[QUOTE=Fordless;7999164][QUOTE=snowmanwithahat;7999088] It still looks great and I don't think it looks old. But the truth is that we all know some features, especially engine and transmission, are a little dated.
To be quite honest if Toyota would just update the engines in the Tacoma I would probably buy another one in a couple of years. As you said I'm pretty happy with the exterior looks and all the 2nd gens really have nice interiors. Especially the 2012+, but the entire 2nd gen is heads and shoulders what small truck interiors used to be. But to make the sacrifice to drive a small truck I should be rewarded with better mpgs than what the current trucks get. Most of the newer full size trucks seem to be knocking on 20mpg. Updating the power trains would make them competitive again.
I'd settle for something like a 6 speed auto, or even a competitor to the 8-speed auto we're seeing in Rams now. Or maybe a little bit more power like the 3.6 being offered in the Chevy (300/270) while getting similar mileage would really make me happy. Or maybe a US spec diesel? Any of these would keep interest in the Tacoma really hot.
I still can't shake the idea of a new Tacoma, spruce mica, access cab, trd off-road, color matched grille and bumper (like the sport, without a scoop)... despite all the drawbacks like the PITA it'll be servicing the rear drums, the weaker non-fully boxed frame and older engine and trans, I'll probably end up getting one.
I mean really, all 3 look good, but the Taco still looks better...