"I've owned my '98 2.7lit 4-cyl, 4x4 Tacoma with 147k miles on it for about 4 years now. I used to live in the mountains and loved its ablility to perform in snow and icy conditions, either when 4-bying or simply hwy driving to/from the mountain. It handles very well as long as the bed is properly weighed down. Now I live in the city and have very little use for the 4x4 capabilities. :-( It has great power for such a small truck and decent gas milage. Unfortunately the owner before me put a bad lift on the truck and it in turn has become and increasingly bumpier ride over the years. Replacing the shocks made no difference. Although, I don't know if other Tacoma owners have experienced the same problem. Reliability is AWSOME!!! I've only had to do routine maitanence over the years besides replacing the starter around 130k miles. My only complaints about the truck are the bumpy ride and not enough leg and reclining room for my 6'1" hubby, I have the standard cab. Its been an awsome truck and I'll be sad to see it go due to our growing family. BTW, I love that you can turn off the passenger side airbag for the little guys!"
"I bought my 2001 S-Runner in February and have not regretted once my decision to do so. My only compaint with the truck is it's comfort. I'm 6'5" and this is a compact truck...there are not that many vehicles out there that are going to get 5 stars from me in the area of comfort!
It's performance tuned exhaust gives the little truck and impressive growl that is accomanied by an impressive squeal of the tires with very little effort.
I've not taken the truck on a road trip in order to gauge its highway fuel economy, but average about 20 mpg in the city when taking side streets to work that require a lot of stopping and starting. If I choose the freeway option I probably add 1-2 more mpg."