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notable, capable rig.. just not a landcruiser. again, nothing wrong with a taco.. how many doors? 4? also depends what your use is.. if you're not wheeling hard, you don't have to worry about break over or departure angles. not like the 100 is superb, but i believe it has a slight advantage.. the 100 isn't a great rock crawler, so the point is somewhat moot.. i've always liked taco's, but again, its not a landcruiser. made in japan, superb overbuilt engineering.. the appropriate question to you is why? what are you planning on using your rig for?
I don't think the locker or TRD offroad package are available for the long bed. The long bed gets the trd sport with lsd.
I agree it really boils down to what you are wanting to do. If you are looking for a better ride the LC is the way to go. I have a 1998 Tacoma Reg Cab 4 cyl and it will beat the heck out of you on long road trips, but it gets 19 mpg on 35" tires. What and how much do you haul? You can get much of the same things accomplished with a truck as you can with a LC and a trailer. However I don't have the extra room for a trailer and I haul enough dirt/mulch/junk that I need a truck. Also what does your 2002 LC not do that a brand new Tacoma would do besides possibly give you car payments. I'd love a new car but having that extra cash at the end of the month is sweeter still. Plus with those savings you can upgrade what you've got to have all the bells and whistles you are looking for.
I would love to get into hunting and the nice ability to just throw things in the box that are dirty and such are nice.
I will mount the tubes to accommodate my roof top tent Above the box.
The payment don't scare me too much as I'll put 50% as down payment.
However the brand new reliability of a vehicle that I can start modding from brand new without mechanical issues and no rust is a nice bonus.
I think the new tacoma is not as luxury as an LC however it wil do.
I love the idea of keeping the interior clean and all my camp gear being on the roof or on the box covered with tent around tubes.
I have been constantly spending a bit of money on LC to keep it up and I'm not even done and it's starting to get old plus better gas mileage and better aftermarket support is also nice.
I would say that the Tacoma is the better way to go for what you want. I guess I get spoiled now that I live outside the "Rust Belt" down here in South Carolina. I don't think you will be disappointed I've got over 200k in my Tacoma and as long as routine maintenance is done it should last you just as long.