The 2015 Toyota Tacoma reminded me so much of my oldest brother. He’s an outdoorsman who is passionate about fishing and hunting. Every weekend he’s out on a lake with his pals and their fishing rods, or up in the woods with his dogs, chasing rabbits. At night he hunts for copperheads. His favorite places are the mountain trails in the Appalachians where he lives. After driving this truck a day or two I told his wife I’d found a truck for her husband. When I told her it was a Toyota Tacoma she laughed and said he’s actually looking at one right now.
I tell you all this because at first glance, I really didn’t like the Tacoma. It was small. It sounded funny. And, it seemed very basic. Having just driven a luxury truck I was a little disappointed. That’s when I realized… this truck is exactly what it’s made to be: an off-road adventure truck for people like my brother.
Why the Toyota Tacoma is a Great Truck for the Backyard Homesteader
If you have a backyard homestead, chances are you don’t have much land. Which means you don’t have large animals. Which means you don’t need big trailers, or a huge bed to haul hay and feed. No, what you need is a small truck that can get anywhere, a truck that is strong, yet agile. That’s the Tacoma to a T.
- Starts at $20,965
- 21mpg HWY
- 236 Horsepower
- 4.0L V6
- 5-Speed Automatic
- Great suspension
My Favorite Things
- 4-Wheel Drive
- Tough Bedliner
- Front and rear mudguards
- 115V/400W deck-mounted AC power outlet
- Two 12V auxiliary power outlets
Built for Adventure
My sisters and I took this truck out to the lake right after a rain. I was really tempted to go mudding in a few places, but we stuck to just splashing through big puddles so as to spare ourselves the embarrassment of having to call someone to dig us out of a rut. I tend to be a little more cautious in a review car than my own. Ahem.
I’d call this truck a step up from a 4-wheeler. You’d got AC and protection from the elements, but it could go just about anywhere a 4-wheeler could! I loved how easy it was to maneuver and how it seemed to enjoy the uneven back roads and paths.
My husband took our sons and two of my brothers out camping. They loaded all their gear, food, and firewood into the bed. Of course there wasn’t enough room for 5 guys to ride in the truck, but they made do with a second car. It was great to see just how much could fit in the bed!
The multiple power outlets are a nice touch for the type of backwoods adveturing this truck is built for. If you have a cell phone or radio that needs charging, or maybe some camp lights or an electric cooler to power, you can do all that right from your truck. Super handy.
What a workhorse!
My husband has been working off and on for months to move a huge pile of gravel for the floor of our greenhouse. The old greenhouse was located on some abandoned land across the street from his parent’s place. We were given permission to take the greenhouse and we got all the hardware, but without a truck or trailer, moving the gravel one wheelbarrow load at a time on his weekends off was slow HARD work. Since we had the Tacoma and it could get back beneath the trees and through the high grass, and it had the bedliner to protect the paint job, my husband decided he’d use it to finish moving the gravel. In one afternoon he was able to get two large loads and complete the job! It was such a blessing!
Thinks I didn’t Love
I hesitate to say didn’t like. It’s more like didn’t fit. This truck would never do for our family. Our boys are growing and we need to make sure that anything we buy will fit all of us for a long time to come. Even with the full double cab the boys wouldn’t have leg room for long. If you’re not looking for a family car, the Toyota Tacoma is a GREAT choice for the small farm. Otherwise, go for something larger. Note: I did get to see the 2016 Toyota Tacoma that is coming out this fall. It’s actually a bit larger than the current Tacoma! And, the TRD Pro package on the double cab model is absolutely beautiful!
I’m a huge fan of Toyota vehicles. We own a Camry and we did a lot of research and talked to a lot of people before we purchased. Like the Camry, Tacoma is known for holding it’s resale value. It’s also known for running till it falls apart. I know people who’ve put over 300,000 miles on their Tacomas and they won’t buy anything else. I think this is a testament to just what a great little truck this is!
How about you? Would you like a Toyota Tacoma?