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2012 Toyota Tundra Regular Cab

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2012 Toyota Tundra Regular Cab Review

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KBB Expert Rating: 7.4

Toyota's full-size Tundra Pickup truck is a genuine workhorse every bit the equal of long-established pickup trucks from Ford, Chevy and Ram. Although offered only as a half-ton model, the 2012 Toyota Tundra full-size pickup is a very capable machine, with horsepower, towing and payload numbers the same or better than its domestic (and one foreign) rivals. The U.S.-built 2012 Toyota Tundra leads the pack in a number of areas, including safety. In fact, the Tundra was the first full-size pickup to receive a Top Safety Pick award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS.org).

You'll Like This Car If...

If you need a tough and rugged truck that knows how to pamper its occupants, the 2012 Toyota Tundra is worth checking out. With the right configuration, the Tundra's payload exceeds one ton and towing capacity can go to 10,400 pounds.

You May Not Like This Car If...

If you're used to the smaller and more nimble Toyota Tacoma, the 2012 Toyota Tundra may feel far too large. Maneuverability and fuel economy are hardly the Tundra's strong points, and unlike some larger competitors, there is no 3/4- or 1-ton model, dually rear end or diesel-engine option.

What's New for 2012

The 2012 Toyota Tundra pickup has its options list simplified to a few well-equipped packages, adding a new Chrome Package on Double Cab and CrewMax models. The Limited and TRD Rock Warrior trims gain a standard rearview camera.

Driving the Tundra Regular Cab

Driving Impressions From behind the wheel, there is no getting around that the 2012 Toyota Tundra full-size pickup is a really big truck. A tall, upright seating position makes it easier to...

see over the big hood, but the Tundra's overall girth, like all trucks in this segment, requires some top-notch driving skills when navigating narrow roads or confined quarters. The Limited trim's rearview camera is a great help when parking or attaching a trailer and really should be standard on all models. As for how the 2012 Toyota Tundra pickup drives, we found the big Toyota offers excellent steering feel and a better highway ride than some of its competitors. The good handling and solid body have everything to do with the Tundra's frame, which features a fully-boxed front section, partially-boxed C-channel under the passenger compartment and more flexible open C-channel below the bed. Of the two V8 engine choices, we prefer the 5.7-liter V8. With 381 horses on tap, this engine has no problem moving the Tundra even with a full cab and a loaded bed.

Comprehensive Accessories
Toyota offers a comprehensive assortment of more than three dozen dealer-installed items, including exterior and interior trim upgrades, cargo-bed accessories and performance and handling enhancements from Toyota's performance brand, TRD.

i-Force 5.7-liter V8
The 2012 Toyota Tundra's optional i-Force 5.7-liter V8 makes 71 more horsepower than the also-optional 4.6-liter V8, yet, with the technology of variable-valve timing and the benefits of a 6-speed automatic transmission, almost matches the fuel economy of the standard V6. Both the engine and transmission are built in the U.S.

2012 Toyota Tundra Regular Cab Details
Interior

A big project can call for hauling big people and bigger equipment, and the 2012 Toyota Tundra has both areas covered. CrewMax models can comfortably hold up to six adults plus provide multiple storage areas for toolboxes, jumper cables and extra gear. Adding to the Tundra's comfort level is a rear seat in the Double Cab model that has more rearward angle than in other trucks, making the small space more suitable for long trips. If 4-passenger (or more) accommodations are what you seek, however, it's the CrewMax you'll be wanting. With its fore-and-aft-adjustable rear seats and adjustable seatback, the 2012 Toyota Tundra CrewMax pickup is the ultimate people-hauler.

Exterior

The 2012 Toyota Tundra full-size pickup boasts the tough, in-your-face attitude demanded by full-size pickup buyers. Although still clearly a product of Toyota design, the Tundra's huge chrome grille surround, prominent hood bulge and sculpted lower door edges make it as formidable as any of its rivals. While the base Regular Cab model looks rather pedestrian with its black grille and bumper, up-level trims show off a lot more chrome and flashy options. The Double Cab model features shorter half doors for accessing the small rear seat, while the CrewMax models are easily identifiable by their longer cabs, shorter beds and long rear doors. Toyota also offers a Work Truck package that equips the 2012 Toyota Tundra pickup with a vinyl bench seat, rubber flooring and a choice between the 4.0-liter V6 or the 4.7-liter V8.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

Standard equipment on the most basic 2012 Toyota Tundra Regular Cab pickup includes a V6 engine, limited-slip differential, trailer sway control, dual-zone manual climate controls and an AM/FM stereo with a single-disc CD player. The SR5 trim of the Double Cab and CrewMax includes power front seats, AM/FM stereo with 6-disc CD changer and heated outside mirrors. The Limited trim level includes a billet-style grille, front and rear parking sonar, rearview camera, heated leather seats, a bed-rail system and a JBL audio unit. With 270 horsepower, the standard 4.0-liter V6 is more powerful than many V8s of the recent past. Only those who regularly haul massive loads and tow large trailers will truly miss the extra power of the optional V8s.

Optional Equipment

Most optional equipment on the 2012 Toyota Tundra pickup is packaged into either the mid-level SR5 or the up-scale Limited trims. One significant stand-alone option is a bundle that includes a DVD-based satellite navigation system, Bluetooth phone connectivity, rearview camera and a JBL audio system. The 2-door Regular Cab and 4-door Double Cab are available with 61/2- and 8-foot bed lengths, while the CrewMax has a 51/2-foot bed. The Platinum Package available on CrewMax Limited trims includes heated and ventilated seats, 20-inch chrome wheels, navigation, a power sunroof and wood-trim interior. The 2012 Toyota Tundra pickup offers a long list of dealer-installable accessories. These include remote engine start, 22-inch wheels, bed extender and numerous TRD (Toyota Racing Development) items.

Under the Hood

The 2012 Toyota Tundra offers three engine choices: the standard 270-horsepower 4.0-liter V6, a 310-horsepower 4.6-liter V8 or the 381-horsepower 5.7-liter V8. The V6 comes with a 5-speed automatic with uphill/downhill shift logic, while the V8s are mated to a 6-speed automatic. Since the 5.7 liter makes 71 horsepower more than the 4.6 liter and gets almost the same fuel mileage as the V6, the vast majority of Tundra buyers select the big engine. All three engines employ several technologies allowing them to produce both big power and reasonable economy. Variable-valve timing optimizes engine performance for changing conditions and demands, and the V8's 6-speed automatic transmission employs a low first gear to aid low-speed acceleration and two overdrive gears to maximize highway economy.

4.0-liter V6
270 horsepower @ 5,600 rpm
278 lb-ft. of torque @ 4,400 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 16/20

4.6-liter V8
310 horsepower @ 5,600 rpm
327 lb-ft of torque @ 3,400 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 15/20 (2WD), 14/19 (4WD)

5.7-liter V8
381 horsepower @ 5,600 rpm
401 lb-ft of torque @ 3,600 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 14/18 (2WD); 13/17 (4WD), 13/18 (4WD, E85)


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2012 Toyota Tundra Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
9.0
Out of 10

Based on 990 Ratings for the 2007 - 2013 models.

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  • Value
    9.0/10
    Quality
    9.1/10
  • Reliability
    9.3/10
    Performance
    9.2/10
  • Comfort
    9.2/10
    Styling
    9.1/10

I will never buy another Chevrolet !

By on Wednesday, September 02, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 107,500

10 10.0
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Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Cab room 2nd to none."

Cons: "I havn't found any Cons with this truck yet ! !"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"My 2010 Toyota Tundra I bought new in 2011. This has been the best truck by far I have ever owned. This truck has way more room than any Chevrolet or Ford offers. I have 107000 miles on it and you can't even tell it's been used except for the minor nicks and grocery store dings. The power is unreal and I pull a 16' stock trailer behind it and have to remind myself it's back there. Toyota has sold me on quality in the Tundra. And the best part of all it keeps jobs in Texas since that's where they are built."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

5 years, no problems

By on Tuesday, August 11, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 31,000

10 9.0
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Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "best by far"

Cons: "none"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Bought this 4x4 tundra limited to replace totaled out 2007 tundra limited. I have only serviced the truck by the book and replaced one set of tires in 31000 miles. the only replacement required was a back up lamp bulb. will never buy any other truck and I have had all of them over the past 50 years. Chevys, Fords, Dodges and none of them even came close to the Tundra for reliability, value or trouble free driving, and it was made in America!!!"

3 people out of 6 found this review helpful

Best truck!!!

By on Wednesday, July 15, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 69,960

10 10.0
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Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Great truck!!! Very reliable and safe."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"This is a great truck. I drive it everywhere and it has proven to be reliable and safe. For it's size, it gets great mileage."

9 people out of 16 found this review helpful

The best truck ever read this!!

By on Saturday, July 04, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 171,000

10 10.0
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Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Powerful , smooth ride, envy for my neighbors 4x4"

Cons: "Nothing"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I'm have owned so many trucks and cars but since I got a Toyota Tacoma it was the best truck the only thing it needed is gas I still own it so I decided to get a tundra this truck was a monster compared to my Tacoma but they have the same quality people talk about how much gas consumption but is not really bad for the power you get I think is fair .. Even my truck has a 7" inch lift still feels amazing I took it mudding it did such good job I'm amazed with this truck love it!!!"

18 people out of 31 found this review helpful

Way better than I expected. What a Great Truck.

By on Thursday, June 25, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 15,000

10 10.0
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Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Great Ride - Looks Great - 4x4 work effortlessly"

Cons: "Factory Tires don't last long enough."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Fantastic Truck. I feel I made a great choice. Toyota Quality can be felt from the moment you turn the key. Rides and Looks Great. No issues what so ever. Trouble free and fun to drive, very durable."

20 people out of 37 found this review helpful

Get what you pay for

By on Monday, June 15, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 20,000

10 10.0
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Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "everything"

Cons: "gps/backup display is a bit hard to read in glare"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I bought my first tundra upgrade from a 4 runner in '04 because it looked survivable in a hi speed collision. Nine years later a drunk forced me into a 60 mph head on. While horrific in nature the cab was never breached, and I'm still here. I love my airbags and seatbelt. Nothing broken or cut. Near two y.o. new '14 Tundra build very well. No rattles, no junk, made with quality in mind. The building process is top notch. I call the interior so close to a Lexus. No messing around. 400hp, again, no messing around. Not so hot mileage? Lets see the real world mileage of the other trucks hauling and pulling."

14 people out of 30 found this review helpful

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