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2022 Toyota Tundra Capstone CrewMax HV 4x4 - Review by Mark Fulmer

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More Power, More Torque, and Ballistic Nylon

Mark Fulmer
Executive Producer, Editor

I knew I'd get you to read this if I mentioned "ballistic nylon" because TACH readers have what Rudyard Kipling called "insatiable curiosity." Well, it has nothing to do with either truck exteriors or weird clothing. It's a special skid plate that Toyota says can make the Tundra's underbelly (gas tank) as protected as if it was wearing Iron Man's armour. If you already knew that you're smarter than me which is not difficult to achieve. If you liked that, stay tuned, cuz you'll enjoy reading about the Tundra's "active air dam."

The all-new Toyota Tundra "Capstone" (definition: "crowning achievement") trim is first and foremost an extremely well muscled workhorse. Its 437 combined electric/gas horsepower engines produce a tremendous 583 foot-pounds of torque which can tow 10,000 pounds with finesse and precision. The driver assist tech is good and needs to be with a vehicle of this size. The many cameras are very useful in parking lots. The ride is boat-like in the sense of smooth steadiness.

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The interior has Lexus-ian refinement and comfort. The large infotainment screen is a pleasant mix of knobs, toggle switches, and buttons (oh my!). The 10-way power driver and passenger leather bucket seats are both very adjustable including lumbar support, heating and cooling, and the driver being able to extend that seat for long hauls.

Front head room 39.3 in.
Front leg room 41.2 in.
Front shoulder room 65.0 in.
Front hip room 62.6 in.

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Second row seating with its dual vents and multi leveled heating doen't get much roomier that this. Even your daughters basketball player boyfriend won't feel cramped. On second thought don't let her drive it on a date.

Rear head room 36.9 in.
Rear leg room 41.6 in.
Rear shoulder room 62.4 in.
Rear hip room 60.5 in.

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Goodbye steel bed. Hello Composite Deck. No more rust or denting and easy to repair.

Bed length 65.6 in.
Turning circle 48.6 ft.
Ground clearance 8.5 in.
Curb weight 6,185 lbs.
Maximum towing capacity 10,340 lbs.
Maximum payload 1,485 lbs.

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Blind spot and lane departure warnings accident avoidance system
Pre-collision safety system
Post-collision safety system
Dual front side-mounted airbags Front and rear head airbags
Passenger airbag occupant sensing deactivation Stability control
Traction control
4-wheel ABS Front and rear ventilated disc brakes
Emergency braking assist Tire pressure monitoring

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Ok, so I promised to tell you about "active air dam" and here's deal - the air dam extends down below the front bumper and gives the truck better aerodynamics on paved surfaces. When going off-road that same air dam can be activated and lifted up behind the bumper for greater ground clearance.