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Old 03-21-2019, 07:28 AM
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I currently have a 2001 Silverado, but thinking about downsizing for better fuel mileage to the Tacoma. Was hoping to get some input from the Tacoma owners on how they like their truck. I've never owned a mid-sized truck before, so I'm guessing there is going to be a big adjustment to how much room I would be losing.
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Old 03-21-2019, 07:32 AM
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Don't think you are going to see any notable improvement compared to what you currently have moving to a Tacoma, short of your current truck running big tires and being lifted. Lots of good mileage options out there currently. If you like and can use a mid-size, the mileage king is going to be the diesel Colorado, with the gas version being very respectable as well. New Ranger is supposed to be as well. Or give a look at the 2.7 Eco Boost F150. Incredible mileage for what it is.
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Old 03-21-2019, 07:48 AM
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You're not going to see much, if any mpg improvement over a full size truck. Mid sized trucks are pretty useless IMO, I had the same thoughts as you once and bought a Nissan Frontier. I knew within about 3 weeks it was a mistake. Can't really haul anything significant, isn't any more maneuverable than a full size, and my Frontier actually got worse gas mileage than 1500 truck.
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Old 03-21-2019, 07:53 AM
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Had a 2008 Tacoma. Worst truck I've ever owned. Rode like shit, weak, 17 mpg, small, weak, constant oil leaks, constantly replacing u-joints, trans shit the bed at 70k miles, did I mention weak?? I bought it because you always hear Toyota owners brag about it's dependently mine was not. It reality you're getting a mid size truck, with a full size price tag that gets worse mileage then a full size truck. I couldn't recommend one to anybody.
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Old 03-21-2019, 07:54 AM
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Toyota Tacoma owners really seem to like them. But many Toyota owners have drank the Toyota Koolaid. I've never considered them a great buy when the V-6 and 4x4 is added to their crew cab model. They're also not that efficient to run, but the resale value's good.

I was looking at the new Ranger yesterday, and was quite impressed with the vehicle in just about every way. They're maybe a little too nice being they all come with a relatively hot engine. Fit and finish looked very good, too. The crew cab rear seat was okay, but just not that roomy for our two grandkids who spar for space.

The XLT crewcab F150s with the 2.7 Ecoboost motors are being given great sales incentives, and they're really the bargain vehicle--comparing apples and oranges. They give you all the room in the cab anyone needs.
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Old 03-21-2019, 07:59 AM
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downsizing for better fuel mileage to the Tacoma.
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Old 03-21-2019, 09:34 AM
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I have 2010, I would recommend it, I have had no issues (79K miles). If you buy it for fuel economy, as others stated, you will be disappointed.
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Old 03-21-2019, 09:57 AM
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Read all you want - https://www.tacomaworld.com/
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Old 03-21-2019, 10:03 AM
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I had a 2011 4x4 long bed crew cab. Not a good truck. I got about 17 mpg and the truck was a dog. Hunts for gears small it sucked. My crew max tundra gets 15.3 so gas not much worse

i did get $17k for it with 117,000 miles and a smashed up tailgate !
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Old 03-21-2019, 10:14 AM
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In 2015 I bought a brand new Tacoma. Traded in a 2500HD Silverado. I got it in my head that I was using too much gas.

Nice truck, but they're all nice when they're new. After about a year I got tired of the lack of power, lack of space. It hurt my back. Gas mileage was about 17; better than the 2500 but not all that. I went back to a 1500 Silverado and two years later I got a 2500 Sierra. Took a while but at least I figured out what I want.
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Old 03-21-2019, 10:33 AM
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Don't get a Tacoma for mileage improvement over a 1/2 ton Chevi. Tacoma's lead in reliability and resale - their 2 best attributes and where they are far ahead of the competition. In 2008 I paid $26k for a new Tacoma. In 2017 I sold it for $15k with 120k miles and a prior airbag deploying accident - great deal! My brother just spent $320 for a hood latch on his 2016 Chevi - whoever thought a hood latch would go bad and who wants to deal with that? You will have to decide for yourself if you want mid-size. If you don't tow heavy loads or need a full size bed, the midsize is a much better option than full size in terms of driveability.
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Old 03-21-2019, 10:40 AM
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I have a 2017 Tacoma TRD Sport. I sold my Jeep when I bought a boat so I could tow. 6800# capacity of towing but I'd never tow that much. I am in flat as a pancake Florida and my 5k load is VERY noticeable behind her. It never feels unsafe but the power on even the smallest of hills is a concern. Plus the 4.5k RPM on the highway while towing is annoying as well. No way around it as that is where the power band is located.

Highway mileage with no tow is about 22mpg. 17 in city. 8 while towing.

Resale is great, as is reliability, but I'll be trading in for a Tundra at the end of my 3 year lease (2020).
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Old 03-21-2019, 10:49 AM
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My taco also sucked at towing. I could really feel my boat. I would not tow on the highway with it. Also, I did not have any major engine problems but my AC system went to shit twice. Expensive to fix a couple thousand each time.

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Not great at towing, and gets similar mpg or less to a full size truck.

I sold my Frontier and bought a RAM1500 ecodiesel. Went from 20mpg highway to 31mpg hightway unloaded, 6-8mpg towing my bay boat to 15mpg towing it.

Mid size trucks are cheaper up front sometimes, but mpg sucks, towing sucks, space isn't as good, but they're still too big for parking garages. I don't get where they fit in the market.
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Old 03-21-2019, 11:27 AM
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A 1500 Dodge Hemi gets better mileage than a Tacoma and it's not a dog and butt ugly like the Toyota
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Old 03-21-2019, 12:04 PM
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If resale value is at all a consideration you can't argue that Tacoma is king. A Tacoma that's a couple years old sells for like 90% of the MSRP it originally sold for, it's actually kinda crazy. With that said I agree with a lot of the other advice regarding fuel mileage and power. It's a dated design and the 2.4 Ford Ranger or 2.7 F150 may lack in the quality and resale department but it puts serious numbers up in fuel economy and power by comparison to the Tacoma, and is probably cheaper too. WIth that said, I think Tacomas are just cool as hell and look really good.
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Old 03-21-2019, 01:02 PM
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I looked at the taco before downsizing from my F250 to GMC Canyon Duramax.

What are you going to do with it besides getting groceries?

And . . . for my $.02, those who say a midsize is no different than a full size in negotiating city conditions/parking; night and day. MUCH more comfortable running the mid-size around town.
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Old 03-21-2019, 03:38 PM
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I went from a 2500 sierra to a gmc canyon. The tacoma looks great imo. But had alot of things I couldn't stand about it so I bought the canyon. As other have mentioned the Tacoma isn't thrifty on gas. However my canyon with the 3.6 6 speed and 4x4 will easily get 25/26 mpg on the highway doing 70 mph on cruise.
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Originally Posted by abeal2 View Post
Don't get a Tacoma for mileage improvement over a 1/2 ton Chevi. Tacoma's lead in reliability and resale - their 2 best attributes and where they are far ahead of the competition. In 2008 I paid $26k for a new Tacoma. In 2017 I sold it for $15k with 120k miles and a prior airbag deploying accident - great deal! My brother just spent $320 for a hood latch on his 2016 Chevi - whoever thought a hood latch would go bad and who wants to deal with that? You will have to decide for yourself if you want mid-size. If you don't tow heavy loads or need a full size bed, the midsize is a much better option than full size in terms of driveability.
and the reliability went away with the recent model. The only thing good left is resale.
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Old 03-21-2019, 03:48 PM
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They’re good reliable trucks that will last longer than most will keep them. Don’t buy them for better gas mileage though. Buy a midsize if you want a physically smaller truck. You’ll be disappointed if doing so for fuel economy reasons only. I had a 2009. Was a great truck overall. No issues. Never found it to be weak. Towed my 18’ boat just fine. You knew it was back there. But it’s a midsize. Keep expectations realistic. If you’re going to compare towing to a full size obviously it won’t hold a candle to it. Bought my 09 new for 26k and traded it 4 years later for 20k. Wanted something with more room. Only thing with the new ones the new power train seem to have mixed reviews. And seating position is awkward for a lot of people. Although they’re adding a power adjustable seat finally for 2020 so maybe that will help.
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