New 2012 Toyota Tacoma priced under $18k

Drivers who are looking to buy a new truck with an auto loan should consider the 2012 Toyota Tacoma. The pickup will start at $17,685, which is about $500 more than last year’s model, according to Autoweek. The Japanese automaker has redesigned the grille, front and rear fascias, headlights and hood of the Tacoma for the 2012 model, and they made improvements inside the passenger cab as well, such as a new steering wheel.

One cool feature of the new Tacoma is the Entune multimedia system, which features apps such as Bing and Pandora. It can also be connected to smartphones so drivers can access their phones with vehicle controls or voice recognition, which could lower the risk of distracted driving. This is the first vehicle in which the service, which requires a three-year contract, has been offered, the news source reports.

Automobile Magazine reports that the stylistic changes and accessory upgrades are the only changes for this year’s Tacoma. The engine options will remain the same as the 2011 model – the base engine is a 2.7-liter inline-four that generates 159 horsepower. The upgraded engine, a 4.0-liter V6 boosts the power to 236 hp, and the fuel economy rating remains the same as well. The base engine gets a combined 22 miles-per-gallon with manual transmission and two-wheel drive, and the V6 gets a combined 18 mpg.