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2012 Toyota Tundra CrewCab Truck

2012 Toyota Tundra Review

(0 Stars)  One of America's (and Japan's) best trucks.

Reviewed by Automobile Magazine on

Overview
It seems like a very long time ago that Toyota introduced the Texas-made Tundra with the expectation that it would finally end American automakers' hegemony in the large-truck segment. Five years later, the Tundra struggles--and fails--to muster a sixth of the Ford F-series' sales volume. At the same time, Toyota has shifted much of its attention back to its cars, meaning the Tundra hasn't received as many updates as have its competitors. Still, the Tundra is a solid pickup truck. There are three engines, three body styles, two bed lengths, and a veritable laundry list of options. Things start off strong, with a base 4.0-liter V-6 that puts out 270 hp and a good midlevel option with the 310-hp, 4.6-liter V-8. Still, we'd say the 381-hp, 5.7-liter V-8 with variable valve timing best suits the Tundra's mission, especially if you'll be towing heavy loads; its maximum towing capacity is 10,400 pounds when properly equipped. Both V-8 engines team with a six-speed automatic transmission. The Tundra's only real shortcoming--aside from the fact that it's simply not exceptional enough to tear people from their Fords, Chevrolets, and Rams--is its ride quality. With an empty bed, it shudders and bounces more than its rivals. Its interior was truly exemplary when it debuted in 2007 and remains quite nice but, again, has fallen behind its American competition.

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2012 Tundra Base Crew Cab Pickup Vehicle Overview

  Performance Review  
Engine: 5.7L V 8 DOHC and variable valve timing
Unleaded fuel
Fuel economy: Gasoline:, 13 MPG city, 17 MPG highway, 14 MPG combined and 370 mi. range
Multi-point fuel injection
26.4gallon fuel tank
Power (SAE): 381 hp @ 5,600 rpm; 401 ft lb of torque @ 3,600 rpm

'12 Toyota CrewCab Truck Standard Equipment

  Climate Control  
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Front Air Conditioning
  Convenience  
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Cruise Control
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Keyless Entry
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Power Locks
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Power Outlet(s)
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Power Windows
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Steering Wheel Scope
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Steering Wheel Tilt
  Exterior  
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Privacy Glass
  Interior  
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Cup Holders
  Safety  
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Brake Assist
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Daytime Running Lights
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Driver Air Bag
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Front Wipers, Variable Intermittent
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Head/Curtain Airbag
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Heated Outside Mirrors
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Knee Air Bag
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Limited Slip Differential
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Passenger Air Bag
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Rear Airbag
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Rear Curtain Airbag
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Side Air Bag(s)
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Stability Control
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Traction Control
  Seats  
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Folding Rear Seat
  Sound and Entertainment  
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Compact Disc MP3 Capable
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Compact Disc Player
  Tires and Wheels  
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Full Spare Tire
  Trucks and Towing  
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Tow Hooks
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