4 Things Consumer Reports Hates About the 2022 Toyota Tundra

Consumer Reports has finally released its review of the 2022 Toyota Tundra, and its takeaway was generally positive. CR placed the new Tundra as the second-best full-size pickup for the 2022 model year. However, while the Tundra’s spacious cabin and towing ability received praise, Consumer Reports did notice four issues with the new Tundra.

1. Agility is a problem

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Handling the Toyota Tundra was one of the major areas of concern that Consumer Reports noted in its review. This is largely due to an awkward steering wheel, which needs a lot of turning to maneuver the truck. Pickup trucks like the Tundra are not known for being particularly agile, but this is particularly a problem because of the Tundra’s steering.

The size of the Tundra added to the agility concerns, as Consumer Reports noted that parking the large Toyota truck was not an easy task.

Even with these agility issues, the Toyota Tundra still drives quite well. It can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 6.3 seconds, which is great for a full-size pickup.  

2. Braking takes too long with the 2022 Toyota Tundra

In its road test of the 2022 Toyota Tundra, Consumer Reports noted that the truck took a considerable amount of distance to come to a complete stop while braking. This issue is not uncommon for full-size trucks, but it was particularly on display with the Toyota Tundra. This issue resulted in Consumer Reports giving the Tundra an average score for braking. 

Braking was not entirely a negative, though, as Consumer Reports also stated that it was not difficult to have smooth, controlled stops in the Tundra. For potential Tundra buyers curious about the truck’s brake system, it also comes standard with active safety features, including automatic emergency braking. 

3. The step-up is high

Accessing the Toyota Tundra was a noticeable issue for Consumer Reports, as the truck sits high off the ground. The model that Consumer Reports tested had optional running boards to make stepping up into the Tundra easier. This feature could be necessary for some drivers and passengers to enter the truck comfortably. 

Like some of the other downsides to the Toyota Tundra, getting into the truck is not all bad. Handles on the Tundra make it easier for drivers and passengers to hoist themselves up, and the large openings for the doors provide plenty of space to enter. This might not entirely offset the high step-up, but it does show that access is not entirely a problem for the Tundra.

4. 4WD is manual instead of automatic

One of the more peculiar issues about the Toyota Tundra is that it requires drivers to manually turn on four-wheel drive (4WD). Most of the Tundra’s competitors have automatic 4WD that turns on when in necessary conditions and turns off when it is unneeded. Additionally, Tundra buyers do not have the option for full-time 4WD. Having 4WD that drivers have to turn on and off may not be a major issue for some drivers, but it is still odd regardless. 

These are the four issues that Consumer Reports highlighted in their review of the 2022 Toyota Tundra. As stated at the start, though, the Tundra still ranks near the top of full-size pickups. Toyota’s signature full-size pickup offers many upsides that offset downsides like the poor agility and oddities like the manual 4WD.

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