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Vehicle2005 Toyota Tacoma 4dr Double Cab PreRunner V6 Rwd SB (4.0L 6cyl 5A)
ReviewBought used in 2008, have literally driven it across the country. (Truck has about 110k miles on it now) Avgs 16-25 mpg. Took it tailgating in the southeast with 4 adults and gear and got 25 mpg on highway in "mountainous" terrain of western NC and SC. The truck has been worry free over about 15k miles. The power from the V6 has been more than adequate with hauling rocks, dirt and plants/trees for homeowner "fun" and around town. I haven't towed with it. 60# dog fits in back of cab nicely as the seats fold flat and have a robust back. The cubbyholes behind and under the rear seats were borderline genius (they have become more common now, I think). The power outlet in truck bed is handy.
Best FeaturesNice blend of SUV and truck features. TRD Off Road pkg looks nice (no fake scoop!) and offers locking rear diff (mine is 4x2) and ground clearance. Space and cubbyholes for things and people. Truck bed composite material (fine for my needs). Paint has held up very well as has underbody. Resale was good
Worst FeaturesFully box frame - shimmies over bigger bumps. DIESEL ENGINE PLEASE! Stereo in 2005 approaches awful. Bigger bed (deeper if not longer offered for TRD Off Road - only allow short bed). Better headlights. Wider rear door openings. I'd like a more utilitarian version offered w/ good mechanical "stuff"
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