I have been stalking this board for the better part of a year gaining information on what will be my first bought car. I am graduating in May and just accepted an offer from a major food and petcare company and my signing/moving allowance and with taxes taken out is more than enough of a down payment. I have been saving money from internships and researching heavily the mid size truck market and made the decision long ago to be set on Tacomas. (You could ask my friends what car I am getting and they might roll their eyes and say, "Toyota Tacoma")
I am finally going to tap into this board's wisdom with some questions to be followed after my case study, first I will be buying a 4 cylinder Access Cab, I might be open to 4x4 and just wanted to gauge my need with other's experiences. I will be living in Southern MO/N Arkansas. Great fishing! It doesn't really snow, so much as it ices(sp?) for the 3 month winters. MPG is severely important to me, 82 mile country highway(60 mph) round way commute. I want to keep the truck mostly stock, but a change of tires doesn't sound too crazy.
List of questions after my case study:
Will MPG be roughly the same on the 4x4 as a Prerunner when 4x4 is not engaged? I know it says 18-21 but I have no clue if this was with it engaged.
Does 4x4 help more than a marginal amount over a Prerunner with decent snow tires in winter conditions?
How hard is it to get a green one? I can't find them in inventory anywhere!
Any tips for a new owner?