What Toyota Tundra Owners Wish They Could Improve About Their Trucks

Many Toyota cars last well over 200,000 miles, especially trucks and SUVs. The Toyota Tundra is one of the most appealing examples in the full-size pickup segment, especially after its latest redesign. The 2022 model introduced an upgraded suspension for better ride quality and higher towing capacities.

Even before the debut of this next-gen truck, most drivers had no complaints about the outgoing model’s performance. However, there are still a few things that seasoned Tundra owners don’t like about their trucks. Have these flaws been improved on the latest Toyota Tundra?

A red 2022 Toyota Tundra with one of the highest estimated maintenance costs.
2022 Toyota Tundra | Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc.

The Toyota Tundra has historically bad gas mileage

According to J.D. Power surveys, most Tundra drivers ranked fuel economy as their least favorite part of the truck. The outgoing Toyota Tundra earns just 13/17 mpg city/highway, regardless of which drivetrain it has. This truck’s solitary V8 engine option is capable of 381 hp and 401 lb-ft of torque, paired with a six-speed automatic transmission.

Any truck’s gas mileage gets worse when it’s towing a lot of cargo, another area where the Toyota Tundra underperforms. It can only tow a maximum of 10,200 lbs with the right configurations, while some full-size rivals can tow upwards of 12,000 lbs. Payload capacity is also slightly underwhelming at 1,730 lbs.

Toyota Tundra drivers want better interiors and infotainment systems

The Toyota Tundra’s old infotainment interface still has a lot of modern features, including Amazon Alexa compatibility. However, some of its controls are smaller compared to others, and Entune’s menu structure confuses many drivers. According to CNET, using Entune’s navigation system is also a hassle and requires too many steps.

While the 2021 Toyota Tundra offers a lot of legroom for all riders, the seats themselves don’t offer much support. Up to six people can fit inside the biggest cabs. Most of the upgraded interior materials are reserved for the fully-loaded 1794 Edition trims.

What the professionals say about the 2022 Toyota Tundra

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J.D. Power gave the redesigned Toyota Tundra high marks, particularly for its revised powertrain lineup. The site tested the optional hybrid powertrain, which includes a twin-turbo V6 and a single electric motor. Combined, they generate 437 hp and 583 lb-ft of torque. 

The hybrid powertrain can be added to each trim, but it’s standard on the Capstone model. Otherwise, the Toyota Tundra comes standard with an upgraded V6 that makes 381 hp and 479 lb-ft of torque. Both engines are also mated to the same ten-speed automatic transmission.

J.D. Power says that power delivery is smooth for engines, but the hybrid one offers the quickest and quietest acceleration. It also gets the best fuel economy at an estimated 20/24 mpg city/highway. Even if you stick with the base engine, that will earn an average of 18/23 mpg city/highway. 

J.D. Power also liked the Tundra’s new standard suspension, plus the trail-oriented one included in the TRD off-roading package. Additionally, testers appreciated how quickly the brakes kick in when you’re towing a trailer. Towing capacity has been upgraded to 12,000 lbs and the TRD package includes lots of trailering safety features.

The Toyota Tundra also has refreshed interiors across the trim lineup. On the Tundra Limited, you get standard faux leather seats with heating and ventilation for the front-seat riders. Testers found the seats plush and easy to access through the Tundra’s wide doors.

The Audio Multimedia interface replaces the outgoing one. J.D. Power praises the intuitiveness of the system’s controls and its swift operation. Testers also enjoyed using Toyota’s voice-operated digital assistant. 

Higher trims, such as the Limited, come with the optional 14-in touchscreen and some additional USB ports. With so many much-needed improvements, we believe that the latest Toyota Tundra is sure to please its fans.