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The 2022 Toyota Tundra is ready to move mountains

The Toyota Tundra’s list of accomplishments is long for a relatively young pickup truck. When production began in 1999, the Tundra featured the most sophisticated powertrain ever offered in its class, giving it the towing capacity and fuel economy to lead the market. As the first truck rolled off the assembly line in Princeton, Indiana (production moved to San Antonio, Texas in 2008), Toyota Motor Sales Group Vice President Don Esmond said, “Today marks the beginning of the launch of one of the most significant vehicles ever introduced in the 41 years we have sold cars and trucks here in America. He wasn’t wrong.

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The modified Tundras have scored numerous victories in both off-road endurance races like the grueling Baja 1000 and the Nascar Camping World Truck Series. But the production Tundras also had their share of glory. One particularly unusual moment came in 2012, when an unmodified Tundra CrewMax 4×4 hauled the 292,000-pound rig carrying the space shuttle Endeavor down California’s 405 freeway. Each impressive feat added a notch to the Tundra’s capability and performance belt. With Americans choosing pickups at a higher rate than ever before, it’s the perfect time for Toyota to usher in its third-generation workhorse. And it’s a Tundra that’s not afraid to play a little too.

Indomitable Redesign

This is the Tundra’s first complete redesign in 14 years. Starting at $35,950, the 2022 Toyota Tundra is built using lightweight aluminum body panels on an all-new, fully boxed high-tensile steel ladder frame. It has been widened at the rear to improve stability and towing capacity and uses Toyota’s innovative new Dejima laser welding process to reinforce the frame cross members, improving rigidity.

As the saying goes: Go big or go home. The Tundra’s monumental new physique is ready to take on the great outdoors, with a design aesthetic that’s nonetheless refreshingly modern and sophisticated. Its chiseled exterior is a nod to the power and agility lurking just below the surface. The pronounced grille is the first thing to appear, framed by angular LED headlights that add balance and interest to the front of the Tundra. A variety of design elements fill the grille, from classic horizontal slats and chain links to heritage-inspired honeycomb cells, depending on trim level.

Speaking of which, there are seven different trim levels to choose from (SR, SR5, Limited, Platinum, 1794 Edition, TRD Pro and Capstone), and the interior of each trim is interspersed with plenty of styling details to rival the classiest first. -classrooms. From soft leather-covered seats in Tech Camouflage or Rich Cream, to bold pops of color and American Walnut woodgrain detailing, elevated design accents bring a five-star feel to even the most remote camping and overland excursions. An available panoramic sunroof helps bring the sky into the Tundra’s spacious cabin.

A force to be reckoned with

The Tundra offers a choice of two engine options, both mated to Toyota’s 10-speed Electronically Controlled Intelligent Automatic Transmission (ECTi). The new Tundra comes standard with the powerful 3.5L iFORCE Twin-Turbo V6 engine developing 389 horsepower and 479 lb-ft. of torque. An optional and highly anticipated 3.5L iFORCE MAX twin-turbo V6 hybrid produces 437 horsepower and 583 lb-ft of torque. The latter uses a hybrid electric motor coupled to a newly developed Power Control Unit (PCU) to fill out the torque curve, delivering near instantaneous thrust across the entire power band. Although Toyota offers many hybrid engines, this version is specifically designed for the Tundra.

An available Multi-Terrain Select (MTS) button effortlessly switches between Mud, Sand, Rock, Mogul or Auto modes (iFORCE MAX only) to help control wheel spin on different types of terrain while working in tandem with the CRAWL control and downhill assist. Control (DAC) functions that come in handy when climbing and descending off-road rough terrain. An electronically locking rear differential is also available as an option to help distribute engine torque evenly to both rear wheels in low-traction conditions. The TRD Pro model is designed to help you venture even further off the grid – it’s fully equipped with an inset LED light bar on the grille for extra visibility; FOX® off-road racing shocks for optimum ride quality in rugged landscapes; BBS® forged wheels fitted with Falken® WILDPEAK all-terrain tires; and a TRD Pro skid plate for extra protection when you’re going through unforgiving obstacles. With the exception of the SR and TRD Pro trim levels, the front has an available active aero front splitter that engages at speeds above 37 mph to alter airflow for better aerodynamics and economy fuel.

Cabin Creature Comfort

Tundra’s in-cab technology adds an extra layer of ease and finesse to your daily routine. Toyota designers opted for a horizontal dashboard layout as opposed to the vertical orientations typical of most trucks on the market today. This gives the dashboard and center console a smooth, flowing design that enhances the user experience whether that interaction is by sight, touch or voice recognition. With the all-new 14-inch audio and media touchscreen available with built-in Apple Music® streaming support, switching between navigation and song selection is seamless for driver and co-driver. The screen also serves as a display for the available Panoramic View Monitor (PVM) and Multi-Terrain Monitor (MTM) systems, which give you a variety of views from the Tundra’s 360-degree cameras. These vantage points allow you to scan the immediate surroundings for potential obstacles and act as the ultimate spotter for more challenging off-road trails. The Tundra is available with a wireless vertical charging station, wireless Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ integration and a suite of connected services through the Toyota app, such as the ability to unlock the doors from your smartphone.

The road to adventure

No matter how rough the road ahead may be, Toyota engineers have made significant improvements to the Tundra’s handling, stability and safety. A new multi-link rear suspension ditches the previous-generation leaf springs for plush coil springs. With improved overall ride quality, you can tackle rocky, desert terrain or rolling woodland scenes in absolute comfort. And for the first time ever, the Tundra now features Adaptive Variable Suspension (AVS) that uses actuators to continuously adjust damping force and create a leveling effect while traversing fluctuating topography.

Toyota Safety Sense™ 2.5 (TSS 2.5) is standard on all trim levels, including active safety features such as Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection (PCS with PD); Full-speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control (DRCC); Lane Departure Alert (LDA); Lane Keeping Assistant (LTA); Road Sign Assist (RSA); Automatic high beams (AHB); and Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA). When it comes to towing, Toyota offers even more advanced safety features, including Blind Spot Monitor (BSM) with trailer meltdown warning; Integrated Trailer Brake Controller (ITBC); and trailer assistance.

And when your recreational plans call for a boat or RV, rest assured that the Tundra offers up to 12,000 pounds of maximum towing capacity. Beyond its physical hauling capability, the Tundra’s innovative towing functionality ensures your commute goes off without a hitch, no pun intended. Available with a smart 7-pin connector, the Tundra is capable of calculating the lengths of smaller utility trailers or larger RVs without any driver input. This allows the available tow/haul system to intuitively adjust throttle response and steering feel for better control. Reverse Trailer Guidance with Straight Line Assist is an added option on select models, helping you back up with agility. Power extending and folding tow mirrors are also offered for increased visibility.

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Whether hitched or unhitched, the Tundra’s bed has been revised with an ultra-durable, aluminum-reinforced Sheet Molded Composite (SMC) for greater impact resistance and a maximum payload of 1940 pounds. Toyota equips the bed with an available deck rail system for easy stowage of dirt bikes, ATVs and other equipment. Some models are equipped with a tailgate release switch on the driver’s side tail lamp. So when your hands are full of building materials or a bulky cooler, just apply some pressure to the switch and the tailgate unlocks for easy loading.

There’s also plenty of cargo space inside the Tundra. CrewMax and Double Cab models have larger cabins than previous generations, providing a comfortable and spacious environment for driver and passengers. The expansive center console will keep notepads, flashlights, and fishing or camping permits organized, while the rear seats flip up and down to make room for bulkier gear and supplies. On some models, the rear seats offer additional storage space underneath to store accessories like climbing ropes and first aid kits.

The Toyota Tundra still seems to live up to its bold and adventurous design, which continues to resonate with car enthusiasts and outdoor enthusiasts alike. Every aspect of this new Tundra has been carefully considered to provide maximum capability and versatility. Whether you choose to stay seamlessly connected or thankfully off the grid, the Tundra makes it possible. The only question that remains is: where will it take you? Or rather, where can it not take you? We already know that the Tundra went to the space shuttle launch pad. Now let it embolden your next adventure.

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