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in 2012 Full Size Pickup Trucks

Avg. Price Paid: $19,878 - $36,485
Original MSRP: $25,155 - $43,595
MPG: 16 City / 20 Hwy
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2012 Toyota Tundra Interior

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The 2012 Toyota Tundra’s interior meets most reviewers’ expectations. It’s comfortable, but not luxurious, just like most other lower-trimmed pickups on the market. However, the Tundra doesn’t offer a comparable upscale trim level that the GMC Sierra Denali or the Ford F-150 King Ranch can boast, so if you’re looking for a hardworking truck with a seriously luxurious interior, you’ll want to skip the Toyota Tundra.

  • "The Tundra Limited lacks some of the essence of luxury found in the new Dodge and Ford trucks." -- PickupTrucks.com
  • “In going for a rugged, rather than posh, feel, the overall quality of the interior disappoints, even among large pickups. Switchgear has a cut-rate, thin-plastic feel. Too many cabin panels ring hollow and are hard to the touch.” -- Consumer Guide

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Seating

While regular cab models can seat three, Double and CrewMax cabs can seat up to six. Reviewers say that not only are the seats comfortable, but they allow the driver to have a good view of the road, which is important, given how large the Tundra is. Plus, the rear seats are fairly comfortable, even in extended cab models, which is not something that all extended cab pickups can boast. The extended cab also has traditional forward-mounted hinges rather than the suicide-style door found on the Ford and Chevy, making loading people and cargo in the back seat easier.

  • “The (front) seats are very comfortable, but are set relatively high so headroom ends up being tight beneath the sunroof housing. The available tilt and telescopic steering column is helpful, but we wish it were standard on all models. Outward visibility is good.” -- Consumer Guide
  • "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.” -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The seats are wide, supportive and comfortable." -- Cars.com

Interior Features

The 2012 Toyota Tundra doesn’t come with a lot of standard features, but that’s common for any truck, whether it’s a compact, full-size or heavy-duty pickup. Base models receive an audio system with MP3/WMA playback capability, a tilt steering wheel and six cup holders in the Double and CrewMax models and four in the Regular model.

Optional features include a DVD-based navigation system, rear-seat DVD entertainment system, a sliding rear window and heated power-folding outside tow mirrors, as well as a tilt and telescoping steering wheel.

Test drivers say the interior features are easy to use, even when wearing bulky work gloves, and the navigation system is simple to figure out. Keep in mind, though, that even a fully-loaded Tundra doesn’t come close to luxo-trucks like the Ram 1500 Laramie Longhorn or a GMC Sierra Denali.

  • “Most controls are generously sized and logically arranged, though a few audio functions are just out of easy reach for the driver. … The navigation system is easy enough to program.” -- Consumer Guide
  • "The control knobs are easy to grip, even in work gloves, and the gauges are easy to read at a glance but placed at the end of long barrels in the dash." -- Cars.com

Cargo

Most automakers don’t publish the interior volume of their truck cabins, but the amount of interior storage space you need should dictate whether you choose a regular, extended or crew cab truck. Test drivers say the Tundra has plenty of small-items storage no matter which model you choose.

  • “Cabin storage is a highlight, with a double-tier glovebox and large door map pockets with room for 22-ounce bottles. The center console on models with bucket seats holds a laptop computer or hanging files.” -- Consumer Guide

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