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Extras, options drive all-new 2012 Toyota Tacoma

Toyota has loaded lots of options and extras onto its family of 2012 Toyota Tacoma compact pickup trucks to make each of them an enticing buy.

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How those choices break down for buyers:

Access and Double Cab extras: They include five core option combinations. The SR5 Package mixes styling and comfort cues that include color-keyed overfenders and front bumper, chrome grille surround and chrome rear bumper, intermittent wipers and upgraded interior features and trim. The new features showcase a leather-wrapped steering wheel and automatic transmission shift lever.

TRD Sport package: Motorheads and enthusiasts will like this one. It's not for the average person. The package offers suspension tuning and lower-profile 265 / 65 R17 tires on 17-inch alloy wheels. It's the sportiest Tacoma, with cool fog lamps, a hood scoop, TRD graphics and color-keyed rear bumper, mirrors, grille surround and door handles. The TRD Big Brake system was developed by Toyota Technical Center and TRD engineers to improve pedal feel. In motorhead-speak, Toyota explains that the system uses "13 x 1.25-inch semi-floating vented rotors with directional internal fins, forged aluminum four-piston fixed calipers, larger pads with high coefficient-of-friction material and braided steel lines." That's what she said.

T|X and T|X Pro packages: These are for the "hardcore pickup fan." You've got to get this with the TRD Off-Road Package. Here's the intent: Toyota markets the package as "a concept-truck look to the Tacoma V6 Access Cab or V6 Double Cab PreRunner and 4x4 models." T|X ups the boldness of the TRD because Toyota labels the look "menacing." But ask yourself: is that the look you want when a cop is deciding whether to give you a speeding ticket? TRD 16-inch black alloy bead-lock wheels and 265 / 70R16 BFGoodrich Rugged Trail tires boost the sportiness quotient. Plus: Black tube-side steps, a stainless steel exhaust tip and unique exterior graphics give the T|X the aesthetics of a custom truck. The Pro package is performance-driven. Toyota includes a TRD cat-back performance exhaust system that gives the V6 a great growl and power to rock. Both packages offer a strong content and great value. They are covered under Toyota's standard warranty.

TRD Off-Road package: This extra that drives both T|X editions "provides a carefully tuned balance of off-road performance and on-road handling." Toyota sells it this way: "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." Let's just say it makes the Tacoma one tough truck. The package includes fog lamps, a 400W/115V powerpoint in the bed, sport seats with adjustable lumbar support, an overhead console with a compass and outside temperature display.

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