Finally Modern. The second-gen Toyota Tundra was one of the oldest vehicles in the class, spanning from 2007 to 2021 without any major changes. Mercifully, Toyota has finally come out with an all-new Tundra for 2022 and it’s available with a hybrid powertrain.

The all-new 2022 Toyota Tundra Hybrid arrives to take on the Ford F-150 Hybrid, as well as efficient diesel options offered on the Chevrolet Silverado 1500, GMC Sierra 1500, and Ram 1500. With the new hybrid powertrain, few will miss the old Tundra’s V8 engine, which has disappeared for 2022.

Beyond the engine, the new Tundra Hybrid features a rugged design that makes it look unlike any other hybrid on the market and intuitive high-tech features. It’s been a long wait, but the Tundra Hybrid finally ushers the pickup truck into the modern era.

A Hybrid Built For Go. We should make something very clear, Toyota didn’t set out to make the Tundra Hybrid the most fuel-efficient pickup truck on the market. That fact is evident from the Tundra Hybrid’s power figures. While the standard twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V6 engine is good for 389 horsepower and 479 pound-feet of torque, the Tundra Hybrid adds an electric motor and a 1.87-kWh battery for up to 437 hp and 583 lb-ft of torque.

In addition to having more power, the hybrid’s powertrain has been tweaked to produce peak torque at 2,400 rpm, giving the Tundra Hybrid an edge when towing or off-roading. Additionally, the electric motor helps the Tundra Hybrid have a quiet ride when operating in EV mode, feel peppier in tow/haul mode, and reduce the amount of stress the V6 engine is under.

So-So Towing Capability. While towing capacity for the Tundra has increased for the 2022 model year, the hybrid isn’t as capable as the regular gas model. The Tundra has a maximum towing capacity of 12,000 pounds and can haul up to 1,940 pounds. The Tundra Hybrid has even lower figures of 11,450 pounds of towing capacity and 1,680 pounds of payload capacity. That’s plenty for most people and well above the previous-gen model, but it falls behind the F-150 Hybrid that has a 12,700-pound towing capacity.

Unlike other hybrids on the market, the Tundra Hybrid doesn’t bring significantly better fuel economy figures over the regular model. The Tundra Hybrid is rated to get up to 20 mpg in the city, 24 mpg on the highway, and 22 mpg combined with rear-wheel drive. Four-wheel-drive models fall to 21 mpg combined. The regular Tundra can get up to 20 mpg combined with RWD, while the F-150 Hybrid can get up to 25 mpg combined.

If you’re looking to save money on fuel with the Tundra Hybrid, you’ll want to look elsewhere. Toyota clearly had a goal in mind to make the Tundra Hybrid better suited at the performance side of things compared to fuel economy, bringing mixed results.

Pricey, But Worth It. Toyota offers the Tundra Hybrid on the Limited, Platinum, 1794, TRD Pro, and Capstone trims. The TRD Pro and Capstone trims are only available with the hybrid powertrain. Compared to similarly equipped Tundras, the Tundra Hybrid costs an additional $3,400.

With the Tundra Hybrid starting off with the Limited trim, the model comes well-equipped with a 14-inch touchscreen, synthetic leather upholstery, heated and ventilated front seats, a heated steering wheel, a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, dual-zone automatic climate control, and a power sliding rear window.

On the safety front, the Tundra Hybrid comes standard with blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, forward collision warning, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, lane-keeping assist, traffic sign recognition, and pedestrian detection.

While the Tundra Hybrid still has a little way to go to catch up to the fanciest F-150 and Ram 1500 models, the available Capstone trim feels like a premium product with a 10-inch head-up display, 22-inch wheels, power running boards, semi-aniline leather upholstery, available adaptive suspension, and walnut wood trim.

Final Thoughts. The 2022 Toyota Tundra Hybrid is the pickup truck to get in the lineup. Its hybrid powertrain brings a hefty increase in power, a slight increase in fuel economy, and a quieter ride. Unfortunately, the hybrid engine can’t match the regular Tundra or its competitors when it comes to towing or payload capacity.

The Ford F-150 Hybrid is the Tundra Hybrid’s most obvious competitor. The F-150 has a higher towing capacity, a more upscale interior in its range-topping trim, better fuel economy figures, and a Pro Power Onboard system that can pump out 2,400 watts of electricity.

The Ram 1500 is available with mild-hybrid powertrains, can tow up to 12,750 pounds, is available in a high-performance TRX trim with 702 hp, and has one of the nicest cabins in the class in its range-topping trim.

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Pictured: 2022 Toyota Tundra