We have hauled 4 adults @ a time, pulled a trailer hauling a Harley all over the country, filled the bed with rocks, logs, mulch, topsoil, and I drive to work each day. We live in the Ozarks, so none of our roads are straight, flat, or smooth. The local mileage is 18 mpg and on a flat Highway 55/39 in Illinois or 70 through Kansas mileage climbed to 24 mpg running at 75 with the AC cooling me to a chill in 90 degree heat. The only complaint I have is the alarm system was futzed up and we had to install an aftermarket system. And that bed is made out of plastic. I want a steel bed with solid anchors like my old Hilux. So all-in-all this truck has been very easy to own. 60,000 miles!
Storage all over the interior. The flip up back seats are great for loading the dog in the back without messing up the interior and it is great loading stuff from the hardware, nursery, or gear.
We need steel beds with solid anchors. We need moonroofs (I had an excellent aftermarket moonroof the dealer had installed before I took delivery, but manufacturer does not offer it). Need leather-heated seats so stains and spills would not be a problem.
When new, the truck got more than its share of attention. Good mileage and great ride are pluses. Cargo capacity when camping or hunting can't be beat. Also has gone places 4X4s wouldn't go. Air conditioner has been only problem with radiator and now A/C clutch needing to be changed.
Comfort in all road conditions. Good sound with my choice in music, Classical.
Attach side mirrors a couple of inches lower to improve city driving turning vision. Two more attachment points on the front of the bed.
I love Toyotas. My experience with this one has been not as satisfactory as past. 7000 kms - all 4 hubs fell off. 14000 kms transmission needed replacing. 90 000 A/C compressor done and needs replacing- not under warranty and rare for this to go so early-very expensive part. Want to sell but don't want others to take on these issues if still to come. Toyota customer service was less than satisfactory on helping me with these issues. So surprised due to previous experience with Toyota. :(
Toyota keeps building great machines. This one has been very reliable. 55mi and running strong. NEVER needed repairs outside of general maint. This truck offers all around versatility, good gas mileage (19 mpg- city or hwy), and great resale. Yes, this truck will cost you 2-3K more than a domestic, but it's well worth it.
Solid 4wd, powerful 235 HP V6, lots of interior and bed space. Easy oil changes. Very little maintenance needed.
Couple of minor complaints: Noisy windshield at high speeds and squeak in the heater fan. No other improvements needed.