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4X4 or 4X2?

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by Vince, Mar 23, 2012.

  1. Mar 23, 2012 at 8:03 PM
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    Vince

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    Hi everyone I'm in the market for a new truck and I think I've narrowed it down to aTacoma. My next decision is to decide whether I need a 4x4 to get through the winters in Canada or is the traction control good enough on the 4x2 to get by with?
    I don't plan to do any off roading just lots of highway miles in the winter. I look forward to hearing your personal recommendations.

    Thanks
     
  2. Mar 23, 2012 at 8:06 PM
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    if you buy a 4x2, you'll always want a 4x4
     
  3. Mar 23, 2012 at 8:08 PM
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    For me, 4x2 works fine, but then again we hardly get real snow in this part of TX. If I were in The Great White North, I'd want a 4x4.
     
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    4x4 the times I wish I had it
     
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    4x4 for sure if you are in Canada, I live in Alaska so kinda the same (but better :p )
     
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    4x4 all the way
     
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    As far as I'm concerned it's not that "Great" when it's white. Mind you we've had a very mild winter with almost no snow at all.

    Does the 4X2 also have traction control and/or VSC on the front wheels as well as the back?
     
  8. Mar 23, 2012 at 8:31 PM
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    IDtrucks

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    if you live anywhere that gets snow just buy the 4x4 now and save yourself the trouble and pain every single winter. there is no worse vehicle in the snow than a 2wd truck. however as soon as you add 4wd to it with decent tires it becomes one of the best. 4x4 for sure.
     
  9. Mar 23, 2012 at 8:32 PM
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    I would suggest being a Canadian and knowing that out east you get tons of snow(minus this week of course lol). I would have 4x4. We haven't had a lot of snow this year either(Alberta) but when we did get a lot of snow, I was glad to have it. I came from a 2 door Golf and last winter I got stuck 3 times, I had a shovel though. I had friends of mine who also own Tacoma's told me that if I get a 4x2 I am going to regret it. After thinking about it and driving a 4x2, I would rather have a front wheel drive car if I wasn't able to have 4x4.

    I think that the traction control for the 4x2 is just for the back.
     
  10. Mar 23, 2012 at 8:33 PM
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    the biggest mistake of my life was getting 2WD. get 4WD. if you dont you will regret it.
     
  11. Mar 23, 2012 at 8:34 PM
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    4x4. Especially since you're in Canada. It kind of snows up there. 4x4 would come in handy.



    Next question?
     
  12. Mar 23, 2012 at 8:35 PM
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    4x4 for sure

    FWIW , you can't get a 2WD TRD in Canada
     
  13. Mar 23, 2012 at 8:36 PM
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    Lol
     
  14. Mar 23, 2012 at 8:39 PM
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    I've managed with nothing but 2wd trucks for 24 years in Wisconsin, Iowa and Colorado with no regrets. You won't have problems if you have little snow and have no offroad need.

    Stick to the 5-lug if you want good mpg, the prerunner is almost as thirsty as the 4wd.
     
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    You can have it in 4x2 all that you want. But when you flick a switch into 4x4, it's like night and day. But having 4x2 all the time without 4x4 I know I couldn't do without.

    I took my Tacoma through the Rocky Mountains(highway 1) during christmas time, I had my Tacoma for 3 months. All the snow and ice that was up there was great. I've driven a lot of small cars up there, a truck was totally new. I didn't have to use 4x4 and the traction control was used once on a icy corner(slippage of one back wheel). My Tacoma was a champ. I'm glad I never had to use 4x4 but if the weather got worse, I'm glad it's there just in case. But 4x4 isn't just for just in case, it's also for fun. You think you can't make it through that mud hole with a 4x4, yes you can. Could you do the same thing in a 4x2, doubt it.
     
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    4x4. The trade offs for settling on a 4x2 just don't add up in my opinion.
     
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    You can't buy Prerunners here
     
  18. Mar 23, 2012 at 8:48 PM
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    I'm from Ontario and I now live in Manitoba.

    I drove a 2WD truck for years and never got stuck once.

    Prior to that I drove a RWD car (Buick Regal) and never got stuck once.

    My last three trucks have been 4WD and I keep getting myself stuck.

    Having 4WD tends to make some people a little cocky and they wind up pushing things just to see what they can get out of. I'm once of those people...

    My suggestion is to buy whatever one you like. A good set of tires and a bit of intelligence tends to be more important in bad weather than 2wd vs 4wd.... but 4wd is certainly more fun if you want to act a little stupid. :)
     
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    4X4 for you
     
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    Looks like this is settled. :mudding::D
     
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