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Did Toyota miss the mark? 2022 Tundra 120V power plug explained

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In this video, Publisher Tim Esterdahl demonstrates using the in-bed power included in the 2021 Tacoma, which is the same plug you’ll find in the new 2022 Tundra. He shows some of its limitations and how it differs from the on-board power found on the F-150 PowerBoost. Can’t use the 2022 Toyota Tundra 120V power plug to power a saw and cut a piece of 2×4 lumber? Let’s talk about that.

How does the 2022 Toyota Tundra 120V power plug work?

Lots of trucks have power plugs in the bed, but that is not the same thing as having an onboard generator. To use the 2022 Toyota Tundra 120V power plug, you have to turn the truck on, press the power button then leave the truck running while you work. The plug can output either 400w or you can downgrade that to 100w with another push of the button.

Why didn’t Toyota add an onboard generator like Ford?

According to the developers, Toyota talked to their customers — that is, they talked to contractors who said they wouldn’t really use the feature. But contractors don’t need power on-board because they have big generators on the job site or they use cordless battery-operated equipment. So, they really aren’t the target audience for a feature like this.

On the other hand, small contractors, like handymen and lawn care companies, would use onboard generators and really appreciate the extra space in their truck beds that not having to carry a small generator would afford. And homeowners would certainly use it. Just look at Esterdahl’s examples in the video.

In short, onboard power like the F-150 PowerBoost offers allows you to be more flexible while the 2022 Toyota Tundra 120V power plug is what we’re already seeing as a pretty standard offering on a lot of pickup trucks.

What do you think? Did Toyota miss the mark by not including an onboard generator on their new hybrid 2022 Toyota Tundra?

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Erica Mueller

Erica Mueller is a Texan, which means she believes that trucks are family vehicles and giant SUVs make good second cars. As part-time auto journalist for almost a decade, Erica enjoys driving all kinds of vehicles and sharing her experiences with others. Erica is the secretary of the board for the Texas Auto Writers Association as well as a contributor at A Girls Guide to Cars.

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  1. Ken Blumenschein November 22, 2021

    Definitely a missed opportunity for Toyota. They didn’t even take the question seriously. Contractor don’t need an onboard generator because they already carry large generators for their jobs. Are they hoping that cotractors are the only ones that buy their trucks? I was planning to buy a Toyota Limited TRD but have changed my mind and going with Ford. It was always between the F150 and Tundra for me and I’d rather have the Toyota, but I can’t get passed the idea of having the onboard generator.

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    1. Erica Mueller December 9, 2021

      Exactly. They asked the wrong crowd. Here’s hoping that’s something they’ll add next year!

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  2. Barbara Mayo November 26, 2021

    We tow an Airstream …. kinda like TOYOTA has pictured in the new 2022 model photos. WE WANT an onboard generator. Did not ask us RV’ers. Toyota … you missed the mark on this one. Guess we will have to buy a FORD.

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    1. Erica Mueller December 9, 2021

      Yea. I can see that being a must for an RV’er. And after the major power outages we’ve had in Texas and all the praise Ford got for their trucks being able to power homes… seems like an onboard generator would be a no-brainer.

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  3. Sunny Wu April 15, 2022

    Definitely missed the mark. With an adapter you can adapt that 30A 240v plug on the Ford to the 50A used on some RV’s (just don’t pull more than 30A and you’re good). An extra generator is extra weight and extra fuel burned. Seems like Toyota asked the wrong crowd on this one. That 240v ProPower plug is definitely worth it for people who like camping off the grid.

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