I have an 06 SE crew cab 4x4. Love it. I have 20000 miles on it so far, and zero complaints (except my daughter took the crayolas to the backseat
). Runs good, powerful, very comfortable. Was less luxurious than the Tacoma, but I didn't want a bunch of leather and froo-froo crap in my truck. I need cupholders, good cloth upholstery, a CD player, and a reliable chassis. That's exactly what I got with the Nissan, without having to pay an extra 6 grand for stuff I didn't want, which I would have had to do with a Toyota.
Gas mileage is around 15, which is poor, but partly due to me living at high altitude, and there not being that all of the roads here are very hilly. Plus, I have a lead foot. I have yet to take it offroad, as I don't have that kind of time these days (can barely find time to get to the range). I don't know how well it handles in the sticks, but prior experience with Nissan 4x4s tell me it should do just fine.
Hope this helps.