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Off-road in style in the 2012 Toyota Tacoma Baja EditionCNET's Brian Cooley puts the Toyota Tacoma Baja Edition to the test and finds it a unique marriage of high-tech and off-road.
-- Toyota today but every camera I saw -- situations like this where I -- a serious concerns that it. Off the well let's drive the point twelve Toyota Tacoma four by four double -- with -- -- packets and check the tech. I could this get out. This account has today's notable from the outside first of all it's the big boys the double cab not just expanded you've got a full whole second row in this got. Secondly in case you missed the graphics it's the -- hop packet. A thousand dollar package let's see what it includes first of all. He's very cool -- great color great alloy design but most importantly. They are being blocs -- a -- -- wheelers and we feel that -- the wheel to that higher beam. Because off road guys tested. Can separate from the wheel during -- cornering stresses or other loads and lose even more pressure and become one -- also because these are high traction tires sometimes it'll -- the ground so much. -- -- -- I'm told so you -- the -- to the -- additionally we've got built in racing shocks all around this vehicle. You see the shock here and of this braided hose goes to an offshore reservoir traditional -- it helps to keep the fluid cool during the violent kind of impacts. These shocks me deal -- Underneath it and take a look you'll see a -- Back system it's a better exhaust allow voters forty -- -- off a little less back pressure that's a TR deities and of course. We've got the box graphics but that's a good thing -- -- up to you. I get a -- diploma without doing an. I think I'm gonna have this -- this is optional this is part of some package called today we have a lot of things here including. The system but as you'll notice. It's a little different interface and different offerings that we've seen on Lexus cars for example. You have -- search here's pandora streaming. Now once griped about on this system a while ago is you only had voice -- from this button. For being. And all the other -- that -- you had to fiddle with the interface which often locks you out when you're moving. They just announced that they are going to be upgrading the other end apps to have voice command. By today's standards this is the iPhone -- head -- and I don't mean most complementary way. What it means it's got a small. It's a six point one inch screen they Tellme doesn't even look that big does it it's a little cramped but the graphics rendering is quite good estimate that it was to do and I find the response on -- is perfectly fine. Electronics in this car go well beyond navigation media and a few apps -- got you've got a electronically controlled four wheel drive system. Not every Tacoma has that it's a different -- global we -- have four wheel drive. First of all -- all funnels through. Either a six speed manual -- a five speed automatic we have the five speed -- -- in addition to the gear shift -- here which doesn't have any shift -- -- nonsense it's -- -- -- school where you've got drive which -- fifth 432 or low that I -- -- you have -- electronic control for all wheel drive -- too high for or if you wanna -- -- quarterly -- your growth -- going to push and turn. Another electronic button over here to lock the -- -- You've got another one here for hill descent control whether this is very easy it was all wheel drive car electronics systems make things happen is that you haven't moved eagle levers which solve all drug cards still -- you can scroll it up and think it really -- things. Under the hood four liter V6. In the four wheel drive configuration we've got here. The four liter V6 only comes in the big cab versions not in the small Cabot believe that guys relegated to the two point seven liter -- -- were discussed here. 236. Horsepower -- 66 foot pounds of torque a real grunting motor. Talk about zero to sixty who cares and a car like this but the MPG is interesting 1621. In this V6 of all wheel drive. If you've got the rear wheel drive a belief that gets as good at nineteen point -- quite a difference. -- the base transmission on this vehicle is a six speed manual however we have the five speed automatic which adds a little under 900 box. Given the fact that the power train is so electronically controlled in this car. I'm not -- edited by having an automatic but then again I'm not offer voters so maybe you aren't -- -- an idiot right now. Did. First on the street. View person in the miles of vehicle. It's a whole list partners and you'd expect looking at it from outside the liquid every day. Apple's exhaust note that securities company like it. It's good to me. Right now bill -- -- I'm doing what I'm looking for. -- -- -- I'd -- your -- approaching book about on this one before some other vehicles and lost again but this is where the suspension on this vehicle. Continues to maintain some -- aren't getting some pretty good -- and approached him. Come on here week. This one now I -- what -- reside on but feels like about. I'm not used to this kind of driving in this vehicle. I was missing earlier about how lot of off rotors -- -- their hires someone to get more compliant contact patch. You can feel that even it I think full pressure right now we're running standard pressure as the this is a very. A lot of the compliance of the suspension is coming through the tires. These are not exceptionally big diameter -- that's not the idea and off road vehicle. And so we have a lot of us pollution in the actual casing and the sidewalk. And that's really helping keep things like that because we don't want this content driving business to be airborne -- it anymore milliseconds and you have to be. Okay rising Arctic homeless -- about. -- twenty -- the way it's it's here now at about 4000 of that though is all wheel drive and related equipment so -- -- big yes or no on your part. 5000 is the -- pack. Act gives you whether or no if you want better yet don't unity my advice. And finally -- -- -- this car for 19100. Is that package each day keeps the -- system be LCD screen navigation GBL audio HD radio. A lot of goodies come in that one for what is basically steal a price.