Posted by: Bull_Dozer
Posted by: chupacabra
It is pretty crazy. The Toyota dealer must do well. Half my neighbors own one.
Are Tacomas really all they are cracked up to be? I like them in general and think they look pretty cool, but it's crazy to me how damn popular they are. What is it exactly? Is it all about their A) reliability and resale value and B) off-road capabilities? A lot of the reviews I read about them are pretty negative, but it sounds like most recent generation isn't as highly regarded as the previous generations?
Point A, not so much in the later years but the early tacos and its predecessor built them the reputation that they are currently milking for all its worth, I feel like they've gotten too comfortable and started slacking off on actually introducing substance in their new designs, its all electronic tinsel like Bluetooth this and some bullshit driver aids.
IMO the new engine is garbage and I've heard a lot of horror stories about the transmissions.
B. Off road capabilities, they're small and manoeuvrable, like every other midsize truck. What I think Toyota did really good on the current taco is ground clearance. That frame is so far up and out of the way I'm envious because by comparison my frontiers frame hangs as low as a Chevy half tons.
The aftermarket support for tacos and 4 runners is probably the best in the business, which is just down to market share. But speaking of the 4 runner, that has the mechanical updates and substance that's lacking in the Tacoma.
Between the new ranger and the zr2 Colorado, and possibly the new frontier (I'm not super optimistic about it, the new engine and trans combo sounds awesome tho) Toyota might have to actually give some substance in the next updates.