This is my first Toyota vehicle. I have owned Ford pick-up trucks for the last 15 years but my 2007 Sport-Trac was falling apart so I decided to try something else. I researched the Frontier and the Tacoma and test drove both. I went with the 2011 Tacoma PreRunner SR5 V6 Access Cab, and I'm glad I did. The Tacoma is definitely more fun to drive than any truck I previously owned. My first 2 weeks I put 1000 miles on the truck. I can't stop driving it! The interior feels "plush" like a car and it handles very refined for city or highway driving but over the hill-country here in Texas you know it's a truck because you can feel it pull it's way up the hills very easily.
Love my truck, have had for 9,000 miles and I get 23 on highway and 18 in the city.
Great off road.
When towing a T@b trailer 1900 lbs need to down shift when going up Alaska mountains.
If much heavier trailer I would suggest the V6.
Pulls the T@b up mountains 65mph.
Bought my 2011 sr5 about a month ago. Did lots of previous research prior to buying it, fuel, reliability, pricing, etc. Month later, can't say enough of the Tacoma. Great mid size truck that stands up to all others with good gas mpg. Would highly recommend the Tacoma if your looking for a dependable mid size truck that delivers good fuel and pulling power for weekenders.
PreRunner 4dr Access Cab 6.1 ft. SB (2.7L 4cyl 4A)
The Tacoma truck is very reliable and dependable. I use the truck in my home inspection business and carry mainly ladders in the bed. I enjoy the bed tie-down system with sliding hooks along the bed rails. The cargo compartments in the side walls is a very nice feature. The truck has never broken down or had any problems in the 31K miles I have owned it. Maintenance requirements are minimal and mostly oil changes and drive shaft lubrication. The 4-cyl. engine is underwhelming. I average 18-19 mpg with mixed driving. Toyota quality is great. When it is time to replace this truck, I will replace it with another Tacoma truck. I just traded for 2013 similar truck with V6.
2011 Tacoma 4x4 5 spd std. this is the cheapest truck I have ever owned you can't make it any cheaper it doesn't look like its built to last to me I see why all the frames on the older models rust out cheap metal 4 cyl. has no power clutch is weak it can't handle light work let alone heavy . the worst money I've ever spent, if you want a cheap truck and want to spend 26K than this is the truck for you.