Dependable Workhorses: The Most Reliable Used Pickup Trucks for Under $10,000
When you’re in the market for a pickup truck, functionality is probably your biggest priority. But when it comes to getting a used pickup truck, function means nothing without reliability. And if you’re looking for a reliable used truck for under $10,000, here are five pickup trucks to start with.
2008 Ford F-150
Ford is known for delivering iconic and best-selling trucks, and 2008 was one of its best years. A used 2008 Ford F-150 can be found for more than $10,000, but also as low as almost $5,000, according to Consumer Reports.
This makes it one of the best bargains and values when it comes to used trucks. But the low price tag also comes with reliability, with U.S. News giving the 2008 F-150 an impressive score of five out of five in overall reliability.
The F-150 is not only roomy on the interior but also extremely capable, with class-leading towing and payload capacity, as well as safety scores. Standard models were equipped with a 200-hp-making six-cylinder and an eight-cylinder that creates 300 hp.
2010 GMC Canyon
The closer-to-new 2010 GMC Canyon can be found for an average price of $9,000 and can get up to 25 mpg on the highway, depending on its configuration. The 2010 Canyon was made available with three engine choices, including an eight-cylinder that makes 300 hp.
You can find used Canyons in three body styles as well, including single cab, extended cab, and crew cab. Known as a comfortable and easy ride, the 2010 GMC Canyon gets a four-out-of-five reliability score and an overall score of 7.7 out of 10 from U.S. News. According to Kelley Blue Book, you may be able to find an even newer 2011 GMC Canyon for under $10,000, so keep your eye out for this used pickup truck.
2007 Chevrolet Avalanche
For being more than a decade old, the 2007 Chevrolet Avalanche scores an impressive four out of five in reliability, as well as overall owner satisfaction, according to Consumer Reports. But the 2007 model also maintains high scores in safety, comfort, and cargo functionality.
What’s more, is that the 2007 Chevrolet Avalanche can be found for an average price of around $9,000, according to U.S. News. The Avalanche saw an improved suspension and interior in 2007, with many buyers being drawn to its folding rear midgate that allows for multiple cargo/passenger configurations.
For the function and comfort, however, you’ll have to sacrifice a little in the fuel economy area, which receives an overall combined rating of 13 mpg.
2009 Nissan Frontier
While Nissan has been trying unsuccessfully to make its way into the best-selling pickup truck segment for years, that doesn’t mean the practical Frontier shouldn’t be considered. In fact, experts at Autotrader credit the Nissan Frontier’s lack of popularity for creating the opportunity for you to find a used one at a tremendous value.
You can easily find a 2009 model for around $7,000-$8,000- a value over other trucks of the same model year. With the bargain price, you’ll have to sacrifice some interior luxuries and features, but you’ll get the Frontier’s well-known off-roading capabilities and an economic six-cylinder engine.
Even Consumer Reports provides the 2009 Nissan Frontier with an impressive reliability rating of five out of five, boasting a low cost of ownership over time.
2007 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
The 2007 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 ranks as U.S. News’ top choice for the most reliable used pickup trucks. Not only scoring a perfect reliability score of five out of five, but you can also find the 2007 Silverado for an average reasonable price of around $8,000.
As one of the most popular pickup trucks out there, Silverados are easy to come by. You can find the 2007 Silverado in a variety of body styles, bed lengths, and powertrain configurations. Depending on the engine choice, the 2007 Silverado can create up to 367 hp.
Though Consumer Reports gives it an average reliability score of three out of five, the 2007 Silverado scores highly in safety, acceleration, and handling.