2009 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner V6 4dr Double Cab 6.1 ft. SB (4.0L 6cyl 5A)
I finally decided on the buying another Toyota after owning number of other cars in between, including a Honda Pilot and Volvo XC70. Wanted the cargo carrying capacity of a truck, but not something monstrous in size. But it seems like all trucks have gone on steroids over the years; the '09 Tacoma is bigger than the '00 Tundra I owned. Didn't get a 4X4 to save on purchase and fuel costs. Usual good fit and finish from Toyota; feels solid. Although compared to the Honda Pilot, not as well engineered: small things like the center console storage compartment that opens from the driver side instead of from the front that would allow better access to front- passengers; not as clever on storage.
Good power for a V6. Backup camera works well day or night. Built-in bluetooth is handy; especially in CA where hands-free cell communication is required. Like the XM radio feature.
Add: lighted passenger-side vanity mirror, better storage, more AC power ports. Move the gear shift to front console or steering column to free up more space. Tougher seat fabrics (fabric stains easily). Make backup camera screen larger.
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