Honestly if you don't need a pickup truck (i.e. not hauling dirt, large objects etc) the a SUV or car would likely be a better choice. If you do need to move large objects / dirt consider a trialer for the odd occation.
If a midside pickup is desired you have 3 choices - Honda, Nissan or Toyota. You coudl get a 2010 Ridgeline in budget. The toyota is probably the better option but are expesnive.
Subaru Outback is a good choice for your budget you can get a 2013. The 4 cylinder can get ~ 30mpg on hwy.
An alternative might be something like the Toyota Venza - they weren't very popular but offered reasonable package with good reliability and okay mpg