By on December 3, 2021

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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30 Comments on “2022 Toyota Tundra Hands-On Preview: Top 5 Reasons We Look Forward to this Truck...”


  • avatar
    ajla

    “an imposing front grille, to emphasize the notion of toughness.”

    I don’t know if TTAC or Toyota wrote this but I’m not sure if it is a winning move to admit in your own advertisement that a vehicle design is meant as a codpiece. The outfit worn by the host in the video also borders on parody.

    Plus, we all know why anyone would buy the Tundra. It’s a Toyota and the expectation is that it will have class leading reliability. I’m not sure why “Toyota Quality” didn’t show up on the list anywhere but Falken tires and Toyota Safety Sense 2.5 did.

  • avatar
    Sobro

    I love listicles. For me to poop on!

    Anyway, I’m sure when Ford goes all electric Toyota will finally reach 25% of Ford’s share of pickup sales.

  • avatar
    IBx1

    Pathetic hideous automatic scum

  • avatar
    teddyc73

    I stopped reading when I saw number 1. Was this written by the Toyota marketing department? This truck is so dreadfully ugly, overwrought and ungainly I am stunned it ever made it out of the design studio. Styling is certainly a matter of personal taste but I just don’t see how this hideous truck will have mass market appeal. Just awful.

  • avatar
    mcs

    The site is now mostly a marketing site. Even the stories that aren’t from the OEM are written in a way not to offend their intended advertiser.

    • 0 avatar
      ajla

      I think it’s pretty obvious that Toyota dropped a lot of bucks on the automotive press to push the new Tundra.

      I don’t necessarily mind the advertisement posts (although I’d prefer them to be about stuff like car batteries or Hot Wheels or snow tires versus actual vehicles), and at least TTAC hasn’t gone full shill mode like Motor Trend.

      However, this is a pretty poor advertisement.

  • avatar
    mac down under

    Last year was a lexus piece, so obnoxius, these poop up ads condemn this site to the blacklist. Have a nice profit!

  • avatar
    CKNSLS Sierra SLT

    I AM NOT over excited by the front end. But after buying a new 2018 Siverado LTZ and putting up with well known issues such as a sloppy six speed transmission and drive train lash/clunking the Tundra will be my next truck. I know someone with a previous generation with well over 100,000 miles and it runs so much better than my $54,000.00 MSRP Silverado. Looking at a Limited.

  • avatar
    FreedMike

    The one and only reason I’d buy this truck would be a 12-gauge shotgun pressed to the side of my head.

  • avatar
    ToolGuy

    Nice truck (and I do mean that). I like the SMC bed idea.

    Now a few comparisons. Pause the video at 3:05 and reference the spokesperson standing by the vehicle.

    Observations:
    a) I can see over the cab of my truck.
    b) The front of the hood on my truck is below my belt buckle.
    c) The interior dimensions of the bed of my truck are 74″ by 97″ (but that’s me, not stock)
    d) When the deck boards in my bed get scratched (rarely), I touch them up with stain – takes about 4 minutes.

    Carry on.

    • 0 avatar
      ajla

      “The front of the hood on my truck is below my belt buckle.”

      How tall are you?

      • 0 avatar
        ToolGuy

        I’m 6’2″ and that is the only personal measurement I will ever post on this site, thank you very much. :-)

        The lower edge of the hood/top edge of the grille is right around 36″ (1995 GMT400 C1500). The slope of the hood is fairly subtle there so the top edge isn’t a lot higher. The center of my belt buckle is around 42″ barefoot and call it 43.5″ in steel toe boots, so it’s not close.

        Another point of comparison: I can stand at the center of the front bumper with the hood open and reach the very back of the firewall (where it curves back to provide clearance for the reliable but not so powerful 5.0L V8), with both bare feet flat on the ground (can also touch the base of the windshield) – compare our spokesperson at the 2:08 mark.

  • avatar
    Lou_BC

    You forgot #6 – It’s not a Ford, Chev, or Ram!

  • avatar
    DenverMike

    If Toyota could design and build competitive vehicles, combined with A+ marketing and wives tales, they could own the world.

  • avatar
    CKNSLS Sierra SLT

    DenverMike-

    Have you looked at Toyota’s cash reserves? Just asking!

    • 0 avatar
      DenverMike

      It sounds like a lot, but it takes a lot to put out competitive, modern vehicles. And those sell themselves.

      Competitive means price too. Take pickups. After rebates, that’s just the price.

      So what are they pulling out or withholding from their vehicles? Also a single recall can wipe a lot of it out, and no carmaker is immune.

  • avatar
    TimK

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

    • 0 avatar
      el scotto

      @TimK Depends on the engine. Turbos have changed from the 80’s when you had to let them run for a minute or so before shutting them off. The fart-can muffler group usually run their turbos at “moaaar power” settings.

      Ford has figured out twin-turbos with their ecoboost engines. GM with their ecotech? Not so much. Volvos use low compression turbos and go just fine. Overall, a twin turbo engine will last as long as you keep your vehicle. Just do some research first like we all know you’ll do.

      • 0 avatar
        DenverMike

        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.

    • 0 avatar
      ajla

      I don’t know. Having owned the H/K/G 3.3TT for awhile now there are definitely some quirks to turbo ownership, even in the modern era. I don’t think my engine is going to nuke itself tomorrow but I’d be surprised if it lasts justs as long as the non turbo 3.3L or 3.8L those brands offer. It’s not so much to make me say “no turbos ever” (and I’m sure someone can cite their turbo Saab with 380,000 miles), but I don’t think it is all just internet BS either. With this Tundra, 480lb-ft from a gasoline 3.5L V6 makes me think it is boosted pretty hard.

      That said, the cylinder deactivation systems present in half-ton V8s seem to have an even worse track record.

    • 0 avatar
      ToolGuy

      I am 99.997% confident that I will never buy an electric vehicle which is labeled as a “Turbo”:

      https://www.porsche.com/usa/models/taycan/taycan-models/taycan-turbo/

  • avatar
    shadows

    “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.

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