2022 Toyota Tundra debuts with new styling, hybrid power, and modern features

by Automotive | 20-09-2021 | 288 views

When it comes to pickups, Toyota is often loath to change, but the company is finally making headway in the full-size truck space with the introduction of the third-generation Tundra on Sunday. It's been 14 years since Toyota debuted the second-gen Tundra, and it's definitely been left in the dust by heavy-hitters like the Chevy Silverado, Ford F-150, GMC Sierra and Ram 1500.

The 2022 Toyota Tundra will be available in SR, SR5, Limited, Platinum, 1794 and TRD Pro trims. The Double Cab configuration can be had with either a 6.5- or 8-foot bed, while the larger CrewMax is offered with 5.5- or 6.5-foot bed options.

Overall, the 2022 Tundra is a little bit longer and not quite as tall as its predecessor. The truck's design is pretty modern, with a large grille and headlights that live high up on the front fascia, surrounded by some shapely running lights. Depending on which trim you buy, the Tundra can be done up with lots of chrome or some oversized badges.

2022 Toyota Tundra debuts with a new look inside and out :

The truck's rear is dominated by new elongated taillights with three distinct lighting elements. Toyota hasn't gone all-in on the tailgate wars, so don't expect any kind of extra functionality like Ram's split design or GMC's multifunction setup. The Tundra's tailgate simply opens like normal, the only improvements being a 20% reduction in weight and the inclusion of a bump button on the side of the taillight that you can use when your hands are full.

Under the hood, the 2022 Tundra does away with the last-generation truck's V8 engines in favor of a 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6 with a hybrid option. The standard i-Force V6 puts out 389 horsepower and 479 pound-feet of torque, while the electrified i-Force Max goes big with 437 hp and 583 lb-ft. Both engines are mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission.

The hybrid option is available on Limited, Platinum and 1794 trims, and allows for slow-speed all-electric cruising, in addition to providing more chutzpah when the accelerator is floored. Off-roaders and towing enthusiasts will probably enjoy all that torque, which comes on at a low 2,400 rpm.

In order to improve the Tundra's ride quality, Toyota ditched the truck's old leaf springs in favor of a multilink coil-spring setup in the rear. The Tundra can be had with an adaptive rear air suspension, which can adjust damping forces based on road conditions. The rear air setup has high, normal and low modes, for easier bed loading and leveling while towing a trailer.

Speaking of towing, the new Tundra can pull up to 12,000 pounds. There are two tow/haul modes, as well. One is designed for light loads like a small box trailer, while the Tow/Haul Plus feature amps up the throttle response for heavier items. Similarly, payload is increased as well, up to a maximum of 1,940 pounds. That's an 11% increase over the previous Tundra

There are now more camera views to keep an eye on everything, including one for the truck's bed, a split-view camera for either side, a hitch view and a bird's eye perspective. Blind-spot monitoring can cover the length of the trailer, and Toyota's Trailer Back Guidance helps drivers make those precise turns when reversing. Straight Path Assist can aid in keeping the trailer going backwards in a straight line. Yes, that last one is more difficult than it looks.

Of course, Toyota wouldn't be Toyota without its TRD trims. The TRD Off-Road package is available on SR5, Limited and 1794 models and gets you TRD-specific wheels, grille and skid plates, as well as Bilstein shocks. If your truck has four-wheel drive, the package also adds a rear locking differential, different terrain driving modes and Crawl Control, which is like a low-speed cruise control for off-roading. For those who are more into a go-fast look, the TRD Sport can be added to SR5 models and includes a TRD grille and wheels, as well as a lowered suspension.

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