Trucks have been getting a lot of bad press for being incredibly expensive. While it’s true that top-of-the-line trucks often break $50,000 and can even push into the $60,000 range with enough options, not all trucks have to cost as much as luxury cars.
If you want luxury car features, you’re obviously going to have to pay more for them, but if you can be OK driving a truck without adaptive cruise control or backseat television screens, buying a truck can still be fairly affordable.
Edmunds compiled a list of the cheapest trucks you can buy, but just because they’re cheap doesn’t mean they’re stripped out. Compared to 10 years ago, these trucks have a surprising amount of equipment for the money. Click through to see what you can get.
7. Chevrolet Silverado 1500
The Chevrolet Silverado 1500 starts out at a fairly reasonable $26,105. For that, you get a 4.3-liter V8 that makes 285 horsepower and 305 pound-feet of torque. You also get some convenient features like keyless entry, cruise control, air conditioning, an auxiliary port, and Bluetooth. For a base truck, that’s pretty good.
6. Ford F-150
The Ford F-150 is a little bit cheaper than the Silverado, starting at $25,420. It get its power from a 3.5-liter V6 that makes 282 horsepower and 253 pound-feet of torque. Standard features are a little more sparse than in the Silverado, but it does include a rearview camera, air conditioning, and a tilting, telescoping steering wheel. The lighter, stronger, aluminum body should not be overlooked as a feature, either.
5. Ram 1500
Rounding out the full-size pickup trucks on the list with a $10 advantage over the F-150, the Ram 1500 starts at $25,410. With a 3.6liter V6 that makes 305 horsepower and 259 pound-feet of torque, the Ram offers the most horsepower of the group. It also comes with features like cruise control, both auxiliary and USB ports, and a rearview camera.
4. GMC Canyon
The gap between the entry level full-size trucks and the midsize trucks is pretty substantial. Equipped with a manual transmission, the GMC Canyon starts out at $20,995, nearly $5,000 below the Ram 1500. Its 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine is a lot less powerful, too, making 200 horsepower and 191 pound-feet of torque. It does have several nice features, though, like an power-adjustable driver’s seat, a rearview camera, auxiliary and USB inputs, air conditioning, and power windows.
3. Toyota Tacoma
For $230 less than the GMC Canyon, you can have the keys to a manual-transmission Toyota Tacoma in all its nearly indestructible glory. Its 2.7-liter, four-cylinder engine makes 159 horsepower and 180 pound-feet of torque, which is significantly less than what the Canyon makes, but you do get a tilting, telescoping steering wheel, power windows, air conditioning, auxiliary and USB inputs, and Bluetooth. Plus, it will probably never die.
2. Chevrolet Colorado
The GMC Canyon’s blue-collar brother, the Chevrolet Colorado, starts at even less than the Tacoma, at just $20,120. Equipped with a manual transmission, it offers the Canyon’s same 2.5-liter, four-cylinder engine that makes 200 horsepower and 191 pound-feet of torque. The money that you save means losing some features, but you still get power windows, a rearview camera, auxiliary and USB inputs, and air conditioning.
1. Nissan Frontier
If you really want to save money on a new pickup truck, you buy the Nissan Frontier. It starts at $17,990, and its 2.5-liter, four-cylinder engine makes you pay for it, only making 152 horsepower and 171 pound-feet of torque. Standard features are sparse, but you do get power steering, a clock, speakers, and an AM/FM radio. You can’t forget the AM/FM radio.
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