Pickup trucks have become luxury vehicles in recent years, once a blue-collar, hard-working model. That's perfect for anyone who needs to have a plush comfortable cabin for their weekend workhorse or job site car. But it also means that a well-appointed new pickup will allow the house to be remortgaged. But, if you're not dead-set on new, the used market will provide a variety of affordable used pickups on the cheap.
With America's best-selling pickup truck, you can't go wrong. The F-150 has dominated truck sales for the better part of a generation, which means there's plenty on the used market. The F-150 is a versatile workhorse, offering a multitude of options based on their needs for potential customers.
While the Tacoma comes from the Japanese car maker Toyota, the mid-size truck has built a U.S. powerful and loyal fan base and has done so through uncompromising reliability and robustness. Once mid-size rivals such as the Dodge Dakota and Ford Ranger bit the dust (although the Ranger is now back in a big way), the Tacoma went on unabated, ensuring that there are plenty of new versions.
The larger stablemate of the Tacoma trucking combines the functionality of its full-size competitors with the branded reliability of Toyota. The Tundra may lack some of the fancy bells and whistles you'd find on Ford, Chevy, and Ram full-size trucks, but if your number one concern is reliability, you don't need to look anywhere else.
What the Nissan Frontier lacks in market, it compensates for with quirkiness. Compared to its competitors, it's a little rough around the edges, but it's a sturdy truck with one bed and four windows.
Ram has always played third fiddle to General Motors and Ford in America, whether it was a Jeep model or its own sub-brand. But the Ram 1500 has a loyal following as it is a beast that does everything its rivals can do while taking a little more care with the safety of passengers. It's strong, it looks hard and it's doing truck stuff. What else are you going to want?
GMC Sierra And Chevy Silverado
Two full-size pickup trucks, usually constructed on the same frame, are two sides of the same coin. GMC sells a truck with a lot more luxurious frills and creature comforts, and if you're hunting for that, then the used market could be a great way to find it without the high upfront price. The Chevrolet Silverado is GM's workhorse, the blue-collar pickup, and the U.S. is filled with this truck's recycled models only waiting for a new buyer.
The Ford Ranger is an icon, a beloved midsize truck that has seen few updates outside of small aesthetics to keep it feeling fresh throughout its original lifetime. Its compact size and utility made it a rabid fanbase, one that was distracted when the truck was stopped by Ford in 2011. Ranger returned to the North American market triumphantly, but these older versions remain treasured classics. Only remember that it may be more difficult for you to get your hands on one compared to the other pickups on this list.
Including the Honda Ridgeline in the mix may seem odd, but not everyone needs a full-size pickup truck. The Ridgeline has to do with the contrast of two worlds— trucks and crossovers. This provides extra value for those who do not want to gamble on convenience or overpay a lot for those comforts. The trademarked performance of Honda always benefits.