Lease is up soon, so I am debating on my next vehicle. Looking at the Tacoma Double Cabs, probably the short box since the wheel base gets long with the 6' box. With my current Tacoma, the 6' box gets the job done with regards to the weekend trips to pick up building materials for the random projects I have going on. My concern lies with trying to haul 4x8 sheet products, such as OSB or sheet rock. For one, the 5' box really seems like it might be a burden to fit the 4x8's in, where as I currently will leave the tail gate closed or just tilt and slide the sheets in. Second, I wonder about the weight, with most of the weight behind the rear axle. I know with my short wheel base on my truck, it doesn't take much weight in the bed to lift the front end up.
So, any of the double cab owners...can you chime in your experience here?
Also, has Toyota finally beefed up the rear suspension? I added the rubber shocks (forget name of them now) to mine shortly after the lease started....they have worked great.
Oh, and test drove a few T trucks today. Definitely like the 6-sp manual with the V6, the auto still seems too slugish IMO. Also took out a Tundra 5.7L....holy crap. That' a big truck, with a big engine, and big brakes. Very nice, but just too much truck for me to drive around as a daily driver. I like the nimble drive of the Tacoma instead.