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2012 Toyota Tacoma Review – Globe and Mail

Globe and Mail recently reviewed the 2012 Toyota Tacoma SR5 4X4 Doublecab V-6. The Tacoma, of course, gained another fan.

Toyota Tacoma Review - Globe and Mail

The Globe and Mail recently reviewed the Toyota Tacoma. Like other reviews, the Tacoma gained another fan.

Before he could begin his write-up, reviewer Ted Laturnus of the Globe and Mail, found it quite difficult to get in. He said, ” the 4WD version may be one of the most awkward vehicles to get in and out of I’ve ever encountered. Because it’s perched fairly high off the ground, you can’t just step into it like you would with a sedan or minivan.”

The engine though with its 4.0-litre V-6 got his vote as “one of the smoothest and most tractable V-6 engines on the market – virtually noiseless in operation and responsive at all rpms.” He also liked the part-time 4wd drive and said it was one 4×4 he wouldn’t hesitate to take into the wilderness.

He found the interior to be “reasonably civilized.” While it was tight it did have just enough room to store things.

While he didn’t get a chance to take it off-roading, he did find time to use it around the yard filling up the bed with “a yard or two of compost –about three-quarters of a bucket-load from a full-size front-end loader.” He found the Tacoma performed really well while only compressing the rear suspension to handle the load. He also like the spray-in bed liner his tester came with. Grab a water hose and clean-up is a breeze.

In the end, he notes that the Tundra is the one he would buy as a trademan’s vehicle. Yet, “… for weekend getaways and getting lost up in the mountains, few trucks can match the Tacoma.”

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  • Jefffowler

    I have 2012 double cab. Loaded with every option what spry-in beD liner is he referring to. As far as I know every Tacoma Since 05 has come with the fiber reinforced plastic bed. Which is not a liner but the bed itself. This is my second Tacoma my first was an 06.

  • Charlie Williams

    Quote:
    “Before he could begin his write-up, reviewer Ted Laturnus of the Globe and Mail, found it quite difficult to get in. He said, “ the 4WD version may be one of the most awkward vehicles to get in and out of I’ve ever encountered. Because it’s perched fairly high off the ground, you can’t just step into it like you would with a sedan or minivan.”

    Ok, it is a 4wd! And comparing it to a sedan or minivan? My God man! What did you think you were testing?! A golf cart?!

    I love my 2011 Tacoma DC TX TRD 4×4! Looking at making some mods to it (modest lift and bigger tires) as well. As for my opinion, Toyota makes the best trucks around!

    • Tim Esterdahl

      Charlie,

      Funny! Keep the comments coming.

      -Tim

  • Charlie Williams

    Tim,

    Nothing I hate more than a “so called professional” writing a summary on a truck and not have a clue as to what they are writing about!

    Sounds like he would be more suited to drive a Smart Car!

    • Tim Esterdahl

      Charlie,

      He might be better suited for a Smart Car! I don’t think he ever got the “point” of the Tacoma since he still leaned toward buying a Tundra at the end. Those are two different trucks for two different customers. He should have reviewed it as a potential customer not a “I’d rather have a big truck” person.

      -Tim

  • Charlie Williams

    I agree Tim!