2022 Toyota Tundra

  • Overview

    A white 2022 Toyota Tundra Platinum is angled left.

    The Toyota Tundra has always stood out from the crowded field of full-size pickup trucks for a number of reasons. Not only is it made by a Japanese automaker in a field that is usually dominated by American brands, but also it has always had a refinement that sets it apart from trucks made by its competitors. Don’t get us wrong, it’s not that the Tundra isn’t rugged and dependable, but it has always had a roomy and comfortable cab, even at the lower trim levels. Toyota has been building the Tundra since 1999, and during the first two decades of production, this truck only underwent one major redesign during the 2007 model year. But that all changes now as the 2022 Toyota Tundra represents the latest generation of this great full-size truck.

    Toyota had waited a long time to make a generational change with the Tundra, fully 15 years dating back to the last years of the Bush presidency. That’s because the Toyota Tundra was so ahead of its time that minor, incremental changes were fine. However, the engineers at Toyota have come out with an all-new Tundra that once again kicks the ball far downfield for full-size trucks, creating a pickup that is once more light years ahead of its competitors.

    The new 2022 Toyota Tundra features a number of features that haven’t been offered in many full-size trucks. First, Toyota only offers the 2022 Tundra with a choice of two six-cylinder engines. While other full-size trucks go with V8 engines, Toyota is able to give you a smaller and more efficient engine that provides just as much power as those larger ones. Second, the 2022 Tundra has a hybrid engine option, something that sets it apart. Finally, the 2022 Tundra has so much technology that you’ll feel like you aren’t in a full-size pickup truck when you take it out for a drive.

    389-437

    Horsepower (hp)

    479-583

    Torque (lb-ft)

    12,000

    Maximum Towing (lbs)

    Starting at

    $35,000 est*

  • Performance

    A red 2022 Toyota Tundra is shown off-roading in the desert.

    There are two great powertrain options on the 2022 Toyota Tundra, both of which feature a V6 engine. The base engine is a 3.5-liter i-FORCE Turbo V6. This engine features VVTi and twin turbochargers to boost performance and has 24 valves in a dual overhead cam configuration. These twin turbochargers are water-cooled to reduce engine temperatures, keeping the V6 running smoothly. This is a major change for Toyota as the prior model of the Tundra featured a simple V8 gas engine. Despite its smaller size, the new engine is capable of producing 389 horsepower and 479 lb-ft of torque.

    The optional engine is a 3.6-liter i-FORCE MAX Turbo V6 Hybrid. That is right; the new Tundra has a hybrid engine option. Like the base engine, this V6 features intercooled twin turbochargers in a DOHC configuration. However, it pairs the V6 engine with an electric motor-generator located within a bell housing located between the engine and the transmission. The motor-generator captures energy from the V6 engine to regenerate the sealed Nickel-Metal-Hydride battery and components. The battery itself is located under the rear passenger seats in the Tundra’s cab. By pairing the Turbo V6 with an electric motor, the Tundra is capable of 437 horsepower at 5,200 rpm and an astounding 583 lb-ft of torque at 2,400 rpm.

    Transmission

    Each model of the 2022 Toyota Tundra pairs its engine with a 10-speed electronically controlled automatic transmission with intelligence, referred to by Toyota as ECTi. There is a sequential shift mode on the transmission with both uphill and downhill shift logic, so your transmission will downshift or upshift automatically as need be. In addition, this transmission features two Tow/Haul driving modes to provide adequate torque when trailering or carrying heavy cargo in your Tundra’s payload.

    If you choose a Tundra with the available hybrid engine, the transmission will provide an instant response from the electric motor when you are in SPORT or SPORT+ mode. Either of these will enhance the truck’s acceleration, which is ideal for highway driving situations.

    Drivetrains

    The 2022 Tundra comes with standard rear-wheel drive and is available with 4x4 on all trims except for the TRD Pro models, which are 4x4 standard. The TRD Pro comes with standard off-road features, like skid plates, mudguards, CRAWL Control, and Multi-Terrain Select drive modes. Many of these items are also available if you opt for the TRD Off-Road Package on your 2022 Tundra. The CRAWL control operates at low speeds when you are off-road, with the engine maintaining speed and torque so you can focus on steering.

    In general, choosing a 4x4 system on your Tundra will give you better traction, especially on rough terrain. If you decide to go with rear-wheel drive, you should get better fuel economy as well as slightly improved towing and payload carrying capability.

  • Capability

    A black 2022 Toyota Tundra is shown from the side towing a boat.

    One big reason why folks choose a full-size truck like the 2022 Toyota Tundra is the ability to tow large trailers and carry heavy cargo in the bed. The all-new Tundra doesn’t disappoint in either respect, giving you exceptional capability in one great truck no matter which of the two available powertrains you choose.

    Payload

    The 2022 Toyota Tundra can carry up to 1,940 pounds of cargo in its payload bed. That is incredible power considering that the Tundra is operating with either of two different six-cylinder turbocharged engines.
    Toyota offers the Tundra with three different cargo boxes. There is a standard bed that measures 6.5-feet, a 5.5-foot short bed, and an 8.1-foot long bed that sure comes in handy for large loads.

    Towing

    The 2022 Tundra can tow up to 12,000 pounds. Not only is this an incredible number, but Toyota has loaded the all-new Tundra up with features that will make trailering easier than ever for you. First, each Tundra truck model features two different Tow/Haul modes on its transmission. The standard mode is for lighter loads, with increased throttle response. The second provides a more aggressive throttle response and is ideal when you have to reach the maximum towing capacity on the Tundra.

    Another improvement on the Tundra is the set of power extending and folding tow mirrors. These will give you a better view of the trailer and the road and include integrated turn signals and blind spot monitor notifications, so changing lanes on the highway will be safer and easier than ever. In addition, the Tundra features several new cameras with additional angles, including the ability to check on the cargo in your payload bed, a hitch view that will make it easier to connect to your trailer, and a split view to see what is on either side of your trailer.

  • Technology

    A person is shown sitting in the drivers seat of a 2022 Toyota Tundra.

    Toyota has made the all-new 2022 Tundra a technological marvel with a great number of standard features that will make driving it safer and more fun than ever. These innovations are mainly in the areas of infotainment and driver assistance technologies.

    Toyota Audio Multimedia System

    The 2022 Toyota Tundra features an all-new Audio Multimedia system that is unlike any ever offered on a Toyota truck. The standard model features an 8-inch touchscreen with an available 14-inch touchscreen and utilizes newly-designed interfaces, including the Human Machine Interface (HMI) that allows you to utilize the Audio Multimedia system through visual, touch, and audio activation. HMI has an Intelligent Assistant that will work with you by using a number of simple keywords. With processing power that is five times that of prior generations of Toyota’s system, you will find it works quickly and easily.

    The system features cloud-based navigation. This allows for real-time updates, making it easier to steer your Tundra clear of obstacles and traffic jams. Toyota has also made wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility standard on all models of the 2022 Tundra. There is also Wi-Fi connectivity for up to 10 smart devices through a built 4G LTE hotspot. This will help keep you and your passengers connected, whether you choose a Tundra with an Extended Cab or the larger CrewMax cab.

    Driver Assistance Safety Features

    Toyota has made several active safety features standard on all models of the 2022 Tundra. This means that you don’t have to pay a premium to get important active driver assistance features on your truck as part of the Toyota Safety Sense 2.5 suite of safety systems.

    The blind spot monitor will make it safer and easier to change lanes in your Tundra. This will alert you if there is a vehicle in your blind spot, which can really come in handy when you are towing a trailer. Similarly, rear cross traffic alert enhances your rear vision camera by letting you know if a vehicle or pedestrian is about to pass behind your truck when you are in reverse.

    One of the most vital and comprehensive features is the pre-collision system with pedestrian detection. This will alert you if a vehicle or pedestrian enters the path of your Tundra. It will even detect vehicles, bicyclists, and pedestrians at intersections. If the system senses an imminent collision, it will sound an alarm and, if necessary, engage the brakes. In some instances, it may even use emergency steering assistance to stabilize the truck while you take evasive action.

    Convenience on the Road

    Each Tundra is equipped with dynamic radar cruise control. This will adjust the speed to match that of slower-moving vehicles in front of you. It will also use a lane departure alert to warn you if you stray out of your marked lane, and even use lane tracing assist to steer you back on the straight and narrow.

    The automatic high beams on the Tundra will come on when the system detects you are in an area of extremely low light, then automatically switch off as soon as either the street lighting improves or the system detects another vehicle. This will help prevent an accident that can occur when you fail to turn off your high beams when you spot an approaching vehicle. Finally, road sign assist will display important road signs on the dashboard’s multi-information display so you can make sure to adjust your driving to local speed limits.

    With each of these driver-assist features, Toyota shows its commitment to the safety of you and your passengers. This technology is crucial to making the 2022 Toyota Tundra the most innovative full-size truck on the road today.

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