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Every brand has fans, but Toyota’s followers are some of the most passionate — especially when it comes to its famously reliable and capable trucks. The Tundra was first introduced in 2000 as a relatively compact V8, and grew in both size and popularity in the ensuing years. Now, the 2022 Toyota Tundra Limited is all grown up, with its new engine, suspension, interior and technology. Whether you’re an off-road enthusiast, rancher, hauler or commuter, you’ll find a lot to love with the new Tundra.

a 2022 Toyota Tundra Limited on rocky terrain

Photo Credit: Toyota Newsroom

Price and Value 

The MSRP range for the 2022 Toyota Tundra is $35,950-$74,230. It is available in seven trim levels, with a suite of standard features that includes 18-inch wheels, an aluminum-reinforced composite bed and an 8-inch touchscreen. Some of the major differences in trim levels are noted below.

 SR: $35,950

  • 18-inch steel wheels
  • Aluminum-reinforced composite bed
  • 8-inch multimedia touchscreen

 SR5: $41,455

  • 18-inch alloy wheels 
  • Tow hitch receiver and integrated trailer brake controller 
  • Selectable driving and tow/haul modes

 Limited: $47,550

  • 20-inch alloy wheels
  • 14-inch multimedia touchscreen 
  • 8-way power-adjustable front seats

 Platinum: $57,690

  • 20-inch painted alloy wheels
  • Power tilt/slide panoramic roof with power sunshade 
  • 10-way power-adjustable front seats

 1794 Edition: $58,390

  • 20-inch machined-finish alloy wheels
  • Chrome grille and exterior accents 
  • Saddle Brown or Rich Cream interior

 TRD Pro: $67,505

  • 18-inch BBS forged wheels with Falken Wildpeak all-terrain tires
  • TRD Pro off-road suspension with Fox shocks and 1.1-inch front lift
  • Heritage grille with light bar and marker lights

 Capstone: $74,230

  • 22-inch machined-finish wheels
  • Semi-aniline 10-way power-adjustable front seats
  • Two-tone interior

The new Tundra has been redesigned from the ground up, with a trim to meet every need and lifestyle. The 2022 Limited Tundra we tested had a few extras, such as the TRD Off-Road package. We really liked the Limited trim and felt it was a good value, even if features were relatively sparse for the price.

Toyota’s warranty is on par with the industry average, with a 3-year/36,000-mile limited warranty and a 5-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty.

Performance 

Toyota has developed a potent twin-turbo V6 that is also available as a hybrid. The Tundra’s suspension was totally revamped, ditching the leaf springs in favor of coil springs. The result is a high performing, comfortable, easy to handle pickup truck that can still do all of your off-road and hauling activities. But now, it has a touch of sophistication and efficiency. 

the engine of a 2022 Toyota Tundra Limited

Photo Credit: Toyota Newsroom

Engine 

While many dedicated Tundra followers are still grieving the death of the V8, Toyota has crafted a twin-turbo V6 that will win over even the most ardent supporters. It sounds good, pulls hard and moves the Tundra down the road with smoothness and urgency. The non-hybrid engine, as our tester had, produces 389 horsepower and 405 pound-feet of torque. The hybridized engine produces a whopping 437 horsepower and 583 pound-feet of torque, which should make light work of the Tundra’s 12,000-pound towing capacity. 

Fuel Efficiency

For a full-size pickup with this much power, the Tundra performed shockingly well in our fuel efficiency testing. The Environmental Protection Agency rates the non-hybrid Tundra as 18 mpg in the city and 23 mpg on the highway. In daily driving, the Tundra returned slightly better, reaching as high as 24.6 mpg for a 52-mile freeway commute.

Drivetrain 

The 2022 Tundra comes standard with two-wheel drive and a 10-speed automatic transmission. It’s also available in four-wheel drive, which our tester had. The transmission was intuitive and well suited to the twin-turbo engine, downshifting smoothly and upshifting when appropriate. Our tester had the TRD Off-Road package, which included a locking rear differential and selectable terrain mode system.

Acceleration and Handling 

The 3.4-liter twin-turbo V6 feels well suited to the size of the Tundra. It’s powerful, punchy and serves up torque without delay. While the sound of the turbos will remind you there is boost to be had, power felt linearly delivered in an almost naturally aspirated way. The (fake?) engine sounds do a good job mimicking a V8, making you almost forget it’s two cylinders short. Car and Driver clocked the Tundra from 0-60 mph in a brisk 6.1 seconds.

Handling has also been improved for this generation. With coil spring suspension and the Bilstein shocks that come with the TRD Off-Road package, the Tundra handles well. It has nicely weighted steering and a firm, yet smooth, ride.

Braking 

Braking in the Tundra felt solid, with no inconsistent pedal travel observed. Our Limited was equipped with automatic forward emergency braking, which didn’t unnecessarily interfere. 

the dashboard of a 2022 Toyota Tundra Limited

Photo Credit: Toyota Newsroom

Interior Comfort and Convenience 

The 2022 Toyota Tundra Limited interior is well thought out, and everything (e.g., seating, cup holders, arm rests) is perfectly placed for accessibility. Plenty of cargo space and features made for a comfortable ride, both on and off the road. 

Seats 

Our Limited had SofTex-trimmed seats that look like leather and were just as attractive as real cowhide. We can’t overstate how comfortable the seats are, especially with their excellent heat and ventilation functions. If you commute or road trip in this truck, you will be very happy. The backseat is spacious, with plenty of room for three children or adults to stretch out.

Climate Control 

In addition to everything else, Toyota revamped the climate controls. There are physical buttons and dials for just about everything, making the HVAC and heated/ventilated seats easy to use. Our Limited had dual-zone automatic climate control with air filtration, with individual settings for the driver and passenger. The cabin heated and cooled quickly with the big, boxy air vents. 

Cargo Space and Cabin Storage 

As with most full-size trucks, the Tundra’s interior space and cabin storage are plentiful. There are lots of cubbies and cupholders, as well as a particularly large center console for holding bags or your favorite snacks. There is a slight bump in the rear floor, which could make transporting long items a little inconvenient. 

The interior wasn’t without its flaws, however. We were surprised at the sharpness of some of the plastics in the storage compartments, as well as some mild rattling of the center console. Chalk it up to a manufacturing glitch, but it did seem a little cheap considering our 2022 Toyota Tundra Limited’s price of $64,000. 

Infotainment System 

The infotainment screen dominates the center stack. At 14 inches, it’s one of the biggest on the market. The system is intuitive and has a crystal clear display. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard and look good on the large display. 

The Limited trim also features wireless charging, which connected intermittently with my iPhone 13. The 12-speaker JBL stereo sounded great, with punchy bass and clear high notes. 

a man driving a 2022 Toyota Tundra Platinum

Photo Credit: Toyota Newsroom

Exterior Appearance and Functionality 

The new Tundra’s appearance is thoroughly modern and fresh, with a more angular design than the rounded styling of the previous generation. While some might bemoan the supersized grille, the new Tundra’s rugged and athletic looks communicate its capabilities before the engine starts. It comes in some great colors, too, including Supersonic Red, Army Green, Lunar Rock and Solar Octane.

Bed 

The Tundra comes in two cab styles, with three different cargo bed lengths. The Double Cab is available with either a 6.5- or 8.1-foot bed. The CrewMax is offered with either a 5.5- or 6.5-foot bed. Our tester had bed lighting and a 12-volt power outlet.

Towing Capacity and Payload 

The Tundra can hold its own in the towing game, but its maximum weight capacity depends on the model. In general, CrewMax Tundras that are four-wheel drive (like our tester) tow less than rear-wheel-drive double cabs.

The Tundra has a maximum 12,000-pound towing and 1,940-pound payload capacity, plenty for picking up supplies at Home Depot, towing a trailer or hauling gear for a weekend camping trip. 

the wheel of a 2022 Toyota Tundra Limited

Photo Credit: Toyota Newsroom

Wheels 

Our tester had the optional TRD Off-Road package that includes 20-inch TRD off-road alloy wheels with Falken Wildpeak AT3W 265/60R20 all-terrain tires. They looked nice, kept road noise down and had good traction. 

Lights and Turn Signals 

Toyota has done a nice job with the Tundra’s lighting and headlights, especially with the Limited premium package ours had. Our tester’s LED headlights gave off plenty of light at night, and the bed lighting worked well.

Cameras and Side Mirrors 

Our tester had a number of high-resolution cameras that looked great on the Tundra’s 14-inch screen. The Tundra also includes heated power mirrors with blind-spot monitoring, panoramic view cameras and LED turn signal indicators. The cameras and side mirrors were nice touches that helped the Tundra feel fresh. 

Front and Rear Windshield 

The Tundra’s naturally boxy shape and ergonomics make for excellent visibility around the truck. The front windshield seemed a bit lower than some trucks, but didn’t hamper visibility. It was too warm to test the front and rear defrost features, but given the other excellent electronic features in the Tundra, we’re sure they work well. 

Safety 

Every Tundra receives Toyota’s full suite of driver-assistance technology (dubbed Safety Sense 2.5), giving the Tundra a leg up on some of the competition. Due to its feature rich amenities and ease of use, the new Tundra is one of the safest trucks on the market. 

Features 

Toyota’s excellent Safety Sense 2.5 is full of modern features, including: 

  • Blind-spot monitoring
  • Automatic high beams 
  • Rear cross-traffic alert
  • Lane departure alert
  • Dynamic radar cruise control

Awards and Ratings 

The 2022 Tundra has not been rated by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration or the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety as of this writing. But, we expect the Tundra will perform well, thanks in large part to its impressive safety suite of features.

The 2022 Toyota Tundra received top honors from the 2021 Texas Auto Writers Association. It was also named Best Resale Value in its class by Kelley Blue Book’s KBB.com.

a red 2022 Toyota Tundra Limited driving near a train

Photo Credit: Toyota Newsroom

Final Impression 

The new Toyota Tundra is a huge improvement over its predecessor and a welcome entry into the hypercompetitive full-size truck segment. It does a lot of things well and is fun to drive. The 3.4-liter V-6 twin-turbo engine, updated tech and near perfect comfort and ergonomics make the Tundra a worthy successor to its legendary nameplate.

If It were our money, we’d spec it out with the exact options ours had, which was essentially a Limited trim with the TRD Off-Road package. The Tundra was excellent to drive, even on commuting duty. We loved how comfortable it was and the responsiveness and efficiency of the engine. We will miss our time with it.

FAQs 

How hard will it be to get a 2022 Tundra? 

As of this writing, it could take several months to get your hands on a Tundra. Contact your local Toyota dealer for wait times.

Is the 2022 Tundra worth the money? 

The new Tundra is not cheap. In fact, it’s more pricey than some of its rivals. Based on the truck’s longtime reputation for reliability, as well as its powerful and efficient engine, many will likely be willing to pay the high price.

Does the Tundra make sense for daily driving? 

One of the most surprising things about the new Tundra was its smooth handling. It feels smaller than it is, making it comfortable to drive as your main vehicle.

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