When Toyota redesigned its full-size Tundra pickup for 2022 after fourteen years of selling the same basic model, it opted for evolution rather than revolution. It doesn’t change the big-pickup status quo though it also doesn’t follow the domestic pickup-truck blueprint exactly. For one thing, it’s the only full-size pickup in the half-ton segment without an optional V-8 engine.
Powered exclusively by a twin-turbocharged V-6, the base version of the engine comes with either 348 or 379 horsepower, depending upon the model, while the more powerful hybridized variant produces 437 horsepower with 583 pound-feet of torque. Every Tundra employs a 10-speed automatic transmission with either rear- or four-wheel drive. Unlike domestic pickups, there’s no automatic four-wheel drive system available.
The Tundra comes as either an extended- or crew-cab, and offers a 5.5-, 6.5-, or 8.1-ft bed depending on cab size and trim. Its seven tiers of equipment cover the needs of worksite, business, off-road, and suburbia—where a dressy interior is required. This Texas-made truck has a longhorn-sized optional infotainment screen that measures 14.0-inches wide. The 2022 major redesign brought a new coil-spring rear suspension, which gives it a comfortable ride; other trucks that utilize leaf springs bounce and jiggle more. A 12,000-pound max towing capacity is impressive, but it’s not as high as what the Ram 1500, Chevrolet Silverado 1500, or Ford F-150 offer.