Well mpg is important, but cost per mile is more important. I drive a 90 Chevy stretch van, ram injected at about 15 MPG. Carries as much as most 1 ton trucks, but rides like a stretched limo. Cost me $800 from a very well maintained fleet. Point is: Why must we buy new to save? My last new truck cost 18,100 in 1985. Friends thought i was nuts. That truck got retired two years ago at about 400,00 miles, two rebuilds and three transmissions. The same truck now goes for $43,000. Where is the logic in buying a new one? New paint and body are driving the industry. Do you think in one year that Ford, GM, or Dodge can come up with anything that justifies a $40,000 price tag?