Best choice for daily driver & off-road?

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I was highly considering the 4Runner as it is very reliable and good off road. At this point I have it down to ZR2, Ranger or 4Runner. Having a pickup bed is useful though over the SUV.
 

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I liked the Ranger quite a bit. The Tremor package really makes it what the FX-4 should be.


 
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Do the new Tacos still have the low seat height? The driving a car feel killed it for us a few years ago.

Yea they still do. However I don't find it an issue as I'm only 5'8" and am used to low seating cars. They do make some affordable seat jacker kits to alleviate such issue. Yea I know a person shouldn't have to do that, buuuttt....
 
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I was highly considering the 4Runner as it is very reliable and good off road. At this point I have it down to ZR2, Ranger or 4Runner. Having a pickup bed is useful though over the SUV.

You could always tow a trailer when you need to haul something that won't fit in a 4Runner. They have a 5k tow rating. My sister uses every bit of the payload and tow rating when she pulls her boat with her 4Runner.
 

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Despite the dated platform, the 4Runner is not bad to drive at all IMO. Some of these YouTube reviewers are out of their minds.

"This transmission only has 5 gears and not 10, therefore it sucks." LOL That 5speed auto in the 4Runner is smooth.
 

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Get a 4Runner and be done with it. You'll never regret the purchase, nobody who has owned one that I personally know has ever regretted the purchase. They are rock solid dependable, rugged, and hold their resale value well.
As for purchasing a first year model of a total redesign, I don't recommend that anybody do that, even on a Toyota product. There are always teething pains.
 

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Get a 4Runner and be done with it. You'll never regret the purchase, nobody who has owned one that I personally know has ever regretted the purchase. They are rock solid dependable, rugged, and hold their resale value well.
As for purchasing a first year model of a total redesign, I don't recommend that anybody do that, even on a Toyota product. There are always teething pains.

They're solid reliable machines no doubt. There really isn't a bad choice here. I always come back to the ZR2 though.
 
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half ton truck and a quad or side by side, maybe a dirt bike. Seriously, I’ve been all over the national forests in eastern WA, north Idaho, and west Montana in both a 1500 regular cab silverado with a truetrac and open front diff and a two door Rubicon, and I never went anywhere with the Rubicon that I couldn’t have gone with the Silverado. You’re limited as much by the physical size of the vehicle as anything. If a road is open for passenger vehicles, any 4x4 will do it. Otherwise, it will be a hiking or ATV trail only.

Any full frame 4x4 with e-rated tires, a tow strap, tire chains, and a chainsaw is my recommendation. Winches are nice but really the forest roads are maintained well enough you will never need one. A chainsaw and tow strap will save your butt when a tree gets blown down over the road, though.

All this assumes you’re going exploring and not just wanting to go to the off-road park to drive over obstacles. That’s a whole different deal, and I can’t see why anybody would take a new vehicle to do that sort of thing. But maybe that’s what you have in mind?

Have fun, be careful, if you go exploring by yourself, take an emergency beacon.
 
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I've got to admit that the Colorado ZR2 Diesel is an EPIC CHOICE. That is one superb truck. A friend has one and I've come to absolutely love it. This coming from me, a guy who has 3ea. F150's, 2 of which are high end 4x4's. Just don't expect it to be luxurious. It's not a luxury truck, although it is quite comfortable, it is an immensely capable and efficient truck.
 
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