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Toyota Tundra’s i-FORCE MAX Powertrain Receives a 2022 Wards 10 Best Engines & Propulsion Systems Award


Toyota’s i-FORCE MAX powertrain, as featured on the all-new 2022 Tundra, has earned a prestigious 2022 Wards 10 Best Engines & Propulsion Systems award. The i-FORCE MAX is a hybrid powertrain that relies on a twin-turbo V6 engine that couples with a unique motor generator and 10-speed automatic transmission to allow power to be transferred efficiently.

“The i-FORCE MAX, also standard on the all-new 2023 Toyota Sequoia, is Toyota’s response to uncompromised performance, all while ushering in a new vision for future large electrified vehicles,” said Dante Boutell, vice president of Powertrain Design at Toyota Motor North America R&D. “We are so grateful that our hard work is recognized by WardsAuto as it further validates the innovation and benefits this powertrain delivers to Toyota customers.”

The hybrid system sandwiches the 48-hp electric motor between a 3.4-liter twin-turbo V6 and a traditional 10-speed automatic transmission. The motor is able to supplement the engine’s output, adding more torque as the driver demands it, or in the case of subtle accelerator inputs, drive the vehicle by motor only. With this unique layout, drivers do not have to compromise power, torque or efficiency.

The result of the new powertrain is a truck that sports 437 horsepower and 583 lb-ft of torque at a quiet 2,400 rpm, with up to an EPA-estimated 20 MPG city/24 MPG highway/22 MPG combined fuel economy ratings, depending on model grade and drivetrain. Payload is rated at 1,665 pounds and can tow up to 11,450 pounds.

Toyota is committed to offering an electrified version of each model it sells by 2025. The Tundra i-FORCE MAX is an example of how the company is working to reach its goals in carbon reduction and carbon neutrality. As Toyota continues its evolution to a mobility company, reimagining the role that cars and trucks play in human movement is key. Innovations like the i-FORCE MAX will be measured by how they meet the needs of humans today and minimize the impact on the planet for humans tomorrow.

The i-FORCE MAX will be among the Wards 10 Best Engines & Propulsion Systems winners honored during its AutoTech: Electrification conference, held October 26-27 at the Marriott Renaissance Center in Detroit, Michigan.

Click here to learn more about the Wards 10 Best Engines & Propulsion Systems award.

About Toyota

Toyota (NYSE:TM) has been a part of the cultural fabric in the U.S. for more than 60 years, and is committed to advancing sustainable, next-generation mobility through our Toyota and Lexus brands, plus our nearly 1,500 dealerships.

Toyota directly employs more than 39,000 people in the U.S. who have contributed to the design, engineering, and assembly of nearly 32 million cars and trucks at our nine manufacturing plants. By 2025, Toyota’s 10th plant in North Carolina will begin to manufacture automotive batteries for electrified vehicles. With more electrified vehicles on the road than any other automaker, a quarter of the company’s 2021 U.S. sales were electrified.

To help inspire the next generation for a career in STEM-based fields, including mobility, Toyota launched its virtual education hub at with an immersive experience and chance to virtually visit many of our U.S. manufacturing facilities. The hub also includes a series of free STEM-based lessons and curriculum through Toyota USA Foundation partners, virtual field trips and more. For more information about Toyota, visit

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