Welcome to part four of four in the light-duty pickup truck tow test. In case you haven’t already watched the full-length video, here’s a little recap: Publisher Tim Esterdahl got his hands on four different trucks and drove a 50-mile route, pulling the same camper in the same conditions to compare the four most popular light-duty trucks. Today’s video features the 2022 Tundra towing test.
This is Esterdahl’s truck, and he talks a lot about it here on Pickup Truck + SUV Talk. But just in case you don’t already know it like the back of your hand the way he does, this is the 2022 Toyota Tundra with the i-Force twin-turbo V-6 (i.e. not the hybrid). It is a 4×4 Limited with the crew max cabin configuration and a 5.5-foot bed.
The 3.5-liter twin-turbo V-6 engine produces 389 horsepower and 479-pound feet of torque. The truck has a 10-speed automatic transmission, can tow up to 11,120 pounds and has a payload limit of 1,400 pounds. The EPA for this truck is 17/22/19 MPG and the truck has a 32-gallon fuel tank.
The MSRP for this truck is $59,525.
One of the reasons Esterdahl bought this truck is because it was the most recently refreshed pickup truck, meaning it has some of the latest technology, including some pretty sweet tow/haul features. He goes through these to show us just what can be selected, edited and used to make towing easier and safer. I definitely like the idea of having profiles for each trailer you pull on a regular basis. In addition to fuel economy, transmission temperature and trailer sway report, Esterdahl gives us a sound-in-cabin report using a sound meter to compare the road noise while towing.
These videos are absolutely worth a watch if you’re looking for a good, light-duty truck for towing. Be sure to check the links below the video for the Ram 1500, GMC Sierra 1500 and F-150 tow tests.
Which of these trucks was your favorite? Let us know in the comments.