Cooley's Logbook: 2012 Toyota Tacoma Baja Edition
Not a tremendous showcase for Toyota's tech, but a good indicator of how civilized this category has become.
I wasn't sure what to expect when we got the Tacoma in -- we don't review trucks very often and have no idea what we're doing when we take them off-road. But I approach the Tacoma Baja Edition like I do every car: As an everyday ride with some special talents.
The head unit in the Tacoma is more limited than what Toyota is capable of -- in fact, it only offers Bing search and Pandora radio apps, not the full complement of Entune apps like OpenTable and MovieTickets.com. Disappointing and, I feel, an ill-advised segmentation of Entune. But the real point of this vehicle is to go off-road sometimes and to the store most times. It does all that perfectly well, even if it does so with what may be the worst-sounding exhaust I've driven in a year.
Also, check out CNET'sof the 2012 Tacoma.