Curious how the 2.7 handles cruising highway speeds, 65-75 and bursts at 85, long uphill grades etc.
Just overall effectiveness.
Yesterday I picked up my son at college to bring him home for the weekend. 260 miles round trip with an awful mix of cruising speeds mixed with sudden stops and much cursing, followed by stop and go bumper to bumper, lane merging, redirects and construction and finally bursts of higher speeds just to get away from that nonsense. Connecticut and southern RI are very hilly with long grades just to keep things interesting.
Welcome to my nightmare. My new life.
I'd alluded to this in this thread:
and thought I might get a bit more input here from 2.7 owners of all types.
My current ride is a 4wd 2006 Nissan Xterra (4.0, 265hp V6, auto) . It handles this ride without a problem but at 18mpg is a bit much. Rather than topping off before the return trip it'll almost be like filling the tank and then again when I get home for more gas for the workweek. I typically refill at 1/4 tank.
Besides the obvious (the kid needs to stay at school) is the 2.7 powered Tacoma the right vehicle for this job? I really don't want to be wringing it out each trip.
The Xterra is just about to fall out of warranty so I'm thinking of replacing it anyway. Just want the replacement to be of the simple and reliable and cheap variety. Lean college years refers to parents lifestyle changes too.