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Posted 05 July 2020 - 09:04 AM

Looking for any feedback from owners of this vehicle.
I’m looking to purchase this truck soon, will only be pulling a 7 x 16 trailer with 2 sleds....under 3,000 lbs. Truck is rated for 6,000 lbs.

Any feedback is MUCH appreciated !

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Posted 05 July 2020 - 09:51 AM

My best friend has one, hauls a couple sleds just fine. Nice trucks!

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Posted 05 July 2020 - 10:39 AM

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Posted 05 July 2020 - 10:42 AM

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Looking for a little more than that DD, but thanks just the same !

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Posted 05 July 2020 - 02:40 PM

I have a 2012 4x4 Tacoma double cab with the 4.0 liter. (I think it's rated at just a few more ft. lbs. of torque than the new motor)

 

I also had a 7x12 enclosed with five foot v-nose, tandem axel, electric break trailer. I also figured it was about 3,000 lbs. with two sleds on it. 

 

It pulled it. Overall stability was great, tracked straight, wind wouldn't blow me around much, and stopping power was great with the trailer brakes. Don't expect a lot of reserve passing power, and plan on about 65 mph on the highway as you will not be in overdrive. Also as with pulling anything, mileage dropped in half. I was hoping the V-nose would have helped with that, but no.

 

I love my Tacoma. For everyday use and occasional towing it's great. I didn't pull my sleds but a few of times a year. It was usually up to the cabin for the season, then back home at the end of the season, maybe one additional trip a year. If you're going to pull a lot more than that, I would suggest a bigger truck. 

 

I had always wished Toyota still made the supercharger kit they made for that 4.0 liter. That would have been awesome!


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Posted 05 July 2020 - 03:35 PM

I have a 2012 4x4 Tacoma double cab with the 4.0 liter. (I think it's rated at just a few more ft. lbs. of torque than the new motor)

I also had a 7x12 enclosed with five foot v-nose, tandem axel, electric break trailer. I also figured it was about 3,000 lbs. with two sleds on it.

It pulled it. Overall stability was great, tracked straight, wind wouldn't blow me around much, and stopping power was great with the trailer brakes. Don't expect a lot of reserve passing power, and plan on about 65 mph on the highway as you will not be in overdrive. Also as with pulling anything, mileage dropped in half. I was hoping the V-nose would have helped with that, but no.

I love my Tacoma. For everyday use and occasional towing it's great. I didn't pull my sleds but a few of times a year. It was usually up to the cabin for the season, then back home at the end of the season, maybe one additional trip a year. If you're going to pull a lot more than that, I would suggest a bigger truck.

I had always wished Toyota still made the supercharger kit they made for that 4.0 liter. That would have been awesome!


Thanks for the feedback.

I will most likely only be towing a few times a year as well.

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Posted 05 July 2020 - 05:04 PM

I’ll be in market for a truck also toward end of the year. I was always interested in what  a Toyota can doo, as i would use the truck as every day driving, but pulling a 23’ v nose with 3 sleds in winter. Ive had a Yukon, a burb, an F150, an Escalade, and several Exploders, but will be turning my Fusion ( great milage with my commute) over to my daughter in early 2021.  Input is appreciated. Ive seen a few in parking lots in the UP, but need real input

 

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Posted 05 July 2020 - 05:21 PM

I own a 2013 TRD OR since new and tow a EZ Hauler Enclosed 6x12 with V for my work pretty often in Vermont. It tracks pretty well with no issues. The biggest improvement I made having the rear leaf pack redone by a local Spring Shop. The factory ones flatten really fast if you carry any weight. They had TSB out for updating them but they are no different. Look at trucks and how the sag. I had an AAL installed too so now towing and ride with weight sits right. Unloaded their is a small rake. Some guys go with aftermarket packs like Dakars but I told the shop how I use the truck and they matched to my needs. So much better than factory imo. That's one area besides frames Toyota hasn't figured out for some reason.
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Posted 06 July 2020 - 08:53 AM

I don’t have a bunch of time behind the wheel of the latest Tacoma, but have been able to log a few miles in rentals of them. I personally would recommend seeing if you can hook up your trailer and tow with it. The couple I’ve had as rentals left me very uninspired by the current gen Tacoma. The previous versions were good trucks, but the transmission they used in the latest is garbage in my opinion. They seem very underpowered for the hearing choice of the transmission. When you go to pass a car or even speed up a little, it will downshift. When driving cruising speed it has a feeling of underpowered, until the downshift occurs. All my miles driven have been unloaded, so I would imagine it to be even worse with a load. If you are after a compact truck I would probably look at the competitors in the market. Check out TFL Trucks YouTube channel, they post lots of stuff and most likely have a towing test done of the Tacoma and it’s competition.

I would highly recommend seeing if you can get an extended demo, and make sure it will work for you. Or check with Avis rental and see if they have one you could rent for a couple days (that’s where I’ve had a couple Tacoma’s as rental vehicles).

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Posted 06 July 2020 - 10:38 AM

I don’t have a bunch of time behind the wheel of the latest Tacoma, but have been able to log a few miles in rentals of them. I personally would recommend seeing if you can hook up your trailer and tow with it. The couple I’ve had as rentals left me very uninspired by the current gen Tacoma. The previous versions were good trucks, but the transmission they used in the latest is garbage in my opinion. They seem very underpowered for the hearing choice of the transmission. When you go to pass a car or even speed up a little, it will downshift. When driving cruising speed it has a feeling of underpowered, until the downshift occurs. All my miles driven have been unloaded, so I would imagine it to be even worse with a load. If you are after a compact truck I would probably look at the competitors in the market. Check out TFL Trucks YouTube channel, they post lots of stuff and most likely have a towing test done of the Tacoma and it’s competition.

I would highly recommend seeing if you can get an extended demo, and make sure it will work for you. Or check with Avis rental and see if they have one you could rent for a couple days (that’s where I’ve had a couple Tacoma’s as rental vehicles).


Thanks for the input.....I’ve read about the under powering, and transmission comments you made.....thanks !

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Posted 06 July 2020 - 01:23 PM

Not personal experience but a buddy has had his for a few years now.  Last summer he went and bought one for his son.  They both do roofing and carry a 12' trailer daily.  



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Posted 06 July 2020 - 01:47 PM

I don’t have a bunch of time behind the wheel of the latest Tacoma, but have been able to log a few miles in rentals of them. I personally would recommend seeing if you can hook up your trailer and tow with it. The couple I’ve had as rentals left me very uninspired by the current gen Tacoma. The previous versions were good trucks, but the transmission they used in the latest is garbage in my opinion. They seem very underpowered for the hearing choice of the transmission. When you go to pass a car or even speed up a little, it will downshift. When driving cruising speed it has a feeling of underpowered, until the downshift occurs. All my miles driven have been unloaded, so I would imagine it to be even worse with a load. If you are after a compact truck I would probably look at the competitors in the market. Check out TFL Trucks YouTube channel, they post lots of stuff and most likely have a towing test done of the Tacoma and it’s competition.

I would highly recommend seeing if you can get an extended demo, and make sure it will work for you. Or check with Avis rental and see if they have one you could rent for a couple days (that’s where I’ve had a couple Tacoma’s as rental vehicles).

 

^This.

 

I have a 2016 Tacoma DCLB TRD Off-Road in the fleet and all I can say is that it is mediocre, at best.  I was looking for something smaller (than a modern full-size) for getting around in the woods and such and I decided the cargo capacity of a Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon (the Gladiator was not out when I bought it, but I feel those are a bit too small just like the Wrangler version) was too small for my needs, so the Tacoma was a compromise.  I also bought it because of Toyota's durability and reliability, and in that it has been fine.

 

In my opinion, the drivetrain and transmission calibration is terrible.  It is gutless and way underpowered.  It shifts constantly, even when not towing, and cannot stay in one gear.  It feels like it needs to have AT LEAST another 100 foot pounds of torque.  And yes, I have had it at the dealer and had them look at it and they said everything is "normal".

 

Other random thoughts:

 

-the radio knobs and controls are small and suck.  The HVAC and 4WD controls are not the best, either.  When you are at the dealer, go look at the 4Runner interior and controls (which are awesome) and compare them to the Tacoma.  *%@, Toyota?

 

-The rear springs are soft and if you carry anything around in the box, as I do, it sags.  Add a trailer and it really sags.  I have looked at air bags, but never did it as I am always on the fence about dumping the truck.

 

-I wanted the best audio system, but I did not want the sunroof as the sunroof eats up too much headroom, which is already lacking in the Tacoma.  You could only get the subwoofer and best audio system in a package with the sunroof, which sucks.

 

-The cab is small.  Too small.  We frequently use the truck for day hiking, biking, fishing, adventure/exploring trips and with four adults it does not work out great -  you cannot sit four adults comfortably, and you cannot sit adults in the back without moving the front seats uncomfortably forward.  I realize it is not a fullsize, but IMO the third gen should have been about 20% bigger, or halfway between where it is and a Tundra.  Go sit in and adjust the front seat to where you need it and then try to sit in the back seat.  Headroom is really lacking for taller people.

 

-Consider a long box; the short box is small.

 

While it is tough to beat Toyota's QDR, which is the main reason I bought it, I am not sure if I would buy a new one right now.  I would seriously look at a Colorado or Canyon.  My eventual plan is to upgrade to a HD Crew Cab (I plow) and either keep and mild build this Tacoma, or find a used Wrangler Unlimited or Gladiator Rubicon for my "woods" truck.

 

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Posted 06 July 2020 - 05:20 PM

^This.

I have a 2016 Tacoma DCLB TRD Off-Road in the fleet and all I can say is that it is mediocre, at best. I was looking for something smaller (than a modern full-size) for getting around in the woods and such and I decided the cargo capacity of a Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon (the Gladiator was not out when I bought it, but I feel those are a bit too small just like the Wrangler version) was too small for my needs, so the Tacoma was a compromise. I also bought it because of Toyota's durability and reliability, and in that it has been fine.

In my opinion, the drivetrain and transmission calibration is terrible. It is gutless and way underpowered. It shifts constantly, even when not towing, and cannot stay in one gear. It feels like it needs to have AT LEAST another 100 foot pounds of torque. And yes, I have had it at the dealer and had them look at it and they said everything is "normal".

Other random thoughts:

-the radio knobs and controls are small and suck. The HVAC and 4WD controls are not the best, either. When you are at the dealer, go look at the 4Runner interior and controls (which are awesome) and compare them to the Tacoma. *%@, Toyota?

-The rear springs are soft and if you carry anything around in the box, as I do, it sags. Add a trailer and it really sags. I have looked at air bags, but never did it as I am always on the fence about dumping the truck.

-I wanted the best audio system, but I did not want the sunroof as the sunroof eats up too much headroom, which is already lacking in the Tacoma. You could only get the subwoofer and best audio system in a package with the sunroof, which sucks.

-The cab is small. Too small. We frequently use the truck for day hiking, biking, fishing, adventure/exploring trips and with four adults it does not work out great - you cannot sit four adults comfortably, and you cannot sit adults in the back without moving the front seats uncomfortably forward. I realize it is not a fullsize, but IMO the third gen should have been about 20% bigger, or halfway between where it is and a Tundra. Go sit in and adjust the front seat to where you need it and then try to sit in the back seat. Headroom is really lacking for taller people.

-Consider a long box; the short box is small.

While it is tough to beat Toyota's QDR, which is the main reason I bought it, I am not sure if I would buy a new one right now. I would seriously look at a Colorado or Canyon. My eventual plan is to upgrade to a HD Crew Cab (I plow) and either keep and mild build this Tacoma, or find a used Wrangler Unlimited or Gladiator Rubicon for my "woods" truck.

I can answer any questions you have. I do not have the choice-supportive bias that so many people seem to have about things they buy; I look for flaws and will give my honest opinion.


Definitely hit all the marks. I test drove a 3GEN after owning two 4.0L V6's 2006 & 2013 and noticed the shifting right off. I know many guys either add the Pedal commander or OVTune or regear. No thanks. I've driven Toyota Trucks since 1987 T100, 1GEN Tundra and pickup/2GEN Tacoma's. My next truck is a going to be a real full size. Gas mpgs pretty much match the Tacoma and it's geared properly from the get go.

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Posted 06 July 2020 - 05:40 PM

The Child lives at elevation in the Rockies and a couple of the TRD's she looked at the owners were going back to sticks. The 3.5 needs to be 'rowed'. They all missed the 4.0. Honey has a 2016 TRD with an auto and it's fine but she has always shifted her automatics. Small motors and juice trannies just don't mix. The autos are better these days in most makes with less parasitic drag but your still at the mercy of the small motor that wants to be 'up on the cam'. I have a Rubicon with the worst all-time combo, the minivan motor and antique 4-speed with a computer that argues with both of em….



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Posted 06 July 2020 - 07:41 PM

   i have own a toyota pick up truck few years ago that was build for off road use . it was a beast and really tuff .and surprisingly reliable. my concern is i wounder if they have fixed or found a solution to the pre mature rusting frame issue that they had ??? :unsure:  :unsure:


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