2004 Dodge Dakota 4dr Quad Cab Sport Plus 4WD SB (3.7L 6cyl 5M)
This is my third Dodge. First had a 96 Ram 1500, then a 02 Dakota. Now have the 04 Dakota. Love everything about it. It's got the V8 with a 5 speed manual transmission. Way more power than the V6, and almost identical gas mileage. Spacious but not too big. Perfect for city or highway driving.
V8, stick shift, style, looks, pretty much everything.
Wind noise, lousy factory tires (Goodyear) that in 2 inches of snow you gotta use 4x4 or you'll get stuck. Gas mileage is no issue - it's a 4x4, V8, what do you expect?