2022 Toyota Tundra Pickup Goes Massive

The Toyota Tundra is outdated. How outdated? It is so outdated, when it was launched, the Lifeless Sea was simply getting sick. It is so outdated, if you happen to park one outdoors an antiques retailer, folks will attempt to purchase it. It is so outdated, it was launched in 2007. Which is, uh, 14 years in the past. The truth that Toyota nonetheless sells greater than 100,000 Tundras a 12 months is a testomony to the trouble it expended on that mid-2000s redesign—a 381-hp V-8 was killer then and nonetheless related now. However it’s (long gone) time for an replace, and so the 2022 Tundra will get a radical overhaul that units Toyota up for an additional lengthy manufacturing run. Perhaps not 14 years this time, although.

Gone is the V-8, leaving the traditional Sequoia as the one remaining V-8-powered Toyota within the U.S. All Tundras are actually powered by a twin-turbo 3.4-liter V-6 paired with a 10-speed automated transmission. (Toyota, although, incorrectly refers to it as a 3.5-liter.) Hybrid fashions, dubbed “i-Power MAX,” sandwich a 48-hp electrical motor between the engine and transmission, with a small nickel-metal hydride battery mounted beneath the rear seat. The usual configuration makes 389 horsepower and 479 pound-feet of torque. The muscled-up hybrid churns out 437 horsepower and 583 pound-feet of torque. Solely the entry-level SR trim makes much less energy than the outgoing truck, with its V-6 tuned for 348 horsepower and 405 pound-feet.

The opposite main {hardware} change considerations the rear suspension, which is now a coil-spring design. Optionally available air springs allow automated load leveling however can be manually managed, to both decrease the rear finish to ease loading or increase it for off-roading. Which, given the fastened entrance journey peak, implies that the Tundra can Carolina Squat itself.

Trim ranges mirror the previous-gen truck, beginning with the fundamental SR and the volume-model SR5 and climbing by way of fancier Restricted, Platinum, and 1794 variants. The TRD Professional is now hybrid-only, however the hybrid-adverse can construct an SR5 that almost replicates the TRD Professional’s {hardware}. The brand new TRD Off-Street bundle consists of TRD wheels and suspension (although not the Professional’s Fox internal-bypass entrance dampers and remote-reservoir rears), together with a locking rear differential—the primary time an digital locker has been provided on a Tundra. If you wish to go in the other way, there’s additionally a TRD Sport bundle that lowers the journey peak.

Most payload is now 1940 kilos, and that almost-ton of stuff rides in a rugged new aluminum-reinforced composite mattress—the “make the entire aircraft out of the black field” method to bedliner. Nonetheless, Toyota nonetheless gives each a mattress mat and a spray-in bedliner as equipment. Why? As a result of a sure group of individuals demand so. We cannot say who, however they’d be those who make a bunch of cash promoting you a bedliner to your mattress. (They will additionally set up a three-inch raise equipment, amongst a portfolio of different equipment.) These beds can be found in 5.5-foot, 6.5-foot, and eight.0-foot lengths, and Tundra patrons can now pair the crew cab with a 6.5-foot mattress.

From the skin, the Tundra’s redesign is conservative—big grille however—with a particular Silverado resemblance within the cab, notably the upward kick of the sheetmetal on the backside of the rear aspect home windows. However inside, it is an enormous departure from its predecessor. An 8.0-inch heart touchscreen is customary, however each truck on the launch occasion had the elective 14.0-inch infotainment display screen. The navigation system is the obvious improve, working a cloud-based system that may robotically retailer maps offline if you happen to’re heading into an space with spotty connectivity. There’s additionally a “Hey Toyota” digital assistant that may perceive pure questions and instructions. One factor that is lacking from each techniques is a tuner knob for the stereo. In the event you regularly hearken to SiriusXM or terrestrial radio, that might be a serious aggravation—the onerous buttons on the steering wheel scroll by way of presets, however not from channel to channel. Up above the rearview mirror is the swap to roll down the rear glass, which is good for speaking to hitchhikers using within the mattress.

We did not tow with the Tundra, however its 12,000-pound max tow ranking is aggressive with the opposite half-ton vehicles. It additionally has a intelligent backup help operate. Drive round for a bit together with your trailer and the truck learns the way it behaves, then permits a mode the place the truck steers the trailer straight again on no matter heading you set it on. That appears extra helpful than relearning find out how to reverse a trailer, which is actually what Ford’s backup help requires.

With no heart differential on any trim, the Tundra’s default on-pavement mode is rear-wheel drive. So, take a rear-drive truck with an open diff, 437 horsepower and 583 pound-feet of torque, and you’ve got a recipe for enormous burnouts. The hybrid will lay rubber into third gear—its rear diff is upsized, to deal with all that torque—and the usual truck will smoke the tires, too. This stuff are going to be a handful within the rain. Thankfully, the coil-spring rear finish helps imbue the 2022 Tundra with a sense of precision that was lacking within the 2021 mannequin. The entire truck feels extra taut and higher answerable for its mass, each sprung and unsprung.

When it is time to again off the throttle, the hybrid downplays its electrified nature. Though it is recapturing vitality on deceleration, there isn’t any show to point out that, nor any Prius-style vitality deployment graphic. All it has is a gauge displaying how a lot muscle the electrical motor is contributing, conspicuously paired with an analogous one displaying turbo enhance. The place’d that vitality come from? Your Tundra gained it in a sport of poker, or hunted it with a bow and arrow, as a result of that is what powerful vehicles do.

The truth that Toyota got here up with “i-Power MAX” as a euphemism for “hybrid” is a clue that effectivity won’t be the principle goal right here. We nonetheless haven’t got EPA numbers for the hybrid, however the truck’s personal reckoning from its journey laptop put the mileage much like the nonhybrid, which is to say excessive teenagers in blended driving. We would guess the i-Power MAX picks up 1 or 2 mpg within the metropolis however doubt it betters the 22-mpg freeway for the nonhybrid 4×4. The hybrid will go into EV mode at freeway speeds, however with solely 48 horsepower motivating a 6000-pound truck, it does not take a lot throttle to awaken the V-6.

Each powertrains are hushed, piping in some synthesized engine noises to offer somewhat drama while you dig deep on the throttle. So, whether or not in Eco mode or Sport+, there is a outstanding growl while you ground the accelerator. It is not unhealthy. And with the home windows down, once in a while you catch the sound of the turbos spooling up.

Toyota nonetheless hasn’t launched pricing, however given its method to the remainder of the redesign, we predict it will land about the place you’d count on—ruthlessly benchmarked towards the opposite half-ton full-size vehicles. Toyota admits that it does not count on to outsell the home vehicles, as a result of if the 2007 Tundra could not, what would? Thus, three strategic concessions: air springs solely on the rear axle fairly than all 4 corners, no generator operate with the hybrid, no full-time four-wheel-drive system that can be utilized on pavement. As a result of would any of these issues persuade longtime Ford patrons to leap to Toyota? Conversely, will their absence drive a loyal Tundra driver to a different model? Most likely not. If the 2007 Tundra was forward of its time, this one is of the second—nonetheless lengthy that ought to final.

Specs

Specs

2022 Toyota Tundra

Automobile Kind: front-engine or front-engine and front-motor, rear- or rear/four-wheel-drive, 5-passenger, 4-door pickup

PRICE (C/D EST)

Base: $37,000

POWERTRAINS

twin-turbocharged and intercooled DOHC 24-valve 3.4-liter V-6, 348 or 389 hp, 405 or 479 lb-ft; twin-turbocharged and intercooled DOHC 24-valve 3.4-liter V-6, 389 hp, 479 lb-ft + AC motor, 48 hp, 184 lb-ft (mixed output: 437 hp, 583 lb-ft; nickel-metal hydride battery pack)

Transmission: 10-speed

DIMENSIONS

Wheelbase: 145.7–164.6 in

Size: 233.6–252.5 in

Width: 80.2–81.6 in

Top: 78.0 in

Passenger Quantity: 106–122 ft3

Curb Weight (C/D est): 5300–6400 lb

PERFORMANCE (C/D EST)

60 mph: 6.2 sec

1/4-Mile: 14.9 sec

High Velocity: 100 mph

EPA FUEL ECONOMY (C/D EST)

Mixed/Metropolis/Freeway: 19–22/17–20/22–24 mpg

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