2022 Toyota Tundra Revealed: Full-Size Truck, Modern Muscle
In spite of its 14-year-old platform, the current Toyota Tundra continues to sell well. Debuting for the 2007 model year, the Tundra has received only a few updates to keep it fresh, yet folks keep coming back thanks to the fierce loyalty of many Toyota truck owners. Even so, the thirsty 5.7-liter V8 and dated technology look prehistoric compared to the Ford F-150 and Ram 1500, so Toyota went back to the drawing board on the 2022 Toyota Tundra.
Riding on a new chassis and sporting two V6-only engine options, the 2022 Tundra is a significant departure from the outgoing truck, which in its latter years only offered V8 power. Not since the 1997 T100 has a full-size Toyota eschewed a V8 engine option, but unlike that slightly underpowered pickup from the ‘90s, the 2022 Tundra has power to spare. The base engine is a twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V6 with 389 horsepower (290 kilowatts) and 479 pound-feet (649 newton-meters), while the hybridized i-Force Max engine adds an electric motor to the 10-speed automatic transmission for a staggering 437 hp and 583 lb-ft (326 kW and 790 Nm).
The new pickup wears sharp new styling that makes the Tundra look more conventional and muscular than before. A longer dash-to-axle ratio and squarer roofline remove some of the stubbiness of the old truck, but the big news – literally – is a massive front grille that’s visually linked to the ground via a C-shaped radiator shell, with a blackout panel on the bumper giving the truck a gaping maw of a mouth. Not everyone is sold on that styling element, and some of us prefer the looks of the 1794 Edition, which gets a chrome bumper beam to break up the sea of black up front.