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2012 Toyota Tacoma
2012 Toyota Tacoma
Available Price Range $14,544-$32,196 TrimsN/A Combined MPG 17-23 SeatsN/A

Our Take on the 2012 Toyota Tacoma

Our Take

The Toyota Tacoma midsize pickup truck is available in three cab styles: regular cab, Access Cab and Double Cab. Regular and Access cabs come with 6-foot beds, while the Double Cab can be had with either a 5- or 6-foot bed. The Tacoma can seat up to five people in certain configurations.  C... Read Full Report

What We Don't Like

  • Stronger 4.0-liter V-6 found in Tundra and 4Runner isn't available for Tacoma
  • No pull-lever parking brake (helps in off-roading)
  • Great off-road suspension can be rough on uneven pavement
  • Long-box Tacoma crew cab almost as big as a full-size pickup

Notable Features

  • Three cab styles
  • Four-cylinder or V-6
  • Exterior and interior styling revisions
  • Available Entune multimedia system
  • T|X and T|X Pro off-road packages


Our Expert Reviews

To begin: This is no Raptor fighter, but it does get Toyota heading in the right direction. In fact, Toyota will be the first to tell you it doesn't want the new Tacoma T/X Baja Series package to be confused as the automaker's version of the Ford F-150 SVT Raptor; the goals were more modest, and the budget was a tad smaller. Still, there is substance here. The guys at Toyota Racing... Read full review for the 2012 Toyota Tacoma

Consumer Reviews


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Overall excellent truck

by EA2359 from Corpus Christi, Tx. on July 8, 2012

First midsize truck I have owned. Very pleased with the performance, utility and comfort of the Tacoma. Features are somewhat lagging compared to fullsize brands. I believe that since there is no real... Read Full Review


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There are currently 6 recalls for this car.

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Warranties Explained


Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.


Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

Roadside Assistance

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

Free Scheduled Maintenance

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

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