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The 2022 Toyota Tundra is a huge upgrade from the last model year. Consumers and auto enthusiasts were waiting on a Tundra refresh for years. Now that it’s finally here, how does the new Toyota Tundra compare to the worst Toyota Tundra?

The new 2022 Toyota Tundra proves how badly the Tundra needed a refresh

A black Toyota Tundra is parked in front of a sunset.
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The Toyota Tundra hasn’t seen the top of new full-size truck rankings in a very long time. The Ram 1500 is consistently considered the best work truck by experts. The 2021 Toyota Tundra was actually called one of the worst full-size trucks of the year by MotorTrend. It ranked behind the Nissan Titan, Chevrolet Silverado, GMC Sierra 1500, Ford F-150, and Ram 1500.

The newest Toyota Tundra has accentuated the strengths of older models while fixing major issues that consumers and critics have noted. Past Tundra model years have been called outdated because the second generation of Tundra lasted for so long. While the Tundra retained its lackluster design, trucks like the Ram 1500 and Ford F-150 continued to make major improvements in style and functionality.

The 2022 Toyota Tundra highlights how far the truck has come after its refresh. The new Tundra offers more power, better fuel economy, and a more refined cabin. How does it compare to the worst Toyota Tundra model?

2022 Toyota Tundra VS. the worst Toyota Tundra

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The 2007 Toyota Tundra is one of the most problematic Tundra models ever created. It is considered the worst Tundra because of its many engine problems. The 2007 model year also has drivetrain and fuel system problems.

The 2007 Toyota Tundra came with three different powertrain options. The standard 4.0-liter V6 engine made 236 horsepower. The new Toyota Tundra comes with a standard twin-turbo 3.5-liter V6 i-FORCE engine. It makes 389 horsepower. Its hybrid i-FORCE MAX engine makes a combined 437 horsepower with the help of motors.

The older Tundra got 17 miles per gallon in the city and 20 miles per gallon on the highway. The new Toyota Tundra gets an improved 18 miles per gallon in the city and 23 miles per gallon on the highway. The hybrid model will get even better fuel economy. The Toyota Tundra has come a long way from its worst model.

How does the new Toyota Tundra compare to other model years?

A gray 2022 Toyota Tundra.
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The new Toyota Tundra is the best Tundra in recent years by far. Toyota has worked hard to address some of the key issues with the Tundra and has made major improvements. The newest Tundra has much better fuel efficiency and still remains powerful despite the elimination of the V8 engine option. It is also the first model year to offer a hybrid option. The newest Toyota Tundra is a standout model that will redefine the full-size truck and change its ranking among other vehicles in its class.


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