I am looking for a used vehicle that will work well to get me up and down pipeline Right of Ways. Do a google image search of “muddy pipeline right of way” to get a sense of the driving conditions. I will be putting a lot of miles on this vehicle for work, so mitigating excessive depreciation costs and fuel expenses are also considerations.
4x4 or AWD
That is the short summary.
Some preliminary (non-expert) thoughts:
Pros: The 1500 platform is so common that aftermarket parts are cheap. They don’t hold onto their value well, so used vehicles are economical.
Cons: Poor gas mileage. Mediocre Reliability.
Pros: Reliable (although I heard some years were less so).
Cons: Because Toyotas hold onto their value, so more expensive.
Pros: Handles poor traction well (muddy conditions). Good Gas mileage.
Con: While the ground clearance is not that much less than most SUVs, I am not sure how the suspension will handle uneven terrain.
Pros: Used seem to be a decent value.
Cons: Have heard a lot of anecdotes about recent years having poor quality.
Pros: Has a decent reputation as an off road vehicle
Cons: Poor Gas mileage for the size.