Still fresh-faced from its big 2022 redesign, the 2023 Toyota Tundra remains largely, and understandably, unchanged. With the exception of an SX package on the SR5 model. Which adds dark 18” wheels and other black and grey accent pieces both inside and out. On the very top of the pile is the Capstone model. Which will spoil you with much more than just black door handles.
It may be double the price of the entry-level Tundra SR, but if you do opt for the Capstone Crewmax model, you’ll be treated to some serious upgrades. The interior is large and lavish. Pampering occupants with semi-aniline leather-trimmed power seats. The fronts being heated and ventilated. American walnut wood-grain trim. A premium audio system from JBL. Subwoofer and amplifier included. A long panoramic sunroof, enormous 14-inch multimedia display and more. Ride quality remains much more gentle and refined after the 2022 redesign, thanks largely to the coil-spring rear suspension. Providing better handling and composure for the big truck that the Tundra is.
Power running boards and a handy BedStep will help you climb in and out of the posh interior. On the outside, large 22-inch dark chrome and machined-finish alloy wheels look spectacular. The aluminum-reinforced composite bed will keep the scratches and nicks to a minimum. While the exterior 120V/400W AC power outlet will keep power flowing on the job or at the campsite.
The i-Force Max 3.5L twin-turbo V6 hybrid is a complete powerhouse. Making a whopping 437 hp and 583 lb-ft of torque. To use the words punchy and responsive to describe the acceleration of a full-sized pickup truck is rare, but perfectly appropriate here. With the help of the electric motors, and an advanced 10-speed automatic transmission, the 2023 Toyota Tundra can manage a combined 20 mpgs. Not bad for a truck as big and bad as this one. With so much torque, towing ability is also plenty stout. There’s an included tow receiving hitch with integrated 4/7 pin connectors. A trailer backup guide with straight path graphics. Plus multiple drive modes including designated configurations for towing and hauling.
All of the above is plenty helpful for those moments when the 2023 Toyota Tundra will be playing the serious work-horse. For all the many moments in-between though, the Tundra rides better than ever, is more fuel-efficient than ever, and comes equipped with every driving-aide and safety feature your heart could desire. With so many configurations and models to choose from, at a wide range of price points. Good in any version, but truly special with the Capstone treatment.
Price as tested: $77,339.00