I'm looking at either a Nissan Frontier V6 4.0 L , 6-speed manual, 3.53 rear axle (rated at 6500#), or GM's 1500 4.8 L V8, 3.23 rear axle, short bed (rated at 5200#, more w/trans cooler). This is Chevy's base truck, sold as a a loss leader for about $15,000 (a bigger engine will cost a lot more) and I'm only considering this truck casue of the price is low. Ford & Dodge make a simular truck, but GM has the 100K warrenty, & that is a very good idea, for all UAW products. Toyota makes a great truck, but the price is out of this world! The Nissan costs at least $2,200 more and has limited avaiablity. EPA mileage ratings are about the same (17 City & 21 Hwy). I'm use to driving a stick, so I am leaning the Nissan way. I'm trying to balance my towing needs, with my everyday needs. I also feel the Nissan is a better made, will last longer & is more refined. Nissan's are made in Tennesse and are about 60% domestic content, so any objective thoughts (I know your daddy always drove an xyz, but that's not applicable here)?