I loaded 3 other people in my Tacoma today for a lunch run. I have to say, I love the way it drove. I honestly couldn't tell a bit of difference with an extra 550 lbs of people in it.
I say that because I'm coming out of a 2001 V6 Mustang, which only has about 40 fewer horses in it, but is geared like a sports car. I had to keep my foot in it from the very beginning to get any kind of decent accelleration, and adding a passenger killed the fun of the drive (not to mention the few times there were 4 of us crammed in there). I even used to turn off the AC on on-ramps because it sucked up some HP. Above 3500 RPM the 'stang was a lot of fun, but the thing had nothing from 40-70 mph. Basically the complete opposite of my Tacoma.
Anyway, just wanted to gush a bit about my truck. I know it's no brute compared to a full-size, but I LOVE the way it's geared, the way it hauls, and I think I'm going to be happy with my Tacoma for a long time.