Toyota wanted it this way for a reason.
With its brash new face, the 2022 Toyota Tundra is a far more imposing full-size truck than the model it replaces. Officially revealed this week, the Tundra will once again take on popular rivals like the Ford F-150 and Ram 1500. But while the new look hints at a more capable vehicle than these rivals, the Tundra falls short in one specific area, namely, towing capacity. It's not that the Tundra's maximum tow rating of 12,000 pounds is poor - it's 18% more than the outgoing Tundra could manage - it's simply that competitors like the F-150 can tow up to 14,000 lbs. However, Toyota has intentionally sacrificed ultimate towing for comfort in the development of the new Tundra, and the reasoning behind it seems entirely logical if you ask us.
"It doesn't have to ride like a truck," said Tundra chief engineer Mike Sweers when speaking to The Drive. "When the customer gets in, it should ride and handle to meet their expectations, especially if they are a first-time truck owner."
To give the Tundra a more refined ride, Toyota replaced the previous model's rear leaf springs with coil springs. It also has a multi-link rear suspension setup. Ram executed the same trick with the current 1500 and that truck has been lauded for its smooth ride since its launch. Besides, Toyota says that Tundra customers typically haul motorcycles, snowmobiles, and the like. For them, the new Tundra offers more than enough capability.
Besides its new suspension, the new Tundra also shares the same TNGA-F platform with the latest Land Cruiser. Since the Land Cruiser is a luxurious SUV that can't afford to suffer from a bouncy ride, it figures that the new Tundra is an inherently more comfortable vehicle than its predecessor, yet one that has had to sacrifice the towing abilities of its rivals to achieve this. The platform-sharing approach may mean that the new Tundra is less of a workhorse than it could have been, but it allows Toyota to save costs and for the vast majority of customers to enjoy a more refined vehicle for everyday use.
The towing wars seem to be the new horsepower wars, but we'd argue that Toyota has come up with a final product that brilliantly combines traditional truck abilities with comfort. At least, that's what we hope to confirm when we get behind the wheel of the new Tundra.