The 2012 Toyota Tacoma was slightly refreshed this year, with a reworked front fascia that includes new fog lamp housing and lower bumper. The TRD Sport Package for the Tacoma receives a few revisions as well and now comes with turn signal lamps on the side mirrors, and new 18-inch wheels. Toyota also tweaked the Tacoma s interior including a new steering wheel and upgraded audio systems for all trims.
The four trim levels carry over from last year and include the regular cab, access cab, double cab, and the Tacoma X-Runner model. Also unchanged are the powertrain choices including the base 2.7-liter, four-cylinder engine rated at 159 hp. The Tacoma s 4.0-liter, 236 horsepower V-6 engine is also unchanged. From there, a number of configurations can be had, such as two-wheel and four-wheel drive, four or five-speed automatic transmissions and five or six-speed manual transmissions.
For whatever reason, the midsize truck market has continued to dwindle here in the United States. Most Americans are drawn to full-sized trucks for more room, stronger engines, and higher towing capacity. But for those looking for a smaller workhorse, the Tacoma remains a top choice in the segment.
Body style: Truck
Engines: 2.7L I-4, 4.0L V-6
Transmissions: 6-speed manual, 5-speed manual, 5-speed automatic, 4-speed automatic
Models: Regular Cab, Access Cab, X-Runner, PreRunner, Double Cab
The 2012 Toyota Tacoma is slightly refreshed with a new front grille, headlights, fog lamps, and bumpers. Two new colors are offered: Spruce Mica and Nautical Blue Metallic, both of which have replaced Timberland Green and Speedway Blue. The TRD Package gets revised and now includes turn signals for the side view mirrors and optional 18-inch wheels. All trims get a revised interior with new steering wheel, vanity lamp added to sunshades, and revised audio systems.
The biggest change for the 2012 Tacoma is up front. The grille has been reworked with more angular touches, and the headlamp and foglamp housing has been redesigned. Also new is the bumper and hood. The Tacoma line will still have the double cab model, which features four full-sized doors for easy entry to the rear seats. Opting for the TRD package adds a more rugged look with BFGoodrich tires and an off-road suspension, while the Tacoma X-Runner sits on the other end of the spectrum with a lower-ride height that befits its fast and sporty intentions.
The 2012 Toyota Tacoma offers a no-frills interior, with a number of seating configurations and available options. The regular cab has one bench seat with room for three passengers, while the double-cab offers the most room with four-full doors and room four five passengers to fit comfortably. All trim levels come standard with air conditioning, tilt/telescopic steering wheel, and power outlets. Optional equipment includes satellite radio and a sliding rear window.
The Tacoma s base 2.7-liter four-cylinder engine is rated at 159 hp and 180 lb-ft of torque and is available on most trim levels. It can be had with a four-speed automatic or a five-speed manual. Those who plan to haul heavy loads in the Tacoma should opt for the strong 4.0-liter, V-6 engine that provides 236 hp and 266 lb-ft of torque. The Pre-Runner and TRD packages are equipped with tires and a suspension suited for off-road duty, while the X-Runner is lowered and designed for on-road performance. The X-Runner comes only in rear-drive, V-6, and six-speed manual configuration; its 0-60 mph time is only 6.9 seconds and needs just 119 feet to do 60-0 mph.
The 2012 Tacoma comes standard with front airbags for the driver and passenger, as well as side-seat mounted and front to rear curtain airbags. The Tacoma also includes Toyota s Star Safety System, which includes Anti-lock Brake System (ABS), Enhanced Vehicle Stability Control (VSC), Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD), Brake Assist, Traction Control (TRAC), and Smart Stop Technology (SST). Also standard is a tire pressure monitoring system, side-impact door beams, and active head restraints.
Regular Cab: 17-20 mpg city/22-25 mpg highway
Access Cab: 15-20 mpg city/18-25 mpg highway
X-Runner: 16 mpg city/21 mpg highway
Double Cab: 15-16 mpg city/19-21 mpg highway
- Choice of configurations
- Rugged and Durable
- Sporty X-Runner
- Four-speed auto
- Weak four-cylinder
- Pricey options
It s the best-selling compact/midsize for good reason. [stars]
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