After months of researching and test driving, my choice came down to the Tacoma or Frontier. Frontiers were less expensive, had more torque and had a very cool industrial, rugged look. Reliability ratings on the Tacome were so high, reviews so glowing and resale higher as well, that it seemed I'd get what I payed for. Have to say, the styling, interior/exterior details are far superior and I've gotten numerous compliments on the 'sexy new truck' It rides like a dream, even on DC's wretched roads, is comfortable and has a very nice sound system. I've found myself taking 'the long way home' to spend more time in the truck. 8 weeks later(at 54,000 miles) the check engine light is on, runs poorly and it seems I have to replace sensors, catalytic converters?? according to the engine codes. So much for Toyota reliability. My 1994 Tacoma went to 184,000 miles without ever seeing a mechanic, so I'm disenchanted with the quality. Will fix, drive a year and reevaluate. Ps. Gas mileage is about 18mpg.
TRD Off-Road (4 wheel drive) Tacoma. I needed a solid 4WD performer for work on the beach. Very happy with this one. The rear view camera is very helpful. Be aware, if you need to do towing or heavy hauling--capacity is quite limited. But the advantage of this small truck size is that it's almost as easy to drive as a Camry.
The 2015 Tacoma is the final model year for the proven 4.0l Toyota Tacoma. Because there is no replacement for displacement I decided to purchase the 4.0l. Don't take my word shop for one in the free market and you might wind up paying more for a used one than a new one.