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Anyone go from a Taco to 4R? Thoughts?

Discussion in '5th Gen 4Runners (2010-2024)' started by BMunster234R, Jan 25, 2024.

  1. Feb 10, 2024 at 6:01 PM
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    hawkeye4771

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    July 2018 I bought a 2015 TRD Off Road Tacoma. Love it for getting back into the woods to haul firewood back home in the bed with a cap on it. Not the most comfortable for long driving trips though. Last August wife and I bought a 2020 TRD Off Road 4 Runner. We've so far kept it in the garage for winter until we get it undercoated. Wife luvs it as she sits up higher and drivers seat is so adjustable. So now we each have our ultra dependable, reliable vehicles and come spring we plan on a road trip to New Brunswick and Nova Scotia, P.E.I. etc. in the 4 Runner to enjoy the comfort.
     
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  2. Feb 10, 2024 at 6:46 PM
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    Yes…agreed…the 4R is simply more comfortable…
     
  3. Feb 10, 2024 at 7:31 PM
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    I didn’t “go”, I have both. Love my 2015 DC Off Road, and I use my 2017 4Runner SR5 Premium RWD as my DD.
    They both just fit me. Comfortable and trouble free. Michelin tires on the 4R make it drive like my wife’s Lexus GX460.
     
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  4. Feb 10, 2024 at 8:54 PM
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    Having both works for me!IMG_0847.jpg
     
  5. Feb 10, 2024 at 9:26 PM
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    And the rear cargo area - I can put a full set of mounted & inflated wheels & tires back there w/ no problem. Incredible really
     
  6. Feb 10, 2024 at 9:49 PM
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    I really enjoyed my Tacoma, and the only thing I miss from it is all the money I put into it :anonymous:

    and those wheels. man, I loved those wheels.

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  7. Feb 10, 2024 at 10:00 PM
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    I lost my 16 Tacoma in an accident and ended up going with a 23 ORP. I thought I would miss the truck and its utility but the only thing I miss is the time and money I invested into it. The 4Runner is a better vehicle for me 100%.

     
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  8. Feb 10, 2024 at 11:52 PM
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    The only two things about the taco that I wish were in the 4R were the manual transmission and the hand brake. Other than that, I don't miss having a bed at all, the much shorter wheelbase and length come in really handy too.
     
  9. Feb 11, 2024 at 3:26 AM
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    BMunster234R

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    That’s super sharp….
     
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  10. Feb 11, 2024 at 3:26 AM
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    White Tacos look good…
     
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  11. Feb 11, 2024 at 3:28 AM
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    Yeah agreed I actually didn’t realize how much easier the 4R was to drive with that shorter wheelbase….
     
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  12. Feb 11, 2024 at 4:19 AM
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    I know the interior dimensions are similar (or even in some cases identical) but the 4R feels roomier inside.
    Ride quality is pretty similar.
    Overall I love my 4R much more than I did my Tacoma.
     
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  13. Feb 11, 2024 at 4:35 AM
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    Yeah I’d think side to side in the front seat is the same…but seems “taller” and the back seat is definitely roomier for sure. More leg room, etc.

    And that usable space in the cargo area is so nice to have. I only wish I would have bought one with the slide out cargo tray.
     
  14. Feb 11, 2024 at 5:20 AM
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    I went from this 2014 Tacoma TRD Sport

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    To this 2021 4Runner SR5 Premium.

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    Pros and cons? The Tacoma was the absolute best looking truck I've ever owned - and the most reliable too. The thing I miss the most about it is the pickup bed. Although I don't haul stuff nearly as often as I used to, I do miss the utility of having a bed. The biggest reason for moving to the T4R was our 75-pound rescue pit bull Herbie. He didn't have much room in the back of an access cab Tacoma. He's got the whole back seat to himself in the T4R.

    The T4R is a much more refined vehicle all the way around. It rides better, turns tighter and gets better mileage. The interior is far nicer than the Tacoma too. I was somewhat surprised that the T4R actually seems to tow our 22' Progression better than the Tacoma. One would think that the shorter wheelbase would work against it, but it doesn't.

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  15. Feb 11, 2024 at 6:12 AM
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    Can you buy a slide out cargo tray and install it?
     
  16. Feb 11, 2024 at 6:22 AM
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    Nice Taco & 4R!!

    I agree with ya - miss the bed already too and it's not even summer yet! LOL...
     
  17. Feb 11, 2024 at 6:23 AM
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    I have read that you can buy them from the dealer and have them install them, but at a hefty price tag...
     
  18. Feb 11, 2024 at 6:27 AM
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    I've got a 2nd gen tacoma, SR5 4x4, but really wanted the TRD OR but had to settle. Now with a kid Im wanting more rear seat space and a sealed cargo area. I've got a topper on the taco but its not sealed well. The best thing the taco has going for it right now is that it has that paid off mod. I'd have to finance any 4Runner. I dont offroad much here in FL, I'd like to keep that option available, which is why I'm leaning towards one over a Rav4. But that rav4 hybrid MPG is enticing.
     
  19. Feb 11, 2024 at 6:30 AM
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    I hear ya on the Rav4 (they have a TRD OffRoad option). Only complaint I have hear about those is the obvious: It's so small, and with that goes a lot of road noise. But it may be a solution for you...and yes that MPG is tempting for sure...even the regular engine gets like 32 mpg on the highway, I think...
     
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  20. Feb 11, 2024 at 6:46 AM
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    I really liked my Tacoma. It was a 6MT though. I never drove the auto, so I wasn’t familiar with the transmission complaints. I regeared to 5.29s and put Chevy 63” leaf springs. It rode and drove great. I’ve just always wanted a 4Runner, but was always convinced I had to have a truck.

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    Finally got one a 4R about 5 months ago. Wish they had a manual, but I’m okay with auto. Still completely stock. I kinda lost interest in offroading, so I doubt I’ll build the 4R like I did the Tacoma. I’m loving it so far, but it looks so…basic. :( Maybe I’ll do just a lift and tires for the pavement princess.

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    This is my fleet and I love driving all of them! IMG_5077.jpg IMG_5124.jpg

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  22. Feb 11, 2024 at 7:40 AM
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    I did and have not looked back from my 17 Taco that I traded in because of issue with a leaking diff and leaking timing cover!! I have had a 19/21 and now a 23 4 Runners
     
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    Love the classic white TRD OffRoad!
     
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    It is a great look
     
  25. Feb 11, 2024 at 6:16 PM
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    Until the super white, super peels.
     
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    3rd gen tacos are junk, I love my second gen. But with that said, my wife’s 4 runner is way nicer. We have the best of both worlds but when it’s time to get a new vehicle at 400k the taco will go to my daughter and I’ll get a 4 runner.
     
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    I never had that issue
     
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