1. Welcome to Tacoma World!

    You are currently viewing as a guest! To get full-access, you need to register for a FREE account.

    As a registered member, you’ll be able to:
    • Participate in all Tacoma discussion topics
    • Communicate privately with other Tacoma owners from around the world
    • Post your own photos in our Members Gallery
    • Access all special features of the site

Considering a Tacoma Double Cab as my new truck...

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by Larry, Jul 28, 2010.

  1. Jul 28, 2010 at 2:18 PM
    #1
    Larry

    Larry [OP] CARL

    Joined:
    Jul 28, 2010
    Member:
    #40895
    Messages:
    8,268
    CARL
    It's been a loooong time (1986) since I owned a Toyota truck. Since that time I've had many Chevy & Ford pickups. Mostly for work as a carpenter/home builder.

    I'm currently driving a brand new 2010 F-150...and hate it. Damn thing is huge and I'm not. LoL. And my wife couldn't drive this tank for crap...which becomes necessary when I've has a few too many. :D

    This new one will be a DD as well as a part time "work" truck/grocery getter. As I'm now old and kinda semi retired (I'll really quit when I'm dead...I like to work even though it hurts nowadays :mad: )

    OK...

    Thoughts from you owners:
    Long bed/short bed?
    4x4 vs. 2x4?
    Trd vs Sport vs SR5?

    I have owned many white and silver trucks. Current truck is silver. I have my eye on a "Pryite Mica" 4x4 SR5 double cab. I kinda like the color...it's a brownish/dark gold metallic.

    Y'all's thoughts?

    TIA

    btw...I've been lurkin' here for a while. I've learned a bit. Such as...I may be in the oldest 1% category. :cool:
     
  2. Jul 28, 2010 at 2:23 PM
    #2
    Jimmyjohn

    Jimmyjohn Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Mar 6, 2010
    Member:
    #32643
    Messages:
    884
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Jim
    Big Sky Country Montana
    Vehicle:
    06 SR5 4x4 DLB CAB
    Smitty Blt Bull Bar& Skid Plate, PIAA 525SMR lights
    A few months ago I got my first Toyota. A 2006 Tacoma 4x4 DBL Cab with a short box.It is Indigo Ink and I LOVE it. I hope you enjoy your new toy! Also Welcome to you from Montana.
     
  3. Jul 28, 2010 at 2:25 PM
    #3
    scottri

    scottri Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Apr 13, 2010
    Member:
    #35187
    Messages:
    2,095
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Scott
    Tigard Oregon
    Vehicle:
    '10 Sport DC TRD Sport PreRunner
    Cover King Seat Covers, WeatherTech Liners, PopNLock, storage bin locks, N-Fab Step bars, and G4 Elite Tonneau cover.
    I have a 2010 DC 4x2 TRD Sport and I love it. It's big enough to carry 4 adults in comfort, I can haul as much gear diving or camping as I want or need. I can tow up to 6500 lbs. It's small enough to park in my driveway without my wife hitting it ;) and she can drive it. She is 4'9" and has no trouble driving it around.
     
  4. Jul 28, 2010 at 2:26 PM
    #4
    hawkeye12

    hawkeye12 Go Pack Go!

    Joined:
    Jul 9, 2010
    Member:
    #39991
    Messages:
    415
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Bryce
    Raleigh, NC
    Vehicle:
    10 Black DC SB Tacoma TRD Sport
    Smittybilt nerf bars
    Awesome to hear you are coming back to the good side!

    Things to think about to help you decide.

    Bed Length:
    If you arent doing to much work with this truck, and you just occasionally need it for hauling a few things I would go with the short bed. It is what I have, and I personally haven't attempted to load anything into it that wouldn't fit. But that is me personally.

    4X4 Vs. 2X4:
    Since you say you are in the %1 oldest category, lol, I would guess you arent going to be doing to much off-roading with this truck. So I am going to lean this more towards where you live. If you live in an area where snow is a common thing, I think it is a pretty obvious decision to go with the 4X4. I love the four wheel drive set-up on the Tacoma. But if you live in a flatter area that rarely sees any harsh climates, such as Florida, I would say just go with the 2X4.

    Model:
    For me this was a pretty easy decision. The TRD Sport and Off-Road both offer much more comfortable seats, which was a huge plus for me. I immediately ruled out the SR5, just for the seats in the TRD's. I went with the Sport, simply for the color matched bumper, handles, mirrors, and the hood scoop. These are all options that are not offered on the Off-Road.

    Hope some of that information was useful.

    Where do you live?
     
  5. Jul 28, 2010 at 2:28 PM
    #5
    Redfox1

    Redfox1 'Stralia! Riding Roo's and wrangling koalas

    Joined:
    Oct 10, 2009
    Member:
    #24099
    Messages:
    1,595
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Conner
    Santa Paula, CA and SLO
    Vehicle:
    09 Prerunner Sport TRD
    Browning Floor Mats, 275/70/17 BFG All-Terrain T/A's, Procomp 7089 wheels,Rear Spring TSB, Bilstein 5100's, LED roof light, seatbelt chime disabled, CB, UWS Toolbox,
    Welcome to TW! What you "have your eye on" sounds just right to me. I wish i had gotten 4x4
     
  6. Jul 28, 2010 at 2:35 PM
    #6
    Larry

    Larry [OP] CARL

    Joined:
    Jul 28, 2010
    Member:
    #40895
    Messages:
    8,268
    CARL
    Thanks hawkeye...and thanks all.

    I'm 50 and live in Florida.

    I didn't know the seats are that much nicer in the TRD and Sport packages...I'll have to check that out.

    I like having 4x4 for sand not so much for "off road" or mudding (I don't do either). Nothing sucks more than pulling off the side of the road to go to the beach or parking in a remote spot along the bay and getting stuck. Also, when working on new home sites...it's nice to pull closer to the house to unload stuff.

    Sounds like I already made up my mind on the 4x4 thing...but I see many of you guys (and gals) driving the 2x4 off road. Whats up with that?
     
  7. Jul 28, 2010 at 2:37 PM
    #7
    hawkeye12

    hawkeye12 Go Pack Go!

    Joined:
    Jul 9, 2010
    Member:
    #39991
    Messages:
    415
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Bryce
    Raleigh, NC
    Vehicle:
    10 Black DC SB Tacoma TRD Sport
    Smittybilt nerf bars
    No problem.

    Some prefer the TRD seats, some prefer the SR5 seats. It's really a personal opinion. I have a TRD Sport and I wouldn't do a thing different.
     
  8. Jul 28, 2010 at 2:41 PM
    #8
    Larry

    Larry [OP] CARL

    Joined:
    Jul 28, 2010
    Member:
    #40895
    Messages:
    8,268
    CARL
    What's the difference between the seats? I know the seats in the SR5 are not power. Is the seat shape or fabric covers different? Are they power in the TRD/Sport?

    I kinda like how the pass seat folds flat in the SR5. As I understand the Toyota website...it doesn't in the TRD/Sport?
     
  9. Jul 28, 2010 at 3:01 PM
    #9
    hawkeye12

    hawkeye12 Go Pack Go!

    Joined:
    Jul 9, 2010
    Member:
    #39991
    Messages:
    415
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Bryce
    Raleigh, NC
    Vehicle:
    10 Black DC SB Tacoma TRD Sport
    Smittybilt nerf bars
    Shape and fabric. And no, for some stupid reason, Toyota doesn't get the demand for power seats. And honestly, I am not sure if my seat folds flat or not. :confused: I will check and let you know though.
     
  10. Jul 28, 2010 at 3:24 PM
    #10
    Pugga

    Pugga Pasti-Dip Free 1983 - 2015... It was a good run

    Joined:
    Jun 18, 2010
    Member:
    #39131
    Messages:
    30,848
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Mike
    Massachusetts
    Vehicle:
    '13 Ford F-150 SCREW
    F-150 Mod
    What he said. I ended up with a 2007 SR5 4x4 short bed. In hind sight (coming from a full size truck) I wish I had gotten the long bed but it's not enough to make me trade in the truck by any means. Otherwise, no regrets. I didn't go for the off-road package since I couldn't see actually using the options it came with. Good luck!
     
  11. Jul 29, 2010 at 6:07 PM
    #11
    skistoy

    skistoy Make mine a Double!

    Joined:
    Jul 6, 2009
    Member:
    #19356
    Messages:
    2,006
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Mike
    Western New York
    Vehicle:
    09 4X4 SR5 BSP Double Taco
    Rear Spring TSB,Billy 5100@.85,Bull bar,Nerfbar,Painted Grill,Painted Rims,Bed D-rings,Compustar Starter,Goodyear Duratrac's,Transmission TSB,Brake Overide
    Agree
    I knew i wanted the double cab
    Dont really have a need for a rear locker at all, so the cheaper SR5 was perfect.
    Needed the 4x4 with buffalo winters
    With the new Duratracs i put on, preatty much unstopable
     
  12. Jul 29, 2010 at 8:28 PM
    #12
    bronkin

    bronkin Active Member

    Joined:
    Jul 27, 2010
    Member:
    #40834
    Messages:
    29
    Gender:
    Male
    Mooresville, NC
    Vehicle:
    10 TRD Off Road
    Bed exender, leather seats, weather tech floor mats, extra d-rings.
    I bought the double cab trd off road to replace my totalled 2005 tundra access cab. I got the short bed and added the bed extender for those times that I need to haul a bit more. I've been loving this truck, and after having an F150 double cab for 3 days I was convicned I don't need such a huge truck that is tough to park. The tacoma is perfect size, and the 4.0 liter is great for towing too.
     
  13. Jul 29, 2010 at 8:36 PM
    #13
    str8up50

    str8up50 Active Member

    Joined:
    Nov 16, 2009
    Member:
    #26045
    Messages:
    30
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    will
    Louisiana
    Vehicle:
    Pre Runner TRD Off
    I too had a Brand New Ford. Traded in my 06 F150 with 20K miles on it for a DC TRD OR Package. I love my Taco. Yeah it took a bit to get used to a smaller truck but it more practical and more fun to drive than that tank.
     
  14. Jul 29, 2010 at 8:45 PM
    #14
    tacosupreme54

    tacosupreme54 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jul 7, 2010
    Member:
    #39918
    Messages:
    1,456
    Gender:
    Male
    NW GA
    Vehicle:
    Off-Road 4x4 SR-5
    OME 885's, 90000 and n182 shocks, CB drop, 295/75/16 Hankook Dynapro MT RT03's, 16"x8" Pro Comp 7089 wheels, Avid Off Road Light Bar, Magnaflow 12226-14'' Muffler dumped after axle, color matched grille, Team Realtree camo seat and steering wheel covers, Husky floor liners, towing hitch, bed extender, Tacoma bed mat, all black emblems, black sockmonkey decals, bedlined rear bumper.
    i think you have already made your mind up larry and it's a good choice. also, i think it's better to have the 4x4 just in case, than to not have it and need it at some unexpected time.
     
  15. Jul 29, 2010 at 8:48 PM
    #15
    Kyouto42

    Kyouto42 Iron Beard

    Joined:
    Aug 18, 2008
    Member:
    #8614
    Messages:
    9,243
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Jake
    Ahwatukee, AZ
    Vehicle:
    BSP '10 4x4 TRD Off-Road DC
    See build thread in signature
    I had a 4x2 because the $ numbers worked out that way originally. Plus I never thought I'd really use 4x4 being in Arizona. Then I met up with some of the AZ crew and hit up Butcher Jones and immediately wished I had a 4x4 (which I do now). In the SW region you rarely ever 'need' 4x4... more of a wheeling/sport bit than a mandatory need in winter country.

    The TRD sport seats are more comfy to me as well (though I liked 05-08 style better). Same seats in Sport and Off-Road.

    As for the bed... well if you can do what you need in 5ft or with a bed extender on the tail gate... then it's fine. If you need 6ft... well that's up to you. I haven't really had much hauling in my short bed yet so it's hard to say for me thus far. I had an Undercover tonnaue cover on my 6ft bed on my last truck and it was very useful (locked, dry, and hard top I could stand on).

    As for TRD Sport vs Off-Road... well if you need a locker and a-trac for wheel'n.... the choice is clear. If you like fake hood scoops... that choice is clear. I like the color matched panels though... which I'll be doing most to on my off-road anyway. The Off-Road adds useful traction... the sport is more just anesthetics. 05-08 the sport gave you a mechanical clutch based LSD.... but 09+ all models regardless have auto LSD (using the brakes to do the job)... sport/off-road or sr5...

    I will say I like the double cab better than the access... but my access was a pretty sexy look'n truck. If it was 4x4 I'd have wanted to keep it for ever despite a bit of desire for the doublecab. The 09+ access cab redesign is useless though... horrible 'upgrade.'

    GL in the dealing!
     
  16. Jul 29, 2010 at 10:59 PM
    #16
    Lonewolf

    Lonewolf Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Mar 27, 2008
    Member:
    #5555
    Messages:
    167
    Gender:
    Male
    So. Cal
    Vehicle:
    08 4x4 TRD Sport CC, LB
    King Racing reservoir shocks, Camburg UCA's, Deaver 10 leaf pack, Bilstein 5100's, Magnaflow exhaust.
    Sounds like you have made most of your choices, buy I'll add my two cents.....
    I have an 08 DC LB 4x4 Sport in Silver.
    I beat my truck up daily using it as a landscape truck for my company, and as my daily driver. I have overloaded the bed with stone or plant material for the dump, and have had no problems. I have the long bed with an under the rail toolbox and I still have a respectable bed for tools etc. Also the four door leaves room inside for tool bags or things you have to secure. In addition to all of that I also tow my Tacoma behind my Class A motor home! Great all around truck for sure.
    Whatever you choose I'm sure you will be happy with it.
     
  17. Jul 29, 2010 at 11:04 PM
    #17
    jjw1

    jjw1 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    May 1, 2010
    Member:
    #36355
    Messages:
    9,609
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Jesse
    Citrus County Florida
    Vehicle:
    2011 Super White DCSB TRD OR PreRunner
    Weather Tech Floor Liners, Truxedo Bed Cover, OEM Silver Step Bars, Debadged, Colormatched Satoshi, Wet Okoles, OEM Roof Rack, Bed Mat, Locking Gas Cap, and removed Mud Flaps
    pics of the 50 plz!!!
     
  18. Jul 29, 2010 at 11:51 PM
    #18
    thainess

    thainess Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Dec 27, 2009
    Member:
    #28266
    Messages:
    84
    Gender:
    Male
    Sugar Land, tx
    Vehicle:
    10 prerunner trd offroad
    Plasti-dip emblems
    drove my taco for the first time today after 2 weeks of waiting and i must say.... it feels way better than my dads silverado imo... glad i went with the taco

    i have a 4door trd off road 4x2
     
  19. Jul 30, 2010 at 3:57 AM
    #19
    709GADE

    709GADE Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Nov 17, 2009
    Member:
    #26073
    Messages:
    274
    Gender:
    Male
    Vehicle:
    '09 Toyota Tacoma 4X4 SR5 DC LB - Pyrite Mica
    Toyota aluminium side steps, Toyota door sill protectors Extang trifecta tonneau cover, U-Haul Class 3 hitch, Black Weathertech's, Front mudflaps trimmed 4", OEM Fog Lights, WeatherTech Bug Deflector, 13" Stubby antenna, TRD Skid Plate, ScanGaugeII, Carriage Works Billet Grille, Plasti Dipped overhead temp/compass console, LT265/75/16 Duratrac's LR C
    I have an 09 Pryite Mica 4x4 SR5 double cab and just love the truck. If you get it, which i suggest, I don't think you will be disappointed.

    [​IMG]
     
  20. Jul 30, 2010 at 4:24 AM
    #20
    JTDTacoma

    JTDTacoma Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jan 22, 2008
    Member:
    #4382
    Messages:
    282
    Vehicle:
    08 4X4 Double Cab TRD Sport
    I look at the new F-150 and think damn, that extra room would be nice. Never driven one though but often wish I had more room especially on a longer trip. But running around town and to work the Tacoma is a nice size. I have the DC with short bed. I can haul a lot in the short bed just by using cargo-straps and the tie-downs.
     
To Top