I was wondering how many people are running 4-cylinder, manual transmission, 2 wheel drive, compact pickups for towing. What truck are you running, how much weight are you towing, and how does it work? What sort of fuel economy do you get? I was considering such a pickup as my next truck, so I could have a more fuel efficient run-about. I currently tow about 2500-3000 lbs daily with a half-ton--but it light duty half ton by modern standards (D-100, 4800 lbs GVWR, slant-6 with 95 hp and 170 ft-lbs, OD manual transmission, 2000 lbs tow rating). It is fine towing around town, as long as you are not in a hurry. Almost all new compact trucks have better specs than this, except perhaps the GVWR. A Colorado/Canyon or Tacoma 4-cylinder is rated to tow 3500 lbs. I think the 4-cyl 5-speed Rangers are rated at only 2000 lbs.