A Buyer’s Guide to the 2012 Toyota Tundra

While Toyota hasn’t been in the business of manufacturing larger pickup trucks as long as the likes of Ford, Chevy, and Dodge, the Tundra is most definitely a force to be reckoned with. This full-sized pickup has comparable payload, towing, horsepower, and torque numbers to the competition, and it has Toyota’s reputation for reliability and excellence going for it, as well.

Key Features

Even the base model 2012 Toyota Tundra models come standard with a powerful V6 engine, trailer sway control, limited-slip differential, and dual-zone climate control. If you upgrade to the SR5 trim, you’ll get power front seats and heated outside mirrors, as well. We’re also big fans of the numerous dealer-installed accessories (like bed liners, cargo-bed accessories, trim upgrades, etc.) that you can get to fully outfit your truck for work or play.

Changes for 2012

Instead of going with a long list of different options, you can choose from a few simple packages for each trim level of the 2012 Toyota Tundra, all of which are very well equipped. Also, both the Limited and TRD Rock Warrior trim levels gained rearview cameras as standard features for 2012.

What We Like

With the right configuration of the 2012 Toyota Tundra, you can get up to a towing capacity of 10,400 pounds in a half-ton pickup truck. In addition to being a real workhorse and as rugged as they come, the Tundra also has a very plush ride and is very comfortable when driving around town.

What Concerns Us

Drivers who are used to Toyota’s smaller trucks might be a bit put off by the large size and nature of the Tundra. If you’re used to a more compact truck, the Tacoma might be a better option for you.

Available Models

With three engine options, there’s a 2012 Toyota Tundra for all of your working needs. The base model starts with a 4.0-liter V6 with 270 horsepower and 278 lb-ft of torque. Then you can move up to the 4.6-liter V8 with 310 horsepower and 327 lb-ft of torque, and finally there’s the 5.7-liter V8 with 381 horsepower and 401 lb-ft of torque.

Major Recalls

There have been only two recalls affecting the 2012 Toyota Tundra. Some models were recalled to ensure that the occupant sensing system was calibrated correctly, while others were recalled to correct an inaccurate load carrying capacity label.

Common Issues

The most commonly reported issues with the 2012 Toyota Tundra include malfunctioning door locks, key sticking in the ignition, and broken seats, but none of these are actually very common at all. The Tundra is a highly reliable and versatile truck.

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