2012 Toyota Tacoma review and pictures

Posted on Monday, 5 September 2011 , 11:09:46 byVeronica

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Toyota Tacoma

The 2012 Toyota Tacoma boasts a restyled exterior look together with an upgraded interior as it represents the best-selling compact pickup truck in the U.S. market, with more than 106,000 models sold in 2010. The Toyota Tacoma has been repeatedly recognized for its outstanding value and reliability. The fresh face of the 2012 Toyota Tacoma is enhanced by the redesigned hood, grille, headlamps and front bumper. The high-quality of the interior is emphasized by the black high-contrast center console, switch plate covers, dash and upper door trim as well as a new seat fabric design. Sound absorption material in the headliner and behind the rear seats, along with insulating carpeting, help to provide a quiet cabin. Toyota offers new heavy-duty all-weather flooring in the 2012 Tacoma Access and Double Cab models to those owners who use their trucks for hard work and hard play.
Focusing on customer choice, the 2012 Tacoma is available in a wide variety of configurations and models. Furthermore, audio options have been upgraded for some 2012 Tacoma models, with a new six-speaker system featuring an AM/FM Satellite Radio-capable head unit with a single-disc CD player for the Access Cab models, while the DoubleCab V6 models comprise navigation, Toyota EntuneTM services, SiriusXM Satellite Radio (with 90-day trial subscription), HD Radio with iTunes tagging and text/e-mail-to-voice.
Two engines featuring variable valve timing with intelligence are available for the 2012 Tacoma line, a 4.0-liter DOHC V6 that provides 236 horsepower with 266 lb-ft. of torque and a a 2.7-liter Dual Overhead Cam (DOHC) four-cylinder that delivers 159 horsepower and 180 lb-ft. of torque.
The design uses Eaton Roots-type rotating components in a one-piece supercharger plenum/manifold casting.
Chassis modifications include an electronic locking rear differential, progressive-rate front springs, specially tuned Bilstein shock absorbers, a 28-mm front stabilizer bar and BFGoodrich Rugged Trail tires.
In terms of safety, all Tacoma models boast impressive performances as they integrate the Toyota Star Safety SystemTM, which includes Vehicle Stability Control (VSC), Traction Control (TRAC), an Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD), Brake Assist (BA), and Smart Stop brake, thus overriding technology.
Toyota's 36-month/36,000 mile basic new-vehicle warranty is applied to all components other than normal wear and maintenance items.