Hey friends. Long time lurker, first time poster.
I owned a 2005 Tacoma for 5 years, and eventually ended up trading it in for an SUV. I needed the interior space for band equipment, and I needed better gas mileage. My old tacoma was a v6 4x4 double cab, which I absolutely LOVED. The only thing I didn't love about it was the mpg, especially in the winter where I would average 16 mpg.
Needless to say, while I like my SUV, I desperately need a truck again for my weekend trips to home depot for remodeling projects, etc. I'm getting sick of borrowing friends trucks all the time.
I'm eyeing the I4 access cab with the SR5 package. The reason I'm leaning towards the 4 banger is because I don't tow, I don't offroad, and I drive about 30-40 highway miles round trip to work every day. However, the new 2013's at the dealers have the v6's rated 16/21 mpg and the I4's rated 18/21 mpg. Is there really no difference between the I4's and v6's on the highway? Fuelly has some good info, but it really is all over the place. I definitely don't want to go back to 16 mpg, though. (Yes I know it's a truck.) Real world opinions/advice would be GREATLY appreciated.