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 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's full review of the 2012 Tacoma.

About the author

Brian Cooley joined CNET in 1995 and always comes at technology from the real consumer's point of view. He brings his high energy, often skeptical style to all avenues of CNET coverage, with an emphasis on car tech. You'll also find him frequently on television, radio and the TV screens at Costco!


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