2022 Toyota Tundra Capstone First Drive Review | Tundra’s crowning achievement

The presence of the 2022 Toyota Expanse Capstone flawlessly highlights the factor that the majority of today’s full-size pick-up buyers aren’t simply interested in a barebones machine with a vehicle bed. For increasingly more customers, vehicles need to function as high-end autos, total with all the leather-lined and also wood-plated trimmings. Such holds true with the Capstone, and also while it has all the attributes and also highlights we have actually come to get out of cars in this pricey and potent pickup course, it’s mosting likely to have a bumpy ride winning over buyers who are cross purchasing other range-topping, ultra-luxury pick-ups like the Ford F-150 Limited as well as upcoming GMC Sierra Denali Ultimate. However we’re quite sure that’s not actually the factor, anyway.

The Capstone– in case you’re asking yourself, Merriam-Webster defines the word as “the peak” or “masterpiece”– rests at the very tippy top of the Tundra lineup. The trim degree likewise extends to the new 2023 Sequoia, however Toyota thus far isn’t utilizing the trim on other smaller truck or SUV designs.

Before we go any further, we’ll quickly cover what remains the very same. The Capstone shares its i-Force Max crossbreed powertrain with other Tundras. It produces the same 437 horse power as well as 583 pound-feet of torque no matter trim level, and sends out those horses to all four wheels with a 10-speed automatic and also part-time transfer instance with low and high equipments. The maximum tow rating for Capstone designs is a commendable 10,340 pounds; max payload stands at 1,485 extra pounds. It will exclusively be paired with the CrewMax taxicab as well as 5.5-foot bed.

So the Capstone numbers and difficult information points don’t relocate the needle any kind of even more than other Tundras. It’s distinguished from lesser Expanses because of its chrome-laden exterior, unique 22-inch wheels, street-oriented inconspicuous(ish) Bridgestone Dueler tires, and the fact it obtains basically whatever that’s optional on a Tundra as conventional devices. It rests over the already rather extravagant Expanse Platinum and 1794 versions. This strategy complies with a comparable fad from Ford with its Restricted quality and GMC with its Denali Ultimate. Ram doesn’t go as much with its line; its Limited Longhorn would compare with the Expanse 1794 as well as its Minimal trim with Toyota’s Platinum. Chevy so far hasn’t introduced a High Country Ultimate like GMC has with the Denali.

Toyota focused most of its Capstone efforts on the inside. Our favored part of the Tundra Capstone are its leather seats. While they need to most likely use a massaging function as its competitors do (Toyota associates confessed they are checking into supplying those in the future), the semi-aniline natural leather really feels wonderful, looks magnificent in its Capstone-exclusive black and white shades, and includes passion with unique embossing and opening patterns. The only various other lorry under the Toyota umbrella to get this top quality of natural leather is the Lexus LS.

Another indoor emphasize is the Dark American Walnut trim. It includes a matte open-pore surface that behaves to see in a pickup, and is highlighted with brightwork and great blue illumination that offers an upscale look and feel to the cabin. Extra noise deadening comes thanks to acoustic glass in the front doors, yet we do not really assume other Expanse qualities are particularly loud, either.

There aren’t any kind of modifications to the infomercial plan. Toyota’s most recent Sound Multimedia system is managed by means of a 14-inch touchscreen, and also while we appreciate its tidy total layout and quick feedbacks, we’re not fond of the fact it does not have a home display. We additionally wish it were feasible to divide the large display right into numerous panels, which Toyota representatives claim would certainly be possible to do if consumers require it in the future. We had comparable grievances concerning the brand-new Lexus infomercial system.

Those points may not matter to all users, however, specifically those who pick to utilize wireless Apple CarPlay or Android Car rather. A 12.3-inch digital Multi-Informational Display is also typical, and it does a great job of presenting the really understandable gauge cluster as well as numerous other adjustable information fields. A 10-inch color head-up screen is additionally conventional.

It’s best to consider the Capstone as an Expanse first and also a deluxe vehicle second. It does not drive any various from various other less costly variants, but that’s not a poor thing as well as it follows the rest of the ultra-luxe vehicle section. You can read our complete Tundra review right here, yet suffice it to state it drives like a fully modern-day truck and also is far more improved in any kind of trim level than the V8-powered Tundra it replaces. Thanks to its coil-spring suspension and also stiff, completely boxed structure, the 2022 Expanse is just one of the smoothest-riding full-size vehicles, with an overall relaxing driving experience the result. It might be a smidge less comfy over busted sidewalk than a similar Ram 1500, which would be our pick as the ride-and-handling vehicle to beat, however the Expanse is still up near the head of its class.

Adaptive Variable Suspension and also load-leveling back elevation control air suspension are available as the only notable options on the Capstone order sheet. The former of those suspensions does significantly improve the vehicle’s flight with digital shutoffs that adjust damping on the fly with no focus from the motorist. The load-leveling rear air springtimes feature the variable set, or can be ordered individually for those who are just interested in the advantages they offer while towing or transporting heavy loads.

The Expanse Capstone’s typical I-Force Max turbocharged V6 hybrid powertrain is a solid enhancement over the non-hybrid variation. It’s a lot more powerful– the single electric motor produces 48 horse power and 184 lb-ft of torque– which doesn’t hurt, however the actual advantage is that it gives an immediate drive at city road and also freeway speeds that you can feel from the seat of the pants. Given that the 10-speed automatic transmission rests aft of both power sources, the electrical motor can’t fill in the dips in motive force in between gear changes, and that’s a pity. The 288-volt nickel-metal-hybride battery likewise does not offer power to onboard plugs or generators, neither does the crossbreed system improve the truck’s tow rating. It does increase gas economy, nevertheless.

According to Toyota’s internal testing (which has yet to be validated by the EPA, though we visualize it will certainly be shortly), a rear-wheel-drive Tundra with the I-Force Max hybrid powertrain will return 20 miles per gallon in the city, 24 on the freeway as well as 22 combined. Those are renovations of 2 mpg in the city as well as combined over the non-hybrid’s rankings of 18/23/20 (the lower-power SR quality additionally gets 24 freeway but stands for only 5% of overall Expanse sales). Including 4×4 knocks that down a little bit to 19/22/21 with the I-Force Max versus 17/23/19 with the basic engine. Bringing up the rear in performance is the hybrid-powered TRD Pro off-road professional with scores of 19/21/20.

And that brings us to the expense. The most inexpensive Tundra for 2022 is a rear-wheel-drive SR Double Taxi with a 6.5-foot bed for $37,645 including a $1,695 delivery fee. If you desire the I-Force Max powertrain, you’re considering a minimum of $53,995 for a Restricted CrewMax, the bigger of the two four-door cabins. Directly listed below the range-topping Capstone rest the expensive Platinum and Western-themed 1794, each of which will certainly sell for simply under $60,000 without any options, plus one more $3,000 for four-wheel drive. The high-grade Capstone with its conventional I-Force Max, CrewMax setup and four-wheel drive starts at $75,225.

In the heady globe of costs luxury trucks, that sum is reasonable. The very successful Ford F-150’s similar trim is called Limited, and also it begins at $76,030 as well as features Ford’s BlueCruise hands-free driving technology. Geared up with Ford’s optional crossbreed engine (which likewise includes Ford’s 7.2 kW Pro Power Onboard system that won Autoblog’s Technology of the Year honor), as well as four-wheel drive, the Minimal runs $81,355. GMC’s completely revitalized Sierra Denali Ultimate will likewise consist of Super Cruise for hands-free driving, also when drawing a trailer, and also should strike car dealerships soon with a starting cost of $80,395.

Toyota does not provide any type of type of hands-free driving tech that would be comparable to Ford’s BlueCruise or GM’s Super Cruise ship, nor does it have any type of beneficial in-bed modern technology that could match Ford’s Pro Power Onboard. Because method, it’s in the same watercraft as the Ram 1500. Maybe an also bigger obstacle Toyota needs to conquer is the intense owner commitment that American vehicle manufacturers have delighted in for many years. Current data suggests that proprietor commitment is much less of an issue on the most expensive of pick-ups like the Capstone, Denali Ultimate and also F-150 Limited, yet we believe it’s best to think about the Capstone as a reaction to Toyota purchasers telling the automaker that they are willing to pay even more for an even more exceptional pickup.

Checked out that lens, the Capstone is sure to be a victor for Toyota. It’s obvious that the pickup truck market has actually relocated upmarket and that these luxury vehicles as well as the costs they regulate bring larger profits to car manufacturers than pretty much any other sector they contend in. Even if the Capstone just incrementally relocates the needle on sales, which seems like the most likely circumstance, it ought to suffice to maintain faithful Expanse purchasers with deep pockets from straying in other places. If the overall plan persuades a couple of customers from various other brand names, that’s icing on the cake. Most importantly, there suffices brand-new content in the total bundle, specifically within, that we assume purchasers seeking the fanciest Tundra money can buy will enjoy to pay a few added thousand bucks over the Platinum and also 1794 to bring home a Capstone.