Two-wheel drive is underrated
As winter began to set in across the Pacific Northwest, I started to be concerned that I would struggle to drive my 2017 Taco once the snow hit. I had driven a 4wd Ford Ranger in the past, and I had sort of grown accustomed to having 4wd as a backup in-case I got stuck. So I started doing research online of 2wd Tacos in snow, and tons of people were saying that somehow the 2wd is an inferior vehicle, and if you really want to drive in snow, get rid of it. Well, reality tells a different tale.
So far, I've driven my Taco through approximately three snowstorms, including one with about a foot of accumulation. I have climbed and descended sizable hills, driven in uncleared parking lots, and negotiated packed ice. Not once have I felt that I was driving the wrong vehicle for the weather conditions. Particularly, the tires on the TRD Off-Road, which is what I have, have been incredibly impressive in snow, ice, rain, wind, etc, and I have not missed a single day of work because of weather.
The only time I got slightly stuck was on a sloped, icy parking space, and with some shoveling and a bit of deicer, I was back going again. Anyone that says a 2wd can't explore snow is simply lying to themselves. Maybe 4wd makes people feel more confident about themselves, but a Taco is a Taco, and this is a great truck even without 4wd. I would definitely recommend this exact vehicle to anyone that was looking for a smaller pickup truck, and I likely will be buying another 2wd once my 3-year lease expires.
Great job Toyota, and thanks to salesman Murray Skillestad from McCord's Toyota for working with me and my family to get us a very good vehicle!