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2022 Toyota Tundra debuts with hybrid engine, 12,000-pound towing capacity

Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press on

Published in Automotive News

Toyota built its pickup reputation on the off-road performance of its smaller Tacoma pickup, and the Tundra offers plenty of off-road goodies, including monotube Bilstein shocks.

The top TRD Pro model raises the ante with 2.5-inch Fox off-road racing shocks, which also lead to a 1.1-inch increase in front lift. An electronic system that manages brakes, throttle and traction — freeing the driver of all obligations but steering — is available.

An optional air suspension has self-leveling capability and three heights — normal, high for off-road, and low for easy loading. The suspension automatically returns to normal height when it reaches programmed speeds: 18 mph in the high, off-road, and 8 mph when it starts moving after using low to load cargo.

Two powerful turbo V6 engines

The Tundra ditches the previous models' choice of normally aspirated V6 or V8 in favor of two twin-turbo 3.5L V6s, one electrically augmented by a hybrid system.

The base V6 produces 389 horsepower and 479 pound-feet of torque. Both are improvements over the 5.7L V8 that powered the 2021 Tundra. It produced 381 horsepower and 401 pound-feet of torque.

 

Adding a hybrid's electric motor raises the 2022 Tundra's power to 437 horsepower and 583 pound-feet of torque.

A 10-speed automatic transmission is standard. It replaces a six-speed automatic that is in the '21 model.

Cloud-based navigation

The Tundra is the first vehicle Toyota is giving an internally developed infotainment system.

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