This is my first Toyota, and is my first Tacoma as well. I am VERY pleased with my purchase. Will not hesitate to buy another one in the future. Very fun truck to drive, and very capable. I've been very surprised at the terrain that I've been able to get through on in this thing. Also, this has been the most reliable vehicle that I've owned so far. Only problem I have had so far is the battery cable got loose once. Other than that, never had a problem or a breakdown.
EXCELLENT off-road capability, great looks, extremely reliable.
I'm sure the newer Tacomas have more power/nicer features. Extended cab really isn't great for passengers, but works fine for storing gear. Will be getting a double-cab next time.