My wife and I are having a baby soon and we both have single cab Tacomas. Obviously, that's not going to work for long. We've pretty much decided on trading her 1st gen Taco for a 2nd gen RAV4, but I'm still up in the air on what I want after my truck sells. I'm a fan of the 1st gen Tundras, but I don't really need a full-size truck (I don't tow or haul anything to speak of) and I'm worried about a few things...
How is the visibility and ease of parking the Tundras? I'd like to keep all bodywork intact in case the wife decides to take it to Costco, and after riding with her briefly in a 4-door F150, I'm certain it pretty much needs to turn like a mid-size truck or it will come home missing body panels.
How useful is the back seating area in the real world? It looks roomy enough just by looking at it but we will need to have a car seat, baby gear, and possibly groceries and other miscellaneous shit crammed in back there. Is the Access Cab going to be roomy enough or should I be looking more at a true 4-door pickup?
I've never had a vehicle with "suicide doors" before... is that a pain in the ass in tight parking lots and such or is it no different than any other door arrangement?
Are there any things to watch out for when buying a 1st gen Tundra? Recalls, TSBs, certain things that tend to wear out faster than others, etc?
We're hoping to find two vehicles that suit us well and are practical that will last many years as our family grows so I really appreciate honest replies! Thanks