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City Maneuverability

Discussion in '3rd Gen. Tacomas (2016+)' started by jrubio93, Apr 8, 2016.

  1. Apr 8, 2016 at 5:09 PM
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    jrubio93

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    Hey all,

    Haven't seen any questions similar to mine so I figured I'd ask. How do these trucks fare in city driving and parking? I currently drive a full size truck but live in the suburbs of Salt Lake so space isn't much of an issue. However I'm considering buying one of these new tacomas as I'll be moving to the Bay Area and still want a truck but also want something that hopefully won't be impossible to park in the city. Anyone have any first hand experience driving and parking these in an urban environment? How do they handle?
     
  2. Apr 8, 2016 at 5:10 PM
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    I have a DCLB and am able to reverse park into my 2 car wide parking spot, with one spot already occupied, off a narrow alley with a 3 point turn pretty easily. the backup cam is very useful to get every last inch of room.
     
  4. Apr 8, 2016 at 5:26 PM
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    This will turn into a DCSB vs. DCLB thread very soon. The DCLB people will chime in soon trashing anyone with anything different than what they went with. I'll just say this, most of the DCLB Tacomas I see in the city are the ones always having trouble pulling into parking spaces and have to back up and pull forward twice to get into the spot. I've mentioned this in another post and many DCLB guys had to respond saying they don't have an issue. So basically every DCLB person on this forum never has an issue, but most of the people I see with one in the real world seem to have problems. That foot difference really is noticeable with the turning radius. I'd figure out what's more important to you, usable bed space or maneuverability. I have zero issues with my DCSB.
     
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    I just picked up my Tacoma after driving an F350 double cab, long bed dually for the last few years. Between the backup camera and a convex mirror on the passenger mirror, I can park the Taco anywhere. Its much more maneuverable than I give it credit for.
     
  6. Apr 8, 2016 at 5:38 PM
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    According to the 2016 brochure, the Access cab and DCSB are both 212 inches long. The DCLB is 225 inches long.

    Obviously, the shorter the length, the more nimble and easier to maneuver in city traffic and parking.

    My reg cab is 190 inches long, and is very nice for commuting in the city.
     
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    I regularly go down 2nd Street in Long Beach and Downtown LA with my truck and it's good. I have a DCSB. Street parking can still be a challenge at times when 2nd Street gets packed but other than that the truck does great with city traffic. Much easier to park and work through traffic with than my dad's F250. Doesn't have the intimidating presence on prius drivers though.
     
  8. Apr 8, 2016 at 5:56 PM
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    And it's comments like this that prove my point. Back-handed, douchey comments that don't contribute to the thread at all. Guy was asking other's opinions, in a kind respectful way. You're comment adds nothing but dead space.
     
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    I think it depends what part of the Bay you live in. I can't attest to long term since I just got my truck last week, but I live in the city, and think I'll manage alright. However, that can really vary between neighborhoods. While I could have bought something smaller (Last car was a Honda Element), it was a little more practical for me to have a truck for work use. Where I live, I was almost always able to park on my block, unless I came home late at night. Now, I'll probably have to expand my usual parking area by up to a few blocks. For me, it was worth a little extra walking.

    As for driving, the city can handle public buses, so it really shouldn't be an issue.
     
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    It absolutely makes a difference. Maybe not for driving, but definitely for parking like I mentioned. My block only has about six street spaces long enough to handle my DCSB. If I added a foot, that number would be cut in half. With about 30 houses on the block, most with more than one car, good luck finding one of those spaces open. To make it worse, the longest space is usually taken by the jerk in the Fiat, while the small spot only it could fit in across the street is available.
     
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    No, A smart car has a turning radius of approximately 22' toyota prius has a turning radius of approximately 19' and a 2016 tacoma has a turning radius of approximately 22'.

    So in reality a prius would be a better vehicle for in city, but a tacoma is only approximately 4 feet longer than a prius, which doesn't make that big of a difference in city handling, i know quite a few DCSB drivers that park in "compact" spaces and it's not that tight.
     
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    I switched from an access cab to DCLB not too long ago... and it is a noticeable difference. But only as far aso having to make u turns and stuff like that... as far as maneuvering around the city/parking, it's still a mid sized truck man, not a big deal. I take drive mine downtown Seattle and always find parking no prob dude
     
  13. Apr 8, 2016 at 6:20 PM
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    Parks better than a fullsize, but not as good as my 2nd gen aclb, probably due to the fact i now have a dclb and its long.
    They both park great but the access cab will park anywhere.
     
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    18 inches...
     
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    I drive in the city all the time with work. The backup camera is an awesome feature, 1st time I've had one. I have a DCSB and the turning radius is good.
     
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    Isn't the access cab and DCSB essentially the same length?!
     
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    YES!!!!
     
  18. Apr 8, 2016 at 7:13 PM
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    Yes, i dont have a dcsb. I had a aclb and now a dclb the 18" diff between the 2 is deffinetly noticeable when parking. Both seem very maneuverable on the road swerving through traffic tho:)
     
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    I thought so!
     
  20. Apr 8, 2016 at 7:17 PM
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    I'm sure you'll have no issues. I parallel park my 2013 doublecab short bed easily. Turning radius is decent on mine, probably better on the 3rd gen. Backup cam rocks.
     

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