2022 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro Review: Fierce Looks, Gentle Demeanor

2022 Toyota Tundra TRD Professional Overview: Fierce Appears to be like, Light Demeanor


For those who’re nervous about visibility, Toyota’s Photo voltaic Orange paint job ought to assist.

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Pavement and grime are two totally different beasts, so it isn’t a stretch to imagine that vehicles engineered for extra intensive off-road use may make some sacrifices to on-road consolation. However the 2022 Toyota Tundra TRD Professional does each with aplomb, shrinking the hole between this oft-overlooked Japanese pickup truck and its egregiously widespread American counterparts.

Like


  • Composed, snug on the highway


  • Good cabin and security tech

Don’t love


  • Nonetheless plenty of exhausting plastic for $69k


  • Middling financial system for a hybrid

From a distance, although, the Tundra TRD Professional does not precisely scream subtlety. In actual fact, it screams extra like an adolescent who’s had one too many cans of birthday-cake-flavored Bang. My tester’s $425 shade of Photo voltaic Octane paint ensures you possibly can see this truck from throughout a dense parking zone, or maybe even from area. Throw a billion chunky design parts into the combo, together with some slick digital camouflage trim and matte-black 18-inch alloy wheels, and the TRD Professional appears to be like prepared to start out an argument in the event you take a look at it the improper means. There’s plenty of character right here.

Two-c thicc design parts make their means inside, as nicely. The chunky-funky dashboard appears to be like sufficiently truckish, and most of the controls have a pleasant, cumbersome tactility to them. Being the second most costly trim, the TRD Professional does add leather-based in just a few key spots, however by and huge, it is principally the identical inside you will get on different Tundras, in addition to its platform-mate, the Sequoia SUV. It is good, however it’s exhausting to gel the TRD Professional’s $67,000 beginning worth with the amount of exhausting, scratchy plastic throughout many contact factors, particularly the middle armrest’s sliding elements.

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It ought to come as no shock that one thing this huge would carry a great quantity of daily-driving practicality. Clutterbugs will love simply what number of locations you possibly can throw junk within the Tundra TRD Professional’s cabin. The entrance doorways have two tiers of pockets, which is nice because the cup holders have hassle holding bigger Nalgenes. Forward of the cup holders, there is a stand for upright wi-fi gadget charging (a pleasant contact), together with a large cubby. The middle armrest opens historically, however there’s additionally a sliding tray within the center for faster entry to the cubby beneath, which is massive sufficient to carry a small animal. (Do not do this, although.) Within the TRD Professional’s sole CrewMax configuration, the again half of the cabin is spacious as all get-out, with ample area to splay out. Put a small mattress on the ground and bam, now it is an Airbnb.

The Tundra TRD Professional is just obtainable with Toyota’s top-shelf powertrain, comprising a 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6 and a single electrical motor between the engine and its 10-speed computerized transmission. Its output of 437 horsepower and 583 pound-feet of torque makes this Tundra ever so spicier than the Ford F-150 Hybrid. The hybrid system is not designed for effectivity a lot as it’s for making a diesel-like torque curve, and it feels each bit as robust as you’d assume when tooling round city. You may maintain it in electric-only operation for small bits of time, however most throttle purposes from a cease will get the gasoline engine to kick in fairly shortly. The faux sound piped by the audio system provides it a extra V8-like perspective, even when it is principally smoke and mirrors.

This V6 places in some critical work.

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I had a better time residing with the Tundra TRD Professional than I did the Sequoia, arguably the extra family-friendly of the 2 automobiles that share this body and powertrain. The shudders from activating and deactivating the gasoline engine are far much less pronounced within the Tundra, which is nice. Gas financial system, however, takes a plunge within the TRD Professional. The EPA charges this four-wheel-drive truck at simply 18 mpg metropolis and 20 mpg freeway, numbers I discover a bit troublesome to realize. Stick to a two-wheel-drive hybrid in the event you’re actually attempting to stretch out these journeys to the gasoline station. Fortunately, my tester’s 32.2-gallon gasoline tank helps alleviate some vary considerations.

The Tundra TRD Professional additionally provides me a significantly better trip high quality than the Sequoia did. The TRD Professional rides 1.1 inches greater, and its 2.5-inch Fox internal-bypass coilover shocks with rear distant reservoirs do a formidable job of consuming up dangerous roads and returning little perturbation to the cabin. The 285/65R18 Falken Wildpeak all-terrain tires love grime, however fortunately, they’re additionally fairly chill on pavement, with a comparatively low quantity of tire noise and nearly no lateral monitoring. These chunky sidewalls possible bolster the trip high quality a bit, too.

Toyota’s distinctive tackle digital camouflage appears to be like wonderful on the Tundra TRD Professional.

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The TRD Professional does not hand over a lot, if any of its truck-stuff functionality, both. This Tundra variant can tow 11,175 kilos, probably the most of any 4×4 CrewMax configuration, and it is bested solely by 4×2 CrewMax fashions. Its 1,600-pound payload capability can be close to the highest of the Tundra lineup, once more solely bested by two-wheel-drive vehicles.

Toyota’s infotainment tech was once scorching rubbish till the US group wrestled management of the telematics away from the mothership. What began as Lexus Interface has now made its solution to Toyota’s automobiles, and the advance is dramatic. A typical 14-inch touchscreen rises from the dashboard, and it is a lot simpler to make use of than earlier than, with brisker graphics, higher response occasions and Google-based navigation mapping. Wi-fi Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are included, and the also-standard 12-speaker JBL sound system supplies some damned first rate bumpage. A 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster retains the related info on the forefront, even when I believe the aesthetics are a bit dated.

Getting used to the Tundra’s new infotainment system will not take lengthy.

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Given the large Toyota badges in all places, completely no person must be shocked that the Tundra TRD Professional carries some strong security programs. Each Tundra, not simply this model, comes normal with a set of lively and passive driver aids, which incorporates computerized emergency braking with pedestrian detection, adaptive cruise management, lane-departure warning, lane-keep help, computerized excessive beams and traffic-sign recognition. These hands-on programs are good and clean of their operation.

Like each different full-size pickup truck in 2022, the Tundra TRD Professional shouldn’t be low-cost. Accessible in a single 4×4 CrewMax configuration with a 5.5-foot mattress, this hybrid pickup rings in at $69,300, together with $1,795 in vacation spot fees. Throw within the paint job and that brings the full to $69,725. It isn’t the most affordable hybrid Tundra you may get — that honor goes to the $62,885 Platinum 4×2, about the identical as a Ford F-150 King Ranch hybrid — however it occupies a novel spot as the one hybrid pickup truck billed as being off-road-friendly.

It is good to see the 2022 Toyota Tundra TRD Professional holding its personal towards the People. The truck’s aesthetics and functionality are up there, the pricing is comparatively aggressive and its on-road demeanor is simply pretty much as good as its Stateside counterparts. Whether or not or not the hybrid is what brings you within the door, there’s lots to love that ought to maintain you there.





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