Originally Posted by Grieby54
First of all, I'm not sure if I'm posting this in the right place. So, if it needs to be moved, feel free to do so mods.
Hey all! I'm looking to purchase a 2013 Taco within the next few months, and I wanted to get some opinions on which way I should go with it. I figure the best way to get some good feedback is to give you a guys a bit of information about myself and what I'm looking for. So, here we go:
I'm 25 years old, married, and currently driving an '05 Subaru WRX. A friend of mine and his wife recently got pregnant (read: surprise!), and it's had a bit of an impact on me. I want to be prepared if/when that happens, so I figure I should get something a bit more family friendly than my current full-sized go kart (plus, I've always been a truck guy). The truck I owned before my WRX was an '01 Tundra, Supercharged, on 35" tires.
Here's what I'm looking for:
- I live in CO, so 4x4 is a must.
- I'm wanting family friendly (as mentioned before), so double cab is a must.
- My wife drives an '07 4Runner Limited, and I LOVE her JBL
sound system, but I'm trying to decide if the Nav and JBL is worth the extra $2k in options. I don't believe the OR comes with the JBL either, so it would be a special order that I'm afraid would damage the bargaining abilities at the stealership.
- I'd like to get back into off-roading, so naturally the OR edition appeals to me. The off-roading I will be doing will be in the mountains on some moderate trails, mostly hills and some rocks. I won't be doing anything too crazy as this will be my DD and I can't afford to break something. The truck will remain stock for quite some time likely (though I might level the front out with Bilsteins).
- I prefer the look of the TRD Sport, as I'm a fan of the color matching trim and like the scoop (fake as it may be) as well.
So my questions are primarily these:
- Is getting the OR edition with the elocker, atrac, etc... worth it when I will maybe go off-roading once a month?
- Is the JBL sound system worth it? Heck, can I even get that in the OR edition?
I can get the OR edition for about $30,500 + TTL, and the Sport edition with JBL for about $30,900 + TTL, and I'm trying to decide which is the better value for what I'm looking for. I'll be able to put about $25k down at the dealership by the time I go to purchase the truck, for what it's worth.
Thanks in advance for reading my novel and your response. Feel free to ask questions that might help with an answer!
You said you want a short bed, so the lack of the OR+Long Bed option doesn't affect you.
I believe there's still a difference in the OR seats and other trim levels, so take some time to see which feels better.
The OR brakes are probably the best, since the hydraulic booster powers the upgraded A-TRAC system. In stock form, the OR brakes are very good for a truck, IMO. If it matters, A-TRAC is supposed to be a better form of electronic traction control than that offered with non-OR trucks. If you plan to add and aftermarket rear locker, and especially if you plan to add front & rear lockers, A-TRAC may not be very important to you. Here's a huge mess of a thread from the Great A-TRAC Wars
The main question you seem to be facing is whether it's better to buy turnkey, Toyota solutions (Sound/NAV and Off-Road packages) or go aftermarket. If you already plan to change out parts immediately, I think it's better to buy the trim level with the cheapest parts you plan to cast off. To that end, do you plan to stay stock or change tires, wheels, and suspension? Do you want a rear locker? If so, would you rather have a Toyota e-locker or install an aftermarket one? Will you add sliders & skid plates (the OEM "skids" are worthless)?
I went with a 2012 OR/5AT/standard audio because I wanted something ready for light trails off the lot, I needed an AT so non-shifting folks could drive it on long trips, and I think built-in NAV systems are a huge waste of money when high quality, standalone products with free upgrades are so cheap. I added sliders/skids and called it good. I'll slowly continue to upgrade components, but I'm pretty happy with it as is.