2022 Toyota Tundra’s 437 HP Hybrid Powertrain Is A $3,400 Option, Capstone Starts At $73k
Toyota has revealed the Tundra’s i-Force Max powertrain will be a $3,400 option on the Limited, Platinum, and 1794 Edition trims.
While the hybrid powertrain isn’t cheap, it’s a powerhouse that consists of a twin-turbo 3.5-liter V6, a 1.87 kWh nickel-metal hydride battery, and an electric motor that is effectively sandwiched between the engine and a ten-speed automatic transmission.
This setup enables the truck to produce 437 hp (326 kW / 443 PS) and 583 lb-ft (790 Nm) of torque, which is a sizable improvement over the non-hybrid engine that develops 389 hp (290 kW / 394 PS) and 479 lb-ft (649 Nm) in everything except the entry-level Tundra SR.
Driven: The 2022 Toyota Tundra Is A Tougher, More Capable Pickup With Available Hybrid Power
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Besides being more powerful, the hybrid powertrain is more efficient as rear-wheel drive variants have an estimated fuel economy rating of 20 mpg city, 24 mpg highway, and 22 mpg combined. That’s a slight improvement over the non-hybrid, which returns 18 mpg city, 23 mpg highway, and 20 mpg combined in Limited, Platinum, and 1794 Edition trims.
Adding four-wheel drive drops the hybrid’s estimated fuel economy rating to 19 mpg city, 22 mpg highway, and 21 mpg combined. Opting for the off-road focused Tundra TRD Pro reduces those numbers even further as they fall to 19 mpg city, 21 mpg highway, and 20 mpg combined. For comparison, the non-hybrid Limited, Platinum, and 1794 Edition trims return 17 mpg city, 22 mpg highway, and 19 mpg combined with four-wheel drive.
Getting back to pricing, Toyota revealed the 2022 Tundra TRD Pro will start at $66,805. The model comes standard with four-wheel drive and the i-Force Max powertrain. Of course, it’s more notable for featuring a unique design, a 1.1 inch (28 mm) front lift, a unique front stabilizer, 2.5-inch FOX internal bypass coilovers, and remote-reservoir rear shocks. The model also boasts an aluminum front skid plate, an electronic locking rear differential, a Multi-Terrain Monitor, Multi-Terrain Select, and 18-inch forged aluminum wheels wrapped in 33-inch Falken Wildpeak tires.
Sitting at the top of the range is the $73,530 Tundra Capstone, which also comes standard with four-wheel drive and the i-Force Max powertrain. It’s a luxury pickup that features a unique grille, chrome mirror caps, and 22-inch chrome wheels. The model also sports power running boards and a power bed step.
Inside, drivers will find two-tone semi-aniline leather seats and American Walnut wood trim. They’re joined by a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, a 14-inch Audio Multimedia infotainment system, and a 10-inch color head-up display. Other niceties include acoustic side glass, a digital rearview mirror, a panoramic moonroof, and a 12-speaker JBL premium audio system.
If that’s too pricey, the cheapest way to get the hybrid powertrain is opting for the Tundra 4×2 Limited CrewMax with the 5.5 foot bed. It starts at $52,300 and climbs to $55,300 with four-wheel drive.