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2012 Toyota Tacoma Truck - Overview

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$17,125 – $28,085 MSRP

$16,215 – $26,019 Invoice

15 / 19 MPG City/Hwy

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Overall Quality 3.0

Overall Performance and Design 3.0

Predicted Reliability 3.0

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2012 Toyota Tacoma Truck

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Overview

What's New for 2012:

  • Slightly redesigned exterior with a redesigned hood, grille, headlamps, upper and lower front bumper, fog lamps, headlamps, and antenna
  • Upgraded interior with a new center instrument panel design and a revised gauge cluster, as well as a new steering wheel
  • A redesigned center stack adds new air conditioner/heater controls and power point locations
  • New interior trim and seat fabrics, all-weather flooring, and water-resistant fabrics, depending on trim level
  • New D-rings for added versatility

Exterior Features
The 2012 Toyota Tacoma is a midsize pickup offered in Regular Cab, Access Cab, and Double Cab body styles. Fifteen-inch alloy wheels are standard, with larger wheels available on higher grades.

Interior Features
The 2012 Toyota Tacoma offers seating for up to 5 passengers. Base Tacoma models-designed for commercial use-are configured with cloth upholstery, air conditioning, composite bedliner, and more. Higher trim levels include power windows, power locks, upgraded upholstery, and other upscale appointments.

Optional Features
Packages for the 2012 Toyota Tacoma include the TRD Off-Road package with 16-inch alloy wheels, heavy-duty suspension, locking rear differential, skid plates, and other off-road equipment.

Under the Hood
Toyota Tacoma models are fitted with one of two engines. The standard power plant is a 2.7-liter 4-cylinder rated at 159 horsepower. The optional engine is a 4.0-liter V-6 rated at 236 horsepower. The 4-cylinder models feature a 5-speed manual or a 4-speed automatic transmission, while 6-cylinder models offer a 6-speed manual or a 5-speed automatic. Rear-wheel drive (2WD) is standard, with 4-wheel drive (4WD) optional.

Fuel Economy
EPA fuel-economy figures for the 2012 Toyota Tacoma are:
  • Toyota Tacoma 2WD with 2.7-liter 4-cylinder engine and manual transmission: 21/25 mpg (city/highway)
  • Toyota Tacoma 4WD with 4.0-liter V-6 engine and automatic transmission: 16/21 mpg (city/highway)

Safety
Standard safety features of note on the 2012 Toyota Tacoma include side curtain air bags for both rows of seats and active head restraints for front passengers. In government crash tests, the 2012 Toyota Tacoma Double Cab received a rating of 5 (out of 5) stars for side crashes and a rating of 4 (out of 5) stars for rollover, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), but it was not assigned an overall rating. In tests conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), the Tacoma received a "Good" rating-the Institute's highest-for frontal-offset and side-impact crashes and rollover protection. The Tacoma earned a "Marginal" rating in the Institute's roof strength tests.

Available Trims for the 2012 Toyota Tacoma Truck

  Transmission MSRP Engine City/Hwy MPG
Regular Cab (M5) 5 speed manual $17,125 159-hp / 2.7L 4-cyl 21/25
PreRunner Access Cab (A4) 4 speed automatic $21,575 159-hp / 2.7L 4-cyl 19/24
PreRunner V6 Access Cab (A5) 5 speed automatic $23,010 236-hp / 4.0L 6-cyl 17/21
V6 Access Cab 4WD (M6) 6 speed manual $25,305 236-hp / 4.0L 6-cyl 15/19
X-Runner V6 Access Cab (M6) 6 speed manual $26,630 236-hp / 4.0L 6-cyl 16/21

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  • 2012 Toyota Tacoma Truck

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    $16,215–$26,019 Invoice

    15/19 MPG City/Hwy

    Overall Quality 3.0

    Overall Performance and Design 3.0

    Predicted Reliability 3.0

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