2022 Toyota Tundra Nightshade – The arrival of a new half-ton pickup brings joy in our house, particularly since the truck replaces one that has been on the market with just minor changes for the better half of 15 years. When that same rig also is equipped with new engines, our interest levels really go into high gear.
2022 Toyota Tundra Nightshade
What’s New for 2022?
Toyota provides the Tundra a much-needed, total design overhaul following the previous generation that was mostly unchanged since its introduction in 2007. Although it was refreshed for the 2014 model year but it had a difficult time stealing sales from the domestic half-ton competition like the Ford F-150, the Ram 1500, its Chevy Silverado 1500, in addition to the GMC Sierra 1500. The new Tundra will not beat any of these competitors But its many enhancements will help make it much more competitive and attractive when it is available for sale this winter.
In the past, the Tundra was offered exclusively with an naturally-aspirated V-8 engine. In the new model year the Tundra gets a V-6, and it’s more efficient than the older engine however it’s got two less the cylinders. A 10-speed automated transmission replaces the previous six-speed on all models.
A regular 3.5-litre twin-turbo V-6 produces 389 hp and 479 Lb-ft of torque (compare this to the 2021 Tundra’s 381 horsepower, 401 lb-ft V-8). Customers who require more power can pair an V-6 engine with an electric engine. By combining this setup output rises up to 437 hp and 583 pounds of torque. These hybrids offer top technology.
The Tundra has been discarded from previous models’ selection of a normally produced V6 or V8 in favor dual twin-turbo 3.5L V6s, with one being powered electrically and the other by an electronic hybrid system. The base engine produces 389 horsepower as well as 479 pound-feet of torque. Both are improved on the 5.7L V8 engine that drove the 2021 Tundra. It produced 381 horsepower , and 401 pound-feet of torque. A hybrid’s electric motor boosts the 2022 Tundra’s power in the range of 437 horsepower or 583 pound-feet of torque. An automatic transmission with 10 speeds is the standard. It replaces a six-speed automated that is in the ’21 model.
Truck manufacturers love to pound their chests with maximum payload and towing numbers, even in this half-ton segment. This is why Toyota was eager to announce that its latest Tundra can pull 12,000 pounds using the hybrid V6 as well as the correct towing options. This figure is around 20 percent more than the old Tundra in fact. Information on this smaller engine aren’t available yet.
Like payloads too, a half-ton vehicle’s engine and body layout have a significant impact on the towing capacity. We’ll select the largest hybrid powertrain four-door available at Ford and Ram in order to compare it to Toyota’s new iForceMAX. With this in mind, aim for a maximum of 12,700 pounds in Ford or 11,560 pounds for Ram.