It’s surprising to find the 2022 Toyota Tundra and 2022 Chevy Silverado 1500 near the bottom of any 2022 Best Full-Size Pickup Trucks list, as both trucks typically rank near the top. So why are these two contenders tied for fourth in US News, with only the 2022 Nissan Titan behind them?
The Best Full-Size Pickup Trucks of 2022
US News ranks the 2022 Toyota Tundra and 2022 Chevy Silverado 1500 in a tie for fourth behind the 2022 Ram 1500 in first, the 2022 Ford F-150 in second and the 2022 GMC Sierra 1500 in third. Ultimately, the 2022 Nissan Titan is the only full-size pickup that ranks lower in the 2022 six full-size pickup truck overview.
Three electric trucks also appeared on the US News list. However, there is not enough data to classify them. The 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning is the lowest-priced electric pickup on the list, starting at just under $40,000. Next up is the 2022 Rivian R1T, priced between $67,500 and $73,000. Ultimately, General Motors dropped the Hummer name and brought it back as the 2022 GMC Hummer EV pickup with a starting price of over $100,000.
2022 toyota tundra
Getting a complete redesign for 2022, the 2022 Toyota Tundra is a good truck by any measure. Tundra offers two V6 engines, each mounted to the same 10-speed automatic transmission. First, the standard 389-horsepower twin-turbocharged V6 offers up to 18 mpg city and 23 mpg highway. Next up is a hybrid powertrain that combines the twin-turbocharged V6 with a 437-horsepower electric motor. The Tundra’s fuel economy will likely improve with the hybrid option, but those numbers aren’t currently available.
The 2022 model year restyle of the Tundra includes an updated interior, but it still falls behind the highest-rated competitors in its class, especially at lower trim levels. The standard infotainment system consists of an 8-inch touchscreen with a six-speaker stereo system on Crew Cab trucks or nine speakers on the CrewMax model. Automatic climate control and power rear windows round out Tundra’s list of standout standard features.
The 2022 Toyota Tundra is a good truck, but it’s not as strong as its rivals. The Tundra’s limited engine options point to a decision to limit its towing and payload capabilities. When properly equipped, Tundra can tow up to 12,000 pounds and has a payload capacity limited to 1,940 pounds. While adequate for most drivers, these numbers are substantially lower than the class leaders.
2022 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
The 2022 Chevy Silverado 1500 also got an update for the model year, but not a complete redesign like the Tundra. Instead, the update includes an updated interior, new exterior styling, an updated infotainment system, and more standard driver-assist features. While the update has closed the gap between the Silverado and the competition, Chevrolet still has some work to do, especially considering the interior trim on lower-trim Silverados.
Engine options for the Silverado 1500 range from a turbocharged four-cylinder engine, two gasoline V8 engines and a turbodiesel inline six-cylinder engine. The turbocharged four-cylinder gets 19 mpg on city streets, 22 mpg on the highway, and produces 310 horsepower backed by an eight-speed automatic transmission. Of the two V8 options, the smaller 5.3-liter makes 355 horsepower with a fuel economy rating of 16 mpg city and 21 mpg highway, while the larger 6.2-liter produces 420 hp with just one penalty fuel economy of 1 mpg. Opting for the 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder engine makes 277 horsepower with 23 city and 31 highway mpg. Any engine choice other than the four-cylinder comes with a 10-speed automatic transmission.
Depending on its configuration, the Silverado can tow up to 13,300 pounds and carry up to 2,270 pounds of payload. While it has higher specs than the Tundra, those values fall short of the capabilities of the class leaders.
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