Ford has gotten a lot of attention lately by previewing its all-electric F-150 Lightning pickup, but Toyota is reminding consumers it has no intention of bowing out of the pickup competition.
The company this week introduced the 2022 Toyota Tundra pickup with a major redesign — the third generation of Tundra pickups. It debuted its TV commercial for the truck during NBC’s Sunday Night Football telecast.
Toyota says its engineers focused on enhancing the performance, capability, multimedia, and creature comforts for drivers and passengers.
New features include a high-strength boxed, steel-ladder frame, aluminum-reinforced composite bed, and fully redesigned multi-link rear suspension. The result gives the new Tundra a maximum towing capacity of up to 12,000 pounds and a maximum payload capacity of 1,940 pounds.
“Our design goal from the beginning was to create the most powerful, rugged and sophisticated looking full-size pickup that will take Tundra to a whole new level,” said Kevin Hunter, president of Calty Design Research. “Because recreation and an outdoor lifestyle are at the core of Toyota truck identity, we set out to create a muscular, chiseled and athletic design that also looks like it could handle the toughest towing demands.”
Consumers like its durability
The Tundra is a popular model with ConsumerAffairs reviewers, who give the model a 4-star review. Many have commented on the vehicle’s durability.
“Great truck. minimal care,” wrote Will of Massena, New York, in a ConsumerAffairs review. “It is a workhorse, going through snow like a hot knife through butter. Overall I love this truck. Only drawback is parts can be a bit high but if you shop around you can keep that cost down.”
The new Tundra has a bolder look than previous models and offers upgraded technologies and additional power. But in a change from the past, the 2022 Tundra will offer two versions of a 3.5-liter twin-turbo V-6 engine as well as a V-8. One of the V-6 engines is a hybrid producing up to 437 horsepower.
Past Tundra owners will also notice some changes in the cab. Designers chose a horizontal layout theme instead of the vertical layout on most other trucks in the market. Part of the goal was to integrate the instrument panel and center stack to flow with the interior layout.
Toyota says the Tundra boasts some upgraded interior materials as well. High-contact areas like armrests and pads across the dash feature highly durable materials designed to keep the truck looking new.
Toyota has yet to release fuel economy ratings for the 2022 Tundra. When the truck goes on sale before the end of the year, it’s expected to carry a sticker price of between $34,000 and $50,000.