2022 Toyota Tundra Capstone i-FORCE MAX: Pros and Cons

2022 Toyota Tundra Capstone i-FORCE MAX hero

Toyota recently released the newest generation of Tundra to the masses. I was handed the keys to the 2022 Toyota Tundra Capstone i-FORCE MAX for a week giving me enough time to tell you just what are the best and worst features of Toyota’s newest Tundra offering. Here are the PROs and CONs of the 2022 Toyota Tundra Capstone i-FORCE MAX.

PRO: Upgraded Interior Tech

2022 Toyota Tundra Capstone i-FORCE MAX interior

The interior of the Tundra has definitely been brought up to the times with the newest generation. Front and center (literally) has to be the 14-inch infotainment screen. Along with the infotainment screen, the gauge cluster has gone full digital as well giving you the option to cycle through loads of data screens while presenting the i-Force (boost gauge) and MAX (battery gauge) on full display.

PRO: Drive Modes

The outgoing Tundra had its expected 4×4 mode and options, but the newest generation has a drive mode switch allowing you to switch between Eco, Comfort, Normal, Sport, Sport+, and as the name would suggest a customizable Custom mode. The modes are welcome as you can actually feel a change in the vehicle when selecting through the modes.

PRO: Drastically Different Exterior

The last generation Tundra had a more bubble or inflated look, while this 2022 Tundra has a more blocky and sharp stance on the road. They are two drastically different looks and if it looks good is really up to your personal preference.

PRO: Positive Bump in MPGs

The Capstone trim happens to weigh the most in the model line up (6185 lbs), but it gets the best miles per gallon from its iForce MAX hybrid system. Powered by a twin-turbo 3.5-liter V6 with a motor generator system built inside bell-housing the Tundra Capstone produces 437 horsepower and 583 lb.-ft. of torque, while producing 19 city, 22 highway, 21 combined.

CON: Ditches the V8

The new iForce MAX hybrid engine is certainly an engineering marvel, but you cannot ditch your V8 and not have it in the Con column. Many other truck manufacturers have fuel-efficient engine offerings, but still, give the V8 to the ones that need want it. I personally would have liked to see some unique V8 option on the Tundra TRD Pro model.


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