New Tacoma: SR5 vs. TRD Off Road
OK, I know this has been discussed in other threads and I have poured over them and gleaned a lot of insight. Thanks. Each persons needs/wants are different, and I didn’t want to hijack someone elses thread. (uh yeah, translates to, “I need some personal hand-holding”)
I intend to purchase a Tacoma ASAP, but I am still not clear on which package to get.
I know it will be an Access Cab with 4WD and standard length bed.
This will be my daily city commuter, so efficiency is an important consideration.
To recap from my Intro post:
“I have tended to regard my truck as a means to get out and away to do other things such as canoeing, mountain biking, and tele-skiing. (mostly canoeing and all-season camping these days.) I tend not to just go “fur-weeling” for the fun of it, but I can see the attraction, and would probably enjoy the challenge. Some of the Moab and Canyonlands driving was “pretty technical” by my standards, and was a hoot.
Most of my real 4 wheel needs in the foreseeable future will be in snow. I love to drive in snow, and we’ve been getting a lot around here and up north the past few years.”
I currently have a 4 cylinder (22RE), 4WD, extended cab with a Guidon topper, and 235 75R15 BFG AT’s., with Rancho RS9000 adjustable shocks, two soft-ride springs added (minus one stock), and for a while air bag lifts. This vehicle has serviced me well for more than 19 yrs. My only complaint is that it is way underpowered when climbing even moderate grades at highway speeds (Once in Colorado climbing to Leadville, I was backing up traffic for many miles at 30-35 mph revved out to way over 4000 RPM! When a passing lane came up, a Geo Metro and Chevy Sprint where the fist to zoom by. Embarrassing.)
Up-grading to a K&N filter, high flow exhaust, and a high voltage coil with heavy duty wires helped a lot, but still underpowered.
I have been through all the decision points:
* 4 cylinder vs 6 cylinder
* manual vs. automatic transmission
And am pretty much leaning towards the 6 cylinder AT, mostly due availability and other options with Access Cab.
My confusion is whether I need the added traction functions of the Off-Road configuration, or would the SR5 be sufficient?
I realize that with the OR you also get bigger tires, Bilstein shocks, heavier springs.
I’m not sure the if the 265 70R16’s will get any better traction in snow than the 245 75R16’s. (some say a narrower tires cuts through the snow and makes better road contact, unlike sand where you want float). I would expect the larger tires to have more rotational mass and therefore less efficient mileage in the city.
I’m planning on upgrading the stock tires to BGF AT’s the day I get it.
I found a local sale price of $945 got the 245’s vs. $1309 (out the door price with road hazard for 5 tires). And that’s $360 more bucks every time you replace them. L
I’m skeptical that the Bilsteins will out-perform the Ranchos.
I’m also probably going to have to add a leaf spring to compensate for the topper.
It’s the A-trac that I’m intrigued about : will it help in snow??
(sorry for the long post, but I hope the background info is helpful)