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2008 Toyota Tacoma Access Cab 4x2 Review

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First off, I have to say that I very much enjoyed my week in the 08 Tacoma, mainly because it is what I would term an honest truck. Yes, it might not have all of the bells and whistles of some others, but it does the job, and it does it very well.

The 08 Tacoma is what I would term an honest truck.

I grew up in my family's building business and have done my fair share of humping gear around building sites, so I tend to view pickup trucks slightly differently than most. I don't see them as family transport or any kind of status symbol. I view them as workhorses, pure and simple.

At one point my family employed over 50 workers, so I also tend to look at things through the bosses' glasses, and for that reason, the Toyota Tacoma would high on my list for a potential work truck.

You see, I don't see much sense in burning fuel simply for the sake of burning it, and therefore, if a 4 cylinder truck can manage the job of a V6 or V8, then I say great. I also understand that although employees might want luxuries like electric seats, power windows and leather interiors, if it's coming out of the company's bank account, then they can carry on wanting. My name's not Scrooge or anything like that, and I'd happily give them options like A/C, because they'll arrive at the jobsite a little more comfortable and ready to work, but basically, if they're too lazy to wind down a window for themselves or pull on a manual seat lever, do I really want them working for me?

I know that sounds a tad harsh in some ways, but hey, I like to save the company money wherever I can. Then again, I'm also the type of person who's happy to pass on those savings to the employees through bigger and better pay checks. That way, everyone goes home happy.

Do you really need a 4x4?
Obviously, price is a major consideration when looking for a work truck, as is reliability. However, is the 4x4 feature truly a must-have option? Think about it. How many other vehicles turn up on a jobsite without 4x4 capabilities; delivery vehicles, electricians vans etc. If they can get onsite using a 4x2 vehicle, does anyone truly need anything more?

If a 4 cylinder truck can manage the job of a V6 or V8, then I say great.