Okay look… as you might have guessed by now, I’m a total FANATIC about the Toyota Tacoma and well trucks in general. I mean there is this HUGE Vehicle revolution coming out around the corner… well one might say the revolution is upon us. But there are some diehard gas heads and diesel heads whom will probably never change their tune! pun intended!
The REVOLUTION that I speak of is … drum roll please … Fuel Cell Automobiles! or Hydrogen Cell Automobiles! or Electric Vehicles! or Hybrid Vehicles! (okay you caught me there, hybrids have been around for some time on the EV and ICE combination platforms) but that doesn’t mean some smarty pantsed auto-designer is not currently scheming up a design to combine a Fuel Cell with an EV? Or say a Hydrogen Cell with a Wind-Solar powered auto?
Nonetheless, I was going through an old notepad the other day as I was trying to clean up a bit around the old home office when I came across this stunning piece of information that I must have wrote back in mid-2019 when I was beginning my search into what vehicle I was going to purchase. As we all know, I ended up buying a 2016 Toyota Tacoma TRD Sport DCLB (Taco owners already know the lingo which is a DCLB, is a double cab long box (6-foot instead of that short cute little 5-footer, you know the one you cannot haul any lumber in or a full size sheet of dry wall. Yeah that one!)
On this notepad was a list of vehicles which obviously we were researching and debating about buying possible taking for a test drive;
- Possible Vehicles List
- 2019 Nissan Frontier Pro4x
- 2018 Toyota Tundra SR5
- 2017 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk
- 2020 Hyundai Sportage EX
- 2015 Chevy Colorado ZR2
- 2016 Subaru Crosstrek
- 2017 Toyota 4Runner SR5
Then there was this note: Take a Toyota Tacoma and a Nissan Frontier out on a comparative Test Drive, on the same day, take plenty of photos inside-and-out, get a brochure and come home to decide which truck is actually best for your needs. (Obviously we know how that debate ended: Bought a TACOMA!!)
And the WHOPPER of a note I truly believe will be of the greatest help to you in deciding what your NEW vehicle will be is …
“Run this scenario in your head”
It’s Saturday morning when You wake up. You take a shower. You head to the kitchen and grab breakfast. Next you grab your keys, hiking backpack, snacks and water. You head outside and sitting there waiting for You in the sunshine is ____________ its YOUR vehicle! This makes you smile from ear to ear! You unlock the vehicle toss your things inside and climb into it ready for a drive.
VIOLA This is your vehicle!!
It’s like magic, isn’t it.
The items listed “hiking backpack, snacks, water” these are all interchangeable items to things you would be doing on your day off. Whatever your “things” are, imagine those are the things and you are headed out of your home… after all its your day off and you are going for a drive in your shiny new _________ automobile!
That is correct, THIS is the secret ingredient on how-to purchase your next vehicle.
When it comes right down to it, its not really about the price, the creature comforts, the colour, the lift kit, the accessories, the trunk space, the engine size or how many doors or windows the vehicle has.
What REALLY MATTERS is
How YOU feel inside it,
How YOU feel when you drive it and
How it makes YOU feel because YOU own it!