2022 Toyota Tundra debuts with a powerful turbo V6 and a massive grille

The bad news is: no more V8s

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This is the 2022 Toyota Tundra and the first thing you notice is the enormous front grille. Automakers are obsessed with giant grilles these days but this one doesn’t look too bad, partly because of its overall design and also because the Tundra is a large car, so the grille doesn’t look out of place.

Let’s rip off the band-aid: there’s no V8 option. There are, however, two powerful V6s. The base model is equipped with a twin-turbocharged 3.5 L V6, putting out 389 horsepower and 479 lb-ft of torque, while the more powerful version utilizes the same V6 but it adds a tiny motor with a clutch between the engine and ten-speed automatic. It produces 437 hp and 583 lb-ft. Both engines are more powerful than the old V8.

The new Tundra rides on coilsprings instead of leaf springs and it is fitted with double wishbone suspension. The optional TRD Off-Road packages also includes monotube Bilstein shocks and TRD Pros get 2.5-inch diameter FOX internal bypass shocks with a 1.1-inch front lift.

It also features drive modes for the first time with Sport and Sport + options, both of which use the tiny electric motor to improve the throttle response. Tow/Haul mode keeps both parts of the hybrid system going all thr time. Speaking of which, the range-topping V6 model can tow up to 12,000 pounds, 17.6% more than the previous generation.

There’s a new and sophisticated Multi-Terrain Monitor system to keep an eye on the terrain around you. It also includes rear truck bed view to check on cargo, a rear split view to show what's nearby on each side of the trailer, and a hitch view to assist with trailer connecting. And of course it had a blind spot monitor, which is essential when you’re towing a trailer.

Inside, you’ll find a completely revamped cabin with an 8-inch screen (an optional 14-inch screen is available), equipped with Wireless Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, built-in WiFi and - you’ll love this - a physical volume knob. Thank you, Toyota. The hybrid instrument cluster is available in two formats: you can have two a 12.3-inch digital screen or a 4.1-inch screen + traditional gauges.

The 2022 Tundra is available as a Double Cab (6.5- or 8.1-foot bed) or as a CrewMax (5.5- or 6.5-foot bed). Toyota hasn’t said anything about pricing yet but the current-gen Tundra starts at around $35K and the new one should cost around the same.

Would you buy this over a Nissan Titan?

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Comments (33)

  • I thought toyota was becoming better at designing cars...but this is awful

      2 months ago
  • In my book, they’re all playing catch-up to the F-150 Hybrid. Hard to beat a King Ranch 4X4 with a 7200 watt generator built in if you’re an RVer like me.

      2 months ago
  • Old school: "There's no replacement for displacement".

    New school: "Hold my beer" drops a pair of snails on a V6.

    To answer the question: Yes. Nissan still has some making up to do after Ghosn. Z was a good start. Wow me. Have a good response to this truck and we'll talk.

      2 months ago
  • 'because the Toyota tundra is a large car the grille doesn't look too out of place' haha very funny.

    'because the Toyota tundra is a big car they think it's okay too make a huge grille'

      2 months ago
  • Makes the M4 grille look tiny

      2 months ago