2010 Nissan Frontier SE 4dr King Cab 6.1 ft. SB (2.5L 4cyl 5M)
I grew up driving old stick shift PUs. And I use a PU as a PU. This is my third King Cab with 4cyl/5 spd manual. Mpg with proper use of manual is a pretty steady mid-20s, up or down a few mpg depending on driving conditions and brand of gas, and reliability seems to be a given. I'm not going to bad mouth other small pickups out there. I've driven them and used them and a couple of them I really liked. But when the time came to fork over the money for a new one, I just couldn't bring myself to do it for anything other than what I think is best of breed.
Gas mileage with the 4cyl/ 5spd manual and the 6 foot bed and reliability.
I really, really would like a small turbo diesel, with a 5spd manual. I mean I really, really would like one. I drove the Jetta TDI and would have bought it if it was a PU and weren't a VW.