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The One Thing Next-Gen 2022 Toyota Tundra Must Not Change

Many things are about to change with 2022 Next-Gen Toyota Tundra. This is the one thing that must stay the same.

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.

2021 Toyota Tundra SR5 CrewMax Super White passenger side profile

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.”

2021 Toyota Tundra SR5 CrewMax interior front seats ash gray color

“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.

2021 Toyota Tundra SR5 CrewMax interior multimedia

According to, 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

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.

2021 Toyota Tundra SR5 CrewMax Super White driver side profile

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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josh (not verified)    January 26, 2021 - 4:28PM

Nailed it. I own a 2016 tundra double cab trd, tow package. as stripped as could get. i need a truck not a leather entertainment center. mpg is horrid but repairs are minimal. Eagerly await the 2022 release. I'll sell my 16 and buy a 22.

About that Toyota reliability or rather when the chips were not good on said reliability - when major issues arose for me on my 99 taco and 02 tundra, Toyota stood up. 99 taco 200K miles old the frame rotted, believe it or not i was the last nhtsa complaint'ant :). folks owe me! bought 20K new in 1999, Toyota gave me 14.5K for truck with 200K miles. then grabbed a used 02 tundra 100k miles, frame rusted at 180K, Toyota put a new frame and all attachments needed under it (brake lines whatnot). neighbors 2013 ram cummins diesel last week spun a rod bearing, at 81K miles off warranty. guess what? up the creek no paddle. I do think if Toyota offered a 3/4 ton diesel they would eat up American diesel truck sales. Those ford 6.0L owners got hosed or rather bulletproof much before the engine blows? My wife company owner had a 2019 1 ton diesel GMC denali 70K $ truck blow up the engine, replaced under warranty. So many american diesel horror stories...

I'll remain a Toyota truck owner forever, not just for reliability...but for making right when major issues came up.

Mike (not verified)    February 14, 2021 - 1:00PM

I've owned a Tundra since its first year out 1998, and continue to be a huge fan. My current 2008 with 203k has been bulliet proof. Back up camera has been in/out for 2 years, same with my radio. I may be missing the bells and whistles of a new one. Keep the reliable engine, maybe a larger version with more HP. Little more agressive look too. Let the brand speek for itself!

Al Reynolds (not verified)    February 15, 2021 - 11:29PM

Amazing truck, the only, absolute thing that I would love to add to the crew max is the 6 1/2 ft bed or even better(for me at least) is the 8 Ft bed like the Ford SD 350... I don’t like Ford at all but the 8 Ft bed is great. A Tundra, 4x4 with a 8Ft bed will make me extremely happy!... for some people may be useless but for me will be amazing!