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Next-Gen 2022 Toyota Tundra: Why You May Want a Tundra Hybrid

Everything is changing with 2022 Tundra. Even a first-ever Tundra Hybrid. Find out why this might be the perfect choice for you.

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Toyota has been road-testing their latest generation Tundra truck. Multiple camouflaged 2022 Tundra trucks were recently spotted in Arizona.

This is a sure sign next-gen Tundra will be here much sooner than later.

We will see an entirely new body style, modern interior styling, new safety, and technology.

There will be a new powertrain and new suspension.

Plus, we will see a Tundra Hybrid option too.

Here are four benefits for a hybrid Tundra. This may be the ideal truck for you and your family.

Reliability for Toyota Hybrids

2021 Toyota Tundra 1794 Edition Magnetic Gray profile view front end

In my opinion, if Toyota releases a Tundra Hybrid this coming year, it is going to be reliable.

And just how do I know this?

Well, because of the long-standing Toyota reputation for long-term hybrid quality and dependability.

Toyota is the world leader in hybrid technology. Remember, believe it or not, Prius has been out for twenty years. This is the best-selling hybrid of all time.

RAV4 Hybrid is currently the top-selling hybrid in America. This is one reason Toyota RAV4 sells better than any other small SUV in the country – for the last four years.

Toyota hybrid cars and SUVs can go for hundreds of thousands of miles with little more than routine maintenance.

A 2022 Toyota Tundra Hybrid will be powered with combination of a gasoline engine and electric motors. This synergistic relationship of engine plus motors gives owners not only improved gas mileage, but it also should bring additional power.

2022 Toyota Tundra Power

Predicting exactly what we have coming is challenging since Toyota has not given us specs on 2022 Tundra. We do not even have a 2022 Toyota Tundra release date yet.

Most people in the know expect both a gasoline-powered Toyota Tundra and a Toyota Hybrid for 2022.

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The gasoline version should deliver an improvement on current 2021 Tundra horsepower and torque (381hp and 401 lb.-ft. torque). This will be accomplished partially with its 3.5-liter or 3.7-liter twin turbo V6 engine.

Tundra Hybrid could use this same engine or a different engine but will be powered more than likely with three electric motors.

Together they will combine for a synergistic effect that will give a healthy dose of low-end torque. This should satisfy a good amount of the expectations people have for their Tundra.

I expect a hybrid Toyota Tundra will have less horsepower and torque than its gasoline-only 2022 Tundra alternative. However, many truck owners do not need maximum power for their individual needs and lifestyles.

A 2022 Tundra Hybrid might be the ideal vehicle here.

Toyota Tundra MPG

2021 Toyota Tundra 1794 Edition Magnetic Gray profile view front end

Clearly one of the primary reasons people consider a Toyota hybrid vehicle is for the fuel economy.

When Toyota Tundra offers a 2022 Tundra Hybrid option (more than likely spring of 2022), it could be a game-changer for truck buyers.

Currently Tundra is EPA-rated at 13mpg in the city / 17mpg on the highway / 14 combined. Any significant increase may tempt potential buyers into upgrading their current truck.

I do not feel most people buy a full-size truck for the gas efficiency. They buy one to do work or to serve a specific purpose or to cater to their lifestyle and family dynamic.

But if we find a Tundra with 20mpg, or maybe 25mpg, or potentially more, this could really make things interesting.

I just wish Toyota would reveal specifics on 2022 Tundra, so we know for sure exactly what we can look forward to.

New Toyota Hybrid Warranty

All new Toyota cars, trucks and SUVs starting with 2020 model year have an expanded hybrid battery warranty.

Your new Toyota hybrid battery is covered for 10 years or 150,000 miles, whichever comes first. Before this the battery warranty was 8 years or 100,000 miles.

This added protection should give new owners peace of mind if they are concerned over how long hybrid batteries will last. Or how much they will cost to replace.

Time for your Toyota Tundra comments

Have you heard any rumors or stories about what we can expect for next-gen 2022 Tundra? If so, what are you looking forward to most?

Will you consider a Tundra Hybrid? What mpg ratings will tempt you into seriously considering one?

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DEcade (not verified)    March 21, 2021 - 8:29PM

I wish I had your optimism I see Toyota releasing alot of press teases and thats what they do best. They are trying to hype this truck without showing it and the only reason I can think of for not showing it is because it is not remotely living up to their hype.

I have never owned anything other then a Toyota and when My truck gives out I will be buying something else. The Toyota chief engineer, removed storage and the rear recliners from the 2007 even removed the Rear autiomatic window from the SR5 and the 2014 was born. For the following 7 years they played with Paint, and PRO and every other trick in the book to sell the same exact truck. I have lost my trust in Toyota and their ability to be innovative. My next truck will not be a Tundra.

Anthony (not verified)    June 15, 2021 - 8:26PM

In reply to by johny (not verified)

Just sold my 2500 back to the dealer after the torque converter went out at 47,000 miles. They said it had to of been happening for awhile. So ya, I won't be going back to chevy even though it was a nice truck.

ToyotaRyan (not verified)    March 24, 2021 - 11:21AM

In reply to by DEcade (not verified)

Toyota does this with every vehicle update to the new platform. Very frustrating as a sales consultant, we are inundated with calls about the Tundra and know about as much as the public does. I will say this, if it is anywhere close to the scale of change the Sienna just went through it will be a fantastic update. I also agree with others on this board, what good are all the innovative features if they continue to have issues and constantly need fixed? I'll take the reliability any day over a fancy added gadget. The biggest issue here is how long they've trotted out the same truck and expect sales to continue at a steady level. Hopefully we fix that and the new Tundra finds a way to get the MPG without sacrificing the power people expect in a full-size truck. Cheers!

Scott R (not verified)    March 21, 2021 - 11:07PM

How many ways can you, and others, write these click-bait articles with nothing more than speculation? You’re just rehashing the exact same info (speculation) that’s been floating around for months, if not years. Rumors about engine and transmission plus the likelihood of a hybrid version. It could be this or it might be that. Enough already! Write something when you’ve got facts, or at least new pictures that support your speculation.

chris chilson (not verified)    March 22, 2021 - 6:12AM

The Ford F-150 delivers 25/25 mpg. Anything less by Toyota would be an engineering failure.
There is a reason Toyota is in 4th place. This new Tundra with no V-8, is a big gamble.

CAL (not verified)    August 1, 2021 - 2:20PM

In reply to by chris chilson (not verified)

25/25 is optimistic. I manage a fleet of 50 1500 Chevys and F series Ford’s. I picked 3 highway trucks - 3.5 eco boost, 5.0 coyote, and 6.7 powerstroke. Over 30,000 miles each, average was 16.93, 17.72, and 16.26 respectively. Eco boosts can achieve higher MPGs, but when pushed even slightly, MPGs drop significantly.

Kevin Hicks (not verified)    March 22, 2021 - 10:25AM

Automotive press says the 2022 Tundra will be revealed around June. According to that engineer who is a consultant for Toyota, the specs and teasers will not be released like other companies do because Toyota is more secretive and doesn't typically release teaser specs or pics. There is a rendering from that engineer of what he thinks the next Tundra will look like based on camouflage pictures that are out there.

Double Dutch (not verified)    March 22, 2021 - 7:14PM

In reply to by Kevin Hicks (not verified)

Hey Kevin, so I work in sales for a Toyota dealer in Canada and to a degree I agree on the press release procedure's, however its not due to lack there or of the truck its self but more due to Toyota holding their cards close on this one. I've been told through the grape vine that the hybrid will be pushing over 500 foot pounds of torque. I have also been told that the fuel will be 30+ mpg ? Although I have to see it to believe it.

Kevin Hicks (not verified)    March 23, 2021 - 12:14AM

In reply to by Double Dutch (not verified)

Double Dutch, that's interesting and I've heard the next Tundra will be leading the industry but I'm skeptical about it just given Toyota's history. Hope you're right though. As for the hybrid engine, I heard that might not get released till the following year. 2023 model. 3.5L twin turbo for the 2022 model from what I heard.

Lance (not verified)    March 22, 2021 - 10:34AM

With the paint failing on my 2017 Tacoma with 27k miles and 2 months out of warranty, I would NOT buy another Toyota product. If you can't apply paint, what else is wrong?

robin Adams (not verified)    March 27, 2021 - 9:42AM

In reply to by Lance (not verified)

I also will not buy another Toyota because my 2012 Toyota Highlander limited has big pieces of paint peeling pretty much out of the blue for no apparent reason. And Toyota decided to not recall or cover the Highlanders like they did with some of the others like Camry. It's very disheartening to say the least for that was a top of the line expensive vehicle. And I have never in all my days seen such a thing or had a problem like this. Very very sad. They can't back their product!!!!!!!!

Austin Paul (not verified)    March 22, 2021 - 11:35AM

I bought my new '19 Tundra 1794 just last July (7/20). The Tundra, might be to some, an anachronism in today's truck market, but that is the very reason I bought it. I have no use for all of new doo-dads and latest gizmos that the Big 3 (and even Nissan's small play) have added to their truck lines. However, for me, it's all about the entirety of the experience.

Yes, the gas mileage of our 5.7s is bad. HP/TQ, towing and load capacity are no longer class leading, but for the vast majority of all truck owners, regardless of brand, the Tundras meet and exceed their abilities all the time.

Some of the things I love - The proven, venerable drivetrain (especially the sound of that 5.7 with my TRD PRO dual exhaust!), looks, the way it feels behind the wheel, the look and smell of the interior with the great 1794, outward visibility, the HD frame and just generally the heft of the truck.

Really, my only complaint is the JBL "Premium' stereo. I did find that if you max the bass and treble and scoop the mids, it helps a lot. I can even hear the sub on certain tracks! Lol

While I don't hear of too many catastrophic failures of any of the brands, you hear of all sorts of irritating troubles related to the electronics. The current gen Tundras don't have all of fancy equipment, but you can't deny the durability of them.

I'm glad I got in while the 5.7 is still in existence. That's what I want in a truck.

Atlas Stoned (not verified)    March 22, 2021 - 11:37AM

"I do not feel most people buy a full-size truck for the gas efficiency."

As an original owner of a 2006 Tundra, I have literally been waiting for Toyota to come out with a more efficient Tundra. The fuel efficiency does not need to go from worst in class to best in class; it just needs to be significantly improved. I am anticipating a 22-23 MPG number while retaining Toyota dependability. Performance of 25 MPG or better would be a game changer.

mike wicks (not verified)    March 22, 2021 - 3:33PM

In reply to by Atlas Stoned (not verified)

I have the first issue tundra, 2000, ext cab, TRD and pulling package. It has the litre less 4.7 v8, base model so no unnecessary doodads failing up the electronics. It gets great milage compared to the 5.7 litre newer tundras, Im getting 22/31 empty and no tow. And a steady 18 mpg with a 25 foot fifth wheel hitches and the overdrive off. Got it in 1999 for around 30k. Now has 276k miles on all original parts (except maintenance wear parts), still runs like the first year. Gonna rebuild trans at 300k other than that only fluids, filters, tires and broken glass has been changed, oil still clean looking at regular 5k mile changes.

I've noticed a big difference in capabilities, capacity, mileage, maintenance and life span between the 4.7 and 5.7 builds. The 5.7 wears out around 200k miles, along with trans. Faster if used for regular towing. The 2000 - 02 tundra 4.7 is the long haul best to own if you're looking to hang on to it till complete failure, about 25 to 35 year life on regular service to it. The last of toyota million miler trucks. Had a toy regular pickup, from 92 with the v6 that lived 1.2 million miles the starter was the only mechanical repair. And I'll get a million miles out my tundra too. But it'll probably be my last toyota to go full lifetime, still trust toyota quality and price, also it's 100% U.s.a. made. The f150 and silverado can't even say that from around the same 2000 period, don't think they can say it today.

Dubesrus (not verified)    March 22, 2021 - 10:43PM

In reply to by mike wicks (not verified)

Had 2000 Gen 1 Tundra 4.7 dble cab. Transmission failed at 100k. Rear structural rusted out. Never got better than 20 mpg empty at greater than 65 mph. 10 mpg towing 23 ft RV.
Sold at 150k miles.

Got 2010 Gen 2 w/5.7. Never got above 18 mpg empty at 65 mph or more. Towed my 25 ft RV okay, but not efficiently. Never got better than 10 mpg... mostly 8 and 9 mpg.
Rear axle bearings failed just outside warranty.
O2 sensors and related intake system died just outside of warranty.
Overall a good truck. Sold at 190k miles.
Got a new 3 liter diesel Silverado in May. Getting 12 to 14 mpg towing 27 ft RV and 24 mpg towing boat. Best 50 miles empty is 33 mpg at 70 mph. Comfortable and plenty of torque to tow.
Toyota took too long to come out with next gen Tundra.

I may look at hybrid if it pans out as good tow vehicle.

Tom (not verified)    March 23, 2021 - 11:05AM

I wish you guys would provide more accurate information. A trip to the Toyota dealership and they said that long wait is due to problems with the chip manufacturer they are way behind due to COVID restrictions at that assembly plant.

Keivan (not verified)    March 23, 2021 - 9:57PM

Lets assume Toyota gives us a Hybrid Tundra. A Hybrid Tundra is going to be more expensive (won't be an SR5 trim. Probably limited and higher trims). I'd venture a guess that 90% of Tundra buyers do not want a Hybrid. This obsession with Hybrid powertrain and Turbo V6 is nauseating. Its a freaking pickup. People want a CrewMax with a standard bed, V8 engine, slightly lighter truck for better MPG and increased payload, and an 8 speed auto for better MPG and towing. Nobody cares about a large screen for the head unit.

Tim (not verified)    March 23, 2021 - 10:34PM

I have a 2007 tundra crewmax sr5, and would like a stronger towing capacity to pull a 3 horse gooseneck trailer, in the horse world id like to see Toyota’s instead of other kinds of trucks, they need to make a heavy dutie truck 3/4 or more, love my tundra, thanks for reading,