2022 Toyota Tundra First Look Review: No V8, No Problem


The long-awaited redesign has finally arrived.

It is finally here. The all-new third-generation Toyota Tundra has arrived for the 2022 model year. The last time Toyota’s full-size pickup truck received a complete overhaul was back in 2007. A series of updates in 2014 could only keep it competitive for so long.

The Tundra has accrued millions of devout fans over the years despite stiff competition from Detroit. Ford, GM, and Stellantis have all completely redesigned their full-size truck offerings more than once since the Tundra’s last redo, and yet the latter managed to hang in there. That scenario no longer works. The 2022 Tundra has a new engine, an adaptive suspension, solid towing and hauling capabilities, a dedicated off-road trim, and a long list of new technologies. Its all-new interior looks tough yet premium, and the exterior forgoes soft lines for a crisp and bold appearance. On paper, the all-new Tundra is already a winner.

Designed In California

The Tundra has always been a truck for Americans and the new exterior styling was done at the carmaker’s California design studio. “Technical muscle” was the theme along with an outdoor lifestyle feel. Above all, the goal was to retain the Toyota truck identity.

The large front grille differs slightly by trim level with black mesh for the off-road-ready TRD Pro, for example. Toyota didn’t officially confirm but the headlights and taillights are very likely LED units. We especially like how the headlights mold directly into the front wheel arches. The taillights’ vertical positioning is a nice touch. Moving to the side, there’s a low character line that slightly tapers upward to meet the crisp creases that form those wheel arches. A rear split window is a familiar and welcomed design choice.

Wheel designs will vary by trim level, which includes SR, SR5, Limited, Platinum, and 1794. Wheel sizes range from 18-20 inches, again according to trim. Some exterior colors include Super White, Wind Chill Pearl, Magnetic Gray Metallic, Celestial Silver Metallic, Super Sonic Red, Army Green, and Lunar Rock. Two unique four-door layouts are offered, along with beds measuring 5.5-, 6.5-, and 8.1 feet.

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