An all-new Toyota Tundra is a long time coming. The current generation was introduced in 2007 and received a mild update in 2014. Since then, the truck has received a few tweaks, lost an engine option, and has fallen well behind the competition. Indeed, each of the domestics has been overhauled at least twice during that time with consistent updates between. For 2022, the Tundra has been completely redesigned.
The Tundra gains an all-new look that some say draws this model closer to the domestics. The styling is sharp, giving this truck a more brawny presence. Most noticeable is the massive grille with blacked-out bumper treatments on most trims, combining to form a gaping maw. New lighting elements only enhance the look for a more defined expression.
Other touches include chiseled wheel arches, blacked-out roof pillars, and huge windows. Customers have a choice of Double Cab and CrewMax body styles as no Regular Cab is in the mix. The Double Cab comes with a 6.5-foot bed or an optional 8.1-foot bed. The CrewCab has a 5.5-foot bed and for the first time an available 6.5-foot bed.
Inside, the 2022 Toyota Tundra’s dashboard sits low for improved visual sightlines. It is a clean and uncluttered look with a wide metal trim running across the dashboard. A deep center console rests between the wide and comfortable front seats. Cupholders, a wireless charging pad, and ample in-door pockets fill out the interior. The rear seat sits three with ease, but the available sunroof subtracts headroom slightly and might best be eliminated from consideration if tall passengers are the norm.
One of the most significant improvements involves the infotainment system. An 8-inch touchscreen is available and works with Toyota’s latest interface. On upper trims, a 14-inch panel is present, which effectively places the Tundra in the thick of its competitors' territory. All trims have Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration, a Wi-Fi hotspot, USB ports, and a choice of audio systems. Toyota also supplies its full suite of driver-assist tech, putting it at the top of the heap in this segment. Features such as automatic high beams, automatic emergency braking, lane control, and adaptive cruise control are standard.
Toyota is the first of the full-size truck manufacturers to no longer offer a V8 engine. Gone is the mighty, but dated 5.7-liter V8 that held sway for many years. Ripping a page out of the Ford playbook is a 3.5-liter twin-turbocharged V6 engine. This one makes 379 horsepower and 479 pound-feet of torque, coming in stronger than its predecessor. But it isn’t the only powertrain choice.
As expected, the first-ever Tundra Hybrid rolls out. This one utilizes the same engine but includes a motor-generator in the bell housing between the engine and the transmission. It provides additional power to motivate the Tundra before the gas engine takes over once speeds hit 18 mph. Thus, the setup is designed to increase power, but with some efficiencies expected. In either arrangement, power routes to the wheels utilizing a 10-speed automatic transmission. This truck has a towing capacity of up to 12,000 pounds, placing it ahead of the Nissan Titan and within the thick of what Ford, Chevrolet, and Ram offer.