2. Chevrolet Colorado ($20,995)

Chevrolet Colorado is clever and capable and it is also very affordable. It is available in three cab-and-bed configurations. A 2.5-liter inline-four with 191 lb-ft of torque is standard and optional are a 3.6-liter V-6 (275 lb-ft) and a 2.8-liter turbo-diesel inline-four (369 lb-ft), which has a tow rating of up to 7700 lb. Three transmission choices are available, as is all-wheel-drive. A trail-ready ZR2 trim gets a unique suspension and other off-road kit. The starting price is $20,995 MSRP.