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Old 10-21-2012, 08:36 PM   #1
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double cab 4x2

Just wondering if anyone has a double cab 4x2. Im thinking of getting one and want to see what you do with it. and any pointers.
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Old 10-24-2012, 10:49 PM   #2
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just bought a '13 Prerunner Doublecab 4 cylinder last month. I love it. I commute far and like 4 cylinder trucks. I had an '06 Ranger and an '04 Frontier. Liked the Ranger, hated the Frontier. I wanted a small truck the size of a Ranger, but the only truck is the Colorado, which I did not like at all. The Tacoma is a little big for me, but it is a really nice truck. Since it is a 4 cylinder you do have to adjust your driving style to maximize mileage. It is underpowered, but that was expected. Still better than the Frontier. I'll use it for commuting, bringing things home from Home Depot, an occasional yard of gravel or rock, and some very infrequent towing. I have a small trailer that I tow with a VW on it. Apprx 3000 lbs. The Tacoma should tow it fine. I just finished installing the hitch, wiring harness, brake controller, and trans cooler as I plan to drive back east soon towing the trailer.
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Old 10-25-2012, 04:55 AM   #3
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Personally, if you do get the 4X2 Double Cab Base model, it looks really awkward and low. That's personally my opinion but I'd rather go with a PreRunner if you do go that route.

Of course, it's not going to be as fast and powerful, but you do get the MPG's as some of the people that do have it, show. If you are planning to go up hills a lot, it's going to be quite annoying. When I go to the mountains or even up a steep hill on the interstate, I always switch to 3D to get it going.

But other than that, it's a great truck and really dependable, with low maintenance compared to the V6. I shoulda gotten the Double Cab over the Access Cab, but o well.
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Old 10-25-2012, 08:28 AM   #4
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I have a '12 Double Cab 4 cylinder Pre Runner. Does what I need it to do even though there's still some power to be desired, but I do get 23-24 mpg on mixed highway and city driving.

For towing, the most I'll ever tow is a 5x10 box trailer. I can tow 2 dirtbikes just fine in it. Toyota really does make a bulletproof 4 cylinder.
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Old 10-25-2012, 06:45 PM   #5
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I have a '12 Double Cab Pre-Runner 2.7L and it is a good truck. Didnt like the looks of the base model, so I went with the pre-runner. I will say that this is my 6th Toyota pickup, and 1st 4x2, and I kinda miss the 4wd. Otherwise it does seem underpowered, but it gets good gas mileage
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Have a 2012 DC 2.7 Pre Runner and love it. Moved from Florida to Tennessee in the past month and got 29 mpg on the drive and had no issues climbing hills. Driving around the Knoxville area and cruising around thru the Smokies I've only dropped it into 3D only a couple of times, so it has plenty of power for what I need. You can't go wrong with a Tacoma Pre Runner 2.7
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Thanks for the info Im really researching it and just looking at my options but definitely liking to taco.
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The none prerunner is generally accepted to look like a pregnant roller skate but I've found the smaller wheels/tires do make the truck feel noticably more powerful over the prerunner.
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I have a 2012 DCSB 2.7 auto Prerunner, and i use it for everything. it is defiantly not the fastest truck, about 0-60 in 13.5 seconds.
But i go offroading with it, its good in the dirt, sand, and mud. But if you need to romp on it to get up a hill or out of a sticky situation, its hopeless even with the trac off it still seems to cut power.
For towing I tow a 3,500 pound boat on an 800 pound trailer, and it does just fine. It even makes it up a ridiculously steep and slippery ramp. I dont know how it does it, but it makes it out no problem with the fully loaded boat and usually with 2 or 3 people sitting in it.

the only real issue with it is hills on the highway, it kills this truck. somethimes to maintain only 70mph i drop it into 2nd and wind that little 4 cyl out. for cursing on the highway at 75 it stays in 3rd and its at 3,500+ rpm for hours. but i guess ill see if it eventually blows up.
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