2012 Toyota Tundra

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Key Specs

of the 2012 Toyota Tundra. Base trim shown.

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • 4.6-liter V-8 with broad, flat peak torque curve
  • 5.7-liter V-8 among best half-ton-pickup engines
  • 10,400-pound maximum trailering rating
  • Massive front brakes with excellent stopping power

The Bad

  • 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 of the 2012 Toyota Tundra

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

2012 Toyota Tundra Overview

By Cars.com Editors
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, scul...

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

 


Latest 2012 Tundra Stories

Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.7)
Performance
(4.6)
Interior Design
(4.2)
Comfort
(4.7)
Reliability
(4.7)
Value For The Money
(4.4)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

Toyota Trucks Are Awesome!

by Lilycowgirl from Lincoln, NE on July 31, 2018

Prior to this truck, I owned a Dodge Ram and didn't think anything could out-tow my dodge, but I was wrong! This Tundra tows my fully-loaded horse trailer with no issues! It's smooth and quiet with a ... Read full review

(5.0)

Most Reliable

by Toyota Lover on July 25, 2018

You can't go wrong with a Toyota...this truck will last a lifetime! Plenty of leg room, comfortable and dependable. Safety is a must for my family and I feel that this truck meets those requirements. Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2012 Toyota Tundra currently has 2 recalls

IIHS Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2012 Toyota Tundra Grade V6

IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal, or poor.

Head Restraints and Seats

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

Moderate overlap front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Left Leg/Foot
good
Overall Front
good
Restraints
good
Right Leg/Foot
acceptable
Structure/safety cage
good

Other

Roof Strength
good

Side

Driver Head Protection
good
Driver Head and Neck
good
Driver Pelvis/Leg
good
Driver Torso
good
Overall Side
good
Rear Passenger Head Protection
good
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
good
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
good
Rear Passenger Torso
good
Structure/safety cage
good
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

Manufacturer Warranty

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    60 months / 60,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    24 months / 25,000 miles

CPO Program & Warranty

Certified Pre-Owned by Toyota

Program Benefits

24-hour roadside assistance, trip-interruption services, Carfax vehicle history report, travel protection and toll-free assistance line

  • Limited Warranty

    1 year / 12,000 miles

    Comprehensive: 12 months/12,000 miles from date of purchase. Powertrain: 7 years/100,000 miles from original in-service date ($50 deductible) Note: In AL, FL, GA, NC and SC, 7-year/100,000 mile limited warranty coverage begins Jan. 1 of the vehicle's model year and zero (0) odometer miles and expires at the earlier of seven years or 100,000 odometer miles. Hybrid: 8-year/100,000 mile warranty on Factory HV Battery for Toyota Hybrid Vehicles.
  • Eligibility

    Under 6 years / 85,000 miles

    Vehicles receive a 160 point inspection and reconditioning.

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Tundra received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

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.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

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.

What is included in 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).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

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.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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