2012 Toyota Tundra Comfort & Quality

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Comfort & Quality

As huge as any full-size truck on sale in the U.S., the 2012 Toyota Tundra comes in nearly any configuration you can think of--from Regular, Double Cab, and CrewMax cabs, to a choice of three different bed lengths.

On the people side of the Tundra equation, the Regular Cab has the least going for it. It's a three-seater at best, with either a pair of buckets or a classic bench seat across the cab. You'll see it most often in Work Truck form, with just rubberized trim where carpeting would otherwise be, and with grey vinyl covering its seats. There are a few cubic feet of storage space behind, but only two doors, so access to that space is somewhat limited. The best bet for carrying stuff? The bed out back, which can be had in extra-long.

The interior quality can seem a little stark, but the 2012 Tundra has vast space for people and cargo, with the usual choices of doors and beds.

A more mainstream option is the Tundra Double Cab. With a pair of rear-hinged doors behind the front-hinged ones, this Tundra can haul more tools under lock and key in the cab, which doing double duty for people with its flip-up rear seats. Kids will fit well enough in there, though no one's really assessed the safety of these kinds of seats. They're not at all comfortable either, and leg room is barely adequate.

If you're really needing a truck that does every job in mind, you're looking at the CrewMax. But for the open bed, it's a roomy SUV, with four front-hinged, full-sized doors that open up to the kind of interior space that turns this Tundra into a legitimate family vehicle--especially for families that tow weekend fun behind them, or depend on a truck for work during the week. This Tundra has rear seats that slide and recline for comfort almost equal to that found in the front seats, with plenty of leg and knee room for all passengers. As tall as it is, though, this Tundra and other versions don't have much head room when an optional sunroof is fitted.

While Ram 1500 and Ford F-150 trucks have made huge carlike leaps inside their very upscale interiors, the wave of design that refashioned this Tundra a few years back left it with some lesser-grade trim. It's not a beautiful place to work, but by God, it's huge. The center console can hold hanging files or a laptop out of sight, and the front buckets themselves will contain any backside we'd care to give a lift. Go without the console and the Tundra's front bench truly will carry three grown adults across.

In all Tundras, the lack of wind noise and the refinement of the powertrain are a step ahead of every other full-size, light-duty pickup truck on the market.

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