The 2022 Toyota Tundra: Has It Finally Evolved Into Pumped-Up Smartphone?

NK September 09 2021

2022-toyota-tundra-will-use-high-tech-hardware-and-software-to-challenge-apple-and-google What's new for 2022 Toyota Tundra?

2022 Toyota Tundra is not only a beast on the road but also in the interior. The latest version features an updated grille and exterior design as well as more powerful engines that are perfect for today’s consumers who want their vehicles to be fuel efficient while still maintaining power when needed!

I was excited about Toyota releasing this line of trucks because we haven't seen anything from them recently; however upon looking at all these updates - including increased payload ratings (upgradeable up to 7500 pounds) coupled with leather seats which offer better comfort than ever before- I'm even more hyped about what they've got planned next year after receiving feedback form drivers like yourself.

2022 Toyota Tundra Connected Interface - what is It and how It will help you?

Toyota has introduced new technology to make your car more interactive. The system, called “connected interface” by Toyota engineers is meant for drivers who want access and control of their mobile devices while on the go.

Cars have come so far since they were first created but there's one problem: people still love using cell phones while driving!

The Audio Multimedia System in the Toyota Tundra is one of the biggest changes. It’s called Lexus Interface on NX but it's an Audio-Multimedia system for those who prefer trucks, and this has been a long time coming with their big screens that were first seen as early as 2007 when they released screen sizes around 10 inches before growing by leaps to 14".

The screen on this car is huge! I love the big eight-inch television that comes standard, but as soon you step up to higher trim levels like Platinum or TRD Pro models? They offer 1794mm wide screens.

2022-toyota-tundra-interior  The Toyota Tundra has one of the most intuitive and welcoming interiors we’ve seen. With its horizontal center stack, it doesn't divide up space as other trucks do with vertical stacks that break down an otherwise well-put-together design to make room for infotainment screens or A/C vents attached directly to them—Toyota strategically designed their new truck so they can place all these features below eye level without disrupting your layout at all times--and this makes perfect sense when you look closely in both pictures from above as well as side perspective shots!


2022 Toyota Tundra Features

Regardless of how you feel about the looks, there are plenty of features to love in Toyota Tundra. Underneath your seat are a panel for HVAC controls and an interesting knob that can be turned into either two or four-wheel drive depending on what fits best with where you're going!

Plus it has Qi wireless charging pad so drivers don't worry about running out of juice at any time during their commute home from work - because let's face it folks sometimes we need our phones when all else fails...

This car might not look like everyone’s idea of elegance but boy does offer up some pretty sweet technology as well: underneath those seats lie both AC system switches along, hazard lights indicator lamps--even better than expected.

The charging pad is a little different, instead of being flat like most. It slopes up in the middle and drivers can keep an eye on their phones while they're driving around town!

I would prefer if this space had some kind of cover too- after all, it will help put my phone out-of-of of mind sometimes when you have kids with you who are always asking to use yours or need something from your purse that isn't immediately apparent as not belonging there already (hint: never leave anything food-related unattended).

The first Toyota to borrow a Lexus Interface. Just what we need, another reason for the car industry's elite class of people who can afford luxury cars and trucks; those that have everything else imaginable at their disposal but are still not satisfied because they want something even more special in theirs - like an interface specifically designed by some snooty Japanese company with no sense of humor whatsoever?

2022-toyota-tundra-will-use-lexus-interface2022 Toyota Tundra Interior Interface

The Toyota Tundra’s new interface is cool, but it has some downfalls. The cloud-based system means that you can't use your phone for GPS or other apps without a good internet connection - not great in an emergency!

There were also several bugs when I tested this out: sometimes features would just refuse to load, which made testing difficult at times (especially since we were on unfamiliar roads). But the coolest thing about all these glitches was how smart they've become.

Luckily those problems only occurred once because their data caching capabilities meant there wasn't much missing from our trip after reaching Comerica Center with spotty reception.

2022 Toyota Tundra AI Assistant

You can call on the Toyota AI to do your driving for you. The virtual assistant is called Ditto and it has four voice prompts: "Hey, Toyota, what’s the weather like? It's going be fine tomorrow?" You'll find that these basic commands - which are not cloud-based so they're usable regardless of reception - are handy if ever need help with a quick task while out running errands or even just stuck at home waiting for friends who always take forever!

I was immediately greeted by the friendly interface. Like if someone put Ubuntu through a Toyota filter!

It had some similarities to other interfaces I’ve used before, but many unique features made it stand out from others like having user profiles assigned per key fob making them easy for sharing with family or friends without compromising sensitive information; an app available on your smartphone where you can save settings and home/office address so anything saved gets encrypted according to Toyota meaning law enforcement officers will never be able to access any data unless given direct encryption keys.


Toyota’s infotainment system is an easy-to-use use, flexible interface that lets you stream your favorite music services. You can choose between streaming from Apple Music or Amazon Music as well! This means it's not just limited to one of these two companies like before with previous models when only Spotify was supported by Toyota vehicles in America (though there are still some cars without Bluetooth connectivity).

Toyota's interface was way better than the native Android Auto and CarPlay I've used before, but it still wasn’t top-notch.

The parts of the UI that did work for me were music streaming, navigation (which worked surprisingly well), and system settings--all intuitively done with mostly okay usability overall in my opinion; not as delightful or smooth experience as using those applications on an iPhone though because there are always two interfaces to choose from when you open them up: your phone app versus Toyota’s version which isn't any different unless they change something soon enough!

I got confused at first since these systems use the same features so how do we indicate where one begins/ends?

2022-toyota-tundra-interface 2022-toyota-tundra-has-its-own-ai-assistant I’ve blly excited to try out the new 2022 Toyota Tundra system, but I had a moment of panic when CarPlay became active on my Bluetooth. It can be easy for people who are used to one platform or another to forget that others might not have as much experience with them and this was something in mind while using it at home before going out into traffic so you don't get distracted by your phone screen during an important drive! 2022-toyota-tundra-infotainment-system  The Toyota Audio Multimedia System might be the answer to avoiding dealing with a smartphone. However, this system is not for everyone and it can take some getting used to if you’re driving long distances on your own time without any distractions like music or podcasts in tow!


I wonder when car manufacturers will learn that this is folly and pointless? My cars are old and archaic so i just use my phone but my friends with new BMWs and Tesla’s and so on also just use their phones. One of the smartest ppl ive ever known was highly involved in building out CUE for GM years ago and that was an utter pos. The guy is crazy smart and had a huge budget and the resources at GM and the product totally sucked. Just let Google/Apple handle this and save the time/money/hassle of doing it inhouse. 
newnamesameme-post / 2021-10-03 11:05:25

I’m sure he was crazy smart and had a big budget - but do you really think GM is poaching software designers and engineers from Apple or Google?This folly will stop when the execs who order it finally retire and the younger execs replace them - who understand there is no car company that can compete with FAANG development orgs for resources and abilities.
qiviut / 2021-10-15 04:54:24

Yeah, this is certainly true. fwiw, however, my buddy quit GM to start his own software company and is now a multimillionaire. Hes good enough to work wherever he wants but hes a detroit kid who loved GM. I work in tech myself and even w/huge budgets and lots of talent we make all sorts of just total crap. Its hard!
newnamesameme-post / 2021-10-20 18:45:35

Thing is, even a “huge” budget for GM or Toyota is going to be a complete joke compared to how much money Google and Apple spend on obtaining the best talent to build the best software teams. Unless you’re willing to commit that kind of money and commit to countless years of refining software expertise there’s just no way you’re going to be able to compete. Senior project managers that run these things at Google and Apple get paid crazy amounts and many of them are getting paid huge numbers of Google or Apple shares locked in when they were hired a decade ago. You need to hire a crapload of people who all get paid like this so unless you’re budgeting billions per year you’re not going to be able to poach the best talent.It’s possible to do so but you better be ready to throw down crazy money. 
tekdemon / 2021-10-27 12:47:52

Software sucks because of incompetent management. There are two problems I’ve seen arise time and time again... The first is that everyone’s time is consumed by satisfying management’s wish list. This comes in many forms, but the big problem is the obsession with constant change and it’s even worse when marketing is involved. So instead of placing a stake in the ground and optimizing around that, they’re constantly chasing shiny objects. The second problem is when dev teams acquire too much control over the product. This can arise for a variety of reasons, ranging from outsourcing to a lack of insight into the development process. Either way it stifles collaboration and makes it a lot harder to iterate and optimize. The way to deal with this situation is to demand more transparency and oversight. Unfortunately, management tends to be too weak-willed to undertake that burden and it doesn’t help the bottom line in an obvious way.So in the end it doesn’t matter how good the product team is because they’ll always struggle to produce a good product under these circumstances.
MaWeiTao / 2021-11-01 12:34:15

The first one happens because marketing either doesn’t know what they want (inadequate research or imagination) or doesn’t know what is possible (inadequate knowledge of technology).As for the second one, it is generally not a good idea to let engineers design user interfaces. They only see the functionality and have no empathy for the user experience. As for allowing them design control, if they are your implementation team, they should get some say in the build.
gasman / 2021-11-07 16:30:54

Just let Google/Apple handle this and save the time/money/hassle of doing it inhouse.Bingo. Toyota should not want the headache of becoming a software company. I wonder if any manufacturer will just punt and put a lightning/micro USB/USB C port in the dash (or just bluetooth?) and a universal tablet mount. Sell it with a android notebook or iPad. When it goes bad or obsolete, just buy a new notebook and update the ap that runs the car-specific functions.
thewoodsman / 2021-11-13 20:28:18

Perhaps? A manufacturer could just put in the screens and whatnot and bluetooth and call it a day and just let the customer choose satellite radio or connect their phone via BT and wash their hands of it. But obviously i dont know why car makers are doing what they are doing. 
newnamesameme-post / 2021-11-19 10:19:22

yeah it seems like decent mirroring to a simple tablet in the dash should be child’s play. but then the first time someone gets hurt because a driver was watching porn or playing candy crush everyone sues Chevy. i’ve dicked around with Car Play and Android Auto and they are much more about limiting capability than expanding it.
epochellipse / 2021-11-25 00:11:17

every time I see a company spending all this money trying to re-imagine infotainment all I can think is “jesus just make a damn app for my phone and just duplicate the screen!” I already know how to use my phone so just let my phone be the brain and it makes the whole process way simpler. make the plug in port usb-c and boom it will literally work with anything that can output display via usb-c which is pretty much every phone on the market right now including iphones.
bigburit0 / 2021-11-29 09:51:45

100% agree. Car’s infotainment system should just be:* AM/FM/Satellite radio * Apple Car Play* Android auto. * OFF.
potatoesand5w30 / 2021-12-05 06:45:54

what really annoys me is when they try to make their hands free controls smart but then it ends up being dumber than what’s on my phone. for example a couple years ago on a late drive home I encountered a drunk driver swerving all over the road so I did what I was supposed to do, I hit the call button on my steering wheel and said “call 9-1-1" instead Kia’s “smart” voice assistant kept trying to call the 9th contact on my contact list. I had to unlock my phone while driving (I have since removed the lock on my phone when it’s connected to the car bluetooth due to this very event) and then had google assistant dial 9-1-1 so that I could focus on driving. If Kia had just made their infotainment system act as a pure passthrough to google assistant it wouldn’t have had any problem.
bigburit0 / 2021-12-11 03:39:37

if you make the plug USB then literally any device can connect to it as it’s a universal connection. USB has been the standard for more than 20 years so yes a phone 20 years from now is likely going to still have support for USB as it is the standard and has been the standard for quite some time a good example is a USB keyboard I have from 12 years ago, I just plugged it into a USB-C adapter and connected it to my phone and it works. also USB by the standard is backwards compatible. I have USB 1.0 devices that can be connected over the 3.0 port or through usb-c adapters to usb-c 3.1. Also Apps can be updated, if a car maker settled on an app they could just keep using it, overhaul it, whatever they want whenever they want. look at the suite of google apps for android, most have been around for over a decade at this point. If anything putting the heart of the system in your phone future proofs more than leaving an internal system that will eventually no longer receive security updates to be exploited.
bigburit0 / 2021-12-19 01:53:06

you are clearly not reading the article where it states that the operating system relies on an ATT service to run, which in turn is what allows carplay of both varieties to work. I want to take that big screen and cast my screen to it and just have the vehicle hardware be run through the phone (no shenanigans where the car has it’s own assistant who refuses to hand off my commands to google when it decides it can do it better. which is how ever single version of apple/android carplay has worked in every car I had the misery of trying to sync up.)
bigburit0 / 2021-12-23 18:36:49

There are solutions for that. My favorite is the free Here We Go app, which has the best offline map implementation that I have seen, where instead of using the stupid tile system that Google has for their offline maps, they let you load the maps by state/province, country, or even continent (if you have a hefty amount of storage).It’s not nearly as good as Google Maps (or even Apple Maps) for day-to-day usage, but it works well enough to get you where you are going if you are in a National Park or anywhere else without cell service. I always keep it loaded on my phone with the map for my state loaded, and I load maps for any other states I frequently visit.
batmanuel / 2021-12-29 01:24:51

I’ve looked up directions to a place before, you are on your way and then find you need to look for something like a restaurant/gas/etc and look and you have no cell service. So I should just download maps for the entire country and use all the space on my phone so I can’t use anything else? Seems like you’re trying way to hard to work around something that already has a solution. My truck has navigation and it works regardless of anywhere in the country, problem solved.
panda103 / 2022-01-03 22:19:02

and those HDMI iterations are backwards compatible. (I can grab an HDMI 2.1 cable and device and plug it into a 1.0 screen and it will work just fine. it won’t have all the new features but my screen was not designed to take advantage of those new features so it’s not a problem.)also I love how you tried to act like these things change constantly when in reality S-Video and Component were stop gaps between Composite and HDMI (composite lasted for 50 years while S-Video and Component didn’t even replace composite but sat next to it until HDMI took over at which point most media devices simply had composite and HDMI) at this point everyone has backed HDMI and USB as industry standards just like what originally happened with Composite.
bigburit0 / 2022-01-09 12:10:49

10 year plus expected life of vehicleInfotainment system will be obsolete in 2 years
oberkanone / 2022-01-17 10:24:22

I disagree. A set of round gauges with a clean font face is nearly timeless vs. something done with computer graphics. For example, look at how much map graphics have improved from a 10-15 year old Garmin / TomTom GPS to current Apple Maps or Google Maps.Over the course of the last ~10 years, backup cameras have gone from WVGA (~768x480) to SXGA (1280x960) to WUXGA (~1900x1200) in large part due to the improving resolutions of displays inside vehicles. Source: OnSemi MT9v024, AR0132, AR0231.
randomusername3246 / 2022-01-21 13:01:51

This system debuted on the , and is Toyota’s bid to outdo Apple and Google inside your car. The carmaker invested a lot of time and money into supplanting the PC in your pocket while you’re drivingEven with OTA, I just don’t get why OEMs keep trying to do this. Their architectures, feature set, processors, and so on are all top notch now, but at the speed of consumer tech, cars will never keep up. A car like this is on sale for 5-7 years before being replaced. Think of where phones were 7 years ago (they already had OTA) vs where we are now. 4G was still new, screen resolutions were a fraction of what they are now, I think only a few flagship phones were past 1GHz, and cameras were still horrid.
onceinamillenia / 2022-01-28 21:09:19

Seriously! The space shuttle’s internal data bus (to hook to whatever was in the bus) was 2600 bps serial. It was also missing either flow control or parity, I forget which. Anyways, Toyota should take a reference ARM motherboard, add its special controls as usb devices with good documentation, and just run Android with a new launcher and some basic apps.  It's ok if it goes obsolete if you can maintain/upgrade yourself.
gdjcdsvfkgevvknshgx / 2022-02-01 23:47:14

I don’t believe that any OEM infotainment system will ever be better than Car Play or Android Auto. We use these interfaces every single day, and for a car company to expect their experience to be superior is arrogant. We used to have a Toyota RAV4 with nav, my brother has an all-boxes-checked 335i, and a good friend has a new Jeep Grand Cherokee, and all of these nav systems are an unusable joke.
soylentlecithin / 2022-02-09 14:58:18

I have no doubt that CP and AA are fine. I just wish there was an option to just NOT have any of that shit. 
weeks151 / 2022-02-13 17:35:48

someone really should wise up and start making these modular.  if you want every 5 years or so you can update your UI hardware with newer faster versions.  you just pop the lever and slide the old one out and install the new one.  sell the old one to people whose original units have failed and they dont want the upgrade.  
kahlessj / 2022-02-19 21:32:29

I could get behind that, as long as the OEMs don’t go full John Deere and DRM the hell out of the interconnect. Leave it open for aftermarket options. 
weeks151 / 2022-02-27 12:43:23

The more they try to do with it, the worse it is. The biggest issue is most manufacturers still seem to think consumers will be willing to buy a new car because it has an upgraded infotainment system or other gadgets. They also won’t let you upgrade software in your “old” version even though it’s the same architecture (Looking right at you, Toyota). It’s a load of horse hockey. Just plug in your phone and use carplay or whatever. It might still sorta suck, but at least Apple and Google release updates that anyone with at least the previous couple of generations of hardware can use.
mike-mckinnon / 2022-03-05 09:37:03

I have a 2020 Tacoma and if that experience is anything to go by this infotainment is going to S U C K!!! The Tacoma system is slow, buggy, and very unintuitive. Lots of features are completely unavailable when you’re moving, some of which really should be (for example, the directions list in the GPS does not scroll when driving. WTF!!!). Some missing features are really dumb (the track title on the radio doesn’t scroll and I have yet to find a way to change it). The truck does not recognize the giant library of music on my phone either so I have to change music through my phone itself (instead of using the infotainment system). The traffic congestion is NEVER right. Some major roads do not exist in my GPS (despite them being decades older than my truck. This happened more than once driving down the backroads of Kentucky).  And pressing buttons makes for an agonizing wait as the clearly underpowered system struggles to change applications.  It is the one part of my Tacoma I truly hate. Toyota had grand ambitions for their system, but horrible execution. The only redeeming feature is the fact that the HVAC system is kept separate, something some OEMs don’t do (looking at you Honda).I have low expectations for this system. Spend your money elsewhere Toyota and just allow us to just broadcast our phones to your screens and I think 90% of us would be happy.
8695Beaterz / 2022-03-10 23:29:06

I disagree with with a lot of the people here. It looks like they nailed it to me. Everyone else is moving everything to the screen but Toyota maintained  physical buttons and knobs while also having a nice big display. This seems like the best of both worlds. 
idiotwhosolde39m5 / 2022-03-17 03:25:48

That’s a different issue. Yes, keeping physical controls is important and Toyota has done that.Where we are criticizing Toyota is that they are still spending money trying to build their own walled garden to compete against Car Play and Android Auto. That is a waste. There is no need to spend money to have a manufacturer’s custom interface to Apple Music and Amazon Music — Car Play and Android Auto already do that and do that better. When the back-end services change, Car Play and Android Auto will update that better and faster than Toyota will update their systems.tldr: buttons good, but provide a more lightweight infotainment system.
jlnbos / 2022-03-22 10:14:44

No, I didn’t. Perhaps my response wasn’t clear. My problem is that this has independent navigation and cloud service support in addition to CarPlay and Android Auto. That added navigation and cloud service support is unnecessary.You can play music through this headunit in multiple ways:Use CarPlay or Android AutoUse your phone and use the headunit’s integrated music browsing through the USB or bluetooth.Connect the head unit wirelessly (not using your phone) to Apple Music or Amazon Music.My argument is that #3 is pointless.
jlnbos / 2022-03-29 04:17:15

Having their own infotainment sounds like a massive waste of time and money on Toyota’s part that no doubt is passed on to the consumer. maybe it is cheaper for them when they scale it up, but keeping things simpler could certainly help with a cost savings. also having the massive proprietary screen for a radio makes things woefully unupgradable. plug a 2019 or newer Ram 1500 into Critchfield and the system says there is no way to upgrade the radio, no mater the trim. if you got their lowest trim with the 5 inch screen you are stuck with it for the life of the vehicle. pathetic.I feel Toyota should partner with a leading COTS product or manufacturer of products (i.e. Kenwood) to make a double din multimedia receiver (key word “receiver” being that input is provided by an external source like your phone) with floating adjustable HD touchscreen. features should include High quality sound without an external amp, HD Radio, Equalizer, AM/FM/Satellite Radio, cameras (front, rear, blind spots, 360, trailer etc...), USB C Wired Android Auto and Android Auto Wireless, USB C Wired and Wireless Apple CarPlay, Wireless mirroring, built in bluetooth with simultaneous multi device connections, Wifi, dashcam integration, steering wheel control and HiFi sound on higher trims.These are all capabilities that are integrated to existing high end multimedia receivers currently. nothing here should be a stretch given current tech.For everything else have physicals buttons or tie in the capabilities to the proprietary GUI on the gauge cluster standalone nav or apps. no voice assistant, no climate control integration into the radio screen. no single screen that does everything.If they want to give it some more serious Truck Cred have a factory option for a great antenna and a radio with capability to send and receive all amateur radio bands
bigmike349 / 2022-04-03 04:02:58