A little over 2 years ago, people had mixed emotions about the new 2022 Toyota Tundra. At first they didn’t know whether or not the hybrid drivetrain could really handle all that was promised by Toyota. Things took a turn for the worse after the entire wastegate problems that the turbos were having on some trucks. My cousin bought a 2022 Toyota Tundra 1794 Edition and ended up having to have the engine replaced and other maintenance on top of that all within the first 10k miles.
On the other hand, the owners who bought the new 2022 Tundra and did not have any problems praised the truck for how well it handled long distance heavy towing. They said that because of the quasi-instant torque that came with the hybrid drive train, they were able to go up hills with more ease than a conventional gas truck.
However now that it’s been a little over a year since the 2022 Toyota Tundra was released to the public, are people still feeling the same way? More and more truck options are becoming available with the electric trucks now making a stronger stance in the market. For the first time truck owner, or the owner who wants an upgrade from their older truck, are they turning to the 2023 Toyota Tundra?
The answer is yes! Tundra sales are on a slow but steady rise and with gas becoming ever so slightly cheaper, hybrids are looking more favorable. Electrics pickups have proven weak in the cold times. I have seen major auto YouTubers like Hoovie’s Garage and Jerrrigeverything bash their electric trucks for their unreliability in the cold weather. However, it seems that the main concern for first time truck buyers and truck owners who use their trucks to tow is the concern for towing capabilities.
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On Facebook’s 2022+ Toyota Tundra group, Kerry Gomez asked, “I recently traded in my 17 Toyota Tundra, and I went with a new Ram. I know probably one of the worst decisions I could have made. The Ram is nice but has quite a few issues. I'm seriously thinking of trading for a new Tundra. How's the power of the V6 motors? Any major issues I should be concerned with?”
It seems that this was also on the minds of a lot of owners when they were in their shopping phase. Remember that the 2023 Toyota Tundra is not a truck you pull overly heavy things with. For instance, it’s rated at a maximum towing capacity of 12,000 lbs. This rating makes it optimal for towing things such as flat beds with minimal weight on them, RV’s, Most pontoons, jet skis, lawn equipment, etc.
Let’s take a look at what current owners feel about the 2023 Toyota Tundra’s towing capabilities. Christopher Walter said, “I have a 30’ Rv. It has no problems with power. My only concern may be the payload/squat as a result. Mine isn’t bad unloaded but would need helper bags fully loaded.” Granted, almost all pickups tend to have a slight squat when having a maximum load. To off-set this, you would need to move the weight of the payload on the trailer depending on how heavy it is. You may also need to move the axle of the trailer if your trailer can do that.
Robbie Magill said, “I had a 2019 tundra, traded for a Ram, then a Ford, now in a 2022 Tundra. Best decision I’ve made. No issues at all, new tundra makes good power, and the interior is so much better. Make the switch!” It’s true, the 2023 Toyota Tundra has one of the best looking interiors on the market. With a huge infotainment screen, good quality materials, and easy-clean plastics, it makes it an ideal work truck which doesn’t compromise comfort.
It's safe to say that the 2023 Toyota Tundra is still going strong and seems to be the first choice for first time truck buyers and current truck owners who want a towing upgrade. My cousin got a new Tundra from the dealer and he loves it. He hauls his Armenian Shephard in the back and it serves him very well. If you want to know how to make your Tacoma more pet friendly, read our latest article.
What do you think? Are you more inclined to get a brand-new Tundra? Let us know in the comments below.
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 and on Youtube at Toyota Time for daily Toyota news.