Best Bet
  • (4.5) 64 reviews
  • Available Prices: $16,851–$35,511
  • Body Style: Truck
  • Combined MPG: 15-18
  • Engine: 310-hp, 4.6-liter V-8 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain: 4x2
  • Towing Capacity: 6,600 lbs.
2012 Toyota Tundra

Our Take on the Latest Model 2012 Toyota Tundra

What We Don't Like

  • Dark, sterile interior materials
  • Unloaded ride quality is harsh
  • Huge CrewMax has no rear captain's chairs in luxury model
  • No integrated trailer brake controller option

Notable Features

  • V-6 or V-8 power
  • Standard automatic transmission
  • Three cab styles
  • Trailer-sway control

2012 Toyota Tundra Reviews

Vehicle Overview

Toyota went for the jugular in the 2007 model year when it introduced the second-generation Tundra full-size pickup truck with a powerful 5.7-liter V-8 engine and six-speed automatic transmission. Today, the Tundra faces much stiffer competition from Chevrolet, Ram, GMC and Ford half-ton pickups, all of which have been updated or revised since 2007. Certain configurations of the Tundra can seat up to six people.

The Tundra comes in two- or four-wheel drive and in three cab styles: regular cab, Double Cab and CrewMax. The CrewMax is the largest cab in the half-ton segment since Chrysler discontinued the Mega Cab option for the Ram 1500. The CrewMax comes only with a 5-foot, 6-inch bed, while other versions can be ordered with either a 6.5-foot or an 8-foot cargo bed.

New for 2012
A new Chrome Package for Double Cab and CrewMax trucks includes a chrome exhaust tip, chrome side mirrors, chrome door handles and 18-inch chrome-clad wheels. The Cold Area Package, heated side mirrors and daytime running lights are now standard on all models, and a backup camera is a new feature of the Limited trim level. The instrument panel now has a black finish, and the towing package is no longer bundled with other options and must now be ordered separately.

Exterior
Toyota made sure this Tundra wouldn't have sand kicked in its face by designing a big, brawny pickup that looks like it could bully any truck on the market — at least from the front. The massive grille, sculptured hood and husky bumper present an intimidating head-on view. From the side, the Tundra is rather conventional. A deck-rail adjustable tie-down system is optional for all cargo beds.

Exterior features include:

  • 17-, 18- or 20-inch wheels
  • Optional power-sliding rear window
  • Optional power moonroof

Interior
The Tundra's interior is designed to accommodate working people. The control knobs are easy to grip, even with work gloves, and the gauges are easy to read at a glance but placed at the end of long barrels in the dash. There are plenty of storage options, especially with a center console that can hold a laptop and hanging files. Even the regular cab Tundra has enough room behind the seats to hold five-gallon paint buckets. The seats are wide, supportive and comfortable. The Platinum Package adds luxury touches that until now were only available in trucks like high-end Ford F-150s.

Interior features include:

  • Standard dual-zone air conditioning
  • Two front 12-volt power outlets
  • Front bench or bucket seats
  • Optional leather upholstery

Under the Hood
Mechanical features include:

  • 270-horsepower, 4.0-liter V-6 with aluminum block and cylinder heads, dual overhead camshafts and four valves per cylinder, with 278 pounds-feet of torque
  • 310-hp, 4.6-liter V-8 with aluminum block and cylinder heads, dual overhead camshafts and four valves per cylinder, with 327 pounds-feet of torque
  • 381-hp, 5.7-liter V-8 with aluminum block and cylinder heads, dual overhead camshafts and four valves per cylinder, with 401 pounds-feet of torque
  • Five-speed automatic transmission (V-6)
  • Six-speed automatic (V-8s)
  • Four-wheel drive available on V-8 models

Safety
Trailer-sway control and brake override technology are standard. Trailer-sway control uses a truck's stability control sensors to detect unintended side-to-side movement at the rear wheels while towing and uses the truck's antilock braking system to counteract yaw caused by unwanted trailer motion.

Other safety features include:

  • Antilock brakes
  • Electronic stability system
  • Side-impact airbags for the front seats
  • Side curtain airbags
  • Optional backup camera

 

Consumer Reviews

(4.5)

Average based on 64 reviews

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Most reliable truck I drive

by Daledale from Naperville IL on December 7, 2017

Plenty of room for big guy. No needed to see a mechanic except for maintenance. Bed is 8'1". Lots of thinks fits in there.

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28 Trims Available

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Toyota Tundra Articles

2012 Toyota Tundra Safety Ratings

Crash-Test Reports

IIHS Ratings

Based on Toyota Tundra Grade 4.6L V8

Head Restraints and Seats
G
Moderate overlap front
G
Roof Strength
G
Side
G

IIHS Ratings

Based on Toyota Tundra Grade 4.6L V8

G Good
A Acceptable
M Marginal
P Poor

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
G
Overall Rear
G
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
G

Moderate overlap front

Chest
G
Head/Neck
G
Left Leg/Foot
G
Overall Front
G
Restraints
G
Right Leg/Foot
A
Structure/safety cage
G

Other

Roof Strength
G

Side

Driver Head Protection
G
Driver Head and Neck
G
Driver Pelvis/Leg
G
Driver Torso
G
Overall Side
G
Rear Passenger Head Protection
G
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
G
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
G
Rear Passenger Torso
G
Structure/safety cage
G
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers. IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal or poor based on performance in high-speed front and side crash tests. IIHS also evaluates seat/head restraints for protection against neck injuries in rear impacts.

Recalls

There are currently 3 recalls for this car.


Safety defects and recalls are relatively common. Stay informed and know what to do ahead of time.

Safety defects and recalls explained

Service & Repair

Estimated Service & Repair cost: $3,000 per year.

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Warranty Coverage

Bumper-to-Bumper

36mo/36,000mi

Powertrain

60mo/60,000mi

Roadside Assistance Coverage

24mo/25,000mi

Free Scheduled Maintenance

24mo/25,000mi

What you should get in your warranty can be confusing. Make sure you are informed.

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Warranties Explained

Bumper-to-Bumper

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

Powertrain

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

Roadside Assistance

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

Free Scheduled Maintenance

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

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