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Old 05-15-2019, 06:55 AM   #41
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Nope , not equal at all, but far superior in ride, looks, comfort and ease of operation. In my thoroughly tested opinion.
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My problem is with the words 'equal' or 'equivalent'. John's comment that [the] "Tacoma is a RWD truck with leaf springs, full frame, and a live axle." And, [the] "Highlander is a FWD crossover based on a Camry platform" about sums it up. That being the case any comparison between the two vehicles with respect to ride, looks, comfort, and ease of operation becomes problematic if not outright subjective.
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Old 05-15-2019, 08:17 AM   #42
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Would like to keep my 2016 Highlander and would like to get the 21' trailer and see how the Highlander does with the new trailer before just getting a truck with higher tow rating and then having only a truck to drive the rest the year. I like the highlander and it has towed my 17b with no problems. It is a little light in the rear... as are most Toyotas,
Drove a Tundra and I am a Toyota person so I liked it for towing but then the gas mileage is not good v8 for my only vehicle. Still need to test drive the F150. Tested the Expedition and really liked it but way too much money.
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Old 05-15-2019, 01:00 PM   #43
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.......... He got to hear how loud the horn on my F250 is from point blank. ......

It's times like that I have the recurring thought: got to get a bigger horn, like maybe a Nathan K3LA ():
http://realtrainhorns.net/shop/index...product_id=114
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Old 05-15-2019, 02:21 PM   #44
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The 4 Runner has a body-on-frame build just like the Tacoma. The argument goes something like this: body-on-frame vehicles are better at off-roading and hauling. The body on the frame makes them more resistant to twisting forces.
Although that may be the case with the two Toyotas, generally unibodies are stiffer than the in-class body on frame vehicles. And a unibody can be configured to tow and haul competitively with the body on frame crowd in the same class. Case in point, my second generation Ridgeline's payload is over 1550 pounds, the hitch weight limit is 600 pounds and the towing limit is 5000 pounds.
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Old 05-15-2019, 02:33 PM   #45
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Sheesh- just used a closed truck scale on hwy 126 east of Eugene:

Yukon unhitched: 6650
Tongue: 550
Trailer: 4300

Full propane/full water/1Up + 2 bikes
empty black/grey tanks. Storage under dinette full of stuff, including wine, canned goods spare parts. This is the heaviest we've ever travelled and can feel it.
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Old 05-15-2019, 03:09 PM   #46
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Easy solution...........either get a Tundra.........which I love and has been the proud extremely pleased owner or join the herd and a Ford F150
I still drive a 2006 4X4 Tundra, gets 21 MPG, looks and drives like new yet. Previously I had a 96 Toy T100 which when we parted ways had 265K miles, got 22MPG, wouldn't use a 1/2 qt of oil between 3,000 miles. Sold it for what I paid for it 5 years earlier. I have had offers for $2,000 more than what I paid for my 2006.
Point being you can get a great ride, have plenty of cab room, get good fuel mileage, better safety, no worry towing. Tundra's can be had for not if any more than a decked out Highlander or 4Runner.
I like a larger truck.......always better to have more TV than needed than a TV that is just enough.
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Old 05-15-2019, 03:54 PM   #47
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Although that may be the case with the two Toyotas, generally unibodies are stiffer than the in-class body on frame vehicles. And a unibody can be configured to tow and haul competitively with the body on frame crowd in the same class. Case in point, my second generation Ridgeline's payload is over 1550 pounds, the hitch weight limit is 600 pounds and the towing limit is 5000 pounds.
Source that the Toyota unibody - specifically the Highlander is stiffer "than the in-class body" on the 4 Runner/Tacoma?
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Old 05-15-2019, 03:56 PM   #48
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Easy solution...........either get a Tundra.........which I love and has been the proud extremely pleased owner or join the herd and a Ford F150
I still drive a 2006 4X4 Tundra, gets 21 MPG, looks and drives like new yet. Previously I had a 96 Toy T100 which when we parted ways had 265K miles, got 22MPG, wouldn't use a 1/2 qt of oil between 3,000 miles. Sold it for what I paid for it 5 years earlier. I have had offers for $2,000 more than what I paid for my 2006.
Point being you can get a great ride, have plenty of cab room, get good fuel mileage, better safety, no worry towing. Tundra's can be had for not if any more than a decked out Highlander or 4Runner.
I like a larger truck.......always better to have more TV than needed than a TV that is just enough.
Not a solution for me. I don't want a truck.
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Old 05-15-2019, 04:40 PM   #49
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Me either, and this is an anomaly for us. We had a 2013 Highlander 17B and remember agonizing whether to keep it or go full size. And ours us Gen1 w/no AC. Would have been another 250 had that been the case.
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Old 05-15-2019, 07:06 PM   #50
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Test drove the 2019 Tundra and I liked it but they are v8 with 13-17 miles per gallon now.
Ford 150 is 17-23 v6 for about the same price.
The difference in gas would add up when towing and using as only vehicle.
Big decision, keep the highlander hoping it will pull the 21 ok or get one of the above trucks.
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