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Old 09-23-2015   #41
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2013 Limited 4Runner w/ 4.0 V6. Plenty of power. Decent gas mileage(15-17 with trailer). Transmission cooler came standard, and oversized engine radiator. I haven't put in a cold air intake yet, but I'm not sure it needs it. Really, zero worries when hauling the trailered boat. It also has 7 seat belts without being a minivan(no offense minivan'ers).

It attract rocks to the front window like moths to a flame.
And the guy in Japan that designed it must have zero knowledge of trailer lights. On every other vehicle known to man the lights receiver is right next to the hitch receiver. On this thing it's about 13 inches left of center and about 4 inches back under the bumper. Not a big deal, just poor design.
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Old 09-23-2015   #42
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Just because they have been mentioned a few times now.

My 2005 Toyota Tundra Doublecab Limited

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Old 09-23-2015   #43
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'07 Honda Element. It gets a tiny bit slower going up steep grades pulling a load, but not that bad. Even in the heat of Summer, the engine stays cool.
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Old 09-23-2015   #44
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If you live in colorado than you are certainly going to want more power for the passes. Yes it can be done with smaller V6's but the passes suck. I would go V8 if your in CO.
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Old 09-23-2015   #45
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I tow with a Toyota Landcruiser, mines actually a Lexus LX470 but there are the same car. You can pick up a 99'-07 land cruiser or LX470 for fairly cheap and they are well known to be some of the best cars ever made. I have owned 3 Landcruisers and I will always have them, my last one had 250,000 miles and I still sold it for a good price.

I would not recommend a Tundra at all. Look up all the Truck articles and they always rate the Tundra's a distant 4th out of the pickup brands. They are over priced, and have horrible gas milage and they are not near as nice as the American trucks. The Ford F-150 is by far the nicest truck out there, that Eco Boost engine is incredible. They feel nicer than a BMW too. If I was buying a truck there is no doubt I would get an F-150 4 door eco boost.
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Old 09-23-2015   #46
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My 2002 WRX wagon with 160000 miles. Tows my 5 x 8 trailer fully loaded with my 15' boat (deflated) and all the required gear and passengers for a week no problem. I pass vehicles up Parley's with ease, drove all the way out to the Rogue, routinely run Westwater, all while getting over 20mpg. Probably have about 6000 towing miles it. It may not be ideal but I still get on the river.
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Old 09-23-2015   #47
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I used to drive a Tacoma before we had kids. It pulled the raft and anything we wanted to take with us into and out of the hills. Took it elk hunting, on remote fishing trips, etc. You name it that truck did it and never once got stuck or failed to start. Only drawback was I struggled to get more than 20 mpg even after a full tune up.

In 2009 my wife had our first kid, and in 2012 our 2nd was born. In 2009 I bought a used 03 Dodge 2500 w/ a Cummins turbo diesel w. 54k miles on it. It hauls us plus our 2 kids plus anything we put in it or tow with it, and it gets way better mileage than my Tacoma ever thought about. On a recent trip into the hills, I got a bit over 24 mpg.

Not the best daily driver due to its size, so that's why I bike to work as often as possible.
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Old 09-23-2015   #48
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My tundra got horrible milage so sold it and currently looking at Chevy
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Old 09-23-2015   #49
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Dodge Hemi

2012 Dodge Ram with a 5.7 Hemi. It has an eco mode which engages automatically when the load on the engine is light. I get about 21.5 on the highway without a trailer or with a small, light utility trailer. The mileage suffers when I stack two boats on my boat trailer and part of the top boat is exposed to the wind above the cab. I also notice the difference is a big head wind but that would probably be the case with any vehicle. I looked at all of the engine possibilities when I purchased this vehicle but concluded that the v-6 or smaller v-8 options don't save that much fuel but they do have significally less torque. The take away for me — modern V-8s get decent mileage and have the ability to handle trailers and mountain passes, if needed.
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Originally Posted by Riverbound View Post
My tundra got horrible milage so sold it and currently looking at Chevy

We just got a new 4x4 F150 ecoboost here at work and I love it. If I were in the full sized truck market that would be my hands down choice.

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