with apologies to Ogden Nash...
Concur. I have an old Toyota Tacoma that weighs 2750 lbs and gets 25-28 mpg. Old Ford Rangers get 31 mpg. I could see something with a small diesel engine getting 35 mpg. (And hopefully with a more comfortable interior.)
I drove one for a couple of years (mid-'80s), the Euro version called HiLux.1.9L diesel engine, the slowest vehicle I ever owned, a real crawler.But light, and on 16" wheels, it was a superb off-road performer.
The 2C-T engine? I had a couple of Townaces with that engine. Probably Toyota's worst effort, gutless, not particularly economical, and the heads cracked.
Some reputation :-)... mine threw a rod straight out of the crankcase... The end.
And being the 70s, there had to be a version with garish paint job and interior trim, not to mention carpet in the tray :-)https://www.autoweek.com/car-life/classic-cars/a1713296/1974-toyota-yamahauler-pickup-goes-further/
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