- the epa estimates the 2022 toyota tundra hybrid at up to 22 mpg combined, which is 7 mpg more than the outgoing v-8 model.
- the iforce max hybrid uses a twin-turbo 3.4-liter v-6 paired with an electric motor and nickel-metal hydride battery pack.
- pricing for the hybrid starts at $53,995, and it will arrive in the spring.
the 2022 toyota tundra replaces the previous model's 5.7-liter v-8 in favor of a twin-turbocharged 3.4-liter v-6 engine for the sake of efficiency. a nonhybrid version of the v-6 is standard and a iforce max hybrid setup is optional, and we now have official epa fuel-economy estimates for the gas-electric tundra. although the hybrid is not as efficient as the ford f-150 powerboost hybrid, it's a huge improvement over the old tundra.
at an epa-estimated 22 mpg combined for rear-wheel-drive models and 21 mpg for four-wheel-drive trucks, the tundra's hybrid powertrain is 7 mpg more efficient than the outgoing model's 5.7-liter v-8. it's rated at up to 20 mpg in the city and 24 mpg on the highway in its two-wheel-drive configuration, though adding four-wheel drive knocks 1 mpg off in the city and 2 mpg on the highway.
the f-150 powerboost hybrid is 3 mpg and 2 mpg more efficient than the tundra iforce max, per the epa's standards. both the f-150 powerboost and tundra iforce max use a twin-turbocharged v-6 engine and roughly 1.5-kwh battery packs, but the ford's pack is a lithium-ion unit and the toyota's is a nickel-metal hydride pack. the tundra's electric motor is sandwiched between the engine and 10-speed automatic transmission and adds 48 horsepower for a total combined output of 437 horsepower and 583 pound-feet of torque.
even the nonhybrid twin-turbo v-6 is significantly more efficient that the outgoing model's naturally aspirated v-8. but at 20 mpg combined, the standard iforce is 2 mpg less efficient than a ram 1500 with the 3.6-liter v-6 with a 48-volt hybrid assist ram calls "etorque." the tundra's combined rating is equal to a turbo four-cylinder chevy silverado, though the chevy does better in city driving and on the highway.
toyota says that tundras equipped with the iforce max hybrid will start arriving at dealerships in the spring, and pricing starts at $53,995. the hybrid is available starting on the limited trim level and up and it costs $3400 extra over the nonhybrid.