2012 Toyota Tacoma vs. Its Competition

2012 Toyota Tacoma 2WD Double I4 AT (Natl) Angular Front Exterior View
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Senior Editor

The 2012 Toyota Tacoma hasn't been updated significantly in many years, and this year is no exception.

But the Tacoma's improved connectivity and audio systems are a significant leap, and more advanced than what's been offered in other compact trucks.

GM's mid-size pickups, the Chevrolet Colorado and the GMC Canyon, offer an available V-8, but their interiors feel particularly chintzy.

The Nissan Frontier is a strong alternative; it's not quite as strong a contender with its base four-cylinder engine but has a substantial, strong feel in V-6 forms, as well as some innovative storage solutions.

The Frontier handles a bit better, too, and has better seats.

Otherwise, the Ford Ranger is gone for 2012, replaced by base models of the F-150 that, if you ask us, don't really have the same basic, frugal appeal.

All considered, Toyota has an enviable, long-standing reputation for reliability and durability that makes it well worth considering for business owners who want strong resale value a few years from now.

2012 Toyota Tacoma 2WD Double I4 AT (Natl) Angular Front Exterior View2012 Toyota Tacoma
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2012 Chevrolet Colorado 2WD Ext Cab Work Truck Side Exterior View2012 Chevrolet Colorado
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2012 Ford F-150 2WD SuperCab 163" XL Side Exterior View2012 Ford F-150
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2012 Nissan Frontier 4WD Crew Cab SWB Auto PRO-4X Angular Front Exterior View2012 Nissan Frontier
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6.4
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.
6.6
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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Efficient and burly, the 2012 Ford F-150 shares the lead in full-size trucks thanks to extreme capability and extreme high-tech features.
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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.
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Gas Mileage   
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Engine   
Gas I4Gas 4-CylGas/Ethanol V6Gas 4-cyl
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2WD Reg Cab I4 MT (GS)2WD Reg Cab Work Truck2WD Reg Cab 126" XL2WD King Cab I4 Manual S
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Passenger Capacity   
3334
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