Toyota finally revamped the long-running Tundra full-size pickup truck for 2022. The overhaul brought modern styling, much better technology, and a new super-high-end Capstone trim to rival the plush pickups from the American Big Three. Toyota made several changes to its full-size offering, starting with the powertrain, where it ditched V8s for the first time. The new trucks are a compelling alternative in the segment, though, so let’s take a look at three things to know about the 2023 Toyota Tundra.
The new Tundra is V6-only
Toyota moved away from the V8s that powered the Tundra for years in favor of two twin-turbocharged V6 options. The base engine comes without a hybrid system and produces 348 horsepower and 405 pound-feet of torque, but most trims get a more powerful version making 379 horsepower. The uprated hybrid powertrain delivers 437 horsepower and 583 pound-feet of torque. Both come with a ten-speed automatic transmission and either rear- or four-wheel drive.
The new powertrains are plenty powerful and improved the truck’s 0-60 mph acceleration over its predecessors. Though it’s the only full-size truck not available with a V8, the Tundra doesn’t give up much on driving experience and capability. The trucks still sound beefy, especially with TRD equipment on board, and towing reaches 12,000 pounds when properly equipped.
Toyota improved the Tundra’s tech
Toyota was slow to offer Apple CarPlay and Android Auto like nearly all of its competitors, but the automaker eventually got on board. Even so, its infotainment offerings were slow, unintuitive, and hard to use, especially while driving. The screens themselves were also grainy and could have offered a clearer view at all times.
That changed with Toyota’s most recent vehicles, including the Tundra. Its tiny, clunky infotainment displays are gone, and in their place, Toyota equips an 8- or 14-inch display. Both offer Apple CarPlay and Android, but the larger unit brings wireless connectivity. The new interface is light years ahead of its predecessor and makes interacting with the truck far easier from the driver’s seat. Toyota also offers over-the-air updates, allowing it to improve the system while adding new features over time.
It’s available in off-road-ready TRD trim
Toyota offers a TRD Pro trim for the Tundra, bringing several rugged upgrades. It comes with TRD Pro off-road suspension, Fox Shocks, and a 1.1-inch lift in front. Terrain-specific drive modes come standard, and Crawl Control functions like off-road cruise control to allow the driver to focus on steering and maneuvering the truck instead of worrying about braking and throttle control. The truck also gets an electronically-controlled locking rear differential, 18-inch TRD Pro wheels, and underbody skid plates.
Toyota also offers TRD packages for lower trim levels, such as the $3,530 TRD Off-Road Premium Package, which brings Bilstein shocks, skid plates, TRD wheels, styling upgrades, and a heated steering wheel. While they won’t turn an SR5 into a full-on TRD truck, they do plenty to upgrade off-road capability and styling.
The 2023 Toyota Tundra is on sale now. The base SR trim starts at $36,965 before destination, options, and taxes. The SR5 adds the features most buyers expect in a truck and costs $42,470. At the top end, the TRD Pro starts at $68,520 and the Capstone at $75,245.