There has been a changing of the guard in my stable. The Cadillac CTS-V is gone and has been replaced with a truck. Which truck you might ask? You have to read the tale of how my decision was made.
In the distant past, okay about 8 months ago, I decided that it was time to upgrade from the sports car to something a bit more practical. I knew I wanted a truck to embrace my inner redneck. Which truck was the HUGE question. At the very beginning, I had my mind set on getting a 1955-57 Chevy pick-up. They have a style that fits my personality.
Okay, now what does the mid-size truck market have to offer? Well, not a whole lot to choose from. Ford doesn't offer the Ranger any more. Dodge killed off the Dakota. This leaves the Chevy/GMC Colorado/Canyon which are not pleasing to look at and the interior is very cheap looking. Same goes for the interior of the Nissan Frontier. I've always had a soft spot for Toyota Tacomas. We had a 2003 double cab and really liked it. You can't beat their reliability and we have a 2007 4Runner that shares a lot of parts with the Tacoma. I happened to find that Toyota offered a Tacoma with a TRD Baja/TX package. This was a Baja racer looking truck. Totally cool on all aspects. This was not meant to be since it was only offered as a 2012 model. I wasn't ready to buy and wanted to wait until the bulk of winter had passed. Why get a new vehicle to get beat up with all the junk they put on the roads for snow and ice?!?!
The wife and I wanted to go to the Washington DC auto show to check out all the trucks before heading to the dealer for test drives. I want to celebrate the anniversary of how this blog started, but mutual colds kept us away. Now President's Day weekend is upon us and we make the decision to head to the dealers to test drive trucks and maybe take advantage of some good sales. First stop was Toyota. We walked the lot checking out the Tacomas and Tundras. This Tacoma was the only shade of blue they offer.
We never made it to Dodge to check out the Ram trucks.