After 22 years of production, the 2022 Toyota Tundra marks this full-size pickup’s third generation and a long-overdue redesign. Though the Tundra tends to lag behind the Ford F-Series and GM and Ram 1500 series trucks, which have been in production for more than 70 years, its reliability continues to make it an excellent buy among used trucks. Reliability continues to be a factor in the rating boost Consumer Reports gave the 2022 Toyota Tundra, but CR found five other areas to rave about.
Consumer Reports completed its review of the 2022 Toyota Tundra
Consumer Reports recently released its full review of the redesigned 2022 Toyota Tundra, which went into production in September 2021. The truck’s overall score is second only to the class-leading 2022 Ram 1500, indicating Consumer Reports testers feel strongly enough about the Tundra to give the truck a huge boost toward the top of the full-size truck heap.
Consumer Reports’ evaluation cites the following five things its testers love most:
1. Fast and attentive acceleration
CR testers gave the 2022 Toyota Tundra perfect scores for acceleration and transmission. They highlight the smooth, responsive performance of the truck’s 3.5-liter twin-turbocharged V6, harnessing 389-hp and 479 lb-ft of torque. Along with that power, the Tundra’s 10-speed automatic transmission produces nearly imperceptible upshifts, pushing it from 0 to 60 mph in 6.3 seconds — the quickest of all full-size pickups.
2. The 2022 Toyota Tundra’s sturdy and corrosion-resistant composite bed
Though most standard truck models come with a painted bed, Toyota made the Tundra’s sticky composite bed a standard feature rather than part of an add-on package. Not only does this feature make the bed sturdier, but it also extends the truck’s longevity with improved corrosion resistance.
3. A roomy, comfortable cabin
Another area where Consumer Reports gave the 2022 Toyota Tundra a perfect rating was its cabin. CR praises the truck’s rear seat comfort, cargo space, and climate system. The rear seating provides plenty of knee room, good headroom, decent leg support, and just enough seatback rake to make it more comfortable on long trips. Combined with added storage and cargo space and an improved climate system, ride comfort is an outstanding feature of the truck’s redesign.
4. The 2022 Toyota Tundra’s improved payload capacity
Tall bed rails on 2022 Tundra increase the overall cargo volume to 39 cubic feet, contributing to a 1,365-pound payload capacity. Though it still falls short of the Big Three full-size truck models — Ford F-150, Chevy Silverado 1500, and Ram 1500 — the Tundra has closed the gap on the competition, whose payload capacities are 1,475, 1,940, and 1,690 pounds, respectively.
5. Fantastic towing capacity
The 2022 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 leads the class in towing at 9,600 pounds, but the 2022 Tundra’s 8,300-pound towing capacity slides the Toyota truck into second place above the Ram 1500, at 8,150 pounds, and the Ford F-150, at 7,700 pounds. However, buyers willing to pay more for upgraded models can boost the Tundra’s towing capacity. Upgrading to the SR5 4WD boosts towing capacity to 11,160 pounds, and the SR5 4×2 Double Cab can pull 12,000 pounds.
The 2022 Toyota Tundra redesign puts the truck toward the top of its class
It was a long time coming, but Consumer Reports’ complete review of the 2022 Toyota Tundra delivers great news for Tundra fans and Toyota dealers. Though it took the automaker 15 years to redesign its full-size truck, its improvements have catapulted the third-generation model toward the front of a competitive pack.