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2012 Best Resale Value Awards: Mid-Size Pickup

Best Resale Mid-Size Pickup
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Best Mid-Size Pickup:
2012 Toyota Tacoma

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The Toyota Tacoma has won the best midsize pickup honor every year since we introduced the Best Resale Value Awards in 2003. So why does the Tacoma continue to win after eight years? Because the Tacoma has it all – looks, handling, and most notably, reliability. No other contender can compete with the Tacoma's overall package, making it the clear winner year after year.

Whether the Tacoma is used for around-town driving, as a daily work truck, or for serious off-roading on the weekend (we recommend the TRD with the Sport Upgrade Package for the hard-core weekend warrior), it handles well on and off the road, is comfortable for driver and passengers alike, and is fairly easy to get in and out of. Its size helps when negotiating parking lots and narrow streets, and yet it can still tow 6,500 pounds. Plus the Toyota Tacoma's highly functional bed with a composite liner and moveable tie-downs continues to be one of our editors' favorite features.

The 2012 Toyota Tacoma is larger and more expensive than competitors like the Chevy Colorado and Ford Ranger, and is roughly the same size and price as the Nissan Frontier and Dodge Dakota – but options, power and a high residual value are what make it the best midsize pickup. Available with either an economical 4-cylinder or powerful V6, the Toyota Tacoma starts around $17,000 and can reach $32,000 when fully equipped with four-wheel drive (4WD) and every conceivable option. Of course, where the Tacoma truly shines is when it comes time to sell. No other competitor retains its value better than the 2012 Toyota Tacoma, which means more cash for you when you decide to upgrade to a new Tacoma or up-size to the Toyota Tundra.

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Resale Value at 36 months: 64.0% at 60 months: 49.0%
Ratings & Reviews
Consumer Rating 9.2 Out of 10
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Expert Rating 7.7 Out of 10
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Towing Capacity: 3500 lbs
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