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Before Buying a 2022 Toyota Tundra, Consider a 2021 CrewMax Instead

Some compelling reasons to purchase a 2021 Tundra CrewMax instead of a 2022 Tundra.

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As the automotive world awaits news of the upcoming 2022 Toyota Tundra, there is still some business to be done with its 2021 model year.

Time to dive a little deeper into the decision of 2022 Tundra vs 2021.

2022 Toyota Tundra

2021 Toyota Tundra 1794 Edition Wind Chill Pearl profile view passenger side2021 Toyota Tundra 1794 Edition - Wind Chill Pearl color

Although no news of any sort has been released by Toyota about 2022 Tundra, we still have a decent idea of what to expect.

A twin-turbo V6 engine. A Tundra Hybrid option. Potentially a longer 2022 Tundra CrewMax (well, at least longer than its current 5.5-foot bed. Maybe 6.5 feet?).

And, of course, all-new exterior styling for the first time since the 2007 Tundra model year.

However, here is the catch. We do not know anything. Even if we think we know.

2022 Tundra release date

The next generation Toyota Tundra is expected to reach dealerships across the country by the end of this year – most likely December of 2021.

But this timetable could change based on so many different factors. We are still buried deep in the pandemic, which could affect production schedules.

We also have a worldwide automotive shortage that is currently altering truck volume, including Toyota Tundra and Tacoma. Many potential truck buyers are reporting little to no Tundra trucks on local dealership lots right now.

Those darn computer chips.

Hopefully, this will not carry over into 2022 Toyota Tundra production dates.

Time will tell, of course.

2021 Tundra CrewMax

This is where the final choice of whether to buy a 2021 or 2022 Tundra gets tricky.

Even though Tundra supplies are low right now, at lease we know what we have got.

YOU MAY ENJOY: In a format twist, my Mom and I review cargo and passenger space in a 2021 Tundra CrewMax.

Buyers are still in great shape to get a 2021 Toyota Tundra, even if they have to get on a waiting list and pre-order one. Yes, even the mythical Tundra TRD Pro in Lunar Rock is still available.

2021 Toyota Tundra 1794 Edition CrewMax back seat saddle brown interior

Current Tundra CrewMax cab configuration features an extremely large back seat with plenty of rear seat leg room. 42.3 inches of leg room, in fact.

CrewMax Tundra comes with only one bed length – 5.5 feet.

You can choose a double cab instead, which has less leg room in the back seat with 34.7 inches. You can, though, get both a 6.5-foot or 8.1-foot bed length this way.

Either way, current 2021 Tundra trucks are certainly available in many trim levels, cab configurations and colors.

Tundra 5.7-liter V8

Since we are still waiting for details on 2022 Tundra, we do not know the powertrain options we will be picking from for next model year.

We do know that right now we can buy perhaps the final year of Tundra’s trusted “old reliable” 5.7-liter V8 engine. This produces 381 horsepower and 401 lb.-ft. torque.

Many Tundra fans are torn about the potential for losing this favorite engine.

I do not feel there will be a continuation of this V8 engine into 2022 Toyota Tundra, but again, I really have no clue. Just an educated guess for now.

Time for your Toyota Tundra comments

Thanks for reading everyone.

Are you in the market for a new full-size truck, and are you considering Toyota Tundra?

Are you waiting to see what Toyota has to reveal about 2022 Tundra, or would you consider a 2021 Tundra?

See you next story when I discuss Toyota's announcement about an all-new three-row SUV.

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Peggy E Giles (not verified)    April 29, 2021 - 6:02PM

Two days ago, my son and his fiancé were hit head on in his Toyota Pickup. They are alive due to the 2018 frame and safety features. The other guy in the Ford did not.

Will making the frame lighter kill the safety?