Join Date: Sep 2014
Location: Athens, GA
Car Year: 2017
Car Model: Tacoma DCSB TRD OR
Feedback Score: 2 reviews
I agree with Josh. I had already typed this up before I saw his response, so here are a few suggestions:
1. Try some light trails first to understand what it can do. You might be pleasantly surprised how well a good awd system will work even without X-mode. What got me interested in Subies was seeing a bone stock Forester climb up a deeply rutted road with no hesitation.
2. I always recommend skid plates. They're fairly inexpensive, and an excellent insurance policy. Getting stuck is one thing, but breaking something on a rock can be much worse. We have full armor from Primitive on our 14 FXT that I've "tinked" many times on objects that might've otherwise done some damage. My previous two off-roaders had full skids, too...with dents in them.
3. Tires can make a big difference. In fact, I'd say a good set of tires will do more for you than X-mode.
Finally, just as a reference point, I've taken my 14 FXT up some pretty gnarly stuff with all-season (not all-terrain) tires, and although I've played with X-mode a little on several occasions, I haven't actually needed it yet.
Be careful, but have fun!
17 Taco TRD OR 6MT(Mine) 16 XV(Hers)
14 FXT & 05 Baja XT 5MT w/ VF39+(Sold)