I just bought it a week ago. So it has relatively few miles. But I drove it after a freezing rain and snow. The limited slip differential made a huge difference from a Ford Ranger and Chevy S-10 we had before (all 2WD). The seat is firm enough and offered good support. Maybe because of my size, the right outside mirror creates a huge blind spot at intersections. So short drivers beware.
Nice truck, smooth, rides high. Regular cab, bench seat, fits three people if needed. I Needed more cargo room than my 2003 VW Passat Wagon. 4x4 will be safe feeling in NY winters. I was looking for something pretty basic for my first truck. Quality, fit finish great. Controls clear. Power in 4 cyl. fine (no plan to tow, haul too heavy a load and don't worry about fast acceleration; savings on price and fuel economy did come to play here). Rail system is great. Is plenty of room to store back pack and big computer bag and other gear in cab behind bench seat (I am only 5'8" so i might have more room behind than a tall person) Will report back if any negatives develop.
I purchased my Tacoma about a week ago, so I can't really speak for the reliability of the vehicle yet, but so far I'm still looking for every excuse possible to drive it. I was looking for a compact (a relative term in the truck market today) pickup mostly for my short commute to work and for the occasional weekend trips to Ikea. I don't have a big budget or a need for excessive features in a vehicle. I just need an inexpensive, reliable, versatile vehicle that'll keep up with me and this truck fits the bill perfectly.
I bought this truck needing something to last me through college and beyond. I was really impressed with all the standard features for this tacoma (skid plates, Auto LSD, Roll sensing side curtain airbags). I was apprehensive about getting a 4cyl pickup. However it has plenty of power and considering it can only seat 2.5 people (half person for the middle bench spot...wouldnt try to fit a full grown adult) it will suit me well. I love the rail system and the tie downs that are included. It feels like a mini truck on steroids. i love the ride height. Its a basic no frills truck that will get the task at hand done.
I have been driving a Lexus so this comparison is slightly unfair, but I love the Tacoma. My only complaint is its power is not what I would have hoped for because when I towed a fairly large trailer that was under under the rated weight, truck struggled a little bit up the hills. It is also louder then my Lexus, no surprise there. All in all a great purchase.
Barcelona Red Metallic; TRD Off-Road Extra Value Package With JBL Audio ($4,150 -- includes JBL AM/FM stereo with six-disc in-dash CD changer and MP3/WMA playback capability, auxiliary audio input, six speakers and subwoofer, XM Satellite Radio with three-month subscription, Bluetooth, off-road-tuned suspension with Bilstein shocks, locking rear differential, 16-by-7-inch alloy wheels with P265/70R16 BFGoodrich tires, engine skid plate, front tow hook, 115V/400W deck power point, foglamps, remote keyless entry system, cruise control, variable-speed wipers, overhead console with compass and temperature gauge, chrome grille surround and rear bumper, color-keyed front bumper and over-fenders, smoked headlamp trim, sliding rear window with privacy glass, sport seats with driver lumbar support and sport fabric trim [in place of standard bucket seats, passenger-side fold-flat feature deleted], metallic-tone instrument panel trim, leather wrapped steering wheel with audio and Bluetooth phone controls, leather wrapped shifter (A/T models only), dual sun visors with mirrors and extenders, tailgate-handle integrated back-up camera linked with auto-dimming inside mirror with monitor, TRD Off-Road graphics, VSC + A-TRAC in place of standard VSC +TRAC, Hill-Start Assist Control (HAC) and Downhill Assist Control (DAC) [A/T models]); V6 Tow Package ($650 -- includes Class 4 hitch, transmission and supplemental oil coolers [transmission cooler not available on manual transmission models], 130A alternator, heavy-duty battery, seven-pin connector with converter); Carpet Floor Mat Set/Door Sill Protector ($199-- two-piece mat set for Regular Cab, four-piece mat set for Access Cab and Double Cabm, door sill protector); Daytime Running Lights ($40), 50-State Emissions ($0).
Naturally aspirated port-injected V6
DOHC, four valves per cylinder, variable intake-valve timing
Compression ration (x:1)
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)
236 @ 5,200
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)
266 @ 4,000
Transmission and axle ratios (x:1)
I = 3.52; II = 2.04; III = 1.40; IV = 1.00; V = 0.72; R = 3.22; FD = 3.72
The traction control allows quite a lot of wheelspin in 2WD. With traction control off, the extra wheelspin (and axle hop) worked.
Quite a lot of dive but also more bite from off-road tires than expected. Also very good fade resistance -- tight cluster of stops.
Slalom: Traction control Off/stability control On: Obviously not meant to slalom and it feels out of place; slow-ratio steering; balloon tires and lots of suspension travel. Also, stability control is not defeatable in 2WD so it became a guessing game of what is permitted with Toyota's prescribed limits.