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7.8

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 8.4
Performance: 7.9
Interior: 7.5
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.6
Safety: 9.2
Reliability:
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2012 Toyota Tundra Review

The 2012 Toyota Tundra's bigger V8 engine is responsive and its Double Cab configuration offers good legroom, reviewers said, but its interior materials and ride quality could be better.

Pros & Cons

  • Ample rear legroom in Double Cab models
  • Responsive 5.7-liter V8
  • Firm ride
  • Cheap cabin plastics

2012 Toyota Tundra Overview

The 2012 Toyota Tundra comes with a standard V6 engine or two available V8s. Test drivers preferred Tundras equipped with the more powerful, 5.7-liter V8, saying that it makes the Tundra quite responsive and offers plenty of power. A five-speed automatic transmission comes on V6 models, while V8-powered Tundras get a six-speed automatic. The 2012 Tundra is rated at up to an EPA-estimated 16/20 mpg city/highway with the V6, which is slightly better than the fuel economy of many comparably equipped full-size trucks. Models with the smaller V8 engine deliver similar fuel economy to other V8-powered trucks, though Tundras with the 5.7-liter V8 get 14/18 mpg, which is a bit low for the class. Reviewers agreed that the Tundra's ride can be firm, and some added that it can be difficult to maneuver.

When it was new, critics complained that the 2012 Toyota Tundra's cabin is built with cheap, hard plastic panels. Regular cab models seat up to three, while Double Cab and CrewMax models seat up to six. Most reviewers said the front seats are comfortable and supportive, and others added that the Double Cab's rear seats have sufficient legroom, which is a rare compliment for an extended cab truck. The CrewMax cab offers more rear-seat space. The 2012 Tundra comes standard with dual-zone air conditioning, power windows and door locks and a four-speaker audio system. Available features include a JBL audio system, navigation, a rearview mirror with an integrated backup camera display screen, Bluetooth, a rear-seat entertainment system, leather upholstery, a power-retractable rear window and dual-zone automatic climate control.

Other Trucks to Consider

Reviewers said a unique rear suspension gives the 2012 Ram 1500 one of the most comfortable rides in the class. They were also pleased with its available RamBox storage compartments and its upscale, stylish cabin.

The 2012 GMC Sierra 1500 get good fuel economy with its available 5.3-liter V8, which test drivers said produces ample power for towing and hauling. Auto journalists also liked the Sierra 1500's compliant ride.

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