Don’t mistaken the 2022 Toyota Tundra’s beefy look to be misleading. It can handle weight just as well as it can handle a good look. In any pickup truck, towing is by far the benchmark that all manufacturers need to master in order to call their pickup “road worthy.”
Now if they market their truck as a towing machine, like Ford, Chevy, and Dodge do, then they would really need to make sure that their truck, F-150, Silverado, or RAM 1500 can pass the check mark of towing good capacity. However smaller trucks like the Ford Maverik, Chevy Colorado, or say the older Mazda B-series were not marketed as work trucks or trailer haulers.
Toyota rates their 2022 Tundra to be able to tow anywhere from 8300 to 12000lbs. However, 12000 is not the maximum. We don’t really know what the breaking point weight is for a safe tow, but I suggest that if you do tow anything, stick to what Toyota says is safe.
On Tundras.com, a popular Toyota Tundra forum, user fordguy1470, (ironic name) posted a very in-depth account of his towing experience from Alabama to Missouri. In his report, he stated his weight and basic stats, then he went on to give the pros and cons of the entire trip. Let’s take a look and see just how tow-friendly the 2022 Toyota Tundra is.
For starters, his specific tundra is the 2022 Tundra SR5 CM short bed 4x2 and stock wheels and tires. His trailer is a 2017 Keystone Laredo 334 RE. Outside length- 37 feet. Unfortunately, he did not weigh his final weight, so he listed it as unknown. According to his testimony, it handled “okay.” He cruised at around 1800 rpm on the highway and said the ride was pretty smooth. It was mostly flat lands except for one mountainous region he had to drive through. The cruise control and brakes were “flawless” and there were no jolts or rapid movements.
However, when you take into consideration your weight and the terrible aerodynamics of a hitched trailer, you start to realize the bad. He said he felt some jolting only when winds got high or when he had to change lanes. A simple experiment is putting a toy pickup with a trailer on a treadmill and giving it a slight poke. You’ll see it will rapidly start swaying. That’s basically what he was explaining.
Here’s where it gets worse, the brake controller was “unreliable” and the transmission oil kept rising which gave him error messages. However, because there were no places to park, he simply eased off on the gas and the message went away.
What do you think? How does your 2022 Tundra handle towing? Let us know in the comments below.
Harutiun Hareyan is reporting Toyota news at Torque News. His automotive interests and vast experience test-riding new cars give his stories a sense of authenticity and unique insights. Follow Harutiun on Twitter at @HareyanHarutiun for daily Toyota news.