With all the press about trucks becoming more car-like, it's easy to forget their truck-like personalities. Compact pickups are indeed much bigger and more luxurious than they used to be. They ride nicer, steer easier and have a full complement of car-like features. But they're still trucks, something that definitely applies to this Toyota Tacoma 4X4 Xtracab. It doesn't ride like a luxury car nor does it handle or accelerate like a sports car. It's designed to haul stuff and to be driven off the pavement. If you're considering a vehicle that will see all-purpose use, and a pickup seems appealing, keep in mind that you will become a truck driver. Of course, folks who love trucks wouldn't have it any other way. Toyota has a history of building solid, dependable trucks. Its four-wheel-drive trucks have always been standouts for tough duty, with rugged suspensions, rigid bodies and powerful engines. The Tacoma builds on that tradition--particularly when it's equipped with the V6 engine. Toyota trucks don't come cheap, particularly top-of-the-line models. A Tacoma 4x4 Xtracab V6 prepared for off-road duty retails for more than $24,000. What you can expect for your investment is top-drawer off-road performance and many years of reliable service. It's a high-quality product, which is a benefit when it's time to sell.