The Best Used Pickup Trucks Under $10K Recommended by Consumer Reports

Do you want to buy a used pickup truck to help you get the tough jobs done? Are you on a limited budget? There are a surprising number of good finds in the used pickup truck market, including ones that are priced under $10K. Finding the best one can be a challenge, so here are the best picks, as recommended by Consumer Reports.

For the recommended used pickup trucks priced under $10,000, Consumer Reports looked at several factors. These trucks performed well when they were tested as new models by Consumer Reports. Also, these trucks have above-average reliability. Additionally, Consumer Reports factored in the price of the trucks, as well as owner satisfaction.

Toyota Tacoma (2000-2004)

Red 2002 Toyota Tacoma with mountains in the background
2002 Toyota Tacoma | Toyota

Debuting in 1995, the Toyota Tacoma initially started out as a compact pickup truck. The used Tacoma models from the 2000-2004 period range in price from $3,250 – $10,025. Cab types offered for the Tacoma include regular and extended, as well as crew (starting 2001). 

The 2000-2004 Tacoma can be equipped with either a front-wheel drive or a four-wheel drive system. While it didn’t score well for the road tests, it scored very highly for reliability and owner satisfaction.

Toyota Tacoma 2005-2010

Gray 2009 Toyota Tacoma with mountains in the background
2009 Toyota Tacoma | Toyota

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Used 2005-2010 Toyota Tacoma models range in price from $5,600 – $18,475. For the 2005 model year, the Tacoma received a major design. It increased in size, with it moving into the midsize pickup truck segment. 

The 2005-2010 Tacoma models offer the same cab types and drive system options as its predecessors. Also, like its predecessors, the 2005-2010 Tacoma had poor scores for Consumer Reports road tests but scored very well for reliability. It received average ratings for owner satisfaction.

Toyota Tundra (2000-2001, 2003-2006)

Green 2006 Toyota Tundra parked near a forest
2006 Toyota Tundra | Toyota

As you can see, Toyota trucks are well-represented on this list. Like many other Toyota vehicles, the Tundra full-size pickup truck offers a lot of bang for your buck. The Tundra models from this time period have a price range from $3,250 – $10,850. 

Consumer Reports regards the 2000-2006 Tundra as an excellent pick, except for the 2002 Tundra, which has reliability issues. Positive attributes include a comfortable and quiet ride, good handling, and a smooth powertrain. Also, it boasts impressive towing capabilities and scored well for IIHS crash tests. 

Toyota Tundra (2008)

Silver 2008 Toyota Tundra parked on a hill
2008 Toyota Tundra | Toyota

The 2nd-generation Toyota Tundra debuted for the 2007 model year. It increased in size compared to the previous generation Tundra but lost some of the refinement of the earlier models. On the other hand, the 2nd-generation Tundra has an excellent V8 engine, a high towing capacity, and is a good choice for heading off-road.

The 2007 Tundra had some reliability issues, but many of these were resolved by the 2008 model year. The pricing for the 2008 Tundra ranges from $9,125 – $17,725.

Honda Ridgeline (2006-2008)

Maroon 2006 Honda Ridgeline with mountains in the background
2006 Honda Ridgeline | Honda

Like the Toyota Tacoma, the Honda Ridgeline was smaller for the earlier model years. Consumer Reports stated that the 2006 Ridgeline is the best compact pickup truck that it ever tested. It challenged conventions for pickup trucks. Relative to other pickup trucks, the Ridgeline has the smooth driving characteristics of a sedan. 

The 2006 Ridgeline also offered several pickup truck innovations. This includes a lockable and weatherproof trunk underneath the pickup bed and a tailgate that you can open either horizontally or vertically. The 2006-2008 Ridgeline ranges in price from $7,400 – $10,850.

If you don’t have a great deal of money available and want to get behind the wheel of a pickup truck, you have options that are priced below $10K. The Ridgeline is the best overall pick, especially if you place a high priority on ride quality and utility. The 2000-2004 Tacoma is a good choice for the compact pickup segment, while the 2005-2010 Tacoma is a good pick for the midsize pickup truck segment. For the full-size pickup segment, go with the Tundra.

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