The 2022 Toyota Tundra was initially criticized because it didn’t have a top-of-the-line grade full of niceties and luxury. That changes with the introduction of the Capstone trim, which we caught a sneak peek of back in October 2021.
And since then, we’ve covered the 2022 Tundra a lot, especially since Publisher Tim Esterdahl just bought a 2022 Limited. But even with all we’ve covered, there’s even more to get excited about when it comes to the Tundra Capstone.
A lot has been said about the bold grille of the 2022 Tundra. And if you like chrome then the Capstone will catch your eye. Unique to the Capstone grade is a color-keyed outer frame and chrome mesh pattern interior. Chrome mirror caps are subtle continuations from the front accents, and “Tundra” appears on the tailgate in chrome, too.
The Tundra Capstone has a big posture thanks to the largest wheels ever offered on a Tundra, with 22-inch chrome rims as a standard offering.
Don’t be fooled by the fancy looks, the Tundra Capstone seems to be a workhorse. It has Toyota’s new i-FORCE MAX hybrid powertrain that produces 437 horsepower and and 583 pound-feet of torque. The twin-turbo hybridized V-6 engine has a 10-speed automatic transmission. The Tundra Capstone is only available with this engine and only available as a CrewMax with a 5.5-foot bed.
As such, the Tundra Capstone has maximum towing capacity of 10,340 pounds. It is built on a fully boxed, high-strength-steel frame. The Towing Technology Package comes standard on Capstone, including Trailer Back Guidance as well as the Straight Path Assist feature, which is designed to ensure your truck and trailer will back up in a straight line.
Not every “truck person” will need that, but it’s appealing to others and a nice get for the Capstone. Another nice add on for Tundra Capstone is the integrated trailer brake controller, which can recognize blind spots for the truck as well as the trailer.
In addition to the high-strength steel frame, there’s also a Sheet-Molded Compound (SMC) bed construction made with reinforced aluminum cross members under the bed to help cut down on dents, impact dings and rust compared to traditional steel decks.
As such maximum payload for Capstone is 1,485 pounds.
Other trucks, such as the GMC 1500 Denali, Ford F-150 Limited and Ram 1500 Limited, have cornered the market on upscale feel. But the high-end Capstone has a swanky side that will surely appeal to a more discerning truck consumer. That same consumer may have not considered Tundra in the past, but some of the interior niceties will hit home with them now.
Plush seats await with semi-aniline leather-trimmed seats, which are standard for Capstone. The perforated seats also have a black-and-white color combination, which is exclusive to Capstone.
Dark Walnut is part of the wood grain accents that adds a wow factor to the interior. Nothing is more evident than the walnut inlay on the dash that surrounds a Capstone logo, which illuminates when the doors are opened. Talk about swanky!
Despite sitting on 22s, getting in or out of the Tundra Capstone is easier thanks to automatic running boards. There’s also a standard power bed step for ease of entry in the truck bed.
One of the highlights of the 2022 Tundra is the new multilink suspension system. The Capstone takes it further an Adaptive Variable Suspension (AVS) and load-leveling rear height control air suspension.
It’s about time that Toyota offers near Lexus-like luxury on the Tundra. They were losing some market share in this realm as many truck consumers seek out refinement. Toyota now offers this with the Capstone.
It will be available in the following colors: Wind Chill Pearl, Magnetic Gray, Metallic, Celestial Silver Metallic, Midnight Black Metallic, Supersonic Red and Blueprint. Pricing has not yet been announced for the Capstone trim, but we estimate it should be in the ballpark of $70k. Additionally, this trim should be available in the spring when other i-FORCE MAX Tundras are ready.