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I Drove 2022 Toyota Tundra for 90 Miles (with Video): I Did Not Expect This

My first test drive in a 2022 Toyota Tundra confirmed a couple very important things. Wow.

Like most Toyota truck fans over the last several years, I have been anxiously awaiting the launch of next-gen 2022 Tundra. After all, Toyota Tundra has not been redesigned since 2007.

I recently attended the new Tundra public reveal event and driving experience. To say I was surprised by a few things would be an understatement.

2022 Toyota Tundra Specs

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The vehicle I drove most was a 2022 Tundra Limited Double Cab (in Supersonic Red).

This specific truck was equipped with the base engine (i-FORCE), a 3.5-liter twin-turbocharged V6. It produces 389 horsepower and 479 lb.-ft. torque.

Another optional engine for 2022 Toyota Tundra is the i-FORCE MAX, or Tundra hybrid. It delivers even more power – 437 horsepower and 583 lb.-ft. torque. I tested this engine with a 2022 Tundra TRD Pro, and I will write about this off-roading experience in the next couple weeks here at Torque News / Toyota News.

2022 Tundra Test Drive Video

I recently uploaded my Tundra 2022 test drive video at “ToyotaJeff Reviews” YouTube channel. My goal is to share my experiences so you can research Tundra for yourself and decide your own impressions.

On my channel you will find nearly 20 videos already devoted to hands-on 2022 Toyota Tundra reviews and drives. I hope you find my content helpful and entertaining.

2022 Tundra Driving Impressions

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It was not a mile into my drive that I got to test out the acceleration power of 2022 Toyota Tundra. Getting on to a highway. We all do this move on a regular basis, so it was a good test.

I could not believe how quickly my test Tundra accelerated up to highway cruising speeds. Plenty of low-speed torque. From zero to sixty miles per hour swiftly – and it was smooth and comfortable.

One small negative was some wind noise I could hear coming from the side mirrors. Now, it was not a level that was too distracting or annoying. Just something I noticed.

On the highway, I found Tundra has improved ride comfort versus the previous generation with the addition of rear multi-link suspension. The new 2022 Tundra felt soft as it drove over cracks in the road and smaller potholes along the way.

2022 Toyota Tundra Interior

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The main cornerstone of 2022 Tundra interior is the massive 14-inch multimedia touch screen. One that features a new next-gen Audio Multimedia system. Look for five times faster processing speeds, much easier-to-use voice commands, and a display that is the epitome of “simple and user friendly.”

Seats were comfortable – SofTex seating with 8-way power driver and passenger seats with 2-way power lumbar support. Heated and cooled seats are standard on the Limited trim level.

You may appreciate the wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as well. Wireless charging pad is in a convenient location and angle at the bottom of the center stack.

2022 Toyota Tundra MPG

A 2021 Tundra is rated at either 14mpg or 15mpg combined. I see comments on my channel from current Toyota Tundra owners where they wish their truck had better fuel efficiency.

Plan to see higher estimated gas mileage numbers in a next-gen 2022 Toyota Tundra.

With the base i-FORCE engine, a 4x2 Tundra is rated at 18mpg in the city, 23mpg on the highway, and 20mpg combined.

A 4x4 Tundra 2022 comes in at 17mpg in the city, 22mpg on the highway, and 19mpg combined.

On my drive I got about 19.2 miles per gallon based on a combination of city and highway driving. This was a 4x4 so that falls in line with what is posted.

One thing to note is that I tend to drive with a little heavier acceleration foot, so my gas mileage tends to be less than other drivers. For example, my friend TRD Jon (follow his YouTube channel here) found his 2022 Tundra fuel mileage was over 22mpg along the same route. Maybe he drove a little differently than me. Sigh.

I think we all know that a big factor in fuel efficiency is how someone drives a vehicle.

Time for Your Toyota Tundra Comments

Thanks for reading everyone.

What are your first impressions of next-gen Toyota Tundra? How do you like exterior and interior styling, features, multimedia, and other specifications?

Do you think you would rather have the base i-FORCE engine or the i-FORCE MAX hybrid engine?

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Thanks but I’ll keep my 2021 Crew cab V8 4x4 with 12 mph that sounds like a real truck. That 14inch screen looks like a distraction me. Does the crew cab still have the full rear window that goes all the way down? Is Toyota still making any V8s maybe with the new 10 speed transmission?
Seems like somebody purchased a last year of outgoing model is is bitter about it. Outdated V8 with a terrible mileage. Yeah, I had it for 2 weeks and that's not the truck I wanted in 2021. Sorry buddy. Yeah, 12 "mph" sounds like a real truck. I'd take 2022. It seems unreal to me. Lol
Please don't tell me you went to the small rear sliding rear glass like lesser trucks the big one on my 2017 is so handy not a girly window like Ford and dodge yuck . Love my Tundra
The double cabs have always had the small sliding window. The crewmax will still have the full slide down window as they always have
I can't compare engines yet until I get mpg for the hybrid engine. Please provide that statistic.
Did it take regular gasoline (87) or premium??
I just don't see the point of a full size truck with a V6. Over the life of the truck, if you are utilizing it for truck work and not just to look cool in a truck, it will not last as long or have the power it needs.
Just bought a new 4x4 5.7L Tundra for the old style, power and rumble of the vanishing 350. It got away from me when GM phased it out in 1998 and it wasn’t going to happen again. Plus, the 2021 feels like a beautiful old stool truck. Just my $.02
I like the new Tundra design and the concept. I actually do drive a tundra and put it through the ringer monthly. All of these reviews are biased and I would love to spend a month doing everything I do in my tundra. My wife drives an expedition with the turbo charged engine and I have my doubts. So all of you reviewers that make a living doing this stuff(shit), give me a crack. I’m from Texas and I know tuff terrain. I’m looking for an unbiased opinion!
I don’t know what you office boys use trucks for but a V-6 is an insult to contractors. I’ve got an Engineering degree but I love construction. Only the 3 American truck makers have real trucks. Dodge with their Cummmins diesel is my favorite by far. How are you going to pull a piece of yellow iron or a buried concrete truck out with a Japanese girl truck? Busted concrete on trailer weighing 30,000 lbs.? If you have never used your truck bed, buy a Prius hybrid. You’re hogging precious commodities for no good reason.
I’ve had a 2017 and a 2020 Tundra 4x4 with the 5.7. There’s nothing I couldn’t tow with them. I’m not sure how the V6 and the twin turbos are going to work out. I’ll stay away from the 2022 model, that’s for sure.