Research your new truck with Toyota Tundra reviews
The 2012 Toyota Tundra is available with three different cab sizes: the familiar regular cab, the Toyota Tundra double cab, and the Toyota Tundra CrewMax cab. Price is affected not only by which of these cab sizes you select, but also by the engine and transmission you opt for.
MSRP: $26,140 to $44,580
Average paid: $25,995 to $44,105
Acceleration and power
One of the big pluses about the Toyota Tundra is that its standard engine is a fairly powerful V6 that outperforms the standard engines found on many of its domestic competitors. Generating 270 horsepower, the default V6 accelerates from 0 to 60 miles per hour in a relatively trim 7.9 seconds. You can upgrade to your choice of V8 engines if you need more capability; the 4.6 L V8 cranks out 310 horsepower and 327 lb/ft of torque, and the 5.7 L V8 comes in with 381 horsepower and 401 lb/ft of torque.
Handling and braking
Whatever gains are made by the strong standard engine are offset by the diminished ride quality that is one of the major knocks against the Tundra lineup. On the whole, the ride is harsh and bumpy, owing to the questionable suspension. However, the Toyota Tundra is above-average when it comes to load stabilization and towing safety.
All-wheel anti-lock brakes are standard on all Tundra models. You also benefit from electronic brake force distribution, which provides smoother, more even and more predictable deceleration.
2012 Toyota Tundra reviews have also singled out the seating for being surprisingly comfortable. Regular cab versions of the vehicle offer seating for three passengers, while the Toyota Tundra CrewMax model, with full-sized rear doors, can seat six. Legroom is also very generous in the extended cab models, and leather seating is available if you want an upgrade over the standard cloth upholstery. While base models of the vehicle have some cheap-seeming interior materials, these can also be upgraded if you want to enjoy the spoils of a more luxurious interior.
Some of the noteworthy standard features common to all models include daytime running headlights and a cold weather ignition booster (which includes a heavy-duty vehicle starter, a windshield wiper ice removal grid, mud flaps and a heavy-duty battery). You will also get air conditioning, cruise control, air conditioning, fog lights and remote keyless entry. Higher-end versions of the vehicle offer an expanded range of standard features, including parking sensors (front and rear), Bluetooth connectivity, a built-in navigation system, power moon roof and a rear-view camera.
The standard cargo area dimensions measure in at:
- Length (at floor): 78.7 inches
- Width (at floor): 66.4 inches
- Width (at top, rear): 66.4 inches
- Width (at wheel housings): 50.0 inches
- Height: 22.2 inches
The Toyota Tundra offers some of the most comprehensive safety features in its class, including a total of eight airbags to provide excellent overall passenger safety. Additional standard safety features include trailer sway control, traction control, anti-lock brakes, electronic brake force distribution and stability control. Toyota also offers its patented SmartStop technology, which immediately and automatically switches off the engine if the driver presses the gas pedal and the brake pedal at the same time.
The basic warranty covers you for three years or 36,000 miles, and the drivetrain warranty is good for five years or 60,000 miles. Toyota’s corrosion warranty remains valid for five years and an unlimited number of miles.
The 2012 model is unchanged from the 2011 Toyota Tundra. These specifications are for the base model of the vehicle; performance variations among the various engines are discussed in detail in the sections below.
- Transmission: 5-speed automatic with overdrive (6-speed transmission available)
- Drivetrain: Rear-wheel drive (all-wheel drive available)
- Engine Type: Gasoline V6
- Engine Size: 4.0 L (standard base engine)
- Horsepower: 270 @ 5600 rpm
- Torque: 278 lb/ft @ 4400 rpm
- MPG, City: 16 MPG
- MPG, Highway: 20 MPG
- Payload: 1,620 pounds
- Towing Capacity: 4,900 pounds