One of the big gripes with the 2022 Toyota Tundra that deals with remote start and connected services will be resolved soon. Sorta.
A recent announcement from Toyota states Safety Connect and Service Connect trials will be extended to 10 years after the purchase date of the truck. But, that’s not all.
Before I get into what extended Safety Connect and Service Connect trials mean, let’s address the big deal: remote start.
For those who don’t know, remote start can be activated two ways on the 2022 Toyota Tundra.
One way is to use the Toyota app to remotely connect to your truck to start it up. This is part of the Remote Service suite of paid subscriptions and this is still a 1-year trial. Currently, Toyota Connected Services costs either $8/month of $80/year. Another way to do remote start is through the key fob and a secret Toyota trick. For this to work, you hit lock, lock and then hold lock and the truck will start.
Toyota’s Corey Profitt, Toyota Connected Services Head of Communication, had previously told us that this remote start trick was tied to an app subscription. However, in a new clarification, he told us this remote start will keep working for as long as 4G technology remains in service. In other words: This key fob trick will not be supported in the future.
And sorry, the remote start will continue to turn off when you open the door to any truck.
What then is the big deal with this announcement? There are few notable services, which were previously 1- or 3-year trials, that have now extended to 10 years.
First, Safety Connect has been extended. This includes:
Second, Toyota’s Service Connect suite of features has been extended, and it includes:
These trial extensions are not just for the 2022 Toyota Tundra, they also apply to other Toyota vehicles, including:
The 2022 Toyota Tundra will receive this extended trial at no extra cost.
Extending these trials to 10 years is really helpful for new owners and, with the exception of remote start, shouldn’t be something new Tundra owners will need to worry about. Now used Tundra buyers will be subject to future subscription fees to use their truck to the fullest potential.