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Should I do it? Tacoma for Tundra?

Discussion in 'General Tundra Discussion' started by Lorazapam, Feb 5, 2016.

  1. Feb 5, 2016 at 4:59 PM
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    Lorazapam

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    New guy here. I'm sure this question gets posted quite often, please forgive me.

    Just as I'm finishing up on my loan on my 2013 Tacoma, it has me thinking that maybe I want more. I love my Taco, there is nothing wrong with it. It has performed flawlessly. One thing that does irritate me, is that IF I were to lift and add 33's / 34's to it, my mileage would drop to 15 mpg (hwy). My level of thought is if I do the same to a Tundra, I'm only going to be 1 mpg less than that.

    I'm on the fence with a 2016 TRD Pro Tundra (Double Cab). I have a car for my commuting so actually gas really isn't a big deal. I mainly use my truck for winter use, trail driving, and for towing a 17.5 foot double hull alumacraft fishing boat. Obviously, my Tacoma works for all of that. If I trade in my truck now, KBB has trade in value at 25-26k.

    I don't really know if I'm going to regret this or not... I mean the downside of a Tundra for me is it being a bit harder to maneuver especially in the city.
     
  2. Feb 5, 2016 at 5:05 PM
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    Why not have both? :) I would like to have a taco just as a daily driver and keep my Tundra for the weekends.
     
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  3. Feb 5, 2016 at 5:06 PM
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    And welcome to the site!
     
  4. Feb 5, 2016 at 5:29 PM
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    Haha! I would love to do that, but already have a car that's my daily driver and gas saver.
     
  5. Feb 5, 2016 at 5:34 PM
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    In all seriousness though, I love my Tundra and have no regrets buying it. If you make the switch, you won't regret it either. They are great trucks! I've never had a taco but would absolutely love to have one a "toy". Either way, sounds like your sticking with Toyota. :thumbsup:
     
  6. Feb 5, 2016 at 5:37 PM
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    Tough question, taco value takes a big hit in 2 years, how many miles on it? My son drives a 13 taco and I the 16 tundra, both great trucks
     
  7. Feb 5, 2016 at 5:38 PM
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    Welcome from Obx, do it! Get the Tundra
     
  8. Feb 5, 2016 at 5:40 PM
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    Welcome! I came from a Tacoma (09 DCSB TRD O/R; lifted, sliders, 33" etc)
    I am averaging 17.3'ish MPG in my tundra now (S/C'd; 34.41" wheels etc) The only regret i have is wheeling...however, I just ride with buddies or use one of their rigs.
     
  9. Feb 5, 2016 at 6:00 PM
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    If you wheel a lot keep the taco, if you tow, want more power, more interior space, bigger bed and a new truck, get a tundra and you won't regret it. Welcome from CO.
     
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    Welcome from Florida. What he said!!! ^^^^^^^^^^^
     
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  11. Feb 5, 2016 at 6:35 PM
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    Thanks for the replies!

    Another question I thought of... Vehicle longevity. I've heard of the 2nd gen 4.0 Tacos going 300k miles without any major problems. Some I've heard going over the 400k mark and still going. I'm reading about how Tundras need their timing belts replaced every 100k miles whereas in the Tacoma it doesn't need that. Being that the Tundra is a bit heavier (by about 1000-1400 pounds), wouldn't that create more wear and tear over time?
     
  12. Feb 5, 2016 at 6:41 PM
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    I believe only 1st gens have timing belts? 2-3rd are chains, IIRC...someone correct me if I'm wrong.
     
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    The 5.7 and 4.6 have chains, my 08 4.7 has a belt 2007-present
     
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  14. Feb 5, 2016 at 7:12 PM
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    Because Tundra forum. (so ya' know what we're gonna say)

    Yes maneuverability can be an issue, as with any large vehicle. You'll forget all about that once you put your foot to the floor a time or two.
     
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    Tundra is a mans truck !
     
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    I went from an 06 taco with 3" lift and 33s to a 15 pro crewmax. I loved the Tacoma and it was bittersweet getting a new truck. There are trade offs. I love the extra room in the tundra but it came with losing some of the maneuverability of the taco. The mileage difference wasn't big enough for me to factor. 1-2 mpg isn't the end of the world. Sounds like you have to make the same big decision I made... Do you really want to go back to having a vehicle payment or enjoy having something paid off?
     
  17. Feb 5, 2016 at 10:02 PM
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    Welcome from CO. Semper Fi!!!
    I came from a Taco to Tundra for the towing and raw power /torque. I can take my Tundra pretty much anywhere. I've lifted it which doesn't hurt, for clearance . The only limitation is the size of the Tundra. I 4 wheel a lot and I'm not afraid to get a few scratches. Scratches easily anyways. It's more about having some balls, experience, and not so much about the bazillions of $ that you think you have to spend to "get your truck ready" to have a good time for 4 wheeling. Super Chargers are very cool, but not necessary unless you want to drag a 1/4 mile and some here do race their Tundras on the weekends and usually kick ass. Been 4 wheeling now for 44 years. (older than most of you here). I'd like to think I know what I'm talking about occasionally. heh heh. I'm old school. Oh, .............who gives a rat's behind about whether you can save a couple of MPG's with a large truck..... If your worried about MPGs' buy a pweeus. (joking of course). Tacoma or Tundra, you can't go wrong. There are ways to tweak your truck for better mpgs. I get 14 to 15 mpg on the freeway. City driving kills my mpg average. It would get better mpgs if I didn't have the M/Ts. It doesn't take too long to get used to the Tundras size. Parking in town can be a pain at times and the trails I run seem to have shrunk in width. I've had to back up on more than one occasion until I can find a place to turn around which can get interesting.

    By the way, here in Metro Denver, both trucks go for a premium used. It's crazy what used ones go for. Their value used holds up very well here.
     
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    Welcome! Go for the Tundra. You will miss the Taco but love the Tundra.
     
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    I do know that the new Atkinson V-6 has 265 LBS-ft and 42 more HP/compression than the previous V-6. The new Atkinson is definitely superior.
     
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    Go for the Tundra. Harder to maneuver at first. I had a Taco. Your're not worried about mpg. Get a couple offers for your Taco. Play against a couple dealers for the best deal. You have the advantage.
     
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    Thanks Matt let's keep the info correct. He should ask if there's anybody that regretted selling their Taco for a Tundra.
     
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    First of all ... I had a 2012 Taco with a 3" lift with 33" tires and still got 20mpg. Very impressive I must say... Tacos are awesome trucks, I owned 4 of them. I now own a 2016 SR5 Tundra and was an awesome decision. I needed more power and I got exactly that.. Love it!
     
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    The Atkinson may have less torque as you mentioned ( I'm not sure) but it looks to be a pretty good upgrade.
     
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    I'd like to have both. I miss my Taco, but love my Tundra.
     
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    What the heck am I doing wrong then, I am averaging 12.4 right now and I have been feathering the gas. Highest I have ever seen is 12.7. Truly bummed about this so far.
     
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    I'm averaging currently 11.1.
     
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    Lifting your truck and putting on bigger tires will kill your mileage. I'm averaging around 16 with stock tires and a 2.5" lift. I use chains a lot for running back roads with a lot of snow, so bigger tires are not even an option for me. I'll take my better mpg.
     
  29. Feb 6, 2016 at 4:35 AM
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    Welcome and go Tundra, Tacos are great but if room is what you want and power Tundra is what you seek....

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    Mixed?

    I was getting around 13-14 mixed before the S/C came in...

    Yours is also brand new. It's going to take sometime for it to adjust to your driving habits and such...that and we're all also using winter fuel.

    Not sure what weight you have on your wheels and tires, but that may play a small factor too.
     
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