I've always wanted to ask this and don't know why I never did before. Anyway, gas mileage is a big deal to me and since I need a 4X4 pickup for our winters, it only makes sense to look at the 2.7 4X4 Tacoma. I don't hate driving a stick, but I prefer an automatic so that's the direction I'm going in. With that said, is the 2.7 4X4 auto a decent truck power wise or does it drive like a dog with the automatic? Obviously I'm not looking for V6 power out of the 2.7, but I would like to know if it's as miserable to drive as my 2.3 Ranger. Any advice would really be appreciated folks.
BTW, I'm looking into the 2001-2004 model years if that makes a difference.