Only those with big families and serious towing requirements need apply.
The 2015 Ford F-150 continues to evolve and refine itself with new aluminum construction, a smart EcoBoost engine and luxurious amenities, but we'd advise waiting until the 2016 model year when the new Sync 3 tech arrives.
The 2014 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk 4x4 brings off-road capability to a class dominated by soft-road wannabes, but its daily drivability suffers slightly for it.
There is a charm to the 2014 Toyota 4Runner's simplicity, but this truckish SUV sacrifices much of its daily driver refinement in the pursuit of occasional off-road excursions.
It may look and ride like a brute, but the 2013 Ram 3500 Laramie Longhorn offers luxurious appointments and loads of good dashboard tech for the 21st-century cowboy.
The 2012 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 4x4 retains the off-road chops that make this model legendary, but adds creature comforts that make it an adequate, though not particularly good, daily driver.
The Toyota Tacoma is available with a reasonable level of dashboard technology, which is surprising for such a simple, brutal truck.
The 2011 Ford F-150 takes advantage of modern technology and loses none of its practical working capabilities. Nice touches include the EcoBoost engine's power and the Sony audio system's quality.
Jeep boldly enters a new category with an Italian 4x4. Brian Cooley drives the new 2015 Jeep Renegade and checks the tech.
Cooley loves most everything about the hot new little Jeep - except driving it.