2012 Toyota Tacoma Features & OptionsThe Toyota Tacoma has been the leading seller in the compact truck market for many years, outselling its nearest competitor by almost two-to-one. At a time when some manufacturers are giving up on small trucks, Toyota is improving and refining the Tacoma, and making it clear they plan to continue production.
In 2012, the Tacoma receives a face lift, with a redesigned hood, bumper, grille and headlights. Inside, Toyota has changed the instrument cluster and center dash, including the truck's heater/AC controls. The console, dash, door panels and much of the remaining interior panels are now black.
Engine and transmission combinations remain unchanged for 2012.
Tacoma Cab and Bed ConfigurationsThe 2012 Toyota Tacoma is available as a Regular Cab, Access Cab and Double Cab. The PreRunner Double Cab and 4WD Double Cab can be configured with a 60.3 inch bed or a 73.5 inch bed. Remaining Tacoma trucks are fitted with only the 73.5 inch bed.
2012 Toyota Tacoma EnginesTacoma's 2.7 liter 4-cylinder engine produces 159 horsepower and 180 pound feet of torque. This engine is standard in the 2WD Regular Cab and Access Cab, the PreRunner Access Cab and Double Cab and the 4WD Regular Cab and Access Cab.
Bumping up to Tacoma's 4.0 liter V6 engine gives you 236 horsepower and 266 pound feet of torque. The V6 is standard in the 2WD Tacoma X-Runner and the 4WD Double Cab, and optional in 4WD Access Cab trucks and PreRunner Access Cab and Double Cabs.
2012 Toyota Tacoma Transmissions
- Tacoma's 4-cylinder engine can be coupled with a 5-speed manual transmission or a 4-speed automatic.
- The V6 is available with a 6-speed manual or a 5-speed automatic transmission.
Tacoma Truck Fuel Economy RatingsTacoma fuel mileage ratings range from 21 city / 25 highway for the 2WD 4 cylinder equipped with a 5-speed transmission to 15 city / 19 highway for the 4WD truck with a 6-speed manual transmission.
All Tacoma trucks are equipped with a 21.1 gallon fuel tank.
Towing with the Tacoma Pickup TruckTacoma's towing capacity ranges from 3,300 pounds to a maximum of 6,500 pounds for trucks equipped with the V6 engine and tow package.
Tacoma Brakes, Steering & Safety SystemsAll 2012 Toyota Tacoma pickup trucks have power assist front disc brakes and rear drum brakes. The Tacoma also features anti-lock brakes with Electronic Braking Distribution, Brake Assist, Electronic Traction Control and Automatic Limited Slip Differential. Steering is variable assist power rack and pinion.
Tacoma pickup trucks have 3-point seatbelts in all seating positions. You'll find driver and passenger airbags and front-seat-mounted side air bags. Access Cab and Double cab trucks have active headrests on the front seats -- they move forward and up to minimize whiplash if you're involved in a rear impact crash.