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2022 Tundra Owners Approve Motor Even though Problems Keep Piling

Owners of the new 2022 Toyota Tundra say they like the new drivetrain even though the voices of poorly built turbo wastegates keep reaching out.

When the production of the new Toyota Tundra began in 1999, it really showed just how great Toyota’s reliability, quality control, and extreme attention to detail was. For the next 21 years, Toyota proved that the Tundra was not just some other pickup. Rather, it was a pickup designed for the outdoors, getting your hands dirty, and drinking gas like its water. Remember this was the late ‘90s. Things were great, and the music was even better. One thing that did get better was Tundra’s drivetrain.

For the most part, Toyota Tundra used the I-FORCE v8 in different displacements complementing its trims. However, the new re-design of the 2022 model gives it not only a different look but a different engine as well. The 2022 Toyota Tundra can come in two drivetrains. A twin-turbocharged v6, or a twin-turbocharged hybrid v6. Both of these two drivetrains are immensely more powerful than the previous v8 engines pushing out better torque and horsepower. Also, a v6 means better MPG for both the hybrid and non-hybrid models. On average, you can expect to average anywhere from 17-23mpg combined with the Tundra hybrid.

2022 Tundra Owners Approve Motor Even though Problems Keep Piling

On paper, this sounds great, but upon release and delivery of the new 2022 Toyota Tundra, some people started experiencing breakdowns. One driver broke down not a few miles from the dealership after he picked up his truck. Just recently, another problem surfaced of side plastic trims on seats cracking after getting in and out. Granted, it’s a hit or miss with the 2022 Tundra. You either get a very well-built Tundra that’ll serve you for many years, or you get a lemon that will be the reason why you keep getting calls from the dealer.

However, a recent post on Facebook’s 2022+ Toyota Tundra group showed that owners, regardless of issues, actually like the new engine setup. Even skeptical owners who loved the v8 said they loved this new drivetrain. Ken Cofer asked the group, “How do you guys like the new motor?” To my surprise, the entire comment section, all 20 comments, were filled with nothing but positive compliments on this engine.Granted, the problems on Tundra’s are the turbos rather than the engine itself so I don’t see that as too surprising.

Alan Bickford said, “I still have my two older 5.7 Tundras but this one...would suck them in the air filter and spit them out the exhaust. Love the power.” It’s true, while a smaller engine, the v6 drivetrain makes way more horsepower compared to the later v8s.

Michael Molnar said, “It's awesome, I thought I'd miss a v8, but no because it hauls ass and it's quite sure, but that’s it.”

The positive comments keep going on and on and it’s funny because if you go to one forum, it’s a discussion of how unreliable the 2022 Toyota Tundra is, your go-to to another and its praises and glory. I think that the only reason why we are seeing so many tundra problems is because of scale. Let’s say Toyota sells 100,000 Tundras this year. If only 5% of those have problems, that’s 5,000 defective Tundras. 5% doesn’t seem a lot of 5,000 surely is. Any problem for Toyota is a problem at scale because of how high their quantitative numbers are.

This means that without any proper controlling aspects, whether it be wastegates, seat trims, or brake rotors, Toyota cannot redeem itself as the number one truck maker in America. The only reason why the older Tundras were good was because of numbers and reliability. We didn’t look at cosmetic looks or interior amenities. True the new Tundra looks really nice from the outside and the interior is something out of the Starship Enterprise but if you base a car’s reliability on that, you are not going to get really far.

What do you think? Let us know in the comments below what your thoughts are on the new 2022 Toyota Tundra’s drivetrain.

Harutiun Hareyan is reporting Toyota news at Torque News. His automotive interests and vast experience test-riding new cars give his stories a sense of authenticity and unique insights. Follow Harutiun on Twitter at @HareyanHarutiun for daily Toyota news.


Dustin Rowland (not verified)    May 29, 2022 - 4:37PM

Let's see how many miles they get before the turbos or intercoolers go out. As Toyota stated before after longevity is an issue and take in account the cost of failures you'll never come out ahead in the long haul.. Big brother made them do it... Want power throw a supercharger on the 5.7 and compare..

Ryan Nelson (not verified)    May 29, 2022 - 5:10PM

First off, the new Tundra does produce "way more horsepower" the regular TT V6 produces a whole 8 more hp while the hybrid offers 56 more hp while the hybrid is a decent improve its not massive. It's about 15%. I do love my new Tundra, I drive a wind chill pearl Limited 4x2 and I get 24 mpg hwy and 19 city. The get up and go is definitely more pronounced I. This one over my 2019, but that's because the torque has a much needed improvement.

JK (not verified)    May 29, 2022 - 6:09PM

3000 miles on my 2022 sport. No complaints at all. Love it. There was a problem with the back seat drivers side. Loose material on the corner (how it passed any inspections I don’t know). But Toyota ordered a new seat for me so no big deal. The only other thing is the window seal on rear passenger door is coming loose. But drivetrain is top notch and love it!!!

Bapakbob (not verified)    May 29, 2022 - 7:05PM

A quart of performance out of a pint-sized motor. That has always been the story behind a turbo motor. The first Chrysler turbo motors in the eighties only had a 48k drivetrain warranty. Chrysler KNEW the turbo bearings would fail past 50k miles. We have come along way, turbo motors may go 100k trouble-free now due to new materials; but v8 tundra motors can POSITIVELY go 10 times that distance with only oil and filter changes. Enjoy the new novelty, please come back with pics of your 100k, 200k, 500k and million mile turbo-motor odometers, along with the typical 5.7 V8 TUNDRA'S caption. "All trouble-free miles!" When the new wears off I believe the turbo tundra will elevate the v8 Tundra to HILUX desirability: Hard to find, expensive to buy.

Kyle (not verified)    May 29, 2022 - 11:54PM

I literally test drove a 22 tundra it's slower to my tundra. The 0 to 60 times stock for stock are the same vs the V8. It makes 8hp more lol Rather buy the F150 ecoboost that makes 430hp and is faster and tows more and has more features than the tundra.

Kyle (not verified)    May 29, 2022 - 11:58PM

Also the supercharged 5.7 will DESTROY the new fugly tundra. If I need a new truck I'm buying a Ford anyway.

Jorge Di Salvo (not verified)    May 30, 2022 - 10:26AM

All I can say is that what Totota put in the market barely came closer to what the competition offers. As always they are still behind when it comes to tech but now in looks as well. For these reasons I placed an order to replace my 2015 Tundra and that is a F150 Lariat, which by the way, for the same cost of a Tundra Limited I will get a lot more.

David (not verified)    May 30, 2022 - 10:32AM

I have owned Toyotas for many decades and though there are a few with problems I would never change to any other car. I've owned a couple of GM's and I have lots of friends who own GM products I would never take a GM over a Toyota. You could not even give me a GM product for free. I know Toyota will fix this issue and they will again be the topic of all vehicles

Hondo boy (not verified)    May 30, 2022 - 9:53PM

Looks of Tundra kinda took a slump, hope they return to something more eye pleasing, Nissan Titan made same mistake there’s looks like a camel face new Tundra similar to catfish face, remember the Ford Edsel

Rick Brissey (not verified)    June 1, 2022 - 11:07AM

I have had my 2022 1794 TRD OR for 3 months now, 11k miles. Ive kept up with the forum comments and have had a watchful eye for all the issues experienced by others. So far, so good. As for the performance, my only complaint is that when i took it out to the Salt Flats (i live near by), i found it was governed at 109 mph! Ha. Other than that, i played with it for a half tank out there, and was very impressed with the performance, especially in Sport Mode. As a life-long and multi-Toyota owner, i have been pleased and impressed with this truck!

Jim (not verified)    July 6, 2022 - 9:28AM

2022 Pro not responsive, feels slow driving city test drive. My 19 Pro much more responsive and does not feel like driving a bulky truck. Turning radius is terrible. I have owned so many new Tundras lost count, so am disappointed on even overall quality.

Mike Musolino (not verified)    August 27, 2022 - 6:29PM

I am a Toyota guy through and through. Not unlike any manufacturer though there are many variables for the level of quality on any given model.

My personal experience with the 2022 Tundra (owned 2008, 2019, 2022 and now a 2020. Yes in that order. I within very short months realized the 2022 wasnt for me. Rides nice. Pretty darn quick. Relatively comfy.
Looks like a Chevy from the side. Front end kind of long and awkward. Lower than the old TRD sport

In the end the issues list is ubstantial.
Clunk in rear somewhere
Box rattles
Numerous issue with start stop from randomly shutting off while coasting to a stop both forward and reverse. To not starting at all.
Rear camera issue just popped up recently
Infotainment has been a horrible nightmare. From wanting me to reset pin all the time to letting me no GPS signal is lost even though GPS itself was working fine. To cutting off phone calls to not keeping a overall good connection to Bluetooth. Also when working the phone left no choice but to use the touch screen and could use the screen on my phone?

All four doors extremely squeaky on warm days.
Rubbers at back window don't cover the hole window cut out and the is a big gap.
A lot of body lines are way off.

Anyhow, first year of this model and trust Toyota will get it right eventually

Having said that, I like a truck for being a truck. I like the older model much better. I like my 6 gears. I like that I know when it will shift, I like that it's a little louder, it's a bit taller. It's a truck through and through. It's clunky sort of, but predictable. Reliable and simple. Yup even a little hard on gas if you ride it hard but in my opinion not awful if you take er easy.
I don't need a truck to drive like a comfy SUV or a car. I have those also. It's a truck and completely fine with the older models. Obviously Toyota needs to march on and the world as well as the market is changing. So vehicles change. I get it. I was brought up on V8 and this is maybe a bit of nostalgia for me. Maybe that's why I have a rwd Lexus is500 on order. Sort of a throw back to a muscle car lol