My 2nd 'yota
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Vehicle2002 Toyota Tacoma 2dr Xtracab 2WD SB (2.4L 4cyl 5M)
ReviewDecent power for a 4-banger, although I wish the V6 was offered at this trim level. Comfortable ride quality, superb ergonomics, solid build, and Toyota finally put some 15" rims on its 2WD trucks. Handles great with a load in the back, no noticeable change to braking characteristics. Transmission very solid, this thing feels like it could easily handle a V8. Second gear is way too high, especially compared to the fairly low-geared first. You can tell that the build quality is much cheaper on the 2002 compared to my 1986 'yota, yet it is still very solid compared to anything else. Gas mileage a bit lower than expected, 21 mpg street, 23 mpg highway. Nice truck, worth the money.
Best FeaturesRide quality, ergonomics, comfort.
Worst FeaturesLower second gear by a few teeth, fix the dash rattle, offer the V6 at this trim level! I wouldn't be caught dead driving a PreRunner or an S-Runner but I still want a 2WD V6! It would be nice to see more metal and less plastic, like the older 'yotas.
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