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What We Know About the 2022 Toyota Tundra

October 8, 2021

Year after year, the big dogs like Ford, Chevy, and RAM pushed out popular trucks like the F-150 and the Silverado. People go crazy over these popular full-size pickup trucks, resulting in them dominating the leaderboards for “most popular” or “best-sellers.” In 1999, Toyota was ready to start getting in on the action and introduced the Tundra to the market. Fun fact, rather than making the Tundra’s big debut at a large event like the Detroit Auto show, Toyota made their debut at the Indiana State Fair. Fast forward a couple of decades, Toyota is rolling into the third generation of Tundras.

 

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2022 Toyota Tundra

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The 2022 Toyota Tundra is getting a complete overhaul for the first time since the launch of the second generation which was about 16 years ago back in 2006. The Tundra is long overdue for some major changes, and people are ready for it. Don’t get it twisted, Tundra owners are loyal to their trucks and aren’t the type to betray Toyota, but with major updates to its technology, interior, powertrain, and exterior cosmetics, there’s literally just no way to not be jacked about the 2022 Tundra. The people have been patiently waiting, and they didn’t know exactly what for, but they knew the Tundra was ready to live up to its full potential. It seems Toyota started practically from the ground up to redesign the 2022 Tundra which has earned it a lot of hype in the truck industry. 

 

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2022 Toyota Tundra Engine Upgrade

Horsepower and Torque for the 2022 Toyota Tundra

The new Tundra will offer two powertrain options: a twin-turbo V6 and a hybrid twin-turbo V6. You might be shocked to see Toyota got rid of the trusty V8 engine in the Tundra and made the transition to a twin-turbo V6 that makes 389 horsepower and 479 lb.-ft torque. When paired with a newly engineered bell-housing motor system called the i-FORCE MAX powertrain, it can produce up to a combined 437 horsepower and 583lb.-ft. Both configurations are mated to a new 10-speed automatic transmission. If you want a little bit more clarity on the i-FORCE MAX, a press release by Toyota states:

“The new i-FORCE MAX relies on the same twin-turbo V6 platform but features a unique attribute – a motor-generator with a clutch located within the bell housing between the engine and 10-speed automatic transmission. In essence, the motor-generator is built in-line to provide additional power that is transferred efficiently via the transmission, while the engine start-up, EV driving, electric-assist, and energy regeneration are solely done via the parallel hybrid components.”

 

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2022 Toyota Tundra Trim Levels

With the 2022 Toyota Tundra, there will be a handful of trim levels available: SR, SR5, Limited, Platinum, 1794, and TRD Pro. With the different trims, there will be two four-door options in either the Double Cab or CrewMax. The Double Cab will be offered with the choice of either a 6.5-foot bed or an 8.1-foot bed, while the CrewMax will have a choice of either a 5.5-foot bed or a 6.5-foot bed. The truck beds are lightweight and strong due to the new Sheet Molded Compound construction and reinforced aluminum cross members. 

 

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When it comes to the engine, the i-FORCE MAX will only be available for Limited, Platinum, and 1794 models, and the TRD Pro will ONLY be offered with the i-FORCE MAX powertrain. You can also get a TRD Off-Road Package with the SR5, Limited, and 1794 models. This includes 18-inch TRD wheels, TRD grille, TRD off-road suspension, skid plates, mud guards, and TRD leather shift knob. On the other hand, you can get the TRD Sport Package on 4x2 or 4x4 SR5 models which includes 20-inch TRD wheels, TRD grille, TRD lowered sport suspension, and a TRD leather shift knob.

 

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When it comes to colors for the Tundra, Toyota will be offering a variety (and some that are trim-level specific):

  • Super White
  • Wind Chill Pearl
  • Magnetic Gray Metallic
  • Celestial Silver Metallic
  • Midnight Black Metallic
  • Super Sonic Red
  • Army Green
  • Lunar Rock
  • Blueprint
  • Smoked Mesquite (Limited & 1794)
  • Solar Octane (TRD Pro)

 

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What’s New with the 2022 Toyota Tundra?

Towing Capacity and Suspension Upgrades

With its new engine update, the new Tundra sees a maximum towing capacity of 12,000 pounds and a maximum payload capacity of 1,940 pounds, which is up 17% and 11% respectively from the 2021 Tundra. Toyota also decided a new truck and new chassis deserved a new approach on the Tundra’s suspension too. The biggest change in this department comes with the new multi-link rear suspension which essentially swaps leaf springs for coil springs. So, besides the increased towing capacity, other benefits you’ll see from this upgrade include ride comfort, straight-line stability, and overall handling. For protection and durability, Toyota added twin-tube shocks at the front and rear for each truck. 

 

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Safety Features

Also new for the 2022 Tundra, Toyota made its Safety Sense 2.5 system standard on every model. Features of this system include:

  • Automatic Emergency Braking with pedestrian detection/emergency steering assistance 
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Blind-spot monitor
  • Lane centering assistance 
  • Automatic high beams
  • Rear cross-traffic alert
  • Road sign recognition

 

2022 Toyota Tundra safety features

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Interior

When it comes to the interior, it was designed with comfort in mind for the driver and passenger. Features like an available panoramic roof, heated and ventilated front seats, rear sunshade, and a heated steering wheel are just a handful of the most important features of the 2022 Tundra. Its newly re-designed tech system hosts features like towing aids and a new multimedia system with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto for a hands-free, safe driving experience with a 14-inch touchscreen. Lower trims have analog gauges with 4.1-inch digital screens, while the Platinum, 1794, and TRD Pro have a 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster, which is pretty sweet. 

 

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Fuel Economy

People are wondering what the fuel economy is going to look like on the new Tundra, but Toyota hasn’t released anything official about it yet. The 2021 Tundra saw 13 mpg in the city and 17 mpg on the highway, but an educated guess says that’ll improve due to the huge engine improvements, along with the hybrid option. Keep an eye out in later 2021 for official EPA ratings to check out the fuel efficiency for the new Tundra.

 

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Everything from the updated interior to the new, bold designs of the body, the 2022 Toyota Tundra has got people on their toes waiting to get their hands on one. Can you blame them? They’re pretty sweet, and it’s obvious Toyota has redesigned this thing from the ground up while sticking to their roots of quality, durability, and reliability. With enhancements to the performance, capability, comfort, and looks, it looks like the 2022 Tundra is going to pop off and give the big three a run for their money.

 

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2022 Toyota Tundra Release Date

Toyota has blown up the internet with their release of information about the new truck. However, the one, maybe most important detail they left out is when this badass truck is going to be available to pick up. As usual, it’s looking like you’re going to have to wait until late 2021 until dealers start getting them in. If you’re competitive, maybe check with local dealers to see what their pre-order policy looks like, as some across the nation are making that an option for the 2022 Tundra. Also, check out Toyota’s website and sign up to receive an alert when they go on sale. 

 

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2022 Toyota Tundra Price

Another major detail that hasn’t been released yet by Toyota is the price. A quick Google search will tell you the 2021 Tundra starts around $34,000 for the SR model ranging all the way up to $49,000 for the Platinum, 1794, and TRD Pro models. With as many new features and upgrades available in the 2022 Tundra, it’s predicted that the price will reflect the scale seen with the 2021, but starting a little higher at the $37-39K price point. However, there’s no official word yet. 

 

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2022 Toyota Tundra Warranty

If you’ve ever owned a Toyota or are familiar with them, you may have heard of its Toyota warranty policy. Basically, their policy says there is a 36-month or 36,000-mile warranty applied to all components excluding regular wear and maintenance. When getting your Tundra, there will be an option to extend the warranty to 60 months to cover the powertrain for 60K miles and corrosion with no limitation. ToyotaCare is also available, which is a plan that gives you normal factory-scheduled maintenance for 2 years or 25,000 miles along with roadside assistance. This standard Toyota warranty and ToyotaCare aren’t specifically unique to the 2022 Tundra. 

 

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2022 Toyota Tundra Overview

In all seriousness, will the new 2022 Tundra really be able to compete with the popularity of Ford, Chevy, and RAM? Probably not. But that’s okay. There are quite a few die-had, brand-loyal truck guys and gals out there, so the newly revamped Tundra isn’t going to be enough to convert them. However, it would be a lie to say it won’t turn some heads. This truck looks pretty great, and based on what information has been released, is going to perform well too. By no means will it be a huge sales monster, but it would be naive to think that it won’t hold its own on the market. 

 

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It’s obvious that Toyota put a lot of effort and thought into this new model to kick off the new, third-generation of Tundras. All there is to do is wait and see if this is going to be a hit or miss with Toyota. Drop in the comments below what you think of the 2022 Toyota Tundra and whether or not you think it's got the potential to do big things. Or maybe, are you interested in getting one? If so, putting new wheels on it will probably be your first order of business. What wheels do you think would look sick on the new 2022 Tundra?

 

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