The One Thing Next-Gen 2022 Toyota Tundra Must Not Change
I recently wrote a Torque News story about potential engine options for 2022 next-gen Tundra.
Specifically, I wrote about what owners and fans thought about the potential loss of the trusty 5.7-liter V8 engine.
Nothing has been officially announced by Toyota. We could be looking at a twin turbo V6. Or possibly a Tundra Hybrid option. Maybe a continuation of the same or a similar V8 engine could be thrown in the mix.
The point is, we just do not know anything yet. But we should relatively soon.
I have received many comments and emails from Toyota and truck fans after writing this article. People are looking forward to this next generation Tundra, and to see what new styling and technology and power and performance and towing and mpg and safety it will bring.
But there is one thing the comments made crystal clear if it was not known enough already. There is one consistent thing Tundra owners do not want to be changed in any way.
Owners comment on Toyota Tundra
“300k on my 5.7, needed nothing so far. Oil sampling says all good. 14 mpg I'll keep it.” Said Robert.
PJ wrote. “Love my crewmax limited 14. Power to tow what I need to tow, room for family, reliable. What else do I want? Affordability! Better backup camera options, front facing camera, locking rear diff option on all trim levels, better interior storage especially under rear seats, Hybrid v8. What I don't want? TT6 to get power, a huge screen that I have to navigate to just turn the a/c on, Panoramic roof. Give me a well-balanced truck that can tow AND haul, decent mpgs. 16-18 city 22-25 highway would be understandable. But whatever you do, do not screw up the reliability. Does not make sense to save a few dollars on gas then have to spend hundreds on stupid repairs.”
“Please don’t turn into FORD. Stay Toyota and keep it dependable. Toyota may not be fancy and flashy, but I know it won’t break – ever!” Interesting comparison Tim.
Ray analyzed what he has and what he wants. “I bought a 2008 SR5 4x4 about a year ago with 189k miles on it. It has over 203k miles on it, the only things that have needed attention are, normal wear items, i.e., tires, brakes and front springs. I thoroughly enjoy the truck and enjoy only needing to visit the shop for normal maintenance. As a prior Jeep fan, now a Toyota fan, I no longer see my mechanic 1-2 times per week for something else breaking on my vehicle, and I do not have to worry about whether my truck will start when I turn the key every time. My Tundra has never let me down. The 5.7 definitely guzzles gas but it has all the power I need and has reliability far beyond any other vehicle I've owned in the past 25 years.”
Terrence added. “Please Toyota do not sacrifice reliability for shiny bells and whistles. My 2008 Tundra has 250k with very few issues other than minor. I plan to look seriously at the new generation. Plan is to drive the new one ‘til the wheels fall off! It better be 20 years lol”
2022 Toyota Tundra reliability
Toyota Tundra trucks are indeed dependable. They are reliable. And they are high quality. This is something Tundra owners just know. They know it from experience.
According to kbb.com, a Tundra also holds its value better than just about any other vehicle sold in the United States.
Plus, 11.3% of original Tundra owners have kept their trucks for longer than 15 years, according to a recent study by iSeeCars.com.
This is all impressive on several fronts.
I am a Toyota fan and I have become an even bigger Toyota fan for the last 15 years. You can probably tell that from the 800 review and how-to videos I have created for my “Toyotajeff” YouTube channel.
VIDEO: Take a full tour of 2021 Tundra Limited in my video review.
The point is, just like every owner, I want to see this quality and symbol of manufacturing excellence extend to the next-gen 2022 Toyota Tundra.
We will be seeing much more power, including horsepower and torque. We will hear about improved gas mileage. We may hear about a version of Tundra we have not really even thought about in terms of what we have known before.
All very exciting to speculate on as we wait for details.
What I think most of us really want, though, is to be reading personal stories and anecdotes from owners about their 20-year-old Tundra they bought in 2021 and 2022. With just minor repairs over that two decade span.
This would be amazing.
Time to shake up my Toyota Tundra Magic 8-Ball. “Outlook looks good!”
Thanks for reading everyone. See you next story when I discuss 2021 Toyota Venza mpg.
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