When the Toyota Tundra made its debut in 1999 for the 2000 model year, it was a sign of things to come for the pickup truck. In an age where full-size pickups were ruled by the domestic brands such as Chevy, Ford, GMC, and Dodge, the Tundra represented a willingness to compete with established heavyweights. Only the second full-size pickup from Toyota to compete stateside, the first being the Toyota T-100, it didn’t take long for the vehicle to make an impression on the marketplace. Named “Truck of the Year” by Motor Trend in 2000, it showed Toyota was capable of adapting to the times and offering consumers refined engineering across their entire fleet.
That dedication to quality hasn’t ceased, as over two decades after its debut, the Tundra remains one of the most viable options for consumers who are in the market for a full-size pickup. In order to display that consistency, today, we’re taking a look at the 2022 Toyota Tundra. Beefy and bold, it’s further proof that Toyota is a brand that remains ahead of the curve for the benefit of consumers everywhere.
Horsepower (hp): 348-437
Torque (lb-ft): 405-583
Towing (lbs): 12,000
As the debut model for the truck's third generation, the 2022 Toyota Tundra wastes no time in asserting its place as being a product that’s the result of thinking outside the box. This comes in the form of the vehicle’s powertrain. While the V8 and the full-size pickup are a pairing that’s about as synonymous as peanut butter and jelly, Toyota has dropped the V8 option from the Tundra altogether. Instead, Toyota offers up two different V6 options, each one possessing its own unique attributes and advantages.
The standard offering for the Tundra is a turbo 3.5L V6. While some might be under the impression that this reduces the power of the old V8 that powered previous Tundra models, this is not the case. 389 horsepower and the ability to generate 479 lb-ft of torque is a vast improvement over the previous option, which specs measured at 381 horsepower and 401 lb-ft of torque. A noticeable improvement in a smaller engine speaks to Toyota’s talent for innovation.
The other engine that Toyota offers is an i-Force MAX Turbo V6 Hybrid. Taking performance a step further, this engine produces 437 horsepower and the ability to generate 583 lb-ft of torque. To ensure impeccable performance, both engines are equipped with a ten-speed automatic transmission. A step up from competitors such as Chevy, who only offer their ten-speed as standard with their diesel-powered pickups.
The refined engines with their transmissions provide conservative fuel consumption for a full-size pickup, with the base engine achieving 20 MPG combined. More specifically, the base engine gets 18 MPG in the city and 24 MPG on the highway. The Tundra’s hybrid powertrain option provides an economical 22 MPG combined, 20 MPG in the city, and 24 MPG on the highway.
The new powertrain options also outperform the old V8 in terms of towing capability. While the older Tundra’s had a maximum rating of 10,200 lbs, the 2022 Tundra, when properly equipped, can now pull up to 12,000 lbs behind it with little to no effort. You'll also find an increase in payload capacity, with a maximum of 1,940 lbs when you choose the base engine as compared to the 1,730 lbs maximum of the previous generation model. Performance-wise, the new Tundra has shed its old skin to be more versatile than ever before.
Similar to their competitor Nissan, Toyota has always placed a great deal of emphasis on developing technology to not only make their vehicles perform at an exceptional level but provide safety and assistance to their drivers when they need it most. The 2022 Toyota Tundra not only has a wide variety of driver assistance technologies at its disposal, but a great many of them come standard across all trims. Because, after all, safety and comfort shouldn’t come with a heavy price tag.
Standard on all Tundras is Toyota’s Safety Sense 2.5. A suite of features includes the Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist, Lane Tracing Assist, Road Sign Assist, Automatic High Beams, and Full-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control. Included with the Tundra are two other safety packages that are meant to benefit the consumers who depend upon Toyota every day.
Base trims are equipped with a six-speaker stereo system that’s compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. A three-month trial subscription to SiriusXM is also included, providing you with more options than ever of what you want to listen to. Two other stereo options are available on the upper trim levels, including a nine-speaker system, and for those who want to bring the maximum level of volume with them when they’re on the road, a high-end 12-speaker JVC stereo system includes an amplifier and subwoofer along with it.
It’s been said by quite a few people that pickup trucks are the “new Cadillacs” of the road, as in they’re more luxurious with a penchant for stylistic flair than ever before. When it comes to manufacturing a vehicle with style that’s appealing to the eyes, Toyota has never been lacking in this particular department. When it comes to the Tundra’s newest generational change, the front end with its jet-black grill is what stands out the most. This intimidating exterior is a welcomed change from the prior years, where the only distinguishable feature of the front end was a chrome grill brandishing the Toyota logo.
If the exterior of the Tundra is one that asserts its intimidating nature, then the interior is a showcase for refinement and sophistication. The centerpiece for the Tundra’s posh interior is the standard 8-inch infotainment touchscreen. And while several competitors are offering an available 12-inch upgrade to entice the tech-savvy, Toyota raises the bar on this front, offering a 14-inch screen for those who want one.
Surrounding the screen centerpiece is an interior design that appears to be similar to what Ford is offering on the newer F-150. But while the F-150’s gear shifter leaves quite a bit to be desired, the Tundra possesses one that hints at the high-octane performance that the truck is more than capable of. Symmetrical and streamlined, the Tundra strategically places the controls for the various features of the vehicle at the fingertips of the driver, allowing the focus to remain on the road and looking forward.
For those who truly crave unique aesthetics with their truck cabins, the Tundra 1794 Edition incorporates wood-colored tones to accentuate the interior. While some might be quick to dismiss these choices as a mere incorporation of what other domestic models such as the F-150 and Grand Cherokee are doing, Toyota takes inspiration from its rivals while placing their own design and innovation into the completed product. Once again, Toyota shows the world that they truly know how to offer a superior product that stands out among the crowd.
If there’s one thing that can be said about the 2022 Toyota Tundra, it’s that its success has come from straying outside the convention of traditional thinking and holding its ground as a unique entity in the world of full-size pickups. Conformity and complacency are the ways in which opportunities for success are washed away and dissipate from our reach, which is why Future Toyota of Yuba City believes that success starts and ends with the customers who come visit us and experience firsthand the ways we tailor the car buying experience to you.
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