ALL THE TRUCK YOU’LL NEED: 2022 TOYOTA TUNDRA 1794
It wasn’t more than just a few months prior to this article, I looked at the all-new 2022 Toyota Tundra Capstone, a near $75,000 luxo-pickup with more bells than whistles. While my findings during my test lead to a positive outlook, there were a few things I felt as if I did not give it the benefit of the doubt. So, I’m here giving it another look through a fresh set of eyes and a different trim level, the 1794 Edition starting just under $60,000.
In the events you do not know what the 1794 Edition represents, it is a Ranch in San Antonio, Texas that was founded in the year, uhhh, 1794. Many, many moons later, Toyota purchased the ranch and is the current location in which the Tundra is being assembled. So, to pay heritage to this history of the land, Toyota created the 1794 Edition Tundra during the previous generation model. However, as for this new generation, the 1794 steps up its cowboy enrich luxury heritage with a gorgeous rich saddle brown leather interior on nearly every touchable surface with beautiful dark American Walnut wood grain trim on the dash, center console and door panels, and even the 1794 logo stamped into the wood grain. If only I had cattle to go with my cowboy hat.
The 1794 Edition is closer to the top of the trim line in the Tundra family with the TRD Pro and Capstone coming in at the very top end. The 1794 is also the last one in the Tundra lineup that carries the option between a 3.4-liter twin-turbo non-hybrid V-6 engine or the hybrid twin-turbo V-6. Unfortunately, as much as I had wished I had the non-hybrid option to gather a more unique experience from my Capstone test, this 1794 had ponied up the extra $5000 for the twin-turbo hybrid option.
With the Tundra’s 3.4-liter twin-turbo V-6 hybrid supporting 437-horsepower and 583lb-ft of torque, it is certainly not an unfortunate situation; this thing moves like a quarterback on skates. Connected to a 10-speed automatic, there is no slouch in the system, there is no hesitation from the turbos and the hybrid is there playing defense filling in all the performance gaps. The pairing is so peachy, it could not be more of a better match than if they met on Tinder. And even though hybrid systems are all about fuel economy, the Tundra is still a full-size truck, so trying to get it to squeeze anything more than the teen figures took some work. I managed to squeeze just over 20-mpg’s on my 200-mile highway run and received a better overall MPG average of 19-mpg’s from my initial testing with the Capstone.
Noticeably different from the Captsone model I tested are the wheels. The 1794 features 18-inch wheels over the Capstones 22-inchers and right from the start there was a far more improved ride and handling. Despite handling still coming in light, the controllability at least gave us a little more heft in its feedback feeling like we are handling something larger than a Toyota Corolla. With the ride being much smoother, there was more comfort found in the driver’s seat that allowed me to have a different perspective on some of the interior features that I perhaps I was a little overly harsh on like the digital cluster display and massively oversized center infotainment system.
The all-new Tundra is fitting well into the suburbia lifestyle of providing extreme comfort with premium features, and a luxurious façade. While the infotainment system feels like it overshadows the classy interior scheme, it is utterly user friendly with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and more camera’s than Bill Gates estate. The Tundra also features trailer backup assist that helps straightening out the trailer when trying to back up into tricky spots and with Toyota’s latest safety software, it carries a smooth adaptive cruise control system, emergency forward and backwards braking assist, lane departure assist, and some more other assists features.
Sure, as a truck, the Tundra does truck things, it can tow things like a boat or a trailer of some normal truck towing weight. It has a power release tailgate that opens to a bed that can fit things like a new living room set from Ashley Furniture. And there is tons of hidden storage compartments like under the back seats to hide things you don’t want your partner to find. Furthermore, with this 1794, the Tundra comes across as a rougher, tougher, truck like than the posh Capstone with its obnoxious 22-inch wheels – if you want a truck that feels luxurious but can still get a little dirt on its tires, the 1794 is all the truck you need.