I have been towing with a 5 sp.1997 Subaru AWD wagon and I am leaning to replacing this vehicle with a new, 2011 Toyota Tacoma , 4 cyl. 5 sp. 2 wd. The hp. are very similar but I will be losing the AWD. Will this make a big difference? The vehicle is also a daily driver for a short distance to work. comments? Any others towing with the Tacoma 4x2?
I had an 05 Tacoma, 4 cyl. 5 sp. and towed a 13' Scamp
with absolutely no problems.
My home is surrounded by the Sequoia National Forest and most of my camping is in dispersed areas. My favorite camping spot is 23 miles up a FS dirt road. In the first 11 miles you climb almost 5000 feet.
I got lazy and now have an 07 4 cyl. Tacoma with an automatic transmission and tow a 16' Scamp
with no problem. In addition to the trailer I haul my 628 pound ATV in the back on my truck.
I do have Air Lift air bags on the rear to eliminate the sag when I haul the ATV.
I do miss the 5sp. because it has more engine braking on downhill grades.
You can't go wrong with the Tacoma. I think in 2010 Toyota added a limited slip diff. to the Tacoma.