2009 Toyota Tacoma 2dr Regular Cab 6.1 ft. SB (2.7L 4cyl 5M)
This is the best compact/midsize pickup in it's class bar none. You get the great toyota reliability and resale value that the other makers can't match. The only disappointments I have are the cheap grade of plastics that the interior is made of (it scratches easy) and the lugging of the engine while accelerating coming out of a low speed turn (about 10 mph). Other than that I love my taco.
Composite bed, high crash test scores, numerous safety features for 09 and overall design.
Make the bottom seat cushion with more side support on the bench seat. Fix the gear ratio so 2nd gear can operate at a lower speed without lugging the engine. Use higher grade plastics on the interior so it doesn't scratch so easy.