For your needs…you surely do not need a V6…but the V6 is a nicer driving experience and a nicer Trim level. The wheels are nicer the ride is smoother…more power etc. You also probably do not need 4WD either. You can go either way on this one. 4WD adds a lot of weight to a truck…and if you don’t need it…you don’t need it.
Most guys and trucks are some kind of Psychology experiment if you pay attention. I mean…does a man need a Ford F-350 Diesel with a 10 inch lift and 4WD when he lives on an Island in NJ where nary a hill or incline can be found? Same goes for Mud or 4 wheeling opportunities…Nada. Most of these guys just haul “Air” all day long…but their truck is armed to the teeth and ready for action…that they will Never See… It seems the only constant is the One Upmanship with these guys and their trucks. Ive never seen so many over equipped vehicles prowling the same FLAT Island in all my days… Huge tires, Big Lift kits, Bully Bars…light bars…you name it…all on an island with Stop signs every 100yds and no Hills or mountains to be found anywhere…AND no beach driving permits in the windows, so they dont go in the sand and salt water either…Nope…they just drive around their flat island and continue to get bigger and bigger vehicles. The last one I saw was a V10 Ford Expedition with a 12 inch lift kit and huge wheels n tires…yup…just driving down Dune Drive…on the Flat island… So TRY not to be one of those guys. We can leave the “Measuring Tape” at home kids…if you know what I mean.
So…What kind of truck do you need? If you are honest with yourself and know pretty well what you will use it for…you might be surprised to find out that you dont need much truck at all. Its that “Honest with yourself” part that trips up so many people.
My advice is to go with what you know… If you don’t have a ton of money then just buy what you Need not what you Dream you need. I would also suggest a MANUAL transmission for either one you go with as the Auto with 4WD always makes me cringe. Not because they are bad…but when they fail…its not an easy removal with the 4wd…and it was never that great to begin with being an Auto with 4wd.
If you think you might get into something more than light towing…and or snow conditions…or off roading…then by all means go with a V6 and 4WD… If you just need something to carry an occasional light load and just Bop about town…a 4cyl with a manual will serve you well. Sometimes its hard to get a nice looking 4cyl Toyota without upgrading to the V6 and 4wd though…Those usually need to be special ordered so they look like a V6 trim and wheel package.
Many times you will find a truck that has all the upgraded stuff for a sweet deal…Sometimes you can get a fully loaded V6 4wd Manual Toy for 4cyl money… All Depends… Just buy what you need really…thats the moral of the story. Unless you find a sweet deal…then you can get more than you bargained for…with not a lot of money.