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


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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