I need both a commuter vehicle and something I could haul things with and found the perfect vehicle to do both. This truck gives me great gas mileage while allowing me to do the numerous weekend chores that require a pickup bed. The 2.3L engine is responsive and well suited for a vehicle of this weight. The 5 speed manual tranny adds a bit of fun as well. The price was very reasonable, under $13,000 with A/C. Great value.
2.3L DOHC engine and 5 speed manual transmission provide good power to weight ratio. Gas mileage and price are strong selling points. A solid little truck that looks good. Like buying a 32' Ford pickup, only new.
The interior is a bit too spartan. The foot brake is too close to the clutch pedal. A hand brake on the right side of the steering wheel, like my old Mazda pickup, would work better.
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