2022 Toyota Tundra

By Durhl Caussey
Durhl Caussey
Durhl Caussey
December 11, 2021 Updated: December 11, 2021

The introduction of the new 2022 Toyota Tundra will allow the company to launch an exciting new powertrain and a variety of bed configurations. Double Cab models will have the option of a 6.5-foot or an 8.1-foot bed, while the CrewMax models will have a 5.5-foot bed or a 6.5-foot one. The all-new Toyota Tundra is “Ready to Rock” the full-size segment.

The all-new i-FORCE 3.5L twin turbo V6 is the heart of the 2022 Tundra. The base SR trim uses a version which delivers 348 horsepower and 405 lb-ft of torque, while the standard version throughout the lineup is capable of producing 389 horsepower and 479 lb-ft, which is more impressive than the outgoing V8 engine. Towing capacity is rated at up to 12,000 pounds.

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A strong exterior appearance. (Courtesy of Toyota)

The EPA estimated fuel economy is 18/24/20 mpg city/highway/combined for the SR 2WD model, and 18/23/20 mpg for the standard powertrain.

Taking the twin-turbo V6 mentioned above even further, is the new i-FORCE MAX hybrid powertrain, which boasts 437 horsepower and 583 lb-ft of torque. The fuel economy rating for this hybrid powertrain is not yet available as of this writing.

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i-FORCE MAX engine. (Courtesy of Toyota)

All models will be mated to a 10-speed Electronically Controlled Transmission with Intelligent (ECTi). This new 10-speed features a sequential shift mode, uphill/downhill shift logic, and Tow/Haul driving modes.

The new Tow/Haul mode increases the throttle response for light and medium loads. The Tow/Haul+ mode kicks the throttle response up another notch for larger trailers, like RVs or boats.

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Looking from the back. (Courtesy of Toyota)

This 10-speed setup helps keeping the engine operating in the optimal range, maximizing fuel efficiency and power even with a heavy payload.

Inside the cabin, I thoroughly enjoyed the available 14-inch touchscreen which houses the all-new Audio Multimedia infotainment system. User control is through the new Human Machine Interface (HMI) interaction design. Wireless Android Auto and Wireless Apple CarPlay are supported for smartphone integration.

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The interior. (Courtesy of Toyota)

This truck’s versatility is further enhanced by the available self-leveling air suspension for the rear. This system has three height settings of High, Normal, and Low. The High setting is for slow, off-road driving and it will return to Normal once the speed exceeds 18 mph. The Low setting allows for easy loading/unloading of bed cargo.

I would be remiss if I didn’t elaborate on the 14-inch screen mentioned earlier. Among the key driving and vehicle data displayed, the cloud-based navigation system supports real-time Over the Air (OTA) update for the mapping data. It can be controlled with voice commands and touchscreen input.

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The large central display. (Courtesy of Toyota)

This central display is also connected to multiple cameras around the Tundra, allowing the driver to see different views around the truck. Available Multi-Terrain Monitor (MTM) lets you check the immediate surroundings for potential objects while navigating tricky terrain. This MTM helps position this truck to be a major competitor against rival offerings from Dodge, Ram, and Ford.

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Checking the surrounding. (Courtesy of Toyota)

Outside, you will notice the truck bed is lightweight and extremely strong, thanks to the new Sheet Molded Composite (SMC) surface and the use of reinforced aluminum cross members in the bed.

LED headlights and taillights are standard. Higher models come with the fancy sequential turn signal indicators.

I drove the new Tundra in heavy city traffic, along meandering country paved and dirt roads, and some tremendously challenging off-road terrain.

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This truck can go to tricky places. (Courtesy of Toyota)

The Tundra has a strong grip, and little body-roll while you are cocooned in a quiet, comfortable cabin. There’s shoulder, hip and leg space in abundance, even in the back. Responsive, even sophisticated inside but a work horse that means business on the outside.

The new Tundra is now available at any of the 1,800 Toyota dealerships, with the MSRP starting at $35,950 for the base SR 2WD. The TRD Pro model is not available yet so the trims currently top out at the $57,690 1794 Edition.

36 months/36,000 miles Basic Warranty
60 months/60,000 miles Powertrain Warranty
60 months/unlimited miles Corrosion Perforation Warranty
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Durhl Caussey writes a car column read around the world. He may be reached at this newspaper or durhlcaussey@gmail.com.