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Selected Style 2WD Reg Cab I4 MT (Natl)
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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
2WD Access Cab I4 AT PreRunner 19 24 $20,228 $21,575
2WD Access Cab V6 MT X-Runner 16 21 $24,966 $26,630
2WD Access Cab V6 AT PreRunner 17 21 $21,571 $23,010
2WD Double Cab I4 AT 19 24 $20,775 $22,425
2WD Double Cab I4 AT PreRunner 19 24 $21,378 $23,075
2WD Double Cab V6 AT PreRunner 17 21 $22,706 $24,510
2WD Double Cab LB V6 AT PreRunner 17 21 $23,169 $25,010
4WD Reg Cab I4 MT 18 20 $19,860 $20,975
4WD Reg Cab I4 AT 18 21 $20,929 $22,105
4WD Access Cab I4 MT 18 20 $22,266 $23,750
4WD Access Cab I4 AT 18 21 $23,110 $24,650
4WD Access Cab V6 MT 15 19 $23,723 $25,305
4WD Access Cab V6 AT 16 21 $24,549 $26,185
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
2WD Reg Cab Work Truck
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2WD Reg Cab Work Truck 18 25 $16,776 $17,475
2WD Reg Cab LT w/1LT 18 25 $19,351 $20,370
2WD Ext Cab Work Truck 18 25 $18,940 $19,730
2WD Ext Cab LT w/1LT 18 25 $21,807 $22,955
2WD Ext Cab LT w/2LT 17 23 $24,852 $26,160
2WD Ext Cab LT w/3LT 14 20 $25,659 $27,010
2WD Crew Cab LT w/1LT 18 25 $23,070 $24,285
2WD Crew Cab LT w/2LT 17 23 $26,115 $27,490
2WD Crew Cab LT w/3LT 14 20 $26,923 $28,340
4WD Reg Cab Work Truck 18 24 $20,140 $20,980
4WD Reg Cab LT w/1LT 17 24 $23,218 $24,440
4WD Ext Cab Work Truck 18 24 $22,108 $23,030
4WD Ext Cab LT w/1LT 17 23 $25,289 $26,620
4WD Ext Cab LT w/2LT 17 23 $28,006 $29,480
4WD Crew Cab LT w/1LT 16 21 $27,037 $28,460
4WD Crew Cab LT w/2LT 16 21 $28,804 $30,320
2WD Reg Chassis Cab Work Truck 15 20 $18,883 $19,670
4WD Reg Chassis Cab Work Truck 16 21 $22,200 $23,125
Pricing
Invoice Price
$16,215
$16,776
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$17,125
$17,475
Monthly Payment Estimate
$285 / month
$291 / month
Dealer Price Quotes
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TCC's Bottom Line 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. The 2012 Chevrolet Colorado soldiers on as the only truly compact truck on the market (with its Canyon twin), but are you sure you don't really want a mid-size truck instead?
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Fuel Economy
Fuel Economy - City 21 mpg 18 mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway 25 mpg 25 mpg
Interior Dimensions
Front Hip Room (in) 53.6 53.3
Front Head Room (in) 40.0 39.3
Front Shoulder Room (in) 58.1 57.1
Passenger Capacity 3 3
Front Leg Room (in) 41.7 44.0
Exterior Dimensions
Ground to Top of Load Floor (in) - TBD - 33.0
Overhang, Front (in) - TBD - 33.9
Frame Width, Rear (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Front Bumper to Back of Cab (in) - TBD - 110.9
Length, Overall w/o rear bumper (in) 190.4 192.4
Ground Clearance, Rear (in) - TBD - 7.7
Cab to End of Frame (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Height, Overall (in) 65.7 64.9
Ground to Top of Frame (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Overhang, Rear w/o bumper (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Wheelbase (in) 109.4 111.3
Ground Clearance, Front (in) - TBD - 7.7
Cab to Axle (in) - TBD - 34.2
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 72.2 67.6
Cargo Area Dimensions
Tailgate Width (in) - TBD - 52.4
Cargo Box Length @ Floor (in) 73.5 72.8
Ext'd Cab Cargo Volume (ft³) - TBD - NA
Cargo Box Width @ Floor (in) 56.7 57.2
Cargo Box (Area) Height (in) 18.0 18.6
Cargo Volume (ft³) - TBD - 44.0
Cargo Box Width @ Top, Rear (in) - TBD - NA
Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in) 41.5 42.6
Brakes
Disc - Rear (Yes or ) NA NA
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) NA NA
Brake ABS System 4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in) 10.0 x - TBD - 11.6 x 2.5
Disc - Front (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 10.8 x - TBD - 11.2 x 1.6
Brake Type Pwr-Assisted Pwr
Drum - Rear (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Brake ABS System (Second Line) NA NA
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Location Midship Inboard LH Frame Rail
Aux Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) NA NA
Aux Fuel Tank Location NA NA
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 21.1 19
Steering
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) - TBD - NA
Steering Ratio (:1), On Center 17.4 17.4
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) 36.7 39.4
Steering Type Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr
Steering Ratio (:1), At Lock - TBD - 3.31
Tires
Rear Tire Capacity (lbs) - TBD - 1452
Spare Tire Order Code NA ZCY
Revolutions/Mile @ 45 mph - Front - TBD - NA
Rear Tire Size P215/70R15 P215/70R16
Revolutions/Mile @ 45 mph - Spare - TBD - - TBD -
Front Tire Capacity (lbs) - TBD - 1452
Rear Tire Order Code NA QRD
Spare Tire Capacity (lbs) - TBD - 1452
Front Tire Size P215/70R15 P215/70R16
Revolutions/Mile @ 45 mph - Rear - TBD - NA
Spare Tire Size Full-size Compact
Front Tire Order Code NA QRD
Trailering
Fifth Wheel Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) 350 NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) 3500 2400
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) 3500 2400
Fifth Wheel Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) 3500 NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) 350 240
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) 350 360
Weight Information
Gross Vehicle Weight Rating Cap (lbs) 4600 4850
Gross Axle Wt Rating - Front (lbs) 2380 2633
Curb Weight - Front (lbs) 1823 1888
Gross Combined Wt Rating (lbs) 7500 6000
Gross Axle Wt Rating - Rear (lbs) 2685 2896
Curb Weight - Rear (lbs) 1492 1478
Wheels
Spare Wheel Material Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in) 15 x - TBD - 16 x 6
Spare Wheel Size (in) 15 x - TBD - Compact
Rear Wheel Material Steel Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in) 15 x - TBD - 16 x 6
Front Wheel Material Steel Steel
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) 9.1 - TBD -
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Watts - TBD - NA
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (2nd) NA NA
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) - TBD - 125
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) - TBD - 590
Engine
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 159 @ 5200 185 @ 5600
Engine Type Gas I4 Gas 4-Cyl
Fuel System Electronic Fuel Injection SFI
Engine Oil Cooler NA NA
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 180 @ 3800 190 @ 2800
Engine Order Code NA LLV
Displacement 2.7L/164 2.9L/177
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 21 18
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) 22 21
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 25 25
Transmission
Trans Description Cont. Again NA NA
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), High NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1) 4.22 3.67
Second Gear Ratio (:1) 2.06 2.26
Trans Order Code NA MA5
Transfer Case Power Take Off - TBD - NA
Trans Power Take Off - TBD - NA
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) 1.00 1.00
Trans Description Cont. Manual Manual
Transfer Case Model NA NA
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1) 3.95 3.75
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), Low NA NA
Clutch Size (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1) 1.44 1.37
Trans Type 5 5
Trans PTO Access - TBD - NA
Drivetrain Rear Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.81 0.73
Summary
Vehicle Name Toyota Tacoma Chevrolet Colorado
Body Code 109" WB E63
Body Style Regular Cab Regular Cab
Suspension
Axle Ratio (:1) - Rear - TBD - 3.73
Axle Type - Front - TBD - Independent
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm) - TBD - 30
Axle Capacity - Front (lbs) - TBD - 2633
Suspension Type - Rear Leaf-Spring 2-Stage Multi-Leaf
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in) NA NA
Axle Ratio (:1) - Front - TBD - NA
Spring Capacity - Rear (lbs) - TBD - 2900
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm) - TBD - 30
Axle Type - Rear - TBD - Semi-Floating
Suspension Type - Front Double-Wishbone Coil Springs
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) 1.2 1.10
Axle Capacity - Rear (lbs) - TBD - 2900
Spring Capacity - Front (lbs) - TBD - 2633
Frame
Frame Type Ladder Ladder
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year 8.5 8.9
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score 5 (2011) 4
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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