Thought the title might get a chuckle or two. More to the point; I'm a 62 year old working stiff that's just about ready to retire.
I've reached the point, admittedly late in life, where nature's drums compel all males of the species to buy a truck. At least that's what one of my younger tattooed co-workers tells me. "Dude, it's a guy thing. Every guy has to have a truck at least once."
Not being one to fly in the face of Darwinian theory, I shall heed the call.
I'm driving a '06 Toyota Hybrid right now. Decent vehicle, wouldn't pay the premium again. I've owned an older Sorento, bare bones transportation that went through anything. Drove a Suburban. Yeah I guess it's a truck, tough as nails, nothing stopped it. Didn't quite scratch the itch.
I get the differences in the TRD Off Road and Sport configurations. Bells and whistles over and above that are a matter of preference. What I really want to know is:
I'm not going to do any super serious off-roading. The occasional forest access road, stuff like that. Looking out the window at 18" of freshly fallen snow, 4WD's a given.
90+% of my miles will be urban/highway. Non-jittery ride a definite +.
A couple of dogs so the SB Crew Cab on tap. Leer or other topper likely this spring.
Bang for buck rules out the 4Runner, Sequoia & Land Cruiser.
I want to keep it less than $33K, what's my play? Why?
Knowing why folks have an opinion is more important than just the opinion.
Looking forward to your comments.