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My Biggest Disappointment About 2022 Toyota Tundra

There is plenty to love about 2022 Tundra. I do not love this change, though.


Over the last several months, I can compare the launch of next-gen Toyota Tundra to an onion. Meaning, we have been able to slowly peel off layers and layers of details to learn more about what is new and what is coming.

There is so much to like and get excited about with Toyota Tundra 2022. Also, one thing I am not super happy to learn. Hey, you cannot like everything, right?

2022 Toyota Tundra Specs

2022 Toyota Tundra Limited Double Cab Supersonic Red profile view back end2022 Tundra Limited - Supersonic Red

Redesigned from the ground up, 2022 Toyota Tundra improves in just about every way from its previous generation.

Buyers can select either i-FORCE or i-FORCE MAX engines (389hp and 479 lb.-ft. torque / 437 horsepower and 583 lb.-ft. torque).

Gas mileage estimates for the base engine increase from 14mpg/15mpg combined last year to 20mpg/19mpg combined with 2022 Tundra. Tundra Hybrid (i-FORCE MAX) estimates have not been released yet, but I suspect we will be looking at something in the mid-20’s or so combined.

Bold new exterior styling. Smooth ride on both city streets and highways. New off-roading features. Much-improved towing capabilities. More camera viewpoints.

And a fresh new interior.

2022 Toyota Tundra Interior

2022 Toyota Tundra Limited interior multimedia2022 Tundra Limited interior

My biggest hope during this launch was that Tundra 2022 was able to improve its interior styling. Hopefully bringing it into modern times. Frankly, Tundra interior styling appeared ancient compared with its competition in the full-size truck market. Glad to see this is drastically better.

2022 Toyota Tundra multi-terrain monitor interior2022 Tundra multi-terrain monitor

Toyota Tundra interior looks really good now. I was able to review and evaluate 2022 Tundra for an extended period of time recently. Interior is now modern with plenty of new technology and multimedia capabilities. I am in love with the new 14-inch touch screen and 12.3-inch multi-information display.

However, one interior quality has me less than thrilled.

2022 Tundra Interior Leg Room

2022 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro interior cockpit red CrewMax back seats2022 Tundra CrewMax rear seats

Toyota Tundra 2022 is offered in both Double Cab and CrewMax configurations.

On a side note, Double Cab can have either a 6.5-foot or 8.1-foot bed length. CrewMax has both 5.5-foot and 6.5-foot beds to choose from.

Toyota has lessened leg room space for both Double Cab and CrewMax for 2022.

Tundra Double Cab now has 33.3 inches of rear seat leg room versus 34.7 inches in 2021 Tundra. You might not think 1.4 inches is a lot, but it does make a difference when you have taller passengers with longer legs. Still good – just smaller.

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The 2022 Toyota Tundra CrewMax comes with 41.6 inches of rear seat leg room compared with 42.3 inches in 2021. Only .7 inches decrease here. CrewMax should still be extremely spacious for people in the back seats. I used to joke that you could practically live in a Tundra CrewMax rear seating area – it is huge.

2022 Toyota Tundra SR5 Lunar Rock interior Double Cab rear seats back seats2022 Tundra Double Cab rear seats

Front seat leg room decreases in both 2022 Tundra Double Cab and Tundra CrewMax from 42.5 inches in 2021 to 41.2 inches in 2022.

Time for Your Toyota Tundra Comments

2022 Toyota Tundra Limited interior front seats black2022 Tundra Limited front seats

What do you think of next-gen Toyota Tundra so far? What aspects have both impressed you and not impressed you?

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Christopher M (not verified)    November 2, 2021 - 12:52PM

Good points. As a working dad I need a truck that will accommodate the baby seats and at the same time be capable (6.5 ft box for crew max is only available for 2022 and an area Toyota was lacking compared to f150s ).
Seriously considering buying the hybrid 2022 tundra. But I heard the hybrid won't have the 6.5 ft box

Saenz David C (not verified)    November 3, 2021 - 3:33PM

My biggest disappointment has been the increased dimensions, or footprint. I’m not one for regulation, however I’m beginning to think CDL liscences and higher road use taxes are in order for these ever growing barges on wheels. When will truck makers realize, for both everyday city use, and ranch use we really don’t need these massive road hogs. It seems to me there is no real ‘midsized’ truck. The GMC Canyon, Tacoma, and peers are really barely more than compact trucks, and the big one, well God forbid some poor schmuck in a four door sedan get nto a head n collision with those tanks. The 2006 Tundra was just about the right size to accommodate a large family, 5 good sized hunters, and more than ample bed room. Imagine that puppy with 400 HP and 400 FP of torque! In the meantime I’ll drive my 2011 tundra until it gives up the ghost:)

Phil Gregory (not verified)    November 4, 2021 - 1:37PM

Style:- looks like last generation Silverado
Back seat room:- people are getting larger not smaller, go look at Ram 1500 rear seat and copy that versatility.
Engine:- when will you upgrade/offer turbo charged 5 liter Lexus V8 so this will have a chance at not needing replacement in 150kto 200k. My 2012 tundra is just coming up on 300k and I hear some are at 1,000,000 with out a wrench used on engine.

John Hughes (not verified)    November 10, 2021 - 11:31PM

Did they get rid of the P.O.S. 6 speed transmission? I have a 13 Tundra and use it in rough terrain and have never worried about rough use. It is bulletproof except the transmission. I have had it rebuilt twice. I will not consider an other Tundra if they keep the trans.

Mick Michaels (not verified)    February 25, 2022 - 2:41PM

You have to consider the country of manufacturing and the stature of the designers. They are not tall or big by any means. They feel the vehicles have a Ton of Room, consider their perspective.

Michael McQuay (not verified)    December 19, 2022 - 5:18PM

So the new Tundra is longer overall than the one it replaced but has LESS legroom front and rear?! The new Tundra now has a larger turning circle than the previous model and any of the Detroit models. Less legroom, and from 1st to worst in turning radius. Guess I'll be keeping my 2016 model Tundra for a long, long time.