This was a great first truck. These things can really take some punishment and are a blast to drive. Mileage was OK, at about 23 mpg. It did a lot better than expected in the winter. Always started and ran great. Never got stuck on me in the snow despite being RWD (200 lbs of bedrock fixed that). Really good ground clearance for a truck this size. Great handling and brakes. Responsive 4 cylinder with respectable torque. Easy to maintain. I really regret trading it in for a Camry 3 years later. The cons... well... hardly any. The interior is a little cramped but that's about it. I was dumb for trading it in.
Fun to drive around. Very durable. You can hit bumps, turns, and brakes so hard in this thing compared to other small trucks. It's hard to believe this is one of the cheapest pickup trucks on the market. You'll fall in love with it quick. People call them Tacos for short (mmm, I like tacos).
Make extended cab standard. Make locking rear differential or limited slip available on all models. Just about every truck tire on the market is better than the set of Goodyear Wranglers that come on a Tacoma.