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Test Drive Woes

I’m trying to test drive several vehicles, since I’m heavily considering buying a new or near new vehicle, but I’m having a hell of a time finding manual ones to drive. The options I want to test are:

Tacoma TRD Off-Road, manual & auto

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JL Wrangler Sport S V6, manual & auto

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Frontier Pro-4X, manual & auto. I’d go for the extended cab, but I can’t find pics of any current ones...

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And the least likely option due to price, a 4Runner TRD Off-Road. If I went the 4Runner route it would probably be a pre-facelift Trail

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The issue is I can’t find any manuals to test drive. I’ve got a couple dealers trying to hunt one down, or see when they might be getting one. There are manual 4 door Wranglers to test, but that doesn’t do me much good since I don’t want a 4 door Wrangler. The manual Taco or Frontier is going to be the hardest to find. Finding any Frontier Pro-4X seems like it’ll be hard actually. I could test the auto Taco and Wrangler this week, but I’d much rather test the autos and manuals back to back.

All this is pretty early anyways since I need to test drive a Bronco in the spring once they come out.

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