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.
By the waterside I will lay my head.
Listen to the river sing sweet songs to rock my soul.