I currently drive a '94 Ranger and it's time to upgrade. I know i want a Tacoma access cab 4wd 4cyl manual. I am debating about getting a used 2006 tacoma, access cab 4WD 4cyl manual with a TRD off road package for about $19k (good shape, no power windows or locks though!). Or, do i pay $4,000 more to get a new 2012 without the TRD package?
I've read about the differences between base and SR5 models and the TRD off road, but I'm not a car person and i don't know what it all means in real life driving. I feel I don't need the TRD, but would it be a negative in anyway to have it if you don't need it? Or, is it a bonus i should be happy to have found?
My main concerns are: Does the TRD get any different gas mileage that a base or SR5 tacoma? Also, I'm a petite woman (5'3") and wondering if the changes in suspension with the TRD make the truck higher (thus higher and harder to load crates in and out of tailgate)?
Other issues: I live and work on a small farm with dirt/gravel/grass roads in the mid-atlantic with occasional snow (thus, i'd like the 4WD option). I'll never go "off roading" with the truck and I need to do a fair amount of city and highway driving to make deliveries. I may eventually want to tow a small cargo trailer. This will be my only vehicle.
So, go for the more affordable buy used tacoma with a package i don't need or pay a bit more for a new truck?