2022 Toyota Tundra Hands-On Preview: Top 5 Reasons We Look Forward to This Truck

TTAC Staff
by TTAC Staff

America’s love affair with the pickup truck is long from being over, and for good reason.

Modern full-size pickup trucks are more capable, efficient, comfortable, and technologically advanced than ever before. They really have become the jack-of-all-trades choice amongst the automotive world. So when an all-new pick-up debuts, it’s a big deal.

Toyota has just revealed the brand’s all-new 2022 Toyota Tundra – and a lot has changed. To dive a bit deeper into what is new, we take a look at the Top 5 Reasons we look forward to the new 2022 Toyota Tundra.Editor’s note: This is sponsored content, meant to pay our bills, and is SEPARATE from our unbiased/objective editorial content. In other words, it’s an ad.

1. Bold Design

Built in San Antonio, the new Tundra was styled by Calty, Toyota’s North American Design Studio. A true homegrown American truck, the Tundra’s exterior is sculpted to exude power and capability. It features angular lines, accented flared fenders, and an imposing front grille, to emphasize the notion of toughness.

The “Technical muscle” design theme of the Tundra continues throughout the interior, highlighted by a massive 14-inch touchscreen that’s integrated into the dash. There is also an available 12.3-inch digital instrument panel, that features a National Parks display during startup.

If the standard Tundra looks aren’t enough, of course there is a more extreme TRD Pro version with a 1.1-inch front suspension lift that complements the FOX internal bypass shocks. Also included on the TRD Pro are an aluminum front skid plate, red suspension components, and unique Falken all-terrain tires.

2. It’s Fully Capable

Underneath the bodywork is a solid foundation thanks to a new fully-boxed, high-strength steel ladder frame. The new Tundra also takes a modernized approach to its rear suspension, ditching leaf springs for coils on an all-new multi-link setup. Not only does this provide better handling, but also contributes to improved capabilities for the Tundra, which can now tow up to 12,000 pounds and carry a payload of up to 1,940 pounds.

While on the topic of payload, Toyota engineers developed a Sheet-Molding Compound truck bed. SMC beds are just as durable as a traditional bed, but Toyota argues even more so since it avoids rust like steel beds and doesn’t dent as easily as steel or aluminum.

3. Powerful New Engines

Perhaps the most interesting feature of the truck is the new powertrains. Gone are the V8s, replaced by more modern options. Standard is an i-FORCE 3.5L twin-turbo V6 that produces 389 hp, and 479 lb-ft of torque mated to a new 10-speed automatic transmission. But for those looking for more power and better efficiency, there is the available i-FORCE MAX twin-turbo hybrid V6, that produces 437 hp, and 583 lb-ft. of torque. The extra hybrid power comes from a motor-generator wedged between the engine and the transmission.

Since heat is one of the biggest stresses on an engine, especially a twin-turbocharged one like this, Toyota engineers have designed advanced cooling features to the combustion chamber, exhaust system, and cylinder heads to ensure performance and reliability.

4. Technologically Packed

The new 14-inch touchscreen controls an all-new multimedia system that delivers improved interaction through sight, touch, and voice activation. This screen also takes advantage of several new cameras to assist with everything from seeing the trail to navigating a tight parking spot. In addition, there are camera angles for the truck bed, a rear-split view to see what’s on the side of a towed trailer, and a hitch-view.

There’s also a slew of new technology features built into the suspension system, thanks in part to the new multi-link rear. A new automatic air suspension system is available with High, Low, and Normal height settings. Low and High modes can be used at speeds up to 18 mph, and also adjust to match the height of a towed trailer. The new Adaptive Variable Suspension constantly monitors the road and adjusts the shock settings for improved ride quality.

Finally, the new tailgate can be opened with a push of a button on the key fob.

5. It’s Got Advanced Safety

Toyota has improved the safety system for the new Tundra, which offers the brand’s active Toyota Safety Sense 2.5 standard on all trim levels. It includes a Pre-collision System with Pedestrian Detection which can automatically apply the brakes to help avoid a collision. There is Lane Tracing Assist which adjusts the steering wheel automatically to keep the truck between the lines, as well as a plethora of other features, including Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Road Sign Assist, and Blind Spot Monitoring. The latter even works when towing a trailer.

[Images: Toyota]

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  • TimK TimK on Dec 04, 2021

    I will never buy a vehicle with a turbocharged engine. Twin turbos and reliability are mutually exclusive. CAFE made them do this.

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    • DenverMike DenverMike on Dec 06, 2021

      @el scotto Not unlike lunch, nothing comes for FREE(!). When turbos consume just as much fuel as the NA V8s they replace or more, and end up just as heavy, what's the point? There's no way they're as reliable, long lasting, etc. Yes gobs of torque, what ever, wait for me at the top the mountain. Order my lunch.

  • Shadows Shadows on Dec 04, 2021

    “Get a load of this guy's life preserver. Dork thinks he's gonna drown!" - The red vest in the video is classic. Love my Tacoma. Always interesting to see what Toyota does when they eventually revisit a vehicle. Glad the sponsored nature of the post was clear.

  • Lou_BC Too much money.
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  • Wjtinfwb I really don't care about charging stations, EVs, their drivers or the issues that seem to plague them and the ownership experience. My use case requires much better range and fueling options than what EVs offer, at least current state. If an EV works for you, great. It doesn't work for me and that's OK as well. hat I object to however, is the Government involvement in a personal use decision and trying to force a technology into widespread adoption when it and its support network is clearly not ready. I also object to Federal dollars, gleaned from the taxpayers being used to subsidize this nascent technology and most importantly, I object to the gaslighting by the Administration that tries to convince consumers that range isn't an issue. Recharging isn't an issue. Cold weather isn't an issue. Fires aren't an issue. The ownership experience disappointment is validated by the poor resale value of EV's and the McKinsey report that states that 50% of EV owners plan to switch back to a gas powered vehicle. I don't have the disposable income to make a 40k mistake and take a beating on getting rid of it. But again, if it works for you, that's what matters. Cheers.
  • MKizzy The top executives of many of the Fortune 500 companies support GOP candidates with their votes and donations while happily filling their corporate coffers with Progressive dollars. Unlike Musk however, they're smart enough to at least try to keep it to themselves. Perhaps Musk's political openness combined with his seemingly declining interest in Tesla is a sign he'll abandon Tesla by the end of the decade.
  • Jpolicke I don't know of any gas stations with a single pump.