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.
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|15 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy||14 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy||11 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy||14 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy|
|Gas I4||Gas 4-Cyl||Gas/Ethanol V6||Gas 4-cyl|
|2WD Reg Cab I4 MT (GS)||2WD Reg Cab Work Truck||2WD Reg Cab 126" XL||2WD King Cab I4 Manual S|
|Rear Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive|
|Regular Cab||Regular Cab||Regular Cab Pickup||King Cab|
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