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SAFETY | 8 out of 10
CrewMax, Top Safety Pick; other models, not yet rated
Regular and Extended Cab, four stars overall; CrewMax, not yet rated
tall seating position makes it easy to see the highway ahead
Kelley Blue Book
The Tundra doesn't hold back on airbags, with side-impact airbags in front and side curtain airbags standard on all versions.
The 2012 Toyota Tundra is mechanically unchanged, but the crash-test scores it once had aren't. That's because both the Feds and the insurance industry changed their methodology for the 2011 model year, and we're just now getting updated Tundra ratings.
It's good news, what's there. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) gives the Tundra four stars overall, but technically, the ratings only apply to the two-door models. The four-door Tundra CrewMax wasn't included in the testing.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has factored in a new roof-crush standard into its rating, and here the Tundra earns a Top Safety Pick award. In this case, only the four-door was tested, leaving the two-door versions unrated.
Well outfitted with active and passive safety gear, the Tundra meets the competition head-on for the most part. Though there aren't advanced options for technology like blind-spot monitors, the Tundra does comes with standard dual front, side, curtain and knee airbags, as well as stability control and anti-lock brakes.A rearview camera and parking sensors are optional on the Tundra, and that's good, because its high tailgate and overall size mean visibility isn't always the best--though the seating position is high, and outward visibility ahead and to the sides is good.
The available ratings from the NHTSA and IIHS suggest the 2012 Toyota Tundra is one safe truck.