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2021 Tacomas: Which configuration has the smoothest, most car like on pavement ride?

Discussion in '3rd Gen. Tacomas (2016+)' started by verlaryder, Feb 19, 2021.

  1. Feb 22, 2021 at 7:12 PM
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    Itchyfeet

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    I hear the Subaru Baja has a car like ride
     
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  2. Feb 22, 2021 at 7:23 PM
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    Extra Hard Taco

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    Ridgeline for the win.
     
  3. Feb 22, 2021 at 9:48 PM
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    brandon78lusch

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    You are right
     
  4. Feb 22, 2021 at 10:16 PM
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    I'm new to owning a truck and find the ride to be harsh and bouncy, what do you guys recommend for a suspension upgrade?
     
  5. Feb 22, 2021 at 11:25 PM
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    apowers

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    Ridgeline is probably the only truck 95% of us need. My female friend has a 2020 and I envy the bells and whistles it came with. That being said, I traded in my 2019 for a 2020 Denali with a 6.2v8 and have a deposit down for a 21 LR MT Pro. Coz men will be men.
     
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  6. Feb 23, 2021 at 2:35 AM
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    He wrote.
    "I'm looking to buy a 2021 double cab Tacoma that offers the smoothest, most car like on-pavement highway ride."
     
  7. Feb 23, 2021 at 3:57 AM
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    Gearheadesw

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    Trucks inherently ride more bouncy then cars. Put like 200 pounds in the bed by the tailgate, that will smooth out the back a little.
     
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  8. Feb 23, 2021 at 5:27 AM
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    zoo truck

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    The sr5 was stiff when i first drove mine, but after 7k miles now on it, the truck rides much better. I was told by the dealer they need at least 5k miles for the suspension to break in, and they were right.
     
  9. Feb 24, 2021 at 8:10 AM
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    Went from 2018 OFF-ROAD to now 2021 Nightshade(limited). I think the limited is a better ride. But it is in 18’s and has less aggressive tread pattern
     
  10. Feb 24, 2021 at 8:12 AM
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    boston23

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    Well my SR5 feels like a Corolla so there ya go
     
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  11. Feb 24, 2021 at 8:32 AM
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    So all of this talk about suspension raises a question. I just got my first Tacoma this past December. Double Cab SR5 2.7. I'm really happy with it but I sometimes wonder if I should try to upgrade to a TRD or 4x4 - not that I'm likely to need that in the suburbs of Houston. But my question is this: is the difference between my SR5 suspension and that of a TRD only that the TRD has different shocks and struts, or are other components of the suspension also different? How about leaf springs?
     
  12. Feb 24, 2021 at 8:35 AM
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    I always see that on YouTube where people claiming a Ridgeline meets a certain percentage of other people's needs. I am sure a Kia Rio meets a certain percentage of needs too, or a 400 pound woman would meet a certain percentage of needs. Seems it is the percentage of needs that they don't meet for why no one chooses those options.
     
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  13. Feb 24, 2021 at 10:39 AM
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    My point was that if I made rational decisions in life about cars, I would have a Ridgeline instead of any other truck for daily driving. That being said I am on my second taco and third truck in 2 years and none was a Ridgeline.
     
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  14. Feb 24, 2021 at 12:23 PM
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    The real question should be...why are some here trying to make these tacoma's into something they are not?
     
  15. Feb 24, 2021 at 12:44 PM
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    I always find that entertaining too, they expect it to accelerate like a Ferrari, handle like a Corvette, haul like a diesel dually, have the interior space of a limo, ride like a Cadillac, have the gas mileage of a Prius, the reliability of a Toyota, but the price tag of a Kia.
     
  16. Feb 24, 2021 at 1:02 PM
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    Most important... Every model will ride completely different with good tires like Michelins for on road.
    Pick what you can afford then immediately go put some Michelin LTX tires on it. Huge difference.
     
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  17. Feb 24, 2021 at 1:10 PM
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    No solid axle vehicle will ride smooth like a car.

    There's a reason why the new generation tahoe/yukon/Escalade ditched the solid axle for an independent rear.

    Seriously if you want a bed but dont want a truck, get a Ridgeline. That's the reason they exist.
     
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  18. Feb 24, 2021 at 1:14 PM
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    I don't have any experience with SR5 Tacomas since I was recently shopping for manual transmission models.

    My experience with the 4Runner is that SR5 is king of the road. Softer smoother ride than the limited, not as bouncy as the off road or as stiff as the sport. If they offered the SR5 with a stick shift, I wouldn't have considered anything else.
     
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  19. Feb 24, 2021 at 1:15 PM
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    Wixo

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    Tbh, I have a TRD camry for DDing and while its a thrilling powerful ride, its not a smooth and buttery ride lol

    edit: the corolla is smoother tbh. Maybe I drive too rough?
     
  20. Feb 24, 2021 at 1:17 PM
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    The trd camry has the stiffest suspension out of the whole camry lineup lol

    An LE or XLE will be the plush ones.
     
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