What Is the Best Used Full-Size Truck for the Money?

Since the pandemic started, it’s been difficult to buy used cars at reasonable prices. While experts say the situation might improve this year, inflation could still elevate prices in every state. Additionally, dealer markups for the most popular models continue to pop up.

If you can’t wait for a better deal, getting a car that will last a long time is important. Fortunately, pickup trucks have shown themselves as reliable as SUVs in the latest iSeeCars data. Here’s a closer look at the best full-size pickup on the used market.

The Nissan Titan is a good used truck

A covered Nissan Titan truck which is one of the best used full-size truck.
Covered Nissan Titan | Getty Images

According to a recent study from iSeeCars, the Nissan Titan can potentially last up to 233,295 miles. Today, the average asking price of a Nissan Titan with 48.5% of its lifespan (approximately 113,158 miles) only costs $18,805. 

That’s within the price range of a 2013 Nissan Titan, according to U.S. News data. These Titans come equipped with a powerful 317 hp V8 engine and standard 4WD. With the proper enhancements, it has a maximum towing capacity of 9,500 lbs.

While higher Titan trims from this generation have some attractive available features, the base interior feels cheap. It doesn’t have many advanced tech features, and the base trim doesn’t even have power windows. Unlike its rivals, it also doesn’t offer any additional engines with potentially higher towing capacities.

Of course, with over 100,000 miles on the odometer, you might be able to find an affordable version of the redesigned Titan. The base V8 inside these trucks makes 390 hp, and there’s also an efficient diesel engine option. Nissan also tweaked to improve the truck’s ride and overall interior quality.

Certain midsize trucks are even more dependable

On average, a used Nissan Frontier will last around 20,000 miles less than the Titan. However, iSeeCars says you can buy one with over 103,000 miles left for just $16,891. The outgoing generation of the Frontier shares the same interior flaws as the Titan, but it still offers competitive towing power.

A Chevy Colorado lasts just over 200,000 miles, and it’s also one of the cheapest used trucks you can buy. With about 94,256 miles of driving left, you’ll pay an average of $15,277. Despite their low prices, Colorado pickups from the 2004 redesign year are notorious for low-rent interiors and poor performance.

Older Honda Ridgeline models typically supply more power and better ride qualities. The Ridgeline also lasts even longer than a Nissan Titan, with an average lifespan of 248,669 miles. You can get one with over 129,000 miles left for an average asking price of $18,725.

How does the Nissan Titan compare to other full-size trucks?

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Currently, the average used Chevy Silverado 1500 is nearly $400 more expensive than a used Nissan Titan. However, you may only get an average of 104,829 usable miles from these trucks. 

The 2014 Chevy Silverado 1500 got a complete redesign, putting it ahead of several rivaling trucks. Drivers could choose from three engines (including two V8s) and tow up to 12,000 lbs. Both cab options are also upscale and spacious enough to comfortably accommodate adults.

You may be able to get a 2015 Toyota Tacoma for an average of $23,049. You’ll still have 128,261 miles of its potential lifespan left. While the higher trims have gorgeous interiors, these trucks have lower towing capacities and subpar gas mileage.

Even the older Tacoma models have better fuel economy and more engine variety compared to the Nissan Titan. Still, the Nissan Titan is a decent truck with a difficult price to beat in today’s used market.