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2013 Toyota Tacoma

FUN!  Period.  End of blog.

Seriously, that’s all I want to say.  Ok, for the sake of trying to explain that at least a LITTLE bit, let’s elaborate.

My history as an owner of 2 other small trucks in my lifetime has told me that in most cases, little trucks just can’t do much.  That opinion certainly has changed.  Don’t get me wrong, they’re not strong enough to pull massive trailers or to move your friends belongings to their new house (that in itself is a great reason to own one!).  Gone are the days that you can buy a REAL 4×4 in a small SUV platform.  The all wheel drive large car has taken over that world.

2013 Toyota Tacoma Interior

2013 Toyota Tacoma Interior

I found it extremely refreshing to drive a small 4×4, that felt like a real 4×4.  It pulls small RV trailers, quads, boats, whatever… but the best part of the new Tacoma is the suspension.  It feels aggressive.  It feels powerful.  It bounces around like a 4×4 should, but without that big bounce of the big trucks.  In my case, my trailer is TOOOOOO big to be an option for me.  But I have to say, it was very impressive and fun to drive.  In my opinion, white is the best color of this truck.  Maybe with a roll’n’l0ck cover on the back.  I wouldn’t say jack it up, but big rims could look really great too if you like to trick out your truck.

The interior is typical Toyota styling.  Backup camera in the rear view mirror is handy, and the navi and radio are top notch for tech-geek.  I find it hard to find anything to be critical about for the Tacoma.  Maybe the instrument cluster could be updated… Toyota is overdue for a new set of dials on the dash.  I’d say this likely comes with the new Tundra in 2014… I’ll cross my fingers.

Thanks to Country Hills Toyota Scion for the test drive!

 

2013 Toyota Tacoma Exterior

2013 Toyota Tacoma Exterior

2007 Toyota Tundra

In an effort to get AS MANY cars on the site as possible, I’m hoping that even being crititcal of my own vehicles might be helpful.  I own a 2007 Toyota Tundra, and here is my thoughts on the truck. 

2007 Toyota Tundra
2007 Toyota Tundra

I’ll start by saying we chose a truck for towing our 34′ Rockwood 8317RKSS Travel Trailer from Country Road RV.  We needed the ability to tow 8500lbs easily, and with a 10,800lbs towing capacity, the Tundra got my family the reliability that didn’t seem to exist with domestric trucks at the time, and the power to do it in style with kids.  The extra large cab of the truck is huge, and the seats in the back even recline.

We’ve talked about upgrading to a newer one, but Toyota hasn’t really changed much.  They’ve added a trimline called Platinum, proximity sensors, new stereo, but the core of the truck doesn’t really need changing.  With the extended cab, the 5′ box is small.  But the 1350lbs cargo capacity puts this truck into the realm of “heavy half”.  I do find the shocks are a little soft for heavier loads and it sags a little bit.  Airbags might be an option for the trailer.

The only problem with the Toyota Tundra is fuel economy.  I don’t think it’s THAT bad, but it’s not good.  I have a friend that had a 2010 Tundra, and traded it in for a Highlander because of fuel economy.  It can get expensive.  My math towing is approximately 34cents per KM… that’s terrible (based on about $1.10/L).  And that’s not even with wind in your face.  But understand, the truck as the power.  I pass diesels towing up hills, and it has all the oomph it needs.  I look forward to a mountain tow to Vancouver Island this summer.

Will I trade in my Tundra?  No way.  I had a neighbor ask me about the truck (as he was considering one for himself) and he thought mine was a 2012… when it’s actually 5 years old.  My only suggestion, if you buy a used one, upgrade your rims to the 20″ Sequoia rims for summer.  Super sleek looking, and you can put your 18″ uggo rims on Blizzaks.  Which, btw, the winter tires made the ride amazingly soft.

2007 Toyota Tundra

2007 Toyota Tundra

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