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

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Using an 8- or 14-inch touchscreen, the system responds to smartphone-like motions like pinching to zoom. There's also a dial for volume, but none for tuning. Temperature and fan speed are controlled by toggles.

Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard.

Toyota's new virtual assistant responds to wake-up commands including "Hey/Hi/Hello/OK Toyota." Those choices seem to invite false positives, something I'll check for when I evaluate a Tundra in a few weeks.

The navigation system uses cloud-based data for locations and points of interest. Toyota says the system will detect approaching areas of low connectivity and caches directions before it loses access to the cloud.

User profiles for climate control and audio also are saved in the cloud.


Safety and driver assistance

Standard safety systems include pre-collision alerts with pedestrian and cyclist detection, and oncoming pedestrian and vehicle alerts when making a left turn at an intersection. The system also stabilizes the driver's steering input while avoiding a pedestrian, cyclist or vehicle.

Other features include adaptive cruise control, lane departure alerts and lane centering.

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