Here's a picture of the Toy I used to have, taken February 13, 1993, the day I bought it:
In case the photo isn't clear (it's a scanned 35mm print), the color is that beautiful dark metallic blue, not black. The paint became enhanced with desert pinstriping before I even had 500 miles on the truck. I only had it in stock form for six months or so, then went for the Rancho 3" lift, Alcoa aluminum wheels, and 32" tires (stockers were 28"). I had the diffs regeared with 4.88 ratios to compensate for the larger tires. I was 21 years old and fearless. I never did find a hill that truck couldn't climb. It only had open diffs too! I had the same two complaints Don had about his Taco. It rode rough (especially after installing the lift), and the turning radius was worse than a full sized truck. I had one other complaint. The 3.0L V6 was gutless. It was very disappointing when I started pulling trailers.
I traded that truck in on a Ford Ranger 4X4. I did it because I didn't want one of the Toyota's head gaskets to blow and leave me stranded. In retrospect, I should have kept the Toy. It's not that the Ford wasn't a good truck, it's just that its 4X4 system left a lot to be desired. Then the Check Wallet light kept coming on and I traded it in on the Dodge I still have.
Ever since I got into buggies in 1995 I have pretty much stopped using regular trucks for off-highway exploration. No truck or suv can match the nimble nature or ride comfort of such a light weight vehicle (1,500 pounds unloaded). Not to mention the Fun Factor!
There is a different kind of comfort, one that refers to the air temperature and ability to get out of the wind. Normally, I prefer to be out in the elements, experiencing the desert. Then there's the winter time, and when the snow is blowing sideways I would prefer to be inside the cab with the heater blasting. That's why I'm looking at this thread. I haven't yet found a vehicle I like more than the Dodge, but I am getting some great information here and in other places. There is no better resource than those who actually drive these things on a daily basis. Keep the Good Stuff coming!