This truck has been a steady performer. It is functional enough for light construction duty and family recreation. Our family of 3 + 1 large dog has found there is plenty of int. room and adequate cargo capacity for our road trips and camping outings. The ride is truck like, but without much road noise. There have been no major problems, but the broken emergency brake release lever and the poor seal around the gas intake pipe are annoying. The V6 provides pep and the transmission shifts smoothly. The gear shift on the steering column is a little tempermental and requires perfect placement before finding the right gear. Traction on wet pavement and snow is weak when the bed is empty.
The cargo light for the bed is a handy feature when unloading the bed at the campground after sunset.
A bigger glove box and a pouch behind the driver's seat would be nice.
I bought the truck from a private owner with 63,000 miles on it. Starts and rides like a new vehicle. Only problem I found was a warped front brake disk. Since grinding it no more clicks. Use it every day and sometimes overloaded, full or empty runs all the same. Fuel efficency is lousy (14 mpg) and A/C only cools to 48 F, which is within specs but in summery Florida we need all the cooling you can get. Overall highly satisfied
Power. Roomy interior. Good finish
Improve fuel consumption. Colder A/C. It feels as if the transmission could upshift at lower speeds (perhaps this would improve mileage a little)
Bought after Toyota dealership got
stupid dealing for a Tacoma. Love the
rugged look of the quad. While the
interior isn't 100% as nice as others,
it's still a comfortable place to do
business. Like the wide-open rear
doors! CD player didn't work upon
arrival, but was taken care of under
Large access rear doors. Overall look
of the vehicle.
Base engine could use some work. SXT
trim is really stripped.
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