I most likely got the newest 2013 Tacoma Access Cab here. It's totally gutless with the 2.7L and a 5 speed manual transmission on the very UNDERSIZED rubber. It's way over geared as I can get up to 70 MPH in 2nd gear @ the 5600 redline! Also rides like my fathers 59 Cadillac. Feels like your driving a waterbed. Buy time I pay for a re-gear, try to add HP to the motor and fix the suspension issues, I could have bought a fully loaded anything else. Only thing Toyota has going is they are mostly reliable. The gutless POS better be.
Why don't you bit the bullet and trade up? Seems like alot of work making something of what you perceive as just about nothing.