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Old 02-24-2009, 11:07 AM   #1
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Which Truck to Get?

I'm in the market for a new truck, never owned a Tacoma but have always been a fan. I want to go with a 4cyl for durability and fuel economy and I like the stance of the Prerunners/4x4 models. Every truck I've owned has been 4x4, I'm not a weekend warrior by any means but it's nice to have when you need it. I've decided I could live without four wheel drive, but would like to go with a Prerunner for purely aesthetic reasons (may be pretentious, but hey it's my money right ). I've narrowed my options down to the following due to budget constraints:

1) Single Cab 4x4
2) Access Cab Prerunner

I can't bring myself to spend more than 20k on a 4cyl truck, plus I can't really afford it either. Based on my research I expect the fuel economy to be roughly the same for the two vehicles and I could be happy with either. I'm married, don't have any kids and I'm not plan on any for 2-3 years. I've read that the access cab is a pain in the butt with car seats but is doable, and obviously out of the question with a single cab.

So here's what I'd like to hear from you guys, what would you choose and why.
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Old 02-24-2009, 11:14 AM   #3
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Long term, my wife's car can handle car seats and stuff like that so it's not a necessity to be able to haul the future family around in mine. That being said I am leaning more toward the Access cab because it would be more family friendly in the long run.
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I would say the access cab, single cabs can get stuffy!
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Old 02-24-2009, 11:20 AM   #6
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Do you have any bed length requirements?
I thought all Tacomas besides the Double Cabs had six foot beds
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i love how single cabs look but the room behind the seats in the access cab is important to me. not for people (although it is nice to have 4 seatbelts if needed) but for bags and whatnot when im traveling. and im kinda like you with the 4x4 thing, i dont use it all that much but i love knowing that i have it if i need it, after owning 2 4x4 vehicles i dont really ever want to go back to 4x2.
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i would go for the access cab prerunner since you're not off-roading alot and it's nice to have the room. I have had both reg cab and ext cab and i don't think i would go back to the reg cab just for extra room reasons. that's just my .02
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Definately Access cab. Any kind of trip you do in a truck is much easier with the room behind you, and resale's about the same.

Then again, I'm picking up my '05 Access cab Prerunner today, so I'm a teensy bit biased...
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ild say reg can 4X4, u got it if ya need it! if u need more room, then throw a camper top/shell on it!
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ild say reg can 4X4, u got it if ya need it! if u need more room, then throw a camper top/shell on it!
Yeah, I'm planning on getting a shell either way I go.
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Yeah, I'm planning on getting a shell either way I go.
go with the 4X4, i love mine, wouldnt want anything different! yeah it gets a lil cramped sometimes, but i only need 1 seat anyways!
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4x4 access Cab

Go with the 4 cylinder. I am on my second one. no regrets
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Old 02-25-2009, 02:19 PM   #14
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Thanks for the replies guys, I made an offer on a '09 4cyl Access Cab Prerunner with SR5, and CD/MP3 Player for $18,000 OTD, we'll see what they have to say within the next week or so.
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