I have 2 trucks, one of each.
Manual- 94 4.0 5 speed (not sure of ratio) 235/75/15s
I have had alot of manual trucks but this one has to be the easiest to drive. The 4.0 motor has plenty of power and I find it climbing hills (on the road) in higher gears than trucks I've had with bigger motors. The factory clutch pedal pressure is not a problem in traffic or daily driving. I have never had it off road but I'm sure it would do fine. I did pull a locust stump with it that was atleast 24" in diameter and the clutch did want to slip a little but this stump was a big SOB.
Automatic- 99 4.0 5r55e 3:73"s 265/75/15's
As with the 94 this truck has plenty of power and actually spins easier(not trying) than the manual on wet roads. Also plenty of power. Agian I have never had it off road and have only actually put stress on the 4wd once. I had a chain hooked to the reciever and to a tree trying to get the reciever out. Was also hitting it with a sledge at the same time. I have never had an issue with the trans.
I think I actually like the manual better but sometimes I enjoy not having to shift....its a toss up...lol
00 2wd ext cab wrecked
00 4wd ext cab rebuilt-04 front end
06 Cobalt (Wifes Car)
99 Ext Cab 01 front
04 Edge parts truck
98 2wd reg cab 2.5 auto-sold
99 Ext Cab 4wd 3.0/5sp rebuilt-sold
01 Edge Ext cab 2wd 3.0/auto-dismantled
98 2wd reg cab 2.5/auto-sold
98 4wd 4.0/auto-sold
94 Ext cab 4x4 4.0/5sp-sold
98 Ext cab 4x4 4.0 auto-parted
94 2wd reg cab 2.3/5 sp-traded
89 2wd reg cab 2.3/5 sp-sold