I had own... A 2005 tundra dc, a 2009 nissan titan xcab, a 1999 land cruiser, 2009 mini cooper, 2006 tacoma dclb, a 2010 civic, a 2009 dodge ram and to all of them I have done lots of mods, from lift kits to the 4x4's plus wheels and such because that is what I like to do with my cars.
Then I saw the baja 2013 dcsb white, i bought it for $35xxx out the door ( the best time to purchase from a dealer is at the last hours of the day and if possible at the end of the month, the salespeople are tired and want to go home plus they want to get a bonus so they do their best to get the deal) at the time the dealer had a lifted one for couple thousands below than the baja but a lifted edition from toyota? remember asking price is one thing and actual closed deal is another) I did my research before purchase and here is what I found... First I never preorder it or anything like that i just walked in trying to trade in the mini cooper but i had my phone with me!
Many people dislike the baja because the point below, also there are 2 types of guys in here... The ones that like to do lots of off roading/mechanic and modes by themselves, also there are the guys who has no time or an area to work on but likes the look and feel of the taco and have it because of that not because of the full potential of the toyota truck, witch toyota with the time that the taco has been in the market almost no recalls on it and with a closed lawsuit for other automotors being in accidents due to high speed/components failiors. I doubt that they will release a limited edition tacoma with issues. That being said here are my point of views.
Price. When I add up the cost of the off road package and the lift kit plus wheels and tires i was at the price that I got the baja because the regular off road out the door was 31xxx
The shocks and system. people claim that their kings or icons are better, no doubt they are great since they cost good money too i had spend up to $3000 for lift kits alone but man WHAT A DIFFERENCE when driving the last taco with over $6000 in mods, nothing comparing to the baja, the holes in the road, the turns, the 6speed shifter and the sound of the exaust make you feel like if you are invensible, there is an area where I live where the road suck plus there are train tracks, with all of the cars above I had to slow down or they will bounce all over, or you would feel the suspenssion hitting the body or something. with the baja I have to watch for police because i need to go faster seriuosly, they did work the suspension very well and NO this is not a rock climber vehcle, this is made to go at very fast speeds with no feeling at all... Remember BAJA
Decals is another issue here... Seems like, I like them I am 31 year old with a cool truck and like my other cars It speaks about myself. I am from the Baja peninsula as well that's why my atraction to the baja and the weird of the wording in this post. But if you don't like the stickers, remove them with 3 hours of work and a hot gun plus some wash and wax after and is done.
You can buy a trd, add lockers, add a 6-7K long travel suspension system, plus tires and wheels and the truck probably will be at the same feeling as the taco for the same price or more but I doubt better since the baja system they make it to fit specially in this model/year vehicle, even if you add the same baja system to your truck, it won't and never be the same feeling as what they build it from hours of work in 2 years (for what I know that is what it took them to build the first 2012 year) the exaust mods was made from factory not even from dealer looks the same i check the long arms and they look slighlty different to me, and for those who said the shocks are the same as the 5100 blinsteins they are not, this being said you would buy a toyota truck that hardly goes down in price even with high miles add the limited edition, the one that everyone hates and loves, you won't go wrong, after 10 years you may don't have it anymore but the truck will keep good value specially if you don't do to many mods. Plus it come everything with warranty! You do not have to worry for the next years on fixing the wheels so they can turn, or replacing the cv joints so often or so many other issues appear when moding a car.
Build your own or a limited edition all toyotas are build well, you can buy an old lc with high miles and pay a fortune or you can buy a 2014 trd at the same price that i pay for the baja. Do your research and good luck, and this is an open invitation to compare ride feelings with other tacomas with or with out mods so we can all learn i am just comparing it from what I have had, but there are lost of great suspension systems out there and I may change my words let me know if you want to test drive my BAJA!