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2022 Toyota Tundra Platinum CrewMax Review


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Power, Springs, and Tech, oh my!

Mark Fulmer
Executive Producer, Editor
The Auto Channel

All week long as I test drove the new Tundra, I had men of all ages lean out of their car windows and shout, "Hey man, that's a badass truck !" I nodded to each, agreeing that the new look for Toyota's big boy, was eye-catching and quite cool. Coupled with a twin turbo V-6, some upgraded tech, and a rep for reliability, it looks to please its loyalists and attract some folks.


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The standard version of the twin-turbo V6 creates 389 horsepower and 479 pound-feet of torque. Fuel economy is rated at 18/23/20 mpg with rear-wheel drive. The truck is steps right out and has plenty and cruises like the ship that it is thanks in part to a lighter double wishbone suspension up front. The multi-link rear suspension and solid axle with coil springs replace the old leaf springs for a softer glide over all surfaces.


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If your driving routine is mostly city streets and retail parking lots, you will really appreciate the birds-eye camera system when parking in tight quarters. The big 14-inch touchscreen really helps.


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Stepping up into any of its 4 doors you will be greeted by an electronically cued automatic running board - that got thumbs-up reviews from short limbed passengers.


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The heated and cooled front seats of synthetic leather can be adjusted 8 ways and do the trick of being comfortable for folks of all sizes. The sightlines are already strong given the height of the cab. That seating elevation gives you a safer, therefore calmer, energy to the drive. But be careful. It may look like you are going 45, but 65 looks like that when you sit high.
Shoulder room 65.0 "
Leg room 41.2"
Hip room 62.6"
Head room 39.3"


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Now that's a back row with space to spare.
Shoulder room 65.0 "
Leg room 41.2"
Hip room 62.6"
Head room 39.3"


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Lift the back seat up and behold a storage space for tools, flashlight, first aid kit, etc


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Safety systems included in every Tundra:
- automatic emergency braking
- adaptive cruise control
- active lane control
- automatic high beams


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Last but hardly least, the Tundra has a 12,000-lb towing capacity


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