The 2022 Toyota Tundra Is Ditching Its V8 – How Big of a Deal Is That?

The 2022 Toyota Tundra was just revealed, and it seems like it’s going to be pretty awesome. It’s been redesigned and will be made with new, tougher materials. It should be more fuel efficient, and more comfortable. And it should even be more powerful, despite the fact that Toyota is losing the Tundra’s former V8 in favor of a V6 engine. What does that mean for the 2022 Toyota Tundra?

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Is there a V8 2022 Toyota Tundra?

No, there isn’t a V8 Toyota Tundra anymore. Instead, the 2022 Toyota Tundra will come with one of two options; a turbocharged V6, and an electric engine. While previous iterations of the Toyota Tundra did come with a 5.7-liter V8 capable of 381-hp, Toyota has ditched that, deciding it wasn’t necessary anymore. Autoweek points out that that V8 engine consumed gas like a marathoner drinks Gatorade. It only got 13 mpg in the city and 17 mpg on the highway.

So what will this new V6 do for the 2022 Toyota Tundra? Surprisingly, it should make the Tundra more powerful. The 2022 Toyota Tundra’s V6 will make 389-hp, even more than the old V8. And if you go hybrid, it’s even better. The 2022 Tundra’s hybrid engine will make 437-hp. Each of these engines are matched to a 10-speed automatic transmission, which is better than the old 6-speed transmission.

What’s the difference between a V6 and a V8 engine?

So what’s the difference between a V6 and a V8? The simplfest way to explain the difference between the two engine types is that a V6 engine has 6 cylinders, while a V8 has 8 cylinders. Each of these cylinders is responsible for fuel intake. The fuel is ignited inside of the cylinders, which sets off small explosions that in turn rotate the engine. 

It’s commonly thought that a V8 will automatically be more powerful, and although that’s typically true, it isn’t always the case. Some engines utilize the engine’s construction to get more power from fewer cylinders. For example, altering the cylinders’ size can affect how the engine will operate. The way the cylinders are positioned also plays an important part in the engine’s efficiency. 

What trucks have V8 engines?

Many car manufacturers are starting to move away from V8 engines and toward V6. This is partly due to the fact that the automotive industry is trying to become more environmentally responsible. As car manufacturers commit to making a larger portion of their fleets electric, reducing fuel consumption in vehicles is a great first step. 

So what pickup trucks still have V8? Well, there are quite a few. Although Ford has been a leader in shifting toward an electronic platform, their F-Series trucks still utilize a V8 engine. Both the 2021 Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra also still have V8 engines. The 2021 Ram 1500, 2500, and 3500 pickup trucks have V8s for now as well. And you can still get a 2021 Nissan Titan with a V8, if you’re so inclined.

The 2022 Toyota Tundra is proving that a pickup truck doesn’t need to have a V8 to be a solid truck. As more trucks move away from the V8s and toward the V6 engines, we’re likely to see better designs that increase power, speed, and efficiency while consuming less fuel. And yes, this is great for the environment, but it’s good for our wallets, as well.

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