I got an 01 Dodge Ram 2500 diesel with a 6 speed, and an 04 Tacoma base model 2wd 4 cyl 5 speed.
When I go on long trips with friends, we take the old Cummins. It's a nice truck inside and out, has awesome power, can pull whatever you want behind it, etc.
If I go somewhere on my own, or I'm meeting everyone else there, I take the Tacoma. Banshee and YFZ fit in the bed perfectly, with the tailgate shut. I went 2.5 hours one way to MA for a lot session, fully loaded with two stunt bikes, tools, fuel, and all of our gear, spent less than $30 in fuel round trip. I absolutely love it. And I was whipping 80-90 with the convoy the entire time. Keeps right up.
My big truck just sits mostly nowadays. It's built to tow and is fun to drive with its setup. Compound turbos (S362 over S480) and all the supporting goodies to go along with it. However, it's just so much easier to throw gas in the Tacoma, start it up and go. No worries about finding diesel fuel, or additives, no monitoring the EGT gauge like a hawk. Just get in and go.
2016 YFZ450R 60th Anniversary Edition