2012 Toyota Tacoma Features

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For 2012, the Tacoma gets some much-needed audio-system improvements, with the standard system incorporating built-in Bluetooth hands-free connectivity, plus a USB/iPod port. The base system now has six speakers, and even that is satellite-radio capable. Also new to the Tacoma line is the Entune system, which packages navigation functions, text-to-voice capability, voice commands, HD Radio, Bluetooth audio streaming, and real-time traffic and weather, among other features.

Outside of these changes, the Tacoma's model line largely carries over, offering a basic pickup package for those looking at the base model, ranging all the way up to two specialized models, the PreRunner and X-Runner, which are focused for tough terrain and look the part.

With upgraded audio and connectivity, the Tacoma's feature set is much improved for 2012.

Although the Tacoma's feature set is generally right for the purpose, today's truck shoppers have become a bit demanding and do expect an almost carlike level of equipment. In those cases, the Tacoma's feature list is still a little sparse--although that's been mostly remedied this year, with the Bluetooth, audio, and Entune upgrades.

For those who want an off-road able truck that really looks the part, it's all here, though. The PreRunner adds a higher-riding suspension, locking rear differential, and other appearance cues. The X-Runner gets wider wheels and tires; a lowered, sport-tuned suspension; and an X-braced frame (hence the name), along with extra interior conveniences. Also available is a TRD Off-Road Package that brings special badging, plus an off-road suspension with Bilstein dampers, fog lamps, and a transfer-case skid plate. Taking the concept to an extreme is the Off-Road Rugged Trail Package, which includes a locking rear diff, 16-inch Baja wheels, additional skid plating, black overfenders, and Bilstein shocks.

A number of other dealer-installed accessories are offered on the 2012 Tacoma--including a Other accessories include a flip-out bed extender, SnugTop Super Sport hard shell, a rubber bed mat, a bed divider, a bed net, cargo crossbars, a Yakima roof rack, a bike rack, and running boards.

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