which toyota tacoma for hauling?

Discussion in 'Homeowner Assistance Forum' started by josh1981, Jun 11, 2007.

  1. josh1981

    josh1981 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 427

    I am going to get a truck in the spring. toyota tacoma. Not sure if I should get v6 or 4 cyl, 2wd or 4wd. Basically I will be using it to haul my stihl ms 290, ms180c, stihl handheld blower, br 600, weedwhacker, edger with a few attatchments, honda walk behind mower (just occasionally to have them serviced on).

    Also some boxes of things for my basement apartment downstairs (I live at home). Bags of mulch, some shrubs, etc also. Groceries too. and mtn bike.

    We do have heavy rain storms down here at times and ice storms now and then. They dont salt and sand here (only higher up from where I live)

    SO what should I get?
  2. JTF40

    JTF40 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 875

    ......Kind of a no-brainer. Get the V6 - with or without the 4WD, it is another strong Toyota engine. :usflag:
  3. Harrity

    Harrity LawnSite Member
    Messages: 15

    A V6 Tacoma isn't going to save you much fuel vs. a full size truck. Have you looked at a new Silverado or Sierra with the 4.8L V8 (or 5.3L with cylinder deactivation)? 295 hp / 305 lb-ft for the 4.8L, 315 hp / 338 lbft for the 5.3L. Fuel economy ratings for 16/20 for the 4.8L with 2wd, 16/22 for the 5.3L with 2wd. Tacoma V6 with automatic, 2wd is rated at 19/22.

    Just a thought. Unless you are wanting a compact for the maneuverability or something. You could also check out the Colorado/Canyon twins. They are a bit more compact (but not tiny) than the Tacoma, and they offer a slight fuel economy advantage over the Toyota, as well. The 3.7L I5 makes 242 hp (a bit more than the Tacoma), but the Tacoma V6 offers a little more torque. If you are looking at 4 cylinders, the Colorado/Canyon have the advantage with their 2.9L vs. the 2.7L in the Toyota.

  4. JTF40

    JTF40 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 875

    Take a look at Consumer Reports & J.D. Power & Assoc.- I think the jury is still out on the quality of the small G.M. trucks.
  5. josh1981

    josh1981 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 427

    thanks for the replies. will look into it
  6. Planet Landscaping

    Planet Landscaping LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 607

    Love my v6 Tacoma Sport, Highly reccomended.:cool2:
  7. Rtom45

    Rtom45 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 456

    How about a tacoma Silverado. My work truck is set up with the towing package and its the best truck I've ever had. I test drove a bunch of trucks when I bought mine back in '05, including both Toyotas, and I like the Silverado better than anything else.
  8. nmurph

    nmurph LawnSite Senior Member
    from ga
    Messages: 668

    do you mean this spring???????? all 6 days that are left, or do you mean next spring????? if you meant spring 08 i would wait for the silverado and buy the 5.3 with cylinder deactivation. that motor is currently only available with the 4 speed auto. for 08 gm will be using a 5 (6?) speed auto, further increasing fuel economy with the 5.3 cd.
    btw, the colorado/cayon will likely also have the 5.3 cd engine for 08. it is already a go for the h3 which is built on the same platform as the canyon/colorado.
  9. cgaengineer

    cgaengineer LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 15,778

    I have 2 Tacomas both 4x4...a 1999 with 2.7 Supercharged, and a 2004 V6 Dbl Cab...neither one is good on gas, but I still love them...as far as pulling trailer...nothing beats cubic inches...get the V^...besides...if you supercharge you have to run premium fuel!

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