It seems I see prices over $50k frequently advertised for 1/2 ton pickups these days, the former utilitarian vehicles of the working class, at prices approaching that of luxury cars. I paid $26k for my brand new Dodge 1500 Quad Cab 4x4 with towing package, in 2005, so these prices seem just crazy high to me. Going to any of the makers sites (try gmc.com) shows starting MSRP's close to $42k for any quad cab 4x4 light truck. Should we blame the EPA? Obama? What's with these prices, and how can average folks afford them? What did you pay for your new pickup? Me? I'm thinking of buying my next truck used. I can afford new, but I can't justify spending close to $50k on a pickup truck.