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8.0
/ 10
On Features
BASE INVOICE
$16,215
BASE MSRP
$17,125
On Features
With upgraded audio and connectivity, the Tacoma's feature set is much improved for 2012.
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Audio and climate controls are mounted high on the central dashboard, yet are within easy reach.
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All Tacoma beds come with a quality reinforced composite inner bed, removable tailgate and Toyota’s Deck Rail System with four adjustable tie-down cleats that are bound to come in handy for any type of big cargo.
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Toyota covers the supercharger under the truck’s original powertrain warranty for up to 5-years or 60,000-miles when installed by a Toyota dealer.
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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.

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.

Conclusion

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

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