Tailgate is flimsy. Bent it the first year I owned the truck.
Other than the flimsy tailgate and serious lack of ground clearance for a 4x4, I can't say anything bad.
The power of the 4 cylinder is phenomenal. I've towed over 4000 pounds on the country rounds, pulling 4th gear @ 45-50mph easily. Have had the bed stacked to the roof with firewood, towing a 2000 pound wood splitter, pulling 65-70mph on the interstate with ease in overdrive. And get between 20-23 MPG consistently.
I live in the mountains, so lots of hills. It's no V-6, but for what it is and considering the overly steep gearing (3.58), the pull is fantastic. Can hit 90 on the off ramps to the interstate easily. I believe over time this motor will replace Toyota's 22re as Toyota's greatest 4 cylinder ever. Silky smooth, great power, very efficient.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 6th October, 2012