Toyota Tacoma 2014--Need Opinion
Posted July 29 2013 - 05:42 PM
Posted July 29 2013 - 05:51 PM
In all reality fuel mileage wise my 4.0 V6 4x4 4runner with as big of tires as I can fit without a lift gets about 18Mpg on average. Adding a lift and and larger tires will prob put you around 15-16Mpg. empty. not towing.
Bummer, my 1994 4runner 3.0 (3VZE) gets less than 16 mpg with 31" tires and no lift. Maybe the overhead rack screw with my streamline aerodynamics a touch…
Posted July 29 2013 - 06:40 PM
I would take gas over a diesel for hunting any day.Gas is a lot less noisey and you will see more game when driveing.You can hear a diesel comingfrom a mile away.
Noise is a definite negative when road hunting no doubt.
I have 256K on an F250 Diesel and Elk just stand there at the side of the road staring in amazement (evidentially too skeerd to move) as I putt by. Now iffin I was on the market fer a gasser it sure wouldn't have a V6 or be a freakin Jap Truck. Thank You, Thank You Very Much
My first choice would be an F150 with a V8 and in my experience the towing mileage of a gasser is usually about 60-70% of normal driving when not towing. But that Hemi Ram sure is purty, just point it in the direction you want to go and whala. My younger brother even lets me drive his when I visit him down in Cajun Country.
Then you also have to take into consideration overheating when towing and the ability to stop (or not) when breaking. Cross winds can be, well,, interesting. But if you have the whole family crammed inside and a bunch of ice filled coolers in the bed the added weight will help but get some good tires (maybe E's) and keep em aired up.
All in all I'm just bustin your chops and I think it would probably work as a second vehicle. You might want to rent one with a hitch for a week.
Posted July 29 2013 - 06:54 PM
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Posted July 30 2013 - 10:21 AM
I have a 2010 tacoma 4x4 double cab long bed with a 3 in lift and full belly armor. It also has a camper shell. If I were in the market again and doing it over I would have gone with a full size. I also have a CJ5 for off roading. I love the tacoma but could use a larger rear seat and the v-6 is pretty anemic with 33s and armor. Gas mileage isn't great either.
Posted July 30 2013 - 10:44 AM
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Posted July 30 2013 - 11:38 AM
If you are looking for the nexus of power, torque and fuel economy in a gas engine take a look at the F150 with the turbo V6 Eco-boost engine. 350+ horsepower stock is no joke and if I keep it at prudent speeds I'm getting 22.5-25 MPG on the road in my 2012 F150 4x4.
For what it's worth, my previous truck was a stock '01 Taco TRD 4x4 with a 5 speed and the 3.4 V6. That motor was a dog and strained on the slightest incline towing my 14' aluminum...with OEM size BFG AT's it was lucky to get 18 on the highway and I stopped monitoring it in town because it was just making me angry I think you'll regret going from a Dodge diesel to a Tacoma.
Edit: I realize the OP doesn't care about MPG's after re-reading his posts...I'll still say in my opinion the only advantages to the newer generation of Tacos over full size trucks is the probability of lower cost of maintenance over the life of the vehicle and a high re-sale value.
Posted July 30 2013 - 02:44 PM
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