The current generation Toyota Tacoma has been in production since 2005 and it’s about time the truck got some changes. For the 2012 model year, the Tacoma has been updated with a restyled exterior look and a redesigned and modernized interior, with some technological goodies to boot. What hasn’t changed is the power source: the Toyota Tacoma will still be running on either a 2.7 liter four-cylinder engine producing 159 HP and 180 lb-ft of torque or the 4.0 liter V6 delivering 236 hp and 266 lb-ft.
Some of the highlights for the 2012 Tacoma include a redesigned hood, new grille, new headlamps, and a new front bumper. The inside is where Toyota got real schnazzy, sprucing up the truck with a new six-speaker system with an AM/FM/ Satellite Radio-capable head unit and a single-disc CD player for the Access Cabin model and the new Entune infotainment system with seven speakers for the Double Cab model.
Hit the jump to read more about the 2012 Toyota Tacoma.
Since the Tacoma is working on seven years with the same tired routine, it was high time for Toyota to get to work and not lose out on one of the best sold pick-ups on the market. For the 2012 model year, the Tacoma has received a new hood, new headlamps, and new upper and lower bumper areas. The X-Runner version will be distinguished by a full body kit, a hood scoop, and integrated fog lamps. There will be three colors to choose from: Barcelona Red, Black Sand Pearl, and Nautica Blue Metallic.
The inside of the 2012 Tacoma has really been spruced up with a new center-instrument panel design, a revised gauge cluster, and a new steering wheel. The console integrates three cup holders, two of which can accommodate extra-large containers.
The new details for the interior only allow for a better placement of the upgraded sound system. The Access Cab models have received a new six-speaker system with an AM/FM/ Satellite Radio-capable head unit and a single-disc CD player, while the Double Cab models get the new Entune infotainment and audio system with seven speakers and today’s most in-demand connectivity features. Both audio systems’ controls are mounted high for easy access and the sound reverberating from them are cushioned by the sound absorption material behind the rear seats and on the headliner.
The 2012 Toyota Tacoma will be powered by the same lineup of engines found in the previous models: a 2.7-liter Dual Overhead Cam (DOHC) four-cylinder that produces 159 HP and 180 lb-ft. of torque, and a 4.0-liter DOHC V6 that provides 236 HP and 266 lb-ft. of torque. The V6 can be teamed up with either a six-speed manual or a five-speed automatic transmission. The four-cylinder models are offered with a choice between a five-speed manual and a four-speed automatic transmission.
|Vehicle/Model Number||Grade||Doors||Body Style||Trans||2011 MSRP||2012 MSRP||MSRP Change ($)||MSRP Change (%)|
|7103||Base L4||2||Reg Cab||5MT||$16,365||$16,875||$510||3.1%|
|7104||Base L4||2||Reg Cab||4AT||$17,265||$17,775||$510||3.0%|
|7113||Base L4||4||Access Cab||5MT||$19,655||$19,665||$10||0.1%|
|7114||Base L4||4||Access Cab||4AT||$20,555||$20,565||$10||0.0%|
|7162||PreRunner L4||4||Access Cab||4AT||$21,315||$21,325||$10||0.0%|
|7164||PreRunner V6||4||Access Cab||5AT||$22,760||$22,760||$10||0.0%|
|7153||X-Runner V6||4||Access Cab||6MT||$25,735||$26,380||$645||2.5%|
|7182||Base L4||4||Double Cab||4AT||$21,865||$22,175||$310||1.4%|
|7186||PreRunner L4||4||Double Cab||4AT||$22,515||$22,825||$310||1.4%|
|7188||PreRunner V6||4||Double Cab||5AT||$23,950||$24,260||$310||1.3%|
|7190||PreRunner LB V6||4||Double Cab||5AT||$24,450||$24,760||$310||1.3%|
In the pick-up truck market, customers have plenty of models to choose from. The new changes for the Tacoma are great and all, but before buying it, there are a few other models you should check out first: the Honda Ridgeline and the Nissan Frontier . The Ridgeline has the disadvantage of only being offered with a 3.5-liter VTEC V-6 engine that delivers a total of 250 HP at 5,700 rpm and 247 lb-ft. of torque at 4,300 rpm, as well as only one transmission option. Its towing capacity is also only 5,000 lbs, falling short of the Tacoma’s 6500 lbs.
A better competitor for the new Tacoma is the Nisan Frontier. The Frontier’s specs are nearly identical to the Tacoma. It is powered by either a 4.0-liter DOHC V6 engine rated at 261 HP and 281 lb-ft of torque or a 152-HP 2.5-liter inline 4-cylinder engine. Its towing capacity matches the 6,500 lbs provided in the Tacoma. The Tacoma may be pulling just a tad bit ahead if its prices are close to that of the 2011 model. The 2011 Tacoma starts from about $16K, while the Frontier starts at about $18K.
- Good towing capacity
- Lots of versions to choose from
- Significantly improved
- The engines are not very powerful
- Leg room