I like the Dodges. I had an 02 1500 from about 2012 to 2016. Rear fenders started doing the Dodge Rust thing, and the electrical system went to hell. If I were to get another truck, I'd like another Dodge but I'm hesitant now because of those issues. Hear a lot of folks have electrical issues on those older Dodges, and the generation after that (2009 and up) are also starting to show signs of the same thing.
One thing I noticed on youtube is there's always someone with a beef against one make or another. Frequently they are well spoken and somewhat believable but mostly wrong. They are pissed off at the mother company so they go on rants and tirades to try and hurt them. Meh. I take them with a grain of salt. On the other side of the coin there are those who push one make over all others which gets a bit old too.
One of the best rigs ever made, the 3rd gen Toyota 4Runner, didn't come with any kind of coating on the undercarriage so those that spent time in snow country where they salt the roads frequently have major rust issues to the point of making them worthless without major work done. Such a silly thing to overlook. They had undercoating products from 96-2002 so there's no real excuse. I guess it was an option that wasn't pushed enough.
I've been a Be American Buy American guy for the better part of my life but about 12 years ago I realized the Japanese have done a better job at quality control. I still like American made products but there's a reason the resale on an 02 Toyota Tacoma is 2 to 3 times more than a comparable Ford Ranger or Chevy S10. They just work, are super reliable, and last dang near forever. If Honda made a mid-sized truck for the American market; I'd look hard at them too.
If I were going to buy a new mid-sized truck today; it would be the Tacoma. If I lived in snow country or enjoyed adventure stuff that might get me in sticky places; it would be a 4x4.
I think they put too many bells and whistles in new cars and trucks today. Some are good like the NAV/Stereo with the touch screen display but others are just overkill. The more basic they are; the less things can go wrong.
See! Wanting progress but not change.