Update (11/29/2021): A Toyota spokesperson told TheDrive.com that "availability and timing will vary by region," and that the CarsDirect article sourced here "is very specific to the Southern California region." Toyota also notes that the Tundra with a hybrid powertrain won't be available until the spring of 2022, as announced previously, which contributes to the waitlist. The story has been updated to reflect that.
The 2022 Toyota Tundra is about to hit showrooms in December. Revealed back in June, the third-generation pickup teases customers with a $35,950 starting price before destination fees – a $1,925 price bump from its predecessor.
However, you may need to wait longer than expected even if you have money on hand to buy one. CarsDirect reports that the Tundra's waitlist ranges – specifically for the TRD Pro model – ranges from nine to 18 months. And that's specifically Southern California, according to a sales representative of Longo Toyota in Los Angeles.
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Longo Toyota points the issue to supply problems brought about by the global chip shortage, which Toyota has mentioned previously. According to the largest Toyota dealership in the world by land area, only 61 Tundras will be delivered to the Los Angeles area over the next three months.
Buyers of the top-spec hybrid variant will have to wait at least nine months – but, Toyota announced previously that this model won't be available until the spring of 2022 anyways. So if you're in the market for a fully-loaded Tundra, there's a chance that you'll have to wait until later in 2022.
For the other variants, the wait time ranges from four to nine months. There isn't any information about the upcoming Tundra Capstone, but we're wagering the situation will be the same.
Despite America's love for trucks, the Tundra wasn't exactly as popular as its competitors. It didn't even land a spot in America's 20 best-selling cars, SUVs, and trucks last year.
With the new-generation model offering a compelling package for American truck buyers, there should have been a chance for the Tundra to redeem itself in terms of sales. But given this recent development, we're not counting on that anymore – at least not in this year or the next.