I had a couple Ford Rangers and they ran great for me, but needed to trade it in when my wife was pregnant because I needed a crew cab with the kids. Couldn't afford a new full size and don't need to tow, so I ended up with a Chevy Colorado and it's been a great little truck for us. Tons of cab room for a small truck and the little 220 horse I5 is a fun little motor to drive. I like this GM 4L60E tranny better than the 5 speed auto in my Rangers...they shifted a little sloppy and don't seem to hold up as well as the 4L60 GM.
If I need to tow, I'll borrow Rob Catoia's monster Chevy Duramax or Rob Haines Monster Ford 7.3L Powerstroke! It's all who ya know!
Oh yeah, I run a center console with a full enclosure and would NOT trade it for the world...not even a big sporty. If I hit the bonus million, you'll see a 41' Hydrasports, 42' Yellowfin, or 40' Jupiter churning mud trying to get out of Snug Harbor and there is no way I'd follow a pair of stinky Detroits to the boonies! I'll take my chances with 10 foot seas before I die from inhaling those exhaust fumes!