At this moment, TFL’s own Andre is driving back to Boulder, Colorado with the first 2022 Toyota Tundra sold in America — at least as far as we’re aware. It’s a CrewMax Limited model with the TRD Off-Road package. In the video below, he details the truck’s real-world MPG number after its first fill up and several hundred miles of driving. He also shares his initial impressions of the truck as a long-haul cruiser after spending the better part of 24 hours in the truck.
Toyota Tundra Sticker Says…!
The sticker on our Limited edition 2022 Tundra TRD OffRoad 4×4 came in at $57,105 including the $1,695 destination charge. Add in the Colorado sales tax and license/registration fee, the total cost out the door was $64,200. That is a lot of coin for a pickup, but is in the ballpark for feature-packed trucks with the most powerful engines these days. In the case of the Tundra, it’s Toyota’s all-new 3.5-liter twin turbo V6 mated to an all-new 10 speed transmission running through a 3:31 axle ratio in the rear.
The New Tundra’s First Real-World MPG Results
After driving 374 miles from north Houston to north of Wichita Falls, Texas, Andre stopped to fill up the Tundra. A little over 18 gallons of 87 octane later, he calculated that the Tundra delivered 18.6 MPG, well short of the EPA sticker’s 17 City/22 Highway/19 Combined MPG numbers. However, those numbers should improve once the engine’s broken in. But in terms of the outgoing Tundra’s engine and transmission, this result is a monumental improvement. And for Toyota fans, it’s a big deal.
So after all those hours of driving, Andre has some opinions:
- PRO: The headlights are fantastic. Andre has long complained about the weak headlights on his Ford F-150 PowerBoost XL. Driving a truck with high-quality beams is a real treat.
- PRO: The ride quality is superlative. “The suspension and steering is dialed in. It’s comfortable on high-speed cruising and twisting two-lane highways.
- PRO: The driver’s seatback is well-designed for all-day driving comfort.
- CON: The driver’s seat cushion is not idea for tall guys like Andre. He found it too short to be supportive of his longer legs. After hours on the road, it started to get uncomfortable.
To see more of our Tundra from the road and see how it looks in the real world, check out Andre road-trip report video below. And stay tuned to TFLtruck for a thorough, yearlong testing of this Tundra in all climates, conditions, and settings in Colorado in 2022. We can’t wait.