Available only in the 4-passenger Double Cab variation, the 2012 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner SB (Short Bed) light-duty truck offers heightened maneuverability in a 4-door package. Combining a manageable bed length with the roomy, 4-door, 5-passenger Double Cab, this pint-size pickup also offers the choice of either a 159-hp inline 4-cylinder (I4) engine or the peppy 236-hp 4.0-liter variable-valve-timed (VVT) V6 powerplant. The former can be hitched to either the standard 5-speed manual transmission or an available 4-speed automatic, both allowing the I4 to put out 180 lb-ft of torque. The V6 is accompanied by either the standard 5-speed automatic transmission or an available 6-speed manual transmission, each managing some 266 lb-ft of torque. Towing with the four-banger is maxed out at 3,500 pounds with the proper equipment, while V6-equipped Tacoma PreRunner Double Cab SBs can be delivered with a towing package that’s capable of hauling 6,400 pounds of trailer. Mileage figures for the I4 are 21 mpg city/25 highway with the stick shift and 19/24 with the automatic, while the V6 shows 15/21 with the 5-speed automatic and 16/21 with the 6-speed stick shift.
In any case, no matter the drivetrain, bed length or cab style, the PreRunner lineup, including the SB, is only available in rear-wheel drive (RWD). Guess that makes for a more economical commuter truck.
Standard appearance, convenience and comfort goodies, meantime, include, besides the 5.0-foot short bed, 16-inch steel wheels, skid plates and trailer wiring, as well as cloth upholstery, telescoping tilt-wheel steering and full power accessories. Additionally, front bucket seats with a fold-flat front passenger seat, not to mention simulated alloy cabin trim also come standard, while a single-CD player pumps out news and tunes through 6 speakers. Complementing the audio system, finally, are such standards as satellite radio, a USB connection and Bluetooth hands-free communications.
Options for the 2012 PreRunner Double Cab SB are plentiful and include a roof rack, step running boards, upgraded wheels and a navigation suite that includes a touchscreen display and Toyota’s Entune internet radio, music streaming and traffic info service (V6 trims only). The available SR5 package, meanwhile, features interior and exterior badge and trim upgrades, premium cloth upholstery and a rear-view camera, while the Double Cab Convenience Package offers a sliding rear window, cruise control and remote keyless entry.
Also optional on the PreRunner Double Cab SB are the TRD Sport Package and the TRD Sport Upgrade Package with a sport-tuned suspension and, respectively, 17- or 18-inch alloy wheels, as well as much of the equipment found in the Double Cab Convenience Package. Finally, a pair of T/X packages can adorn V6-equipped PreRunner Double Cab SBs with upgraded wheels, a cat-back exhaust system and tubular side steps.
Standard safety features aboard the 2012 Tacoma PreRunner Double Cab SB include 4-wheel antilock brakes (ABS), traction and stability control, front head restraint whiplash protection, front side-mounted airbags, and front and rear head airbags. Optional safety features, meanwhile, include daytime running lights and a remote antitheft alarm.