2012 Toyota Tacoma TRD T/X Baja Series priced at $33,800

Article by Christian A., on May 1, 2012

Pricing details for Toyota’s TRD T/X Baja Series package for the Tacoma pickup have been released. When fitted with various off-road elements, the four-wheel-drive Tacoma will cost $5,015 more but the current $650 factory credit still has to be deducted. It has a starting price of $33,800 (with shipping charges included).

The Baja Series package also includes off-road-tuned front and rear TRD Bilstein racing shocks, Electronically controlled locking rear differential, Active Traction Control (A-TRAC), Hill-Start Assist Control (HAC), Downhill Assist Control (DAC), BF Goodrich T/A KO tires (LT265/70R-16) with bead-lock-style off-road wheels with exclusive gunmetal gray finish, TRD cat-back exhaust, Front ride height increased by nearly two inches, Matte black T|X Baja Vehicle side graphics, and Exclusive TRD tailgate badge.

For the Baja Series, Toyota was inspired by its nearly 30 years of racing history. Toyota has gotten many title wins at the Baja 500 and the Baja 1000. This option group is available on top of Toyota’s TRD Off-Road package, which is priced at around $3,500 in 4x4 applications.

For the 2012 model year, the Tacoma got updates, which include a restyled front end that has a new hood, grille and headlights.

The Tacoma also got a new instrument-panel design with a revised gauge cluster and a new steering wheel. The 2012 Toyota Tacoma is also offered with the option of either a 159-hp four-cylinder engine or a 236-hp V6.

Toyota revealed that while the T/X Baja Series will indeed be under the Tacoma range, this 2012 version has the front section sporting a new style with the hood, headlamps, and grille, among others, being redesigned. All of the models will also have the interior experiencing some change like the how the center-instrument panel will be designed and the addition of a revised gauge cluster.

The center stack has also been redesigned to have power point locations and to contain the controls for the air conditioner/heater. Even the steering wheel is new. According to Toyota, the new T/X Baja Series will be offered not only for the Tacoma Access but also for the Double Cab 4x4 models, the same models that have the TRD Off-Road Package.

The changes were not limited to the design as the suspension has been improved as well with the one in front now having the Bilstein Ø66mm piston race shocks. With TRD coil springs, the body has been plated in zinc to offer added protection and there was an increase of one inch when it comes to wheel travel. For the rear suspension, it has the Bilstein Ø50mm piston race shocks which also has the same zinc plating but with the wheel travel increased by 1.5 inches.

In addition, the shocks equipped in the rear suspension come with a remote reservoir which allows the shock oil capacity to be increased. Thus, damping sensitivity is better with heat dissipation being greater.

Powering the Tacoma T/X Baja Series will be the 4.0-liter V6 engine and it will be paired to either the manual six-speed transmission or the automatic five-speed gearbox. Under the TRD Off-Road package, the T/X Baja Series will have the locking rear differential, which is managed electronically, fitted as standard. It will also have a number of features that include the Active Traction Control, or A-TRAC, the Downhill Assist Control, or DAC, and the Hill-Start Assist Control, or HAC.

Further, this limited edition series will have the off-road bead-lock style wheels fitted to which are the BF Goodrich T/A KO tires sized LT265/70R16. Then there is the TRD Cat-back Exhaust, the signature Baja Series graphics, and the front ride height that has been increased almost 2 inches. On its interior, the 2012 Tacoma has been redesigned and now comes with a high-contrast center console in black.

New as well are the upper door trim, dash, and switch plate covers. For the SR5 on the other hand, it will bring in a new design for the seat fabric as well. The brand revealed that it will also be making available the all-weather heavy-duty flooring. These will be for all the 2012 Tacoma Access and the 2012 Double Cab versions that have the V6 engine. Finally, the Off-Road package, and even the TRD Sport package, will have its seats protected with water-resistant fabric.

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