2012 Toyota Tundra Changes – Minor Adjustments

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A Few Minor Tweaks for the 2012 Toyota Tundra

The 2012 Toyota Tundra has some minor adjustments to an overall solid truck.

The release of the new 2012 Toyota Tundra has many enthusiasts excited for the latest model. According to Toyota, the popular pickup truck will receive some minor adjustments to increase functionality and durability.

This includes an upgrade of a variety of components including:

  • Heavy-duty starter and battery
  • Daytime lights
  • Ice removing windshield wiper
  • Front and rear wheel mudflaps
  • Heated power mirrors

The biggest change for 2012 is that Toyota has simplified the 2012 models into two distinct levels, “Tundra” and “Limited” – no more SR5. With the base “Tundra” model, buyers will receive a 4.0 liter V6 engine generating 270 horsepower and 278 lb-feet of torque, a 5-speed automatic transmission, and 18 inch steel wheels. Available upgrades will include electronically controlled 4-wheel drive, and either a 4.6 liter, V8 engine with 310 horsepower and 327 lb-feet, or the beastly 5.7 liter V8 with 381 horsepower, 401 pound-feet of torque and a 6-speed automatic transmission.

Opting for the Limited model supplies a dash of cosmetics and convenience. For starters, the dashboard is loaded with a 6-disc CD changer accompanied by 12 speakers. Automatic climate and voice activated steering wheel control provide additional luxury, in addition to bluetooth connectivity and 18-inch aluminum alloy wheels, which can be upgraded to 20 inches. Tundra drivers can further modify their trucks by choosing between regular, extended, or crew max cabs along with short, standard, or extended bed lengths.

Buyers have the option of enhancing their trucks with a variety of upgrade bundles such as the TRD Rock Warrior package. The Rock Warrior is designed for all-terrain driving, with Bilstein shock absorbers and 17-inch alloy wheels with high quality off-road tires from BF Goodrich. In the 2012 model, the back-up camera comes standard.

Pricing on the current models have yet to be announced.

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  2. mk says:

    confused, I have in my 2010 SR5 tundra rear and front mudflaps as std eqmt. on my SR5 and heated power outside mirrors as well. Why is this new std. eqmt. for 2012 when they were in 2010 as well, at least for my SR5 DC?
    I have daytime running amber lamps (not actual lights) and have always questioned why toyota NOT make actual headlights like GM leading the way in true daytime running lights. Toyota is finally catching up on this DRL feature, about time.
    Question: Does this mean I cannot get a ‘tundra’ grade anymore with bluetooth, steering wheel controls, and 18 inch alloy wheels? I have them on my SR5 2010 DC and will NOT pay to get a ‘limited’ version just to get 2-3 options I want and would use since 6 disc CD changer and more speakers, etc., etc., is not worth it to me. If true, the 2012 tundra eqmt. pkgs. is worse than it was in 2007 or 2010 pissing people off like me more so unable to get what I want without having to pay thru the nose to get 3-4 options I want.

  3. Mickey says:

    mk ever work as a security guard for a military base? You love those amber lights as daytime running lights. Why? If they were lights you can’t shut them off when approaching these guards. They get very agitated at you for not turning off your lights. That was an issue when I had my 98 Chevy with daytime running lights. You couldn’t shut them off without modding the truck. Also for your SR5 version has those items as standard but the article states doing away with SR5 and going with a base model. Base models didn’t have those as standard items. Some people like to be pampered and don’t feel like doing the work to get the items and installing them. I had my base models before and now I want the stuff the limited’s offer. For me I was lucky to get a limited without the Navigation system. I don’t get lost. The only reason I would go for a Nav is for the bigger view on the backup camera.

    • Be says:

      Don’t know why military guards would be ticked off with the DRLs, considering that most of your Gov. vehicles have them. I just can’t understand their thinking( mil. Guards) .

  4. mk says:

    Sorry, no security guard ever. Oh well, those guards can just deal with true daytime running lights. Nothing I can do about that and if they don’t like it, oh well not my problem. Still, can you get in base model 18″ alloy wheels with bluetooth and more importantly to me is steering wheel radio controls which I use all the time. Don’t want nor would I use the backup camera, NAV, and all the other expensive options I will never use thus not wanting a limited version due to cost. Probably can’t even get a manual sliding rear window which I use all the time for air ventilation in the base model now that Toyota is ONLY offering 2 versions and not a mid level option any longer which sucks. I thought it was hard enough to get what I wanted in a new vehicle being an SR5 tundra in 2010, now it seems toyota is making it even harder to sell trucks people want.

  5. Mickey says:

    Can you at least order what you like? Even if it is adding options to it to get it the way you like it.

  6. Jason (Admin) says:

    Re: ordering options: I’ll look at it a little closer, but ultimately Toyota is cutting back on configuration options to streamline production and cut costs. Remember that article we published about Toyota delaying the regular cab? I wouldn’t be surprised at all if Toyota dropped them completely for the same reason that they’ve cut back on packages: it’s easier and therefore cheaper to build fewer configurations.

    Hopefully, the cost savings is high enough that the incremental value of the features you don’t want to buy (but are included) is more than enough to offset the extra cost.

    Or, in other words, maybe they can cut costs enough to throw in the extras for a really good deal. 🙂

  7. Jeremy the GREAT! says:

    AS someone who had to go through check points on a regular basis, NOT ANNOYING THE PEOPLE WITH GUNS IS A GOOD THING. Trust me in this. Dead men tell no tales.

  8. KMS says:

    I recently traded in my 06 4WD TRD Dbl cab for a 2012 Dbl cab Rock Warrior package. Personally I find the way Toyota is doing their packaging better and less confusing than in previous years, but that is just me. Like another poster noted, I actually prefer the amber DRL’s for the same reason posted. So far my only “gripe” is where Toyota has placed the receptacle for plugging in trailer lights. Underneath the bumper and tow hitch is not a good place I found out when I was working with DNR on opening day of buck season. I drove though a ditch that was deeper than I realized and tore the plug-in right off the truck, no other damage. $225.00 later and it’s good as new. I suggest that Toyota look at a in-bumper placement next to the rear license plate like the newer Rams and GM’s. Just my 2 bits and observation.

  9. Jason (Admin) says:

    KMS – Good point – hopefully someone from Toyota is reading.

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