Think of the new Toyota Tacoma as the Honda Civic of pickup trucks. Reliable, affordable, and capable. Even though it is not a domestic truck, it has been welcomed by the American market with open arms. Forums and groups are filled with custom builds of this sweet minimalist looking yet ostentatiously capable truck and while the North Carolinians have ruined it with the squats, I think that however you look at it this pickup is the best pickup for light purposes.
A lot of owners say they do not regret their purchase, but they say that they wished they knew a few things before buying their truck. Go to any dealership and they’ll let you test drive and maybe walk you through some of the perks. However, it’s up to you to know what you are getting into. Most prospective buyers of a new car usually do some research before they sign papers.
However, a recent question on Facebook’s Toyota Tacoma TRD Trucks group showed the list of things that Tacoma owners would’ve wished they knew before making that purchase. Joe Castagna said, “What’s the one thing or two you wish you knew about.” In terms of hardware, the truck performs outstandingly. However, it’s the small things that owner’s frown upon. Let’s take a look and see what other people said.
Joe Doe had a pretty long list of things he wished he knew before his purchase like. He said, “I wish I knew that it wouldn’t charge a phone with the truck off, that the 5’ bed sucks, and that the handsfree phone thing was so hard to set up that it can’t be set up.” Now while I have not had any time with the new Tacoma, I can sure say that a lot of people on forums and such have expressed their extreme disapproval of the short bed. Surf boards and most 2x4 beams won’t fit so unless you have a bed rack, you’ll need to upgrade.
Greg Baughman said, “That they have a composite bed. Not that I dislike it. Just that after 24 years of driving a Dakota, I had never heard of such a thing.” It’s true, the composite bed is indeed very slippery. It doesn’t have that polyurethane coating we see on bigger trucks like a Denali or Silverado. However, a quick investment in a bed mat or a urethane coating isn’t that expensive.
All in all, I think that it’s the small things that you need to research before buying a new 2022 Toyota Tacoma. Watch videos and read some forums so that you know what you are getting into. If the Tacoma is as successful as the numbers say it is, then it should be a no brainer that the majority of owners like it.
What do you think? What are some things you wished you knew about the Tacoma before your purchase? Let us know in the comments below.
Harutiun Hareyan is reporting Toyota news at Torque News. His automotive interests and vast experience test-riding new cars give his stories a sense of authenticity and unique insights. Follow Harutiun on Twitter at @HareyanHarutiun for daily Toyota news.