The first couple generations of the Toyota Tacoma were beautiful things. Small, bulletproof, go-anywhere, always-start vehicles. They simply carried you and your shit. The 4-bangers had enough power and got damn good mileage. I'd get ~24mpg. They were the perfect vehicle for me. I've had two, and my heart was broken having had to turn them into Toyota for crushing due to frame rust. The new generation Tacos are enormous. They're not far removed from the Tundra. So having been twice bitten by bad frames, I went with a Frontier. Also huge. Great 6cyl engine/power. Rotten mileage (~19). Many annoying design/construction points. The small 4cyl 4x4 truck just does not exist anymore, as far as I can tell. Everybody I talk to who has or has had a Tacoma has the same lament. Seems a big hole in the market. There's no longer anything even close to fitting those requirements. I'm thinking of ditching the Frontier for something Subaru-ish, with a trailer. Anyone have a set up with ground clearance and that goes everywhere they want it to, can carry a bike/tow a trailer, but gets somewhere near 25mpg?