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TOM GOMEZ March 06, 2023 Reviews

Toyota’s Tundra TRD PRO has gone Hybrid

We’ve been hearing for quite some time that Toyota was going to eliminate the tried and true 5.7 V8 for a Twin Turbo V6 much to the horror of this editor and to other Tundra owners across the USA. As a V8-powered Tundra owner myself, my dreams of someday owning a new 2022 or 2023 Tundra were crushed because of the new V6 announcement.

When we got the news that we had an opportunity to test one of these new V6-powered Tundras we jumped at the chance.

When we picked up the Tundra it wasn’t just any Tundra, it was the 2022 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro i-FORCE MAX.  This particular model is not even available at the time of this writing and is expected to hit dealerships sometime in June or July 2022. So by the time this issue is out the TRD PRO should be hitting dealerships across the country. Check your local dealer for availability.

Our test truck arrived in a bright Orange color otherwise known as Solar Octane. It came with 18-inch TRD Pro black forged-aluminum BBS wheels with P285/65R18 Falken Wildpeak all-terrain tires and black accents on the exterior and black leather interior. This is a review of the new TRD PRO and you want our real thoughts on this vehicle so we can honestly say that sometimes pictures don’t do it justice.

Our first look at the TRD PRO was a pic of the truck in Solar Octane and we thought, oh boy who is going to buy that? Well, folks after looking at it up close and personal, it’s pretty cool. Upon further inspection, the paint not only has some fine metallic in it but it has a hint of Pearl mixed in and even at night this truck looks tasty. Before we get ahead of ourselves let’s break this down into categories. So buckle up.


Solar Octane was the color of our TRD PRO and we have to admit it is very striking once we saw it in person, we liked it. Which says a lot for someone whose favorite color is black. We had heard there were body fitment issues with the new Tundra and we looked for them up and down and all around. Nothing. Everything was where it should be and we didn’t experience any creaks or rattles even when we took it off-road.

As we mentioned before, the paint to the common man (meaning us) looks Orange with a hint of metallic and a splash of pearl. The inside door jams were just as perfect as the exterior paint finish.


What can we say about the interior that hasn’t been said already? Well, a lot. As a former owner of a 2010 Tundra with a V8 I can attest to the pros and cons of this redesigned truck. What’s changed? Everything. There are no remnants of the second-gen Tundra other than it still has four doors and thank god they kept the power rear sliding window. We love that feature for many reasons.

As we said before, the entire cabin is different. The gauge cluster on this TRD is multi-functional which allows you to change from an analog-style to all digital or a combination of both.

The entire dash is redesigned and one big feature change and we do mean big is the navigation screen. An 8-inch screen is standard with an optional ginormous 14-inch screen which is standard on the TRD PRO. It’s also available on the Platinum and Limited editions with the SR5 you have to order an off-road package to get the larger screen.

Let’s talk about the giant screen for a minute. As with most of you who have driven trucks with smaller screens, they seem to do the job just fine. But we always want something bigger right?

On our first test drive, we could not take our eyes off of the huge screen. Keeping our eyes on the road was somewhat distracting. Especially with the navigation screen on full display. We had a tendency to watch the screen more than the road to see where we were going to go next?

You combine that with the live rearview camera located in the rearview mirror and our little brains were in high gear. For first-timers like us, it took a few days to get used to watching cars speed up behind you and at the last minute hit the brakes. It’s one thing to watch this in a normal rearview mirror and for some reason watching it on a live camera gives you the feeling that you’re about to get hit at any moment.


One great feature of this TRD PRO is the ability to turn on the secondary rear camera and it gives a full display on the 14-inch screen. We found this valuable for those pesky tailgaters. Remember the rear sliding window? We found that if you roll the rear window all the way down, the car behind you has a great view of you and the interior. Some of these drivers are peeping Toms and enjoy looking inside your vehicle, except when they can see themselves on the 14-inch screen.

We found this to be a great deterrent to inattentive drivers who tailgate. Once they see their mug on the screen and realize they’re being filmed by a camera they have no idea where it’s coming from? They then try to look away and are more aware of their tailgating tendencies. So at the next stoplight, they stay way back or they change lanes.

We like to call this. When new and old technology works together for the greater good!

We actually started having fun with this new surveillance tool. When we noticed an aggressive tailgater, we would turn on the rearview camera with a full 14-inches of display and slowly roll the rear window down. The angry driver behind us with eyes glued to the magical window with anticipation of what’s behind the tinted glass only to realize it’s a full-frontal of their mug on candid camera. The expressions are hilarious, some drivers react with more aggressive anger till they figure the more they tailgate the more their driving habits are exposed. EPIC! Thank you, Toyota!


We as automotive editors love horsepower, period. As we stated before, when we heard a V6 was the only option in the new Tundras we were not happy.

We had to put our big boy pants on after we drove the new TRD PRO and admit this is one hell of a fast freakin’ truck. Yes, you heard us correctly. This 6-banger bangs! The big difference between the standard Twin Turbo V6 and the optional Hybrid is almost like night and day. By pairing the 3.5L Twin-Turbo V6 with an electric motor, this combo generates a whopping 437 horsepower and 583 lb.-ft. Of torque. Because of the position of the hybrid motor between the engine and the 10-speed transmission, there is no lag in acceleration. This truck takes off like a Tesla.

As we accelerated down the freeway, the truck just kept going faster with minimal pressure on the accelerator pedal. We can’t really call it a gas pedal anymore because it was pretty much an all-electric motor pushing us.

Once we got around 50mph we felt the Twin Turbos kick in and finally the throaty rumble. It was comforting to hear and we can tell you, it didn’t sound like any V6 we have ever heard before.


With Adaptive Variable Suspension System – Normal, Comfort, Eco, Sport S, Sport S+, and Custom. We suggest experimenting with these different drive modes so that you have a good idea of what’s best for your style of driving and the conditions you’re driving in.

Our Tundra was in Normal mode when we got it and with the Hybrid motor, it was pretty responsive and fast. ECO mode was definitely less peppy and gas mileage may have increased about a mile or two but nothing to write home about. We didn’t get to try the trailer mode as we were short on time. Maybe next time.

What we did try was Sport mode. What a difference that made! The minute we hit the accelerator we were on our way to a speeding ticket. This is our way of saying the 2022 TRD PRO Twin-turbo Hybrid is fast. Basically, the hybrid motor gets you started at an unbelievable pace and then the twin turbos kick in.


Will we miss the V8 Tundra? Yes, and no. The reliability of the V8-powered Tundra will last for quite a few years. We probably won’t miss the poor gas mileage and the frequent stops at the gas station. We do like the power and the throatiness of a V8. But… You can’t deny having way better gas mileage and incredible horsepower and torque.

Can you have your cake and eat it too with the 2022 TRD PRO Hybrid? Hell yeah, and you can have ice cream, french fries, and a Double Double (In N Out) with it too if you want.

As a connoisseur of V8 power, we have officially changed our mind and given two thumbs up on this V6-powered Tundra. There will always be the disbelievers and people not wanting change, so we will leave it up to you as you’re filling up gas at $6.00(+) a gallon and we sail along in our twin-turbo V6 hybrid Tundra.

Go check them out, folks!

2022 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro i-FORCE MAX Build Sheet

  • Engine: i-FORCE MAX 3.5-liter Twin Turbo V6 Hybrid; 288V sealed Nickel-Metal Hydride (Ni-MH) battery; 24-valve DOHC chain drive with Dual VVT-i; 437 hp @ 5200 rpm; 583 lb.-ft. @ 2400 rpm
  • Transmission: 10-speed Electronically Controlled Automatic Transmission with intelligence (ECT-i), sequential shift mode, uphill/downhill shift logic, and TOW/HAUL driving modes
  • Drivetrain: 4WDemand part-time 4-Wheel Drive with electronically controlled 2-speed transfer case (high/low range) and Automatic Limited-Slip Differential (Auto LSD)
  • Multi-Terrain Select (MTS), Crawl Control (CRAWL) and Downhill Assist Control (DAC)
  • Electronically controlled locking rear differential
  • Suspension: Independent double-wishbone front suspension with stabilizer bar and twin-tube shock absorbers; Multi-link rear suspension with outboard-mounted coil springs; TRD Pro off-road suspension with 1.1-in. front lift, 2.5-in. FOX® Internal Bypass coil-overs and rear remote-reservoir shocks, and TRD Pro front stabilizer bar
  • Active grille shutters and aero front spoiler
  • Embargo 2/1/22: 19/21/20 Manufacturer’s Estimated Fuel Economy (city/highway/combined MPG)
  • Max Towing Capacity: 11,175 lbs.
  • Max Payload Capacity: 1,600 lbs.
  • 18-in. TRD Pro black forged-aluminum BBS® wheels with P285/65R18 Falken Wildpeak all-terrain tires
  • TRD Pro heritage-inspired “TOYOTA” grille with LED light bar, amber marker lights, color-keyed outer frame, and black inner grille pattern\
  • Black “TUNDRA” stamped grille valance with “technical camouflage” graining
  • “TRD PRO” hood badge
  • Red TRD front coil-over springs and stabilizer bar
  • Smoked-finish premium LED headlights with LED Daytime Running Lights (DRL)/sequential LED turn signals and automatic leveling adjustment
  • TRD aluminum front skid plate
  • Xply™ Armor high-strength engine, fuel tank and transfer case undercovers
  • LED Fog Lights
  • LED light bar and marker lights
  • Premium LED taillights with sequential turn signals
  • LED Trailer Reverse Assist (TRA) light
  • Heated power sideview mirrors with integrated LED turn signals
  • Front door handles with touch-sensor lock/unlock feature
  • Active aero front spoiler
  • Black “technical camouflage” grained overfenders
  • Engine and body undercovers
  • Stainless steel exhaust system with TRD Pro stainless steel cat-back dual exhaust
  • Black dual exhaust tips with debossed “TRD PRO” logos
  • Cab-mounted LED Cargo Light
  • Color-keyed rear bumper accents
  • 120V/400W AC bed power outlet and LED bed lights
  • “TRD PRO” stamped easy lower and lift tailgate
  • Black “technical camouflage” grained tailgate spoiler with marker lights|
  • Easy lower and lift tailgate
  • Tailgate release bump switch (located in driver’s-side taillight)
  • Front and rear mudguards
  • Aluminum-reinforced composite bed
  • Deck rail header and side rails with adjustable tie-down cleats
  • High-strength boxed-steel frame with hydraulic cab mounts
  • High-strength steel cab with aluminum hood and front door panels
  • Towing hitch receiver
  • 7-/4-pin trailer connector
  • Dual zone automatic climate control with air filtration and individual temperature settings for driver and front passenger
  • 12.3-in. digital meter with selectable gauge display screens and fuel economy, driver assist, vehicle/trip information, and warning messages
  • Integrated backup camera with projected path
  • Drive Mode Select (DMS) switch with three selectable driving modes: Eco, Normal and Sport
  • TOW/HAUL Mode Select (TOW) with TOW/HAUL and TOW+
  • Trailer Brake Control (TBC) system
  • Trailer Sway Control (TSC)
  • Smart Key System with Push Button Start; remote keyless entry with lock, unlock, panic and tailgate release functions, and remote illuminated entry
  • Power horizontal rear window with defogger and privacy glass (Double cab models only)
  • Power tilt/slide moonroof with sliding sunshade
  • Acoustic laminated windshield
  • Front 12V auxiliary power outlet
  • Thin-bezel auto-dimming rearview mirror with HomeLink® universal transceiver
  • TRD Pro heritage “TOYOTA” passenger-side instrument panel badge
  • SofTex®-trimmed seats with stitched TRD Pro logo and technical camo pattern inserts; 8-way power-adjustable driver and front passenger seats with 2-way power-adjustable lumbar support
  • Heated and ventilated front seats
  • Fixed center console with gated shift lever, driving controls, center storage bin, and illuminated front tray
  • Illuminated center console storage bin and glove box
  • Soft-touch instrument panel, center console and door surfaces
  • TRD Pro Leather shift knob
  • Red TRD engine start button
  • TRD Pro leather-trimmed steering wheel with TRD badge, red center stripe, and phone, audio, display/infotainment, and driving assist controls\
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Manual tilt/telescopic steering wheel
  • Aluminum pedals
  • 60/40 split folding rear seat with center armrest and two cupholders
  • Rear under-seat storage box with removable and adjustable partitions
  • Back panel rear seat storage compartments
  • Overhead console with rear window control, sunglasses storage and Safety Connect®
  • 5 USB Ports (Front + Rear)
  • 14-in. Audio Multimedia with 12 Speaker JBL® Premium Audio including subwoofer and amplifier, wireless Apple CarPlay® & Android Auto™ compatible, SiriusXM® with 3-month Platinum Plan trial subscription. See for details. Connected Services — Safety Connect® with 1-year trial, Remote Connect with 1-year trial, Drive Connect with 1-year trial, Service Connect with 3-year trial, Wi-Fi Connect with up to 3 GB within 1-month trial, See for details.
  • Toyota Safety Sense™ 2.5 (TSS 2.5): [TSS] Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection (PCS w/PD), Full-Speed Range Dynamic Radar Cruise Control (FSDRCC), Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist (LDA w/SA), Lane Tracing Assist (LTA), Automatic High Beams (AHB), Road Sign Assist  Star Safety System™—includes Vehicle Stability Control (VSC), Traction Control (TRAC), Anti-lock Brake System (ABS) with Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD), Brake Assist (BA) and Smart Stop Technology® (SST)
  • Blind Spot Monitor (BSM) with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert (RCTA) and trailer detection, Eight total airbags, including driver and passenger side, knee and curtain airbags , 3-point seatbelts for all seating positions; driver-side Emergency Locking Retractor (ELR) and Automatic/Emergency Locking Retractor (ALR/ELR) on all passenger seatbelts, Drive-Start Control (DSC) and Parking Support Brake (PKSB) with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert (RCTA)



  • Twin-turbo  V6 + electric motor
  • Fox shocks with 1.1-inch front lift
  • Electronically-controlled rear
  • locking differential
  • Coil spring multi-link rear suspension
  • Independent double wishbone\
  • front suspension


  • Engine: 3.5-liter twin-turbo hybrid
  • Transmission: 10-speed automatic
  • Drivetrain: RWD + 4WD mode
  • Horsepower: 437 at 5,200 RPM
  • Torque: 583 lb-ft at 2,400 RPM


  • Instant torque from twin-turbos and electric motor
  • Large roomy redesigned cabin
  • Multi-camera system
  • Throaty TRD exhaust note
  • Aggressive design exterior and leather-equipped interior
  • Smooth and capable 10-speed transmission
  • TRD suspension system with FOX shocks
  • External bed lighting and AC outlet


  • Driver’s seat cannot be adjusted very high so it makes it difficult to enter or exit the vehicle even with the tilt steering at maximum height
  • No running boards
  • Sound system could be better
  • Bluetooth was sporadic




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