well, its only been 4 days of ownership but i must say OH MY GOD I LOVE THIS TRUCK!!!
why didnt i make this purchase sooner?
i am coming from a nissan titan so all my observations are in comparison to that truck...
Power/MPG: i really thought that i would miss the power of the titan. on the titan, you barely touch the gas peddal and it launches you. but, what that was doing was making me a more agressive driver. i found myself wanting to feel the hard acceleration all the time. but with the tacoma, i find myself just easily cruising around and enjoying the ride. pressing the gas pedal on the tacoma eases you into the power band. but if you need the quick acceleration, the power is there to move you.
what i dont miss on the titan is the gas milage. i was lucky to get 11-12mpg per tank, but with the tacoma, i am getting 20-24mpg on the highway (confirmed by the scan gauge) driving 70-80mph.
Controls: i think the controls are better on the titan than on the tacoma. on the titan, every button is lit up so i can see it at night. in the tacoma, i am always fumbling for the door lock and the power window switches. it would also be nice to have the controls related to 4x4 operations lit up as well. and an indication if the buttons are actually depressed. this is a minor gripe and i am sure to will memorize the location of all the controls as i use them more.
also, all the controls cannot be seen from the normal driving position. albiet, the controls that i cant easily see are the 4x4 related controls; which arent used on a daily basis anyway. again, just a minor gripe.
one improvement on the 2010 that i have noticed over the 2009 is the radio display. on the 2009 when i was wearing polarized sun glasses, i could not see the display, but on the 2010, i can see it... yay
all auto up and auto down windows would be a bonus as well.
Size/Manuverability/Driving: I LOVE DRIVING THE TACOMA!! omg, it feels so good. the titan, however, is so big that i feel like i am sloshing around inside when i drive. when i turn corners in it, i feel like i have to hold on because i slide around on the seat. but in the tacmoa, i feel craddled by the seats and i am firmly planted.
the tacoma is also (literally) 1000 pounds lighter than the titan. so it doesnt lumber and lean as much as the titan does. also, even though the tacoma has less power, the reduction in weight makes up for alot.
i got the off-road package on the tacoma and i am glad that i did. i really like how firm the ride is compared to the titan (granted, the titan was a 2x4), but the tacoma feels like a truck should and i feel like i am driving a 4x4 (and i am ).
the tacoma is 16 inches shorter and 4 inches narrower than the titan and that makes a huge difference in los angeles. i can definately turn alot sharper than the titan and i can fit more easily into parking spaces. parking the titan in los angeles is like trying to dock a battleship in a pond; its a PITA.
For as big as the titan is, there just didnt seem to be enough room in it. the back seats were cramped and it was uncomfortable to put 4 adults in the truck. the tacoma (DC), however, easily fit 4 adults. also, the built in storage was lacking in the titan. the tacoma has storage under and behind the back seats which is a huge bonus IMO. i have a place now for my hitches, rope, tie downs, and whatever else i might need to stow. its just a better functional design.
The Tacoma "Look"/Community: haha... its only been 4 days, but i see soo many people do the head turn and look at the tacoma as i drive by. especially those people that are driving tacomas themselves. i try to give other tacoma owners an ackknowledgement as i drive by (the head bob, thumbs up, etc...) its almost like we are all brothers/sisters by vehicle purchase its pretty cool.
Gripes from other tacoma owners:
Transmission shifting (lag): i notice this a little bit, but its no worse than the titan. i mostly feel it around 5pmh when i am driving around a parking lot. its not really a big deal for me and i am used to it from the titan (which was more pronounced).
Engine surging at a stop: i see what others are talking about here. i think its when the air conditioning cycles on and off. its ever so slight and it slightly (1/2 inch?) pulls the truck forward. its so negligible and i take it as a characterist of driving the tacoma. i just need to put a tad more effort on the brake pedal at a stop. (i have owned other vehicles that have done this as well).
Brake Peddal: others have said that the brake pedal feels soft and that they have to really get on it to stop. for me, the brakes are very firm and respond immediately. i feel very confident with them.
Radio/Bluetooth: i got the JBL system and i havent noticed any volume issues or the radio shutting off. also, the bluetooth works perfectly and subwoofer is plenty for me. i deffinately hear and feel it.
again, i am so glad i made this purchase. the tacoma is a great truck and its awesome to drive. seriously, i want to go drive right now
thanks for reading.