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2022 Toyota Tundra: Our first 1,000 miles

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Publisher Tim Esterdahl has just purchased a 2022 Toyota Tundra. He picked it up at a dealership in Houston, Texas, and drove it home to Nebraska last week. After the 17+ hour road trip which covered more than 1,000 miles, Esterdahl has a few things to say about his new Tundra.

5 good things about the 2022 Toyota Tundra

What an improved ride! There’s nothing like a long road trip to test the comfort level of a vehicle and Esterdahl says the 2022 Tundra is so much better than the previous generation of the truck.

More horsepower and torque than the V-8? That’s right. Sure, the V-8 might sound better, and it may be better for a 0-to-60-MPH times, but the added torque and horsepower of the new 3.6-liter V-6  means the truck is better for daily driving. Esterdahl was especially impressed with its passing speeds and noticed zero turbo lag.

Many readers and viewers have asked about seat comfort, especially since one reviewer said the seat length wasn’t ideal. Esterdahl finds the seat length neither too long nor too short and says the material, while not real leather feels similar to leather and the seats are plenty comfortable.

Sometimes lane departure assist and lane centering assist systems can be a little too helpful and leave you searching for the option to turn them off. But, Esterdahl seems to like these and said they helped to keep the truck centered on a really windy day.

My favorite of the “likes” is the armrests on the windows. This was the first thing I noticed about the new 2022 Toyota Tundra, and I’m so glad to see I’m not the only one who loves them. Esterdahl also points out the matching arm rests and easy access on the center console as solid thumbs-up features.

Thumbs down for 5 dislikes

What a disappointment to hear that the 2022 Toyota Tundra’s infotainment system is so frustrating. I’ve experienced this in a few other new Toyotas and was really hopeful it would be different for the Tundra. Esterdahl had some real difficulties setting up the infotainment system and app for the first time, and he goes over all of that in his video below. Basically, you can’t use the navigation until you set up your user profile, and once it’s set up, the system doesn’t auto-detect you as the driver — even when connected to your Apple CarPlay. You must enter pin each time. And then there are the buggy connection issues.

Really, you’ve got to check out this rant.

The Tundra’s interior lighting is poor. You can’t see much in the front seat area. This definitely has room for improvement. Maybe some lights in the door panels that shine on the door/floor area and the area just outside the doors?

Esterdahl says the heated steering wheel is barely warm and sometimes he couldn’t tell if it was on or not. Here’s hoping that’s a heat element issue that can be fixed.

Another weird tech issue for a brand new truck: The wireless charger is so slow it can’t keep up with streaming podcasts, music or navigation. Say what?

And finally, the app/remote start system is $8/month or $80/year. Officially, there is no remote start on the key fob (you have to know a secret combination for that). And if you remote start the truck from your phone, then unlock with the truck with the keyfob, the truck turns off.

What do you think of Esterdahl’s initial 2022 Toyota Tundra likes/dislikes?

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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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