Tundra’s second-generation was introduced way back in 2006. And since then, Toyota has made no effort to keep its truck up-to-date. It took a long time for Toyota to finally introduce the new third-generation Tundra and it now looks meaner and better than ever.
The Japanese truck also sees major improvements in the interior quality and an upgrade in the infotainment system for 2022 MY. Of course, you also get tons of safety and driver assistance features and most of them are standard. 2022 Tundra CrewMax comes with a starting price tag of $37,745 and it competes against the likes of Ford F-150, Chevrolet Silverado 1500 and GMC Sierra 1500.
2022 Tundra is built on Toyota’s new TGNA-F architecture – a body-on-frame platform. Not only the Tundra, Toyota also plans on using the same platform for their upcoming Tacoma, Sequoia and 4Runner. The Japanese automaker claims that they have used high-strength steel to construct the chassis. This significantly increases rigidity and they have also made use of aluminum in certain areas to help reduce weight. The truck bed is also lightweight and makes use of Sheet-Molded Compound construction. The bed is also reinforced with aluminum.
Now, coming to the features, the SR5 trim comes with all of the basic necessities like driver and passenger seat-mounted side airbags, driver and passenger front airbags, curtain 1st and 2nd row airbags, driver and passenger knee airbags, ABS, Traction control and Brake Assist. Along with those, it also features Lane Tracing Assist, Vehicle Stability Control, Pre-Collision system, Lane departure warning, front collision mitigation and more. The Limited, 1794 Edition and Platinum trims all come with the full suite of Toyota Safety Sense 2.5. It includes driver assistance features like Full-Speed Range Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, Road Sign Assist, Blind Spot Monitoring with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, Front and Rear parking assist with Automatic Braking, Hill start assist control and Safety Connect with emergency assistance, stolen vehicle locator, roadside assistance and more.
2022 Toyota Tundra CrewMax Key Safety Features
2022 Tundra comes with the Toyota Safety Sense 2.5 suite, which includes a handful of advanced driver assistance features. The base trim misses out on a few features, but all the crucial features required to make your daily driving easier are absolutely available. On the other hand, the higher trims all enjoy the full suite of driver assistance features. Let us look at some –
- Pre-Collision System w/ Pedestrian Detection – This system uses the camera at the front of the truck and also employs a laser to measure the distance between you and an obstacle/vehicle ahead. It also takes your speed into consideration and calculates the likelihood of a collision. If the system detects an imminent collision, the truck alerts the driver acoustically and visually. If the driver fails to apply the brakes on time, the truck applies the brake itself. The pedestrian detection feature also looks for pedestrians and applies the brakes automatically if detects an imminent collision.
- Lane Tracing Assist – This system is able to detect the lane demarcations on the road using the cameras at the front. Then, if the truck slowly starts to steer into another lane without any turn signals, the system will make micro-adjustments to bring the truck back to the center. It will also alert the driver on the digital driver’s display whether the truck is in lane or not.
- Blind Spot Monitor w/ Rear Cross-Traffic Alert – A camera always monitors your truck’s blind spot and displays it on the digital driver’s display. The rear cross-traffic alert works in conjunction with the blind spot monitor where the system will automatically warn you if there is any vehicle behind you.
- Road Sign Assist – This feature uses the cameras to keep track of the Road Traffic signs. Once it captures a speed limit post, it will display it on the dashboard and if the driver exceeds that certain speed limit, the system will warn the driver.
2022 Tundra has certainly seemed a massive improvement from its outgoing model. However, is it able to take on the American giants? Well, not quite. But what we can tell you is that the 2022 Tundra CrewMax is an extremely safe truck with a myriad of driver assistance aids and safety features. Even though it has not received any ratings from IIHS and NHTSA, we know that the new platform is stronger and more resilient than the last.