It's the most opulent Tundra ever.
The 2022 Toyota Tundra was unveiled last year to take on America's best pickups in the form of the Ford F-150, Chevrolet Silverado, and Ram 1500. Improved in every area, the Tundra officially went into production last month. A few months after its unveiling, Toyota has now revealed what looks like the ultimate iteration of the new Tundra.
Called the Tundra Capstone, it's loaded with plush materials, comfort features, and the latest towing technologies. And, although Toyota didn't immediately share pricing for the Tundra Capstone, all signs indicate that this will be the priciest version of the pickup yet.
The Capstone has a commanding presence thanks to the standard fitment of 22-inch chrome wheels, the largest wheels ever offered on a Tundra. The chrome treatment doesn't end there as the model-specific grille gets a chrome inner mesh pattern, complementing the chrome mirror caps and chrome trim accents. It certainly looks like it's gunning for the range-topping Ford F-150 Limited. Ingress and egress are enhanced with automatic running boards, and these provide access to the most luxurious Tundra cabin yet. Semi-aniline leather, a material usually associated with premium luxury sedans, sets the scene.
The black/white color combination is unique to the Capstone, and it works well with the Dark American Walnut trim with an open-pore finish. With the panoramic moonroof, acoustic glass for the front doors, and classy ambient lighting, you may forget you're sitting in the truck if it wasn't for the raised driving position. Materials aside, the Tundra Capstone is packed with technology.
Ahead of the driver is a 12.3-inch digital display, but you can also choose to keep your eyes on the road as a 10-inch color head-up display is also part of the package. In the center of the dashboard is a large 14-inch interface that responds to touch, sight, or voice. Some of the many standard features include wireless Apple CarPlay/Android Auto, cloud-based navigation, a Wi-Fi hotspot, and a 12-speaker JBL premium sound system.
The safety suite includes pedestrian detection, automatic braking, radar-based cruise control, blind-spot monitoring, and lane tracing assist.
The CrewMax body style with the 5.5-foot bed is the only configuration that's compatible with the Capstone. Available colors are Wind Chill Pearl, Supersonic Red, Blueprint, and metallics like Magnetic Gray, Celestial Silver, and Midnight Black.
Despite its focus on luxury, Toyota doesn't want you to forget that this is still a highly capable truck. Under the enormous hood lies the i-Force Max hybrid powertrain with a 3.5-liter twin-turbocharged V6 and motor generator. Together, the system produces 437 horsepower and 583 lb-ft of torque. It's paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission.
The maximum towing capacity is 10,340 pounds and the payload figure tops out at 1,485 lbs. For optimal towing, the Towing Technology Package ships as standard. It includes Straight Path Assist that makes reversing the Tundra and a trailer less of a chore. A Panoramic View Monitor also makes a huge difference in maneuvering the beast safely, while hydraulic cab mounts improve the ride.
What can you expect to pay for the new Tundra halo model? Well, Toyota has yet to reveal pricing but this should be shared before the Capstone makes its way to dealerships this spring. We do know that the Capstone is a big step above the Tundra 1794, the priciest current trim that starts at $57,690. A look at the fully loaded 2021 Ford F-150 Limited provides another clue - the Blue Oval's offering begins at over $73,000, so we expect the Capstone to come in at a similarly lofty price point.