I am going to buy a Tacoma in the next couple of weeks and have had a hard time narrowing it down to the one I want. There are so many options and I like them all. I have got it down to an access cab but am having trouble deciding between the V6 and the I4. I really want to go with a 4x4 for surf trips in baja and for the occasional trip to the snow. I have been reading all the posts I can find on MPG and so far am very skeptical of the capabilities of the I4. Some people even with a 4x2 are getting 20 mpg (some less) and few are getting in the low 20's and the same with the 4x4. I read about one guy that is getting 27-28 mpg with a I4 4x4 but the rest are down around, or even below, 20. It seems that the V6 is pretty solid around 19-20 mpg. Is there really only a few miles difference in mpg between the V6 and the I4? If so the V6 with the off road package is looking really good to me. But I was very impressed with the sticker with the 4x4 supposedly getting 23 mpg and the 4x2 getting a stellar 28??? It doesn't seem like too many actually get these results.
Is the V6 a better option if there is only minimal mpg savings? Are the posts not correct due to break in periods? I noticed many posts are from new owners who never updated their results after the break in period. Or could it be from people who post from places where the gas is different in the winter? I don't think they change the gas here in San Diego. Would getting the 4x2 prerunner with the I4 be worth forgoing my 4x4 dreams, or do they not get the advertised 28(or is it 27?) mpg?
Thanks to anyone who can help me out.