Outside, the 2012 Toyota Tacoma displays a relatively minor revision that is mostly cosmetic allowing Toyota to go with “If It Ain”t Broke, Don’t Fix It”. Inside the Cab are more substantial changes.
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There are some subtle changes to the front end of the 2012 Tacoma that include a new modified grille, foglamps, headlights, and bumper. The overall appearance though is not substantially different from a 2011 moddel. Dual tow hooks are now standard on all Tacoma models, and there are two new colors, Spruce Mica and Nautical Blue Metallic from which to choose. The TRD Sport package is now offered with side mirrors that have integrated turn signal lamps, and it is also available with optional 18-inch chrome five-spoke wheels.
Look Inside, and the changes appears a little more extensive. The 2012 Tacoma sports a redesigned instrument panel gauge cluster; redesigned central stack with updated climate controls, and a new steering wheel on some models.
New options include heavy-duty all-weather flooring on Access Cab and Double Cab models, waterproof fabric on some trucks, new radio designs, and Toyota’s Entune infotainment system (which is offered on the Double Cab V-6.)
Mechanically, there’s not much change from the outgoing 2011 model. The base 2.7-liter inline-four-cylinder carries over with the same 159 hp and 180 lb-ft as the 2011 model. Also, the 4.0-liter V-6 still offers 236 hp and 266 lb-ft of torque, just like last year’s truck. Transmission choices and fuel economy ratings remain unchanged.
Pricing is unannounced for the updated 2012 Tacoma, but should remain close to the 2011 model, which currently starts at $17,175 (including destination).
The 2012 Toyota Tacoma displays that it is new more from the inside out with a lot of “If It Ain’t Broke Don’t Fix It”.