2022 Toyota Tundra bigger and better! Toyota unveiled an overhauled version of the Tundra, which is poised to hit dealerships later this year as a 2022 model. The 2022 Tundra comes with a standard 3.5-liter, twin-turbocharged, 6-cylinder engine that generates up to 389 horsepower. An upgraded powertrain generates up to 437 horsepower. Each will be paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission.
Toyota gives the Tundra a much-needed, total redesign after the previous generation went largely unchanged since its debut in 2007. Although it was refreshed for the 2014 model year, it struggled to steal sales from domestic half-ton rivals such as the Ford F-150, the Ram 1500, the Chevy Silverado 1500, and the GMC Sierra 1500. The new Tundra still isn’t expected to outsell any of those alternatives, but its myriad improvements should make it much more competitive and desirable when it reaches dealerships this summer. The 8-cylinder engine available on the 2021 model will no longer be offered. Automakers are increasingly reducing cylinders in engine configurations as smaller engines have become more efficient.
The standard version develops 389 horsepower and 479 pound-feet of torque. The hybrid version features an electric motor integrated into the transmission, which allows pure electric driving at low speeds. The combination generates a combined 437 horses and 583 pound-feet. Also changed from its predecessor is the rear suspension, which previously utilized a leaf-spring setup. The Tundra now utilizes a more refined coil-spring rear suspension that should improve its ride and handling characteristics. Inside, the Tundra has a chunky dashboard that’s dotted with prominent air vents and a thick, smooth center section that connects the door panels. The materials used on the center console, dash, and doors look to be much nicer than what was used in the previous generation.