Driven: The 2022 Toyota Tundra Capstone Is a Bougie Luxury Car In Truck Form
If you’re looking for a full-size pickup truck, the 2022 Toyota Tundra is an exceptional choice. If you want it loaded to the gills, then Toyota now offers it the top-trim Capstone to suit your needs. When we say “loaded,” we mean it. We recently got a chance to drive the Tundra Capstone, and we equate it to feeling like a luxury car in truck form.
The 2022 Toyota Tundra Capstone is almost too luxurious to be a truck
The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines the word “capstone” as “the high point or crowning achievement.” That’s an extremely fitting name for this 2022 Toyota Tundra trim level, considering it’s practically a Lexus. Inside, there’s black and white semi-aniline leather on the seats and armrests, soft-touch materials on the dash and door panels, and a “Capstone” logo above the glovebox that lights up at night.
Take a look around the cabin, and it’s clear that this truck isn’t made to get dirty on the job site. After all, it rides on the TNGA-F platform, which it shares with other luxury SUVs like the Land Cruiser and Lexus LX 600. It also has many of the same features as those two, including a 14-inch infotainment screen, a heated steering wheel, heated/ventilated seats, and a panoramic moonroof.
There are also cameras on all four corners of the truck, which makes parking easy. There’s even one that shows you the truck bed. The rear seat room is monstrous and provides plenty of leg and headroom. Don’t worry; there are heated seats and HVAC controls back there too.
The Tundra Capstone is hybrid-powered
Just because the 2022 Toyota Tundra Capstone is a truck that looks like it fancies cocktails over a cold beer, it doesn’t mean that it can’t pull its own weight. Under the hood is a 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6 that’s paired with a battery-fed electric motor to provide 437 hp and 583 lb-ft of torque through a 10-speed automatic transmission. That power is then distributed to a dual-range all-wheel-transfer case and out to all four wheels.
With all of that power, the Tundra Capstone is able to pull up to 10,340 pounds and haul up to 1,485 pounds. On the road, the powertrain feels smooth. The electric motor totes the car around at low speeds, making for a quiet experience at parking-lot speeds. It’s a little weird seeing a massive truck drive by and not hearing anything.
However, when you step deeper into the gas pedal, the V6 engine comes online, and there’s a deep growl through the rest of the RPM range. The power comes on smoothly, and the truck exudes a monstrous thrust when the accelerator is floored. That being said, there’s plenty of power for the daily drive and at the job site, should the truck have to go there.
As for the Tundra Capstone’s fuel economy, the EPA estimates it can get up to 19 mpg in the city and 22 mpg on the highway. During our week of driving, which consisted of mixed driving situations, we were able to squeeze out an average of 17 mpg.
Is the Tundra Capstone worth buying?
Yes, if you have always wanted a Lexus truck that can get its hands, or tires, dirty. The 2022 Toyota Tundra Capstone has everything you could want in a luxury truck. Just keep in mind that it starts at $75,530, which means it’s $6,725 more expensive than the next most-expensive trim level.
It’s also more expensive than its top-trim rivals from Ford, Chevrolet, and RAM. But if quality and bougie luxury car amenities are what you seek, the Tundra Capstone has what you need.