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2012 Toyota Tundra Base Standard Bed Regular Cab Pickup

2012 Toyota Tundra Review

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

Reviewed by Automobile Magazine on

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 Standard Bed Regular 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 Base Standard Bed Regular Cab Pickup Standard Equipment

  Climate Control  
Front Air Conditioning
Power Outlet(s)
Steering Wheel Tilt
Cup Holders
Brake Assist
Daytime Running Lights
Driver Air Bag
Head/Curtain Airbag
Knee Air Bag
Limited Slip Differential
Passenger Air Bag
Side Air Bag(s)
Stability Control
Traction Control
  Sound and Entertainment  
Compact Disc MP3 Capable
Compact Disc Player
  Tires and Wheels  
Full Spare Tire
  Trucks and Towing  
Tow Hooks
Trailer Harness
Trailer Hitch
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