bed is $35,950. It peaks at $61,020 for the 1794 CrewMax Edition 4×4 with a 6.5-foot bed. Prices do not include any options.

It’s on sale this month.

Jerry Hirsch November 18, 2021

The Ford Ranger, Ram 1500, and GM heavy-duty trucks performed well in Consumer Reports’ annual automobile and truck reliability rankings.

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