09/12/2021

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2022 Toyota Tundra first drive | Car Reviews

Auto123 receives in a very first drive of the 2022 Toyota Tundra.

San Antonio, TX – I can assume of a couple of items Toyota could train other producers. One of them is the art of the hardly ever-ending striptease. It truly is been far more than a year given that speculation and formal bits of information have been dribbling out about the new version of the Tundra truck. This earlier spring, for case in point, the automaker produced a handful of images that didn’t expose a lot besides bits of bodywork. A quick video followed that didn’t tell us a lot far more than that the very poor director experienced to shoot the factor on the very working day when thick fog rolled into the studio. What negative luck…

Extended foreplay
Then anyone unleashed a image on the net demonstrating the entire-size pickup in its entirety. Was it definitely an accidental leak or some thing far more calculated? Relies upon on how cynical you are.

In early September, Canadian media were being invited to a corner of rural Ontario to fulfill the 2022 Tundra.

But only fulfill it. We obtained to see it, touch it, sit in it, choose shots of it, and talk to thoughts of the industry experts there. But we didn’t get to drive it. Really don’t get impatient. Just retain producing about the Tundra, you jourmalists. Whip up the cream.

Which we obediently did. I invite you to check out out the fantastic piece by colleague Vincent Aubé, which introduced the new truck in excellent detail, from its tremendous-macho look to its motor and the decision of cabs and bodies.

2022 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro

2022 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro

With that, we understood just about all the things about Toyota’s Tonka for older people, besides for just about anything about its dealing with on the street. To obtain out, we experienced to wait around yet another month, and vacation to San Antonio, Texas.

Why the Lone Star point out? So we could influence Texans to get with the application in the combat towards Covid-19?  To protest the anti-abortion law that Republican legislators have imposed on gals?

No. San Antonio is actually home to the Toyota Motor Manufacturing Texas plant that assembles the Tundra (and the Sequoia starting up in 2022, when Tacoma manufacturing moves to Mexico). The Japanese understood prolonged ago that if they wanted to have even a distant chance of competing with the F-150s, Rams and Silverado/Sierras of the world, they experienced to construct their fifty percent-ton truck in a location in which the Marlboro Male is continue to king.

The plant is currently developing the final of the 2021 Tundras whilst the point out-of-the-art components is installed to ship the very first 2022s to North American showrooms in December.

And what will the truck price tag when it does arrive? Uh huh, can’t know that still. Later on.

2022 Toyota Tundra Platinum

2022 Toyota Tundra Platinum

The wait around is about
Generation proper may not have begun still, but the crafty folks in demand of putting jointly our small Texan start occasion however managed to snag a pair of dozen pre-manufacturing trucks, which we set to the check underneath a blazing solar.

After this prolonged introduction (in maintaining with the Toyota way, of system), I will not likely repeat all the things you have currently go through about the third-technology Tundra. Let us just hit the street.

3.5L i-Force twin-turbo V6 and ten-speed automated transmission
This new powertrain won’t make you pass up the growing old V8/6-speed tandem for a 2nd. Acceleration is fast and linear, the transmission will not wait and the overall seem is stimulating. Toyota didn’t have any formal fuel consumption figures to share with us still, but they estimate the base V6 could take care of an normal of 9.0L/100 km, which would be a huge enhancement about the previous seventeen.0L rating. To say the the very least.

Furthermore an electric motor
The hybrid powertrain makes use of the exact same combustion motor, even though it is now named i-Force MAX, and mimicking the F-150’s it provides substantially far more horsepower (437 as a substitute of 389) and far more torque (583 lb-ft as a substitute of 479). Furthermore, when the electric motor kicks in, roll down the window. You can expect to notice a peculiar phenomenon when you speed up: from outdoors you won’t be able to hear just about anything, but within the cabin, thank to the operate of the intelligent engineers, you hear a seem reminiscent of a V8.

Be aware that this hybrid motor variant will not be on sale until eventually up coming March. Our crystal ball predicts that its recognition will finally overtake that of the model with “regular” powertrain.

2022 Toyota Tundra 1794 Edition

2022 Toyota Tundra 1794 Version

The cabs
Toyota provides the exact same decision among Double Taxi or CrewMax, the latter currently being far more generous in the again, and carries about the rear window (glass) that can be taken off with a button.

The beds
You continue to get three lengths (five.five, 6.five or 8.one toes), but this time you can marry the 6.five to the CrewMax, which was extremely hard before. Each entire body arrives conventional with a coating that safeguards it from tricky knocks and rust. Furthermore lashing lugs, a rail process and a myriad of extras.

Loading and Towing
Payload (the greatest body weight you can have before the truck claims whoah) is one,940 lb, which compares favorably to the opposition. Toyota helps make a lot of the twelve,000-lb greatest towing potential, but the rule of thumb is: the considerably less body weight your Tundra has, the far more it can tow. As a consequence, the base SR rear-wheel drive model (the only 4×2 in the Canadian lineup) is the strongest. In Texas, I pulled a 16-foot trailer, then a 26-foot trailer. By engaging the prompt driving modes, it was a breeze both of those situations.

The rear suspension
This is maybe the star enhancement of this third-technology Tundra. A number of arms and coil springs have replaced the previous sprung leaf springs, so the truck no lengthier feels like a trampoline. The steering is also far more stable. Enormous difference. And it can be about time. Because Ram proved that you can drive all-around a building web page and continue to truly feel like you happen to be sitting in a La-Z-boy, Toyota experienced an obligation to do at the very least as well. It provides yet another layer by presenting adaptive shocks and a rear air suspension to stage out the ride according to the loads to be carried.

2022 Toyota Tundra Platinum, interior

2022 Toyota Tundra Platinum, interior

The interior
There is certainly a ton of dark plastic in the new Tundra, even in an upscale variation like the Platinum. On the other hand, it appears easy and clear. It will be quick to clear. You have to opt for the 1794 livery (the year when the very first ranch was founded at the recent locale of the manufacturing facility) to obtain an upholstery and interior that would not disgrace Clint Eastwood’s living room, or the TRD Pro with its red seats.

The screens
Here also, it is night time and working day in contrast to the prior technology. All the new Tundra trims established out to impress you.  Commence the motor, and the twelve.3-inch TFT display driving the steering wheel (on luxury products) displays an graphic of a U.S. nationwide park (trucks bought in Canada will not likely show any of our beautiful nationwide parks, alas). The middle display on the dash starts off at 8 inches and can be amplified to 14 as an option. This on your own modernizes the Tundra with a wave of the magic wand.

However, there are buttons
Inspite of the presence of all those screens, you will have various buttons for specified significant duties. Like the a person that activates the very neat Crawl purpose (integrated with the TRD Off-Road kit): confronted with a steep, rocky slope in the middle of the forest, the Tundra will climb it all by by itself. Just hold the wheel and fail to remember about the throttle. Identical principle as Hill Descent Control but in reverse.

2022 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro, multimedia screen

2022 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro, multimedia display

New multimedia process
Some outstanding folks someplace in Toyota’s employ have arrive up with an intuitive infotainment process that borders on genius. 1st noticed in the Tundra, it attributes incredible voice recognition. I spoke to my truck in French (it can tackle English and Spanish as well) and it recognized me nine situations out of ten. All conversations commence with “Hey Toyota”. The AI right away asks what it can do for you. A suggestion: stay clear of unnecessarily convoluted commands. Say “SiriusXM channel 26” as a substitute of “I’d like to listen to SiriusXM satellite radio channel 26”. When I requested “In which is the nearest McDonald’s?” my digital assistant explained to me appropriate away. How do I get there? It reveals me the way on its beautiful display. Actually, hats off!

The thingy for the trailer
You’ve hooked up a boat to the again of your Tundra, you get to the boat ramp and the nightmare commences: how do you again up the trailer devoid of on the lookout like a lummox? Personally, I’d go exercise in a deserted parking ton before facing the judgment of many others, but Toyota gave us a lifeline. It truly is named Straight Route Aid. Once the factor is activated, all you have to do is modulate the throttle whilst the process controls the steering wheel. Your boat will then transfer backwards to in which you want it.

That explained, be mindful: you have to very first align the trailer in the appropriate course. In other phrases, the process will straighten the truck but not the trailer. Also, it normally takes some time to calibrate by itself, to decode its natural environment. So it can be not best still, but they are having near. I would continue to keep on to exercise if I were being you…

2022 Toyota Tundra, with trailer

2022 Toyota Tundra, with trailer

I have to halt in this article, devoid of dwelling on the information of the 2.five variation of Toyota Basic safety Sense, a suite of driving aids that arrives conventional on all products, or the lively entire body colours, or the sturdy ladder chassis extracted from the automaker’s new common system.

Is the 2022 Tundra improved than its predecessor? Of system it is. It would have been extremely humiliating if it wasn’t: the creators of this truck experienced 14 yrs to best it! Just think about if they hadn’t managed to make the new improved than the old…

Here’s a final small anecdote for you: when I was leaving the hotel in San Antonio, I requested an Uber. Guess which automobile showed up? A 2018 Tundra! After outlining to the driver this remarkable coincidence presented my mission in coming to the city, I requested him, “You’re a Texan, your streets are overrun with trucks, and you chose a Tundra. Why?”

His solution: “For its reliability.”

2022 Toyota Tundra, bed

2022 Toyota Tundra 1794 Edition, front

2022 Toyota Tundra 1794 Version, entrance