New Toyota Trucks Ratings
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2006 Toyota Tundra - Darrell Waltrip Edition 4x2 Double Cab
Pros: The ride handiling
Cons: The smallish grill.
Advice: It will pull,hall or 4x4 to your hearts content with lots of comfort.I have 10,000 miles on my tundra and had no problems with it. I had a ram 2500 diesal 4x4 quad cab before. Also a 1999 chevy one ton for door 2x4 so I do know about larger trucks. First of all I am as picky about every squeek rattle,driving issue as anyone! when I drive the tundra it is solid with no drift,shake or squeeks. I pull A Kubota 30 horse tractor as well as my masonry contracting supplys. I use this truck but also care and maintain it myself so I can personly see any problems like oil leaks or loose ball joints etc. I know it has low miles but this very consistant planted truck does what I ask with no sign of problems or downfalls. plus you con take it off road because the truck has a suspension not to stiff.
2007 Toyota Tacoma - (A5) 4x4 Double-Cab Short Box
Pros: The spacious inside
Cons: Handleing in the Snow/rain
Advice: Only buy where there is no snowThe truck drives great in perfect conditions, but once the sun goes down and the ran or snow comes falling out of the sky its a drive from hell. I would drive over a little snow drift on the road and end up doing a 360 because the traction was so bad. My sister's plymouth neon (very small car) could handle that snow without a problem. Im very disappointed in this truck.
2005 Toyota Tacoma - 4x4 Double-Cab Long Box
Cons: Tough for my grandparents to get in and out.
Advice: Get a TRD packageI have almost 30,000 miles on my truck now and it feels like it's just now starting to break in! Mileage is even starting to improve, I'm getting an average of 18+ and drive in town mostly. I can't stress enough how many people ask my how I like my truck, I have a loaded quad cab long bed 4 x 4 with the TRD package w/tow. Love it! Just a tip though, I have the silver paint and HIGHLY recommend it for a long lasting clean look. My neighbor just asked me yesterday if I just waxed it, I haven't waxed it once since I've had it LoL. I do use a touch-less car wash though, it's never had a brush on it........that helps IMHO. Good luck in your next truck choice, I looooooove mine :0)
2005 Toyota Tacoma - PreRunner V6 (A5) 4x2 Access Cab
Cons: seats. i'm 6'2' they fit a smaller person better.
Advice: be prepared for sticker shock!Fast and good looking.
2006 Toyota Tundra - SR5 V8 4x2 Double Cab
Pros: Ride and Room
Cons: All parts are Dealer Only
Advice: GMC, Chevy, Ford or DodgeTundra Tough?, I live on a ranch in southwest Texas. To survive in this hot dry dusty climate of hard working, whiskey drinking, bull riding cowboy’s sets the standard for “tough”. Somehow, someone in the Toyota marketing department does not understand the true definition of “Tough”. I purchased the new Tundra because it was “suppose to-be” tough and roomy. Fifty percent of my driving is on dirt or gravel roads and pastures. Since owning this Tundra, I have on a few occasion’s had loads that have bottomed out the springs on the axles. It is powerful, very roomy, comfortable and rides good. My disappointments started about one (1) month after the purchase. We had a heavy rain in the area. My drive is a dirt road off the highway. My wife attempted to turn into a parking area by the barn and came within inches of sliding into a large oak tree. The original equipment tires a “bad” (ref. www.tirerack.com) list these tires a dangerous on wet surfaces. I emailed Toyota and the dealer with digital pictures on the danger of these tires, only to get “politically correct responses by some office clerk. So be prepared to spend about $1200.00 for some good safe tires. After the initial warranty 36k miles the Tundra Tough started coming apart: Interior plastic clips started breaking off. The sun visor on the passenger side froze and cannot be moved. The cargo lamp lights burn out on a regular basis. The front ball joints came apart at 60k miles. At 65k miles the drive shaft rear U-joint completely shattered and the carrier bearing had to be replaced. The gas mileage is “terrible” does not come close to the advertised sticker on the window. The Tundra is powerful, very roomy, comfortable and rides good, a great “looks” for tough. It is “NOT” tough. Basically, this truck is a for a city want-a-be (Drug Store Cowboy) to driving down a paved highway. Every part is a dealer item, so you better live near a dealdr and be ready to fork over big bucks. The only after market ites are gas, oil and air filters. If you need a family work truck stick to the GMC, Chevy, Ford or Dodge.
2006 Toyota Tacoma - V6 (A5) 4x4 Access Cab
Pros: cd player
Cons: wish it had tinted driver and passenger windows
Advice: one of the best in its class,i think you will like the tacoma as much as i doThe new 2006 toyota tacoma has great power,ride is like your driving a sports car,has one of the best sound systems i have ever heard in a stock system,all the controls are easy to use and are in good locations for the driver,over all i would buy this truck again.
2006 Toyota Tacoma - V6 (A5) 4x4 Access Cab
Pros: The whole package! Just love doing a job on the big Dodge (430HP) trucks! The looks you get at the next light are great.
Cons: Could use about 30 more HP and that's about it.
Advice: If you get the TRD Sport you will need to put on new rubber as rear end will smoke the junk tires at every light@ 6800 miles and not one problem. Although, I did put on a set of AT tires that do a better job on and off the road than the OEM junk that came on the vehicle. Just some light off road so not sure how it will do in the heavy stuff?