Making a list of “The Best…” of anything can be fraught with danger; it’s purely subjective and goes on common opinion, when you add a budget to that, it gets even more difficult – yes, you’re always going to get the odd bargain here and there, something completely unexpected, but for the purpose of this article, we’re going to assume regular prices, in regular circumstances, that should be available pretty much all the way across the U.S. Here are our best used truck ratings.
2008 Ford F-150
The F-150 is the best-selling vehicle in the U.S.; not truck, vehicle – in other words, the #1, the daddy, the boss.
For this sort of money, you’ll be looking at something from the 2008 era (ish) with base trim, but even that is a great truck – it will go on forever.
2011 Dodge Dakota
The Dakota is right up there, but you’ll notice you can get one around three years younger. Try and find one with a club cab. The V6 version is the most affordable.
2007 Toyota Tundra
Another great seller, and for this sort of money, you’ll get the 4.0 liter V6 with 236 BHP. Only available in the DX trim though.
The most reliable option of the best used trucks under $10000.
2011 Ford Ranger
Quite new, almost the last of the range, but only has a Utility interior – it’s pretty basic. Even the motor is basic – 2.4 liter with 143 BHP and 154 lb/ft of torque. But it’s a Ranger.
2008 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
This is a full-size truck, again, the trim is called ‘Work Trim’ which means it isn’t full of toys or leather, but it does the job. Look for the 4.3 liter V6 with close to 200 BHP.
2007 Nissan Frontier
The Frontier has a great reputation for reliability, it also starts with the King Cab body style, meaning extra room inside and still has a 6-foot cargo bed. The XE is the base model.
2008 GMC Sierra
This is pretty much the same as the Silverado, just a few minor tweaks. Unlike some of the other trucks, it has better equipment; CD player, satellite radio, vinyl upholstery and A/C.
Whatever truck you choose, it’s a fairly safe bet that it’s going to be reliable. The real thing to watch for is the trim levels; some trucks are real basic, some have a few nice features so if they’re what you’re after, then let that guide your decision.
What’s your favorite truck?