Cars, Good MPG and Gear Storage
Been looking for a different car recently. I currently have a 2007 GMC Sierra that gets average 16 MPG. Originally I thought it would be great for hauling a lot of gear, but unfortunately I wasn't smart enough to think "I will need a cap" and "My gear is gonna freeze in the winter." Plus I just got a new job that is 20+ miles from my house 1 way. I'm looking for something that can haul a lot of gear and get 25+ mpg average. Don't care about used or age, just looking for reliable and pretty much under $12000. I always mostly looked at GM stuff since my dad works for GM, but willing to look elsewhere.
So far I have looked at used:
Scion XB (though my friend just had a 10 mile per hour wreck in one and his repair costs are $6500)
Can't think of anyhting else to look at. What are you suggestions?