I have been looking at the following trucks 2003/4+ ranger with the 2.3 not the 2.5 4 cylinder last generation of the s10 with the 2.2 second to last generation 2.5l dakota late 90's early 200x's Frontiers with the 4 cylinder Tacomas with the 4 cylinder I'm leaning towards a 5 speed manual transmission but wouldn't pass on a nice auto. Mainly looking to get around 20mpg. I only plan on towing a small 5x8 trailer with a 36 wright. I know about the greater distance braking with the smaller trucks so lets get past that. Which do you guys prefer for mowing operations? I defiantly need a extra cab. Do the Japanese and Dakota trucks come in long bed? I would like to get a Colorado but they are all over 6,000 and I don't see spending more then that on a compact truck being a good investment. Would my deduction be the same vs a full size truck for my taxes? Mileage deduction is the same I believe, but feel free to correct me if I'm wrong.