Texas-built 2022 Toyota Tundra is a serious challenger to Detroit’s bestsellers

After 22 years and two generations (not counting the T100, a full-size truck that Toyota produced for eight years before the Tundra), Toyota has finally produced a pickup that can challenge its rivals: the new Toyota Tundra 2022. C ‘ It’s amazing it took so long, but executives say it’s due to the company’s desire to merge three international full-size truck platforms into one, rather than the pride of the home office .

Yet this time, the task of designing and designing the 2022 Tundra fell to the Americans, not the Japanese. The result? Toyota’s first full-size pickup that seriously challenges the Detroit bestsellers, one that is far better than previous models, which reminded Texas critics, “all hats, no cattle.”

The Tundra is even built in San Antonio, while its engine is made in Huntsville, Ala.

It also explains the boldly menacing look of the new Tundra, which is much more aggressive than previous models and looks right at home alongside its little brother Tacoma. In fact, the new design of the Tundra was inspired by Marvel Comics’ superhero Iron Man.

“We knew we had to take a giant leap in overall boldness and strength,” said Kevin Hunter, president of Calty Design Research, Toyota’s North American design studio. “The size isn’t much bigger, but the mass, the tread, the three-dimensional aspect of this truck is way beyond where the current truck is.”

Offered in the SR, SR5, Limited, Platinum, 1794 and TRD Pro models, each 2022 Tundra comes with various exterior trims and four doors – the smallest in the rear on the Double Cab, with a 6.5 bed. feet or 8.1 feet, or those of full size on the CrewMax, with a 5.5 foot or 6.5 foot bed. The bed is made from a molded sheet compound and its tailgate can be opened with the truck key fob. However, it lacks the built-in step or in-bed storage bins found in competing pickup trucks, although the truck is now built using a fully boxed ladder frame, with cross members. more than lined frame for extra reinforcement.

Inside you’ll find a very spacious cabin, especially on CrewMax models, which feature a rear seat with limousine-like legroom. As you move up the food chain, each iteration becomes more and more opulent, although the higher trim levels seem to be overplaying the luxury card. This makes the Limited trim level an ideal choice when it comes to ambience. The wide center console has plenty of room for a number of items, but a column-mounted shifter would be appreciated, as the rotating transmission dial takes up space that could be used for other things.

The 2022 Tundra has a 14-inch in-dash monitor.(Toyota)

The support seats are wide and flat. They face a horizontal dashboard that makes the already wide Tundra appear even wider, an impression accentuated by the massive 14-inch touchscreen. Its new America-designed infotainment interface features a clean, logical design that clashes with the 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, a muddled, Japanese-designed mess that’s confusing to read quickly. Better to stick with the standard conventional instrument cluster and its more useful 4.2-inch digital display.

But other technologies are greatly improved. There’s standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto wireless, as well as Toyota Connected Services with voice commands. Plus, cameras around the truck keep an eye on your trailer, with an option to help you back up.

It’s all powered by a twin-turbocharged, intercooled, twin-overhead cam V6 that delivers 389 horsepower and 479 pound-feet of torque, with a peak torque of 2,400 rpm.

Dubbed the “I-Force”, it is also available as the “I-Force Max”, the same motor with a 48 horsepower electric motor placed between the motor and transmission and powered by a nickel-metal hydride battery located under the rear of the seats. (This space is under-seat storage in non-hybrid models.) Both drivelines are connected to a 10-speed automatic transmission, providing a maximum payload of 1,940 pounds and maximum towing of 12,000 pounds.

Regardless of the transmission, you’ll find that the Tundra delivers the grunt required, with a remarkably smooth ride and a wonderfully quiet interior. It rolls smaller than its size suggests, with the shape of the hood making it easier to place the front.

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The Tundra uses a double-wishbone front suspension and a multi-link coil-spring rear suspension with twin-tube shocks at each corner. They make a noticeable difference, especially off-road, where they add considerable civility as you dive deep bumps, cross streams, climb logs, or hover over gravel. That’s especially true for the all-terrain-worthy TRD Pro, with FOX 2.5-inch-diameter internal bypass shocks that reduce the extreme pitch that can occur when traversing through rainforest. Of course, the electronic locking rear differential, Multi-Terrain Select and Crawl Control also played a role.

While there is nothing revolutionary here, or even surprising, the new Toyota Tundra 2022 offers a truly competitive alternative to pickup trucks produced by GM, Ford, Stellantis and Nissan.

These tundras provide the strength most buyers need in a truck that won’t look like their neighbor’s driveway.

The Tundra's engine is a twin-turbocharged, intercooled, twin overhead camshaft V6 engine rated at 389 horsepower and 479 pound-feet of torque, with a peak torque of 2,400 rpm.
The Tundra’s engine is a twin-turbocharged, intercooled, twin overhead camshaft V6 engine rated at 389 horsepower and 479 pound-feet of torque, with maximum torque of 2,400 rpm. (Uncredited / ASSOCIATED PRESS)

Toyota Tundra 2022

Base price: Not announced

Motor: 3.5-liter twin-turbocharged DOHC V6 with intercooler

Power / torque: 389/437; 479/583 with hybrid assistance

EPA Fuel Economy (City / Highway): Awaiting certification

Fuel Required: 87 octanes

Length Width Height: 233.6-252.5 / 80.2 / 78 inch

Ground clearance : 9.3-11.2 inch

Payload: 1,510 to 1,940 lbs

Towing capacity: 11,300-12,000 pounds

Larry Printz, Tribune News Service (TNS)

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