2022 Toyota Tundra Production Starts in Texas

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Photo credit: Toyota
  • The 2022 Toyota Tundra full-size pickup truck entered production in San Antonio, Texas.

  • Only trucks powered with the standard twin-turbo 3.4-liter V-6 have started production, as the new hybrid powertrain won't arrive until the spring.

  • Pricing starts at $37,645. Trucks will start arriving at dealerships starting this month.

After nearly 15 years, the Toyota Tundra is officially entering a new generation as the 2022 trucks have started being produced at Toyota's plant in San Antonio, Texas. Expect to see them at dealerships starting this month, Toyota says.

Photo credit: Toyota
Photo credit: Toyota

The new Tundra is significantly improved for its third generation to compete with domestic trucks from Chevy, Ford, and Ram. A new coil-spring rear suspension setup improves its ride, its more modern interior has an available 14.0-inch touchscreen, and there's a new iForce MAX hybrid powertrain offering. However, the only trucks that are currently being produced are equipped with the standard twin-turbocharged 3.4-liter V-6 engine, as trucks with the hybrid powertrain, including the hybrid-only TRD Pro model, will arrive in the spring of next year.

That twin-turbo V-6 engine replaces the old generation's 5.7-liter V-8 and produces 348 horsepower and 405 pound-feet of torque in the base SR model and 389 horsepower and 479 pound-feet of torque in the higher trim levels. Tundras can tow up to 12,000 pounds, which is 1800 more than the previous-generation truck, and its max payload is rated at 1940 pounds.

Rear- or four-wheel-drive models are available in either crew- or extended-cab configurations with the choice of 5.5-, 6.5-, or 8.1-foot beds. Pricing starts at $37,645 for the base SR model, and SR5, Limited, Platinum, and 1794 models are also available now. You can see how a few Car and Driver editors would spec their new Tundra here.

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