2012 Toyota Tacoma priced from $17,685

Article by Christian Andrei, on September 9, 2011

The 2012 Toyota Tacoma pickup has a starting price of $17,685 (inclusive of an $810 destination charge). This makes it $510 higher than the base price last year. The new model features a refreshed exterior with a redesigned hood, grille, headlights, fog lights, upper and lower bumper, and antenna.

The interior has received a new center instrument panel with a modified gauge cluster and a new steering wheel. Toyota now offers the following as standard equipment: a high-contrast black center console, switch-plate covers, dash and upper door trim.

Access and Double Cab models may get the heavy-duty all-weather flooring. Meanwhile, the TRD Sport and Off-Road models come with water-resistant fabric-protection seats.

The Entune multimedia system will be featured in the Tacoma. Entune consists of a series of apps and data services such as Bing and Pandora, with three-year period of service. By connecting a smartphone to the system, all the features could be operated either by vehicle controls or voice recognition.

For the 2012 model year, two engine options are offered. Offered as standard is a 2.7-liter I4, with an output of 159 hp. Meanwhile, the 236-hp, 4.0-liter V6 is optional.

These two engines offer variable valve timing. Controlling the V6 can be done with either a six-speed manual transmission or a five-speed automatic. The four-cylinder model is available with either a five-speed manual or a four-speed automatic. The range-topping model is priced at $28,645, featuring the V6, four-wheel-drive and the double cab.

The 2012 Toyota Tacoma has a newly redesigned front from the A-pillar forward. It sports new front grilles for all variants and a new hood, headlights, lower and upper bumper areas, as well as an upgraded fog lamp housing.

The new Tacoma has three different cabin types: the Regular Cab, the four-door Double Cab, and the Access Cab The Access Cab has rear doors that open to a full 80 degrees to make it easier to get in and out of the car. There are daring overfenders that help differentiate the PreRunner and the 4x4s. The PreRunner model has the 4x2 drivetrain while the 4x4 has raised stance and different styling. Meanwhile, the Double Cab models may be fitted with a roof rack that has crossbars that you can put on the roof rails.

The Toyota Tacoma Regular Cab models have a wheelbase that measures 109.6 inches, while the 4x2 Access Cab models, the PreRunner and the 4x4 have a longer wheelbase at 127.4 inches. Further, the Tacoma Double Cab has a wheelbase that measures 127.4 inches for its five-foot bed models, while the long-bed varieties have a wheelbase that measures close to 141 inches.

The Toyota Tacoma Regular Cab and Access Cab have a bed that measures bed 73.5 inches long. If you are getting the Double Cab, you can choose between the 73.5 inches bed and the shorter 60.3 inches bed. The car’s composite inner bed uses a sheet-molded composite deck with durable walls that are lighter than steel. The bed deck also has two-tier loading and a deck-rail utility that has adjustable cleats. These rails are just right for Genuine Toyota Accessories so you could buy your own cargo bed cross bars, storage boxes, and a fork-mount bike rack. You can also enjoy the 115V electrical source here.

The Interiors

The 2012 Toyota Tacoma has a redesigned instrument panel that gives it a sporty appearance. The center console that you can find in the Double Cab and Access Cab models blends seamlessly into the instrument panel, making it appear like just one unit. The console has three cupholders that can accommodate huge containers.

The interiors give you comfort and durability because of the use of top quality fabric and a lot of standard equipment. The headliner and the rear seats have a sound absorber and the carpeting provides adequate insulation, making the cabin really quiet. All the variants of the Tacoma have dual bottle holders located at both the driver side and passenger side doors. Meanwhile, audio controls are easily accessed due to their higher location.

Press Release

Toyota Announces Pricing for 2012 Tacoma Pickup Truck

Toyota Motor Sales (TMS), U.S.A., Inc. today announced manufacturer's suggested retail prices (MSRP) for the 2012 Tacoma pickup truck. The best-selling compact pickup in the market offers a refreshed exterior look and a redesigned, upgraded interior in all models for 2012. Changes focus on added comfort, usability and audio/infotainment performance.

The 2012 Tacoma continues to be available in three cab types in 4x2 and 4x4 configurations: Regular Cab, Access Cab, and the four-door Double Cab.

For 2012, Tacoma receives a fresh face with a redesigned hood, grille, headlamps, upper and lower front bumper, fog lamps, headlamps and antenna. Inside, customers will find a new center instrument panel design with a revised gauge cluster, as well as a new steering wheel. A redesigned center stack adds new air conditioner/heater controls and power point locations. Tacoma will also offer two new exterior colors, Spruce Mica and Nautical Blue Metallic.

The 2012 Tacoma interior also gets a new look with high-contrast black center console, switch plate covers, dash and upper door trim, while the SR5 grade features a new seat fabric design. Well aware that Tacoma owners use their trucks for hard work and hard play, new heavy-duty all-weather flooring is now available for Access and Double Cab models, while the more specialized TRD Sport and Off-Road models have new water-resistant fabric protection seats. All models now feature two front-deck "D" rings for added versatility.

Tacoma will be one of the first Toyota vehicles to offer the Entune™ multi-media system. The Toyota Entune system is a collection of popular mobile applications and data services, with three years of complimentary access. Once a smart phone is connected to the vehicle using Bluetooth wireless technology or a USB cable, Entune's features are operated using the vehicle's controls or, for some services, by voice recognition. Entune includes Bing™ and Pandora®; real-time info including traffic, weather, fuel prices, sports and stocks. Apps available in spring 2012 at no charge include iHeartRadio, MovieTickets.com and OpenTable®. See toyota.com/entune for details.

The 2012 Tacoma line offers two engines: a 2.7-liter Dual Overhead Cam (DOHC) four-cylinder that produces 159 horsepower and 180 lb-ft. of torque and a 4.0-liter DOHC V6 that provides 236 horsepower with 266 lb-ft. of torque. In both engines, variable valve timing with intelligence (VVT-i) provides strong low-end and mid-range torque.

An Electronic Throttle Control System with intelligence helps optimize performance and fuel economy. The V6 can be teamed with either a six-speed manual or a five-speed automatic transmission. Four-cylinder models offer a choice between a five-speed manual and a four-speed automatic transmission. When equipped with a V6 Tow Package, Access Cab and Double Cab models boast a maximum tow capacity of up to 6,500 pounds.

Standard on all Tacoma models is the Toyota Star Safety System™, which includes the anti-lock braking system (ABS), Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD), Brake Assist (BA), Vehicle Stability Control (VSC), Traction Control (TRAC) and Smart Stop Technology.

The base MSRP for the 2012 Tacoma will range from $16,875 for the Regular Cab 4x2 equipped with a 2.7-liter four-cylinder engine and five-speed manual transmission, to $27,835 for the Tacoma Double Cab 4x4 long bed with a 4.0-liter V6 and five-speed automatic, reflecting price increases ranging from $10 to $645.

The MSRP for the 2012 Tacoma does not include the delivery, processing and handling (DPH) fee of $810. The DPH fee for vehicles distributed by Southeast Toyota (SET) and Gulf States Toyota (GST) may vary.

All 2012 Tacomas will be assembled at Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Baja California (TMMBC) in Baja California, Mexico and Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Texas (TMMTX) in San Antonio, Texas.

The 2012 Tacoma will begin arriving at Toyota dealerships in September, 2011.

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