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Ultimate winter driving machine! 243 39.84%
It's gets me where I am going no problem. Maybe bot the best, but I am happy 305 50.00%
Meh. I have driven better but it is ok. 54 8.85%
It sucks. I would rather drive a motorcycle in the winter. 8 1.31%
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Old 01-02-2013, 10:40 AM   #1
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Tacos in snow, what do you think?

Seems there have been a lot of posts regarding driving in snow on here lately... so I was curious as to how people feel about their Taco's snow capabilities.

I think mine does just fine in the snow. I run ATs year round and just put it in 4wd for the winter. (the roads are snowy/icey/slushy for 5 months straight) I slow down when the roads are extra slick. It might not be the winter driving machine but it gets me where I am going safe!
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well i have only been in snow one time, and that was with the rugged fails, and i did not have good luck. i did not have extra weight in the bed or anything.

i will have a much better idea come the 19th or maybe the 18th, when i heat up north to see family in western NY. i have 265/75 terra grapplers now and i may add some extra weight on top of my bed mat that is 90 to 100 pounds.(none OEM)
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Old 01-02-2013, 11:02 AM   #3
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I love my truck!! I was just up in PA over xmas with that snow storm. Didn't have any problems and used it to help push people out of the way on I68.
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Old 01-02-2013, 11:10 AM   #4
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I was actually really surprised at how well all the wizbang electronics did in the snow.
I took my daughter out to the big empty library parking lot to do some donuts...
Mash on the gas, crank the wheel and... power cuts, I can feel the abs going on individual wheels and I make a nice left turn. Wow, my daughter was very disappointed. So I hit all the buttons and turned everything off and we were able to do some nice donuts and drifting.
I even tried breaking the rear loose going around corners and the best I could do was get the rear to step out maybe a foot before everything kicked in and made me track a nice, right angle turn. I can tell the stock Rugged Fails are not the greatest snow tires, but the truck compensates so well that it almost doesn't matter. I've driven a lot of vehicles in a lot of Colorado winters, and I'm surprised at people complaining about how the tacomas do in the snow. It seems to me that you'd have to be a pretty awful driver to screw up in these trucks.
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Old 01-02-2013, 11:14 AM   #6
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I really like the truck and it does not see much snow as even during our coldest month our average low temps are still above freezing. However, I've driven it and previous Tacos in snow and grew up in the upper mid-west (plenty of snow) and the Taco does lack at least compared to my other vehicles. My F250 Powerstroke, with factory size tires, will eat the Taco up on a paved surface covered with snow (and rain for that matter). I'm pretty sure it's due to the extra pounds pressing the tires to a surface with a better coefficient of traction but???
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Old 01-02-2013, 11:15 AM   #7
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Mine did just fine in all the snowy conditions I just put it thru...Didnt get any pics as sweet as jberry813 tho. But was in stuff as deep as that.
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Old 01-02-2013, 11:21 AM   #8
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4runner and Fj would be better due to weight, but taco does just fine getting me where I need to go while still providing a bed to haul stuff.
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Old 01-02-2013, 11:21 AM   #9
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I live at a ski resort, and have to climb a very steep dirt road every day to get to my house, usually unplowed with tons of snow on it.

The Taco is very good in deep snow and on snow covered pavement (with Cooper Discoverer STT's).

My former FJ (with Nitto Terra Grapplers) was better all around, but the Taco is still pretty good.

On snow covered pavement, my Audi (with Continental DWS's) blows them both out of the water, but obviously either of the trucks win when the snow is really deep.
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Old 01-02-2013, 11:22 AM   #10
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my old corvette handled the snow better than the tacoma. posi makes a world of difference. now snow over 4 inches, the tacoma wins by default due to clearance issues.

tacoma does fine tho with snow tires and a little extra weight in the bed
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Old 01-02-2013, 11:25 AM   #11
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I live at a ski resort, and have to climb a very steep dirt road every day to get to my house, usually unplowed with tons of snow on it.

The Taco is very good in deep snow and on snow covered pavement (with Cooper Discoverer STT's).

My former FJ (with Nitto Terra Grapplers) was better all around, but the Taco is still pretty good.

On snow covered pavement, my Audi (with Continental DWS's) blows them both out of the water, but obviously either of the trucks win when the snow is really deep.
nice to hear. FJs do really good with BFG all terrains as well my buddy has a 11 trail team with BFGs and it does good.


also if the audi was the Quattro than yeah it will do much better, it can put 70% of the engines power to one wheels.(any of the 4) my brother had a 03 A4.
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Old 01-02-2013, 11:28 AM   #12
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I really like the truck and it does not see much snow as even during our coldest month our average low temps are still above freezing. However, I've driven it and previous Tacos in snow and grew up in the upper mid-west (plenty of snow) and the Taco does lack at least compared to my other vehicles. My F250 Powerstroke, with factory size tires, will eat the Taco up on a paved surface covered with snow (and rain for that matter). I'm pretty sure it's due to the extra pounds pressing the tires to a surface with a better coefficient of traction but???

More weight=higher coefficient of friction=more traction

BUT

More weight=more momentum forward=takes longer to stop
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back end of my reg cab hops like a bucking retard in deep snow, it is terrible, on the road whatever, it's a reg cab truck and the rear is light.
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nice to hear. FJs do really good with BFG all terrains as well my buddy has a 11 trail team with BFGs and it does good.


also if the audi was the Quattro than yeah it will do much better, it can put 70% of the engines power to one wheels.(any of the 4) my brother had a 03 A4.
It's an '06 A4 3.2 S-line Quattro, 6 speed, of course.
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It's an '06 A4 3.2 S-line Quattro, 6 speed, of course.
nice car! brother bad a some problems out of his. coils or something. idk what all. he has a 4 runner now tho.
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4runner and Fj would be better due to weight, but taco does just fine getting me where I need to go while still providing a bed to haul stuff.
The FJ's and 4Runners don't weigh that much more than the Tacoma. My double cab has a curb weight around 4,100 - 4,200 lbs, an FJ weighs in at 4,300 lbs and the 4Runner weighs in around 4,600 lbs. Throw some weight in the bed and I've got the FJ beat and damn near the same weight as the 4Runner.

My Tacoma doesn't perform any better or worse than any other 4wd I've owned. I don't have all the fancy electronics, just 4wd and 2 open differentials. I will say that the Tacomas ABS is probably among the worst I've ever experienced though...
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The FJ's and 4Runners don't weigh that much more than the Tacoma. My double cab has a curb weight around 4,100 - 4,200 lbs, an FJ weighs in at 4,300 lbs and the 4Runner weighs in around 4,600 lbs. Throw some weight in the bed and I've got the FJ beat and damn near the same weight as the 4Runner.

My Tacoma doesn't perform any better or worse than any other 4wd I've owned. I don't have all the fancy electronics, just 4wd and 2 open differentials. I will say that the Tacomas ABS is probably among the worst I've ever experienced though...
I meant weight distribution. Of course you can always throw something in the back, but you don't always have something put back there.
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I meant weight distribution. Of course you can always throw something in the back, but you don't always have something put back there.
I got caught in a snow storm a while back without any weight in the bed and I just shoveled snow in bed. If there's snow on the ground, there's always something you could put in the bed
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