After seeing some negative words, I had to jump on and defend this little truck. I'm not too demanding on the vehicle, but effortlessly pull my boat with it. Have found this truck to be responsive, easy to maneuver and reliable! Only problem ever encountered is vapor lock with a precocious locking gas cap, it makes the check engine light come on every once in a while after a fill up. Have had since new and am a very pleased owner.
4.7L V-8 gives you a punch if you need it.
Better gas mileage would be a plus. Don't know why the average is only about 17 unless they need to amend the wheel ratio.