Thanks so much for all the input! I now have a few more issues to ponder, but as with Joe, there is always the dollar issue too. Fortunately in a large city like Houston there are a lot of options - just have to find the one that works best for me. Several comments have made me think I need to consider Ford again, but the Chevy still has my eye.
I have heard several people mention issues with transmissions, and I had one go out in my Buick while on vacation in California with only 90,000 miles on it - shortly after the extended warranty expired. Of course Chevy offers a longer warranty now but who wants to hassle with something like that on vacation; especially with a trailer!
I admit a full size truck that is as economical as a compact truck really makes it almost a no-brainer.
This forum is great, thanks again for your collective wisdom and knowledge.
The road goes on for ever and the party never ends... RLK