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Selected Style 2WD King Cab I4 Manual S
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2WD King Cab I4 Manual S 19 23 $18,264 $19,260
2WD King Cab I4 Automatic S 17 22 $19,258 $20,310
2WD King Cab I4 Manual SV 19 23 $21,376 $22,550
2WD King Cab V6 Manual SV 16 20 $21,934 $23,140
2WD Crew Cab SWB Manual S 16 20 $22,086 $23,300
2WD King Cab I4 Automatic SV 17 22 $22,369 $23,600
2WD King Cab V6 Automatic SV 15 20 $22,927 $24,190
2WD Crew Cab SWB Automatic S 15 20 $23,079 $24,350
2WD Crew Cab SWB Manual SV 16 20 $23,116 $24,390
2WD Crew Cab SWB Automatic SV 15 20 $24,109 $25,440
4WD King Cab Manual SV 15 20 $24,218 $25,840
2WD Crew Cab LWB Automatic SV 15 20 $24,506 $25,860
4WD Crew Cab SWB Manual S 15 20 $24,367 $26,000
4WD King Cab Automatic SV 14 19 $25,200 $26,890
4WD Crew Cab SWB Automatic S 14 19 $25,349 $27,050
4WD Crew Cab SWB Manual SV 15 20 $25,387 $27,090
4WD Crew Cab SWB Automatic SV 14 19 $26,369 $28,140
4WD Crew Cab LWB Automatic SV 14 19 $26,761 $28,560
4WD King Cab Manual PRO-4X 15 20 $26,898 $29,030
2WD Crew Cab SWB Automatic SL 15 20 $27,912 $29,790
4WD Crew Cab SWB Manual PRO-4X 15 20 $27,720 $29,920
4WD King Cab Automatic PRO-4X 14 19 $28,008 $30,230
2WD Crew Cab LWB Automatic SL 15 20 $28,380 $30,290
4WD Crew Cab SWB Automatic PRO-4X 14 19 $28,691 $30,970
4WD Crew Cab SWB Automatic SL 14 19 $30,051 $32,440
4WD Crew Cab LWB Automatic SL 14 19 $30,560 $32,990
2WD Reg Cab I4 MT (GS)
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2WD Reg Cab I4 MT 21 25 $16,215 $17,125
2WD Reg Cab I4 AT 19 24 $17,067 $18,025
2WD Access Cab I4 MT 21 25 $18,670 $19,915
2WD Access Cab I4 AT 19 24 $19,513 $20,815
4WD Reg Cab I4 MT 18 20 $19,860 $20,975
2WD Access Cab I4 AT PreRunner 19 24 $20,228 $21,575
4WD Reg Cab I4 AT 18 21 $20,929 $22,105
2WD Double Cab I4 AT 19 24 $20,775 $22,425
2WD Access Cab V6 AT PreRunner 17 21 $21,571 $23,010
2WD Double Cab I4 AT PreRunner 19 24 $21,378 $23,075
4WD Access Cab I4 MT 18 20 $22,266 $23,750
2WD Double Cab V6 AT PreRunner 17 21 $22,706 $24,510
4WD Access Cab I4 AT 18 21 $23,110 $24,650
2WD Double Cab LB V6 AT PreRunner 17 21 $23,169 $25,010
4WD Access Cab V6 MT 15 19 $23,723 $25,305
4WD Access Cab V6 AT 16 21 $24,549 $26,185
2WD Access Cab V6 MT X-Runner 16 21 $24,966 $26,630
4WD Double Cab V6 MT 15 19 $24,739 $26,705
4WD Double Cab V6 AT 16 21 $25,555 $27,585
4WD Double Cab LB V6 AT 16 21 $26,019 $28,085
Pricing
Invoice Price
$18,264
$16,215
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$19,260
$17,125
Monthly Payment Estimate
$321 / month
$285 / month
Dealer Price Quotes
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TCC's Bottom Line You may not need to go full-size--the 2012 Nissan Frontier pickup truck can cover a lot of the same ground a bigger pickup can. The 2012 Toyota Tacoma's affordable price, fuel-efficiency, and simplicity make it a good, capable alternative for those who don't need a full-size truck.
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Fuel Economy
Fuel Economy - City 19 mpg 21 mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway 23 mpg 25 mpg
Interior Dimensions
Second Hip Room (in) 55.0 -
Front Shoulder Room (in) 58.3 58.1
Passenger Capacity 4 3
Second Head Room (in) 38.3 -
Second Shoulder Room (in) 54.9 -
Front Leg Room (in) 42.4 41.7
Front Hip Room (in) 55.8 53.6
Second Leg Room (in) 25.4 -
Front Head Room (in) 39.7 40.0
Exterior Dimensions
Ground to Top of Load Floor (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Overhang, Front (in) 31.3 - TBD -
Frame Width, Rear (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Front Bumper to Back of Cab (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Length, Overall w/o rear bumper (in) 205.5 190.4
Ground Clearance, Rear (in) 8.7 - TBD -
Cab to End of Frame (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Height, Overall (in) 68.7 65.7
Ground to Top of Frame (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Overhang, Rear w/o bumper (in) 48.2 - TBD -
Wheelbase (in) 125.9 109.4
Ground Clearance, Front (in) 8.7 - TBD -
Cab to Axle (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 72.8 72.2
Cargo Area Dimensions
Ext'd Cab Cargo Volume (ft³) 30.9 - TBD -
Cargo Box Width @ Floor (in) 61.4 56.7
Cargo Box (Area) Height (in) 18.0 18.0
Cargo Volume (ft³) 33.5 - TBD -
Cargo Box Width @ Top, Rear (in) 61.4 - TBD -
Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in) 44.4 41.5
Tailgate Width (in) 58.8 - TBD -
Cargo Box Length @ Floor (in) 73.3 73.5
Brakes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 11.1 x 0.7 10.8 x - TBD -
Brake Type Pwr Pwr-Assisted
Drum - Rear (Yes or ) NA Yes
Brake ABS System (Second Line) NA NA
Disc - Rear (Yes or ) Yes NA
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 11.3 x 0.7 NA
Brake ABS System 4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in) NA 10.0 x - TBD -
Disc - Front (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Fuel Tank
Aux Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) NA NA
Aux Fuel Tank Location NA NA
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 21.1 21.1
Fuel Tank Location NA Midship
Steering
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) 43.4 36.7
Steering Type Pwr Rack & pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Steering Ratio (:1), At Lock 3.6 - TBD -
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) - TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), On Center 20.4 17.4
Tires
Revolutions/Mile @ 45 mph - Spare NA - TBD -
Front Tire Capacity (lbs) NA - TBD -
Rear Tire Order Code NA NA
Spare Tire Capacity (lbs) NA - TBD -
Front Tire Size P235/75R15 P215/70R15
Revolutions/Mile @ 45 mph - Rear NA - TBD -
Spare Tire Size P235/75R15 Full-size
Front Tire Order Code NA NA
Rear Tire Capacity (lbs) NA - TBD -
Spare Tire Order Code NA NA
Revolutions/Mile @ 45 mph - Front NA - TBD -
Rear Tire Size P235/75R15 P215/70R15
Trailering
Fifth Wheel Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) NA 3500
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) 350 350
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) 350 350
Fifth Wheel Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) NA 350
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) 3500 3500
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) 3500 3500
Weight Information
Gross Combined Wt Rating (lbs) 7936 7500
Gross Axle Wt Rating - Rear (lbs) 2531 2685
Curb Weight - Rear (lbs) 1658 1492
Gross Vehicle Weight Rating Cap (lbs) 4690 4600
Gross Axle Wt Rating - Front (lbs) 2531 2380
Curb Weight - Front (lbs) 2027 1823
Wheels
Rear Wheel Material Steel Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in) 15 x 7.0 15 x - TBD -
Front Wheel Material Steel Steel
Spare Wheel Material Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in) 15 x 7.0 15 x - TBD -
Spare Wheel Size (in) 15 x 7.0 15 x - TBD -
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) 10.8 9.1
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (2nd) NA NA
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) 110 - TBD -
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) 550 - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Watts - TBD - - TBD -
Engine
Fuel System Electronic Fuel Injection Electronic Fuel Injection
Engine Oil Cooler NA NA
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 171 @ 4400 180 @ 3800
Engine Order Code NA NA
Displacement 2.5L/- TBD - 2.7L/164
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 152 @ 5200 159 @ 5200
Engine Type Gas 4-cyl Gas I4
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) 21 22
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 23 25
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 19 21
Transmission
Transfer Case Model NA NA
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1) 3.58 3.95
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), Low NA NA
Clutch Size (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1) 1.36 1.44
Trans Type 5 5
Trans PTO Access NA - TBD -
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.81 0.81
Drivetrain Rear Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
Trans Description Cont. Again NA NA
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), High NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1) 3.63 4.22
Second Gear Ratio (:1) 2.07 2.06
Trans Order Code NA NA
Transfer Case Power Take Off NA - TBD -
Trans Power Take Off NA - TBD -
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) 1.00 1.00
Trans Description Cont. Manual Manual
Summary
Body Style King Cab Regular Cab
Vehicle Name Nissan Frontier Toyota Tacoma
Body Code 125.9 WB 109" WB
Suspension
Spring Capacity - Rear (lbs) - TBD - - TBD -
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm) - TBD - - TBD -
Axle Type - Rear C200 - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front Double Wishbone Double-Wishbone
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) 1.34 1.2
Axle Capacity - Rear (lbs) - TBD - - TBD -
Spring Capacity - Front (lbs) - TBD - - TBD -
Axle Ratio (:1) - Rear 4.08 - TBD -
Axle Type - Front NA - TBD -
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm) - TBD - - TBD -
Axle Capacity - Front (lbs) - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear Multi-Leaf Leaf-Spring
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in) NA NA
Axle Ratio (:1) - Front NA - TBD -
Frame
Frame Type Ladder Ladder
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score 4 5 (2011)
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year 8.7 8.5
Crash Test Ratings
Overall Rating - -
Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating - -
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver - -
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger - -
Overall Side Crash Rating - -
Side Barrier Rating - -
Side Barrier Rating Driver - -
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat - -
Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat - -
Combined Side Rating Front Seat - -
Combined Side Rating Rear Seat - -
Rollover Rating
 
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