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2022 Toyota Tundra Capstone adds bling and hybrid power standard

The most luxurious version of the 2022 Toyota Tundra is here. Called the Capstone, this range-topping model is the most luxurious version of Toyota’s full-size truck and it has chrome, lots of it. The 2022 Toyota Tundra Capstone will go head-to-head with the Ford F-150, which offers three different takes on the luxury truck and is the only competitor currently available with a hybrid powertrain.

Like the TRD Pro, the 2022 Toyota Tundra Capstone is electrified with the new i-Force MAX parallel hybrid system. That takes the 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6 and couples it to an electric motor, a 10-speed automatic transmission, and a nickel-metal-hydride battery. The total system output is 437 hp and 583 lb-ft of torque. Its maximum towing and payload capacities are 10,340 and 1,485 pounds respectively.

To show off its focus on luxury, the 2022 Tundra Capstone is blinged out in chrome. It also gets power-retractable running boards, a deployable bed step, and 22-inch alloy wheels, the latter of which Toyota says is the largest ever fitted to a Tundra. Body-colored grilled outlines and a chrome inner mesh pattern within the grille is more subtle than the TRD Pro’s blacked-out front end with Toyota spelled out inside. On the tailgate, Tundra is spelled out across in chrome. When it goes on sale later this spring, the Tundra Capstone will only be offered in crew cab configuration with a 5.5-foot bed, and your choice of six exterior colors.

Inside, Toyota doubles down on making the Tundra Capstone feel as luxurious as possible. Semi-aniline perforated leather upholstery in two-tone black and white, open-pore Dark American Walnut trim, an illuminated Capstone logo, and acoustic glass on the front doors are standard. Toyota’s latest infotainment system is standard with a 14.0-inch main touch screen, a 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster, and a 10.0-inch head-up display. Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility are also included along with a 12-speaker JBL audio system.

The Tundra Capstone gets the adaptive variable suspension and load-leveling rear air suspension as standard equipment. This gives the driver additional adjustability in the truck’s driving manners and more drive modes, which includes Sport S+ to take full advantage of the electric drive motor’s instant response. Also standard on the Capstone is the Towing Technology package, which adds Trailer Back Guidance and Straight Path Assist to help make ease the act of hooking a trailer up to the truck. A surround-view camera is also standard.

Toyota Safety Sense 2.5 (TSS 2.5) is standard on the Tundra Capstone. It builds on the TSS 2.0 suite with enhancements like lowlight pedestrian detection, daytime cyclist detection, and front automatic emergency braking that works at parking lot speeds and can detect cars and pedestrians at intersections when making a turn. The Tundra’s blind-spot monitoring system can also recognize if you’re towing a trailer and will expand its reach to include it. It also includes the rear-seat reminder that tells you to check if you’ve left something in the back. TSS 2.5 also includes adaptive cruise control, lane centering, automatic high beams, and road sign detection.

The 2022 Toyota Tundra Capstone is the latest trim to offer the new i-Force MAX hybrid system. It also comes standard on the TRD Pro and is optional on the Limited, Platinum, and 1794 Edition variants. Pricing hasn’t been announced as of this writing but considering this is the most luxurious Tundra, expect it to start at nearly $70,000.

Written by Stefan Ogbac
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