If there was a 'maybe' response, I'd choose it. The ride is tolerable. The TRD Off-Road package (with 4WD) is very capable off-road. Handling is not bad for a truck with an off-road oriented suspension and off-road tires. It is a maneuverable package and fits fairly well in tight spots. Fuel economy- I'm unable to hit the combined EPA rating. My highway mileage averages about 18-19 MPG driving slow. I don't tow. I usually have about 50 lbs worth of gear in the bed. Power is not bad. However, it feels like it is all in the higher rev range. In the 25k miles I've had it, one of the rear brakes leaked. The transfer case leaked. The power steering rack had to be replaced. One of the rear back-up sensors failed and had to be replaced.
The Toyota Tacoma is a famously reliable truck. My 2008 6-speed, 4-wheel drive TRD Sport version has lots of power and pep and handles the rugged backroads of Utah as if they were superhighways. But beware the Access Cab if you ever expect to carry more than one passenger. The jump seats in back are poorly designed. Even a midnight hitchiker would probably wave me on rather than ride back there. Does provide good interior cargo space, though, and gives me a longer bed to mount a camper shell.
Low-mile Tacomas are now abundant as many are coming out of lease contracts; these are in my opinion the most reliable, most satisfying and better looking light duty trucks in the world. The 4.0 lt V6 provides sufficient power for all my hardware store project related trips but it is no V8. The extended cab is my favorite because it provides the longer bed with the added space in the cabin without being too long and hard to park. Fit and finish is very good with good quality plastics and fabrics. The TRD package adds heavy duty suspension, something to consider if you need to use the truck to transpot heavy stuff. This is my second Tacoma, I hope to get 200,000 miles out of it as I did with my first one.