With gas prices rising, I'm beginning to rethink my need for a V6. The power is great, but I don't really tow. I drove an 86 4Runner with a 22RE for years, and it was great on gas .. but slow at altitude. I mean 3rd gear and floored at 40-45 mph slow.
So with that in mind, I'm looking for a real specific group of guys and gals ... ones with 1st hand experience driving manual tranny 4x4 4-cylinder 2nd gens at altitude. And by altitude, I mean over 8,000 feet.
That pretty much means I'm focused on your Rocky Mountain guys ... or people who have visited. In particular, I'm interested in the access cab. How does it do? Over Vail Pass or through the Eisenhower Tunnel for example? Still floored in 3rd? I don't mind a slower truck. Just not back to my 86 4Runner slow. That was laborious. And while we're at it, if you are in the Rockies, what's your mixed mpg with the 4-cylinder?
Again, I would love 1st hand experience only. The 4-cylinder is great in the lowlands. How's it way up high?