I am looking for my first truck. I was wondering if the 2.7 liter engine in the Toyota Tacoma underpowered and should I look for the v6 engine. I want something that is good on gas and reliable, but still able to do some work and tow something.
i think there’s some misconception. taco’s are mini trucks. assuming the role of the hilux. as such, mini trucks can’t do what a heavier weight class platform can do. that is pull weight cross country @ hwy speeds over mountain roads.
the 2.7 was an improvement over the 2.4. but it’s still an I4. it will do what many bigger trucks will do at very low speeds and around town, save bed payload. and since toy uses ASIN running gear, one knows the rear springs can be beefed up with no worries for axle or drive train/brake issues. increasing bed payload. they can be over taxed around town. won’t hurt it.
the V6 is arguably better. still, there are those *4x4ers* that prefer the I4 as the V6 has more weight and a higher center of gravity. for them, the extra power is not off set by those issues. 4x4ing aside, the V6 will obviously hold a hill better when loaded @ hwy speeds. but still can’t compete with a V8 under those conditions.
since i’ve owned/worked on a lot of these, and i live in a mountain valley home, not unlike the great white north, here would be my critieria for chosing one or the other.
utility use, snow, not much hwy driving, the I4 is what you want. 2WD or 4×4 config.
utility use, snow, lots of hwy commuting, the V6 is prolly what you want.
the V6 can actually get better hwy mpg by going to 32-33" wheel/tire combo (six lug 4×4 config only). remove the tail gate as well. no drag there. easy to do. 14 mm socket and cross point screw driver, and it’s in your hands.
with the V6, you definately want reciepts for last timing belt and water pump changes. water pump is under the timing gear. timing belt should be replaced every 90,000 mi or 72 months. both engines are non-interference type. so no engine damage will occur if they break. (actually the I4 is chain driven. and damage always occurs when those break. regardless of no vlave to piston contact) however, on the V6, labor to change those costs 300-400 buvks. so if there re no reciepts for that, that would be a bargining chip to lower a sale price. that said, the coolent in the V6 should be prestine. indication of over-all coolent/water pump condition.
and receipts are a must as anyone can say anything to sell a vehicle.
hope that helped.
2 hilux’s. ’92 4×4 V6 and ’86 4×4 I4. those are both slightly less powerfull than your next gen tacos.
with the V6 4×4, no changes other than 33" wheel/tires and no tail gate, i get 27~ mpg hwy.
since the recall on head gaskets for the 3.0 was done, there is no head gasket issues with the 3.0′s anymore.
the 3.0 and the post "95.5 3.4 engines both have right side exhaust cross over going over the bell housing to the other side. with a 4×4 in 4×4 low, high rpms for a good amount of time, both have head heating issues on the #5 & #6 jugs. louvering the hood near the fire wall helps to minimize that issue.