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2012 Toyota Tacoma Regular Cab Truck

2012 Toyota Tacoma Review

(0 Stars)  All the truck you need.

Reviewed by Automobile Magazine on

The Tacoma is the best product left in a segment other automakers have chosen to either abandon or neglect. Although Toyota hasn't redesigned the Tacoma since 2005, it stays committed with timely tweaks. Last year, for instance, Toyota added some swagger with new T|X and T|X Pro packages. Based on a SEMA show concept and available only on V-6 models with the TRD off-road package, the T|X adds black bead-lock wheels wearing off-road tires, an aggressive new grille, and unique graphics. The Pro tops all that off with a performance exhaust. At the other end of the spectrum, the Tacoma offers a 159-hp four-cylinder engine. The 4.0-liter V-6 would likely be a better choice for most buyers, as it enables up to 6500 pounds of towing. Altogether, there are about two dozen body and trim combinations, but the basic lineup consists of the regular cab; the Access Cab, which boasts rear-hinged doors; and the Double Cab, which has full-size rear doors, flexible rear seatbacks, and a storage unit behind the second row. The coolest Tacoma is still the X-Runner, which has a lowered suspension and eighteen-inch wheels, as well as a standard six-speed manual transmission. The Tacoma has long faced competition from cheap full-size trucks, but its smaller size offers agility that those trucks can't match. Piloting a Tacoma around a crowded city is a refreshing reminder that not all pickups have to be monstrously oversized and difficult to park.

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2012 Tacoma Base Regular Cab Pickup Vehicle Overview

  Performance Review  
Engine: 2.7L in-line four-cylinder DOHC with variable valve timing
Unleaded fuel
Fuel economy: EPA (08):, 18 MPG city, 21 MPG highway, 19 MPG combined and 401 mi. range
Multi-point fuel injection
21.1gallon fuel tank
Power (SAE): 159 hp @ 5,200 rpm; 180 ft lb of torque @ 3,800 rpm

'12 Toyota Regular Cab Truck Standard Equipment

  Climate Control  
Front Air Conditioning
Power Outlet(s)
Steering Wheel Scope
Steering Wheel Tilt
Cup Holders
Brake Assist
Driver Air Bag
Head/Curtain Airbag
Limited Slip Differential
Passenger Air Bag
Side Air Bag(s)
Stability Control
Traction Control
  Sound and Entertainment  
Compact Disc MP3 Capable
Compact Disc Player
  Tires and Wheels  
Full Spare Tire
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