I'd happily go with a Ford Escape or other similar vehicle. I'm also a fan of the Tacoma. When USIC brought a fleet of them over from the CLS merger, I drove quite a few of them and enjoyed pretty much everything about them over the Ranger. Roomier, more comfortable seats, CD player, plenty of room in the Jobsite camper shells they were using. I'm personally glad to see the Ranger go. As for that poll somewhere in this thread, I'd say B or D. I hate the Dakota. Drove one for a year. I willingly switched to a Tacoma.