Did the 2022 Toyota Tundra Just Make Hybrid Trucks Cool?

The Toyota Tundra is one of the most anticipated trucks of the year. Consumers are excited about the 2022 Toyota Tundra because it finally got a redesign after over a decade. In an unexpected turn of events, did the 2022 Toyota Tundra Hybrid just make hybrid pickup trucks cool?

A 2022 Toyota Tundra Hybrid is coming to dealerships near you

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Toyota is apparently full of surprises. Consumers and Tundra fans waited patiently for news of the 2022 Toyota Tundra’s redesign and new features. On September 19th, the world discovered some shocking information. The Toyota Tundra, which has long been praised for its gas-powered V8 engine, is now getting a hybrid powertrain option.

The 2022 Toyota Tundra isn’t the first new hybrid truck to be announced, but it is one of the few full-size hybrid trucks on the market aside from the Ford F-150 Hybrid. The real question is, is a Toyota Tundra Hybrid any good?

Hybrid powertrains are great for both gas mileage and the environment. Toyota has committed to reducing its carbon footprint as soon as possible. When it comes to the Tundra Hybrid, a cleaner, greener Tundra sounds nice, but does it deliver the power Tundra fans go crazy over?

The 2022 Toyota Tundra Hybrid is exciting because its new powertrain doesn’t sacrifice any power for fuel economy. According to CNBC, its i-Force Max hybrid powertrain is capable of producing an astounding 437 horsepower. That’s 56 more horses than the 2021 Toyota Tundra’s standard 5.7-liter V8 gas engine.

Why is the 2022 Toyota Tundra Hybrid such a big deal?

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Despite Toyota’s embracement of alternative fuel options decades ago, the Toyota Tundra remained part of the old guard for a long time. After over 10 years of the second-generation Tundra, most changes would have been welcome changes. The addition of a hybrid powertrain is surprising, to say the least.

Hybrid powertrains are still very new to trucks, and the Tundra was viewed as a relic of the past…until now. The unveiling of the 2022 Toyota Tundra Hybrid had proved that the Tundra is ready to step into the future. This is excellent news for fans and bad news for the competition.

What’s new on the 2022 Toyota Tundra?

A red Toyota Tundra is on display at the 109th Annual Chicago Auto Show at McCormick Place in Chicago.
A red Toyota Tundra is on display at the 109th Annual Chicago Auto Show at McCormick Place in Chicago. | Raymond Boyd via Getty Images

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The 2022 Toyota Tundra includes a new 10-speed automatic transmission. It has a maximum towing capacity of 12,000 pounds. The new Tundra has a maximum payload capacity of 1,940 pounds. The 2022 Toyota Tundra introduces a feature that provides steering input when a driver is backing up with a trailer called Trailer Backup Guide.

The 2022 Toyota Tundra comes in a TRD Pro off-roading trim for weekend warriors. It includes Fox shocks and a lifted height. The TRD Pro model comes with Toyota’s Multi-Terrain Monitor, a monitor that can display a helpful panoramic view of the truck’s surroundings from multiple angles when off-roading. The new Toyota Tundra sports lots of fun new features as well as an incredible new powertrain option. Time to see how it stacks up against the competition.

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