I am interested in picking up a used SUV or truck to use as a daily driver/winter vehicle. My current vehicle is an 08 Infiniti G37 that is lowered quite a bit and has a good amount of performance modifications, and with a new job and college it is becoming impractical to drive around all the time, especially in the winter. Then it's impossible to drive. I also have a new Chocolate lab and fitting him in the G37 is getting quite difficult.
I've been looking around at Tacomas/4Runners, Pathfinders etc and right now am really fond of the Tacoma. I really don't want to spend more than 5-6000 on something and at least be a 2000 or newer, if that's even possible.
If I were able to find something in that price range (which I haven't yet) what could I expect out of it? The biggest reason I'm looking at Toyota is the history for reliability, compared to something american. Does this hold true for these trucks? I don't want something that will be a maintenance/money pit.
Lastly, I know this is a tacoma forum so I expect some biased answers, but are there any other comparable vehicles anyone would recommend for me to look at?
Thanks for any help!
Here's a pic of my current ride just for fun.