You’ve got $12,000 and decided you want a midsize pickup. What can you get? What is out there that fits your $12,000 budget?
Let’s look at Craigslist in four random cities to get an idea of what is available. We’ll go to the southern part of the country to look in the OC in So Cal, Phoenix, Dallas, and Orlando, Florida. Condition, mileage, engines, and options all play a part in what we’ll post here.
All trucks are private owners and have clean titles. We picked the cleanest-looking pickups with the least amount of miles. Diesel or gas, two-wheel- or four-wheel-drive, we were open to all of the possibilities. We’ll give you a brief rundown of each of the midsize pickups and a link. Let’s take a look:
Orange County Craigslist
2011 Ram Dakota SLT Quad Cab: $11,800
4WD, 68,000 miles, V6, automatic, spray-in Line-X bed liner, leather interior.
2005 Toyota Tacoma Ext. Cab: $12,000 OBO
2WD, V6, automatic, tow package, TRD package, rear lockers.
2010 Toyota Tacoma Reg. Cab: $11,000
2WD, 4-cylinder, 5-spd manual, 81,000 miles, new tires.
1988 Jeep Comanche Pickup: $11,500
4WD, 264,000 miles, 6-cylinder, automatic, power windows, door locks.
2011 Ford Ranger XLT Reg. Cab: $11,250
2WD, 4-cylinder, 45,000 miles, automatic, MP3, traction/stability control.
2006 Toyota Tacoma Quad Cab: $11,750
2WD, automatic, 154,000 miles, new tires.
2012 Nissan Frontier SV Crew Cab: $11,000
2WD, automatic, 130,000, V6, factory roof rack, alloy wheels.
2013 Toyota Tacoma Ext. Cab: $11,500
2WD, 4-cyl, automatic, 120,000 miles, power windows/locks
2008 Toyota Tacoma Quad Cab: $11,900 OBO
2WD, V6, automatic, 186,000 miles, pre-runner.
Orlando, Fla. Craigslist
2009 Toyota Tacoma Quad Cab: $11,000
2WD, V6, automatic, 140,000 miles, Bluetooth/touchscreen.
2002 Ford Ranger XLT Ext. Cab: $10,500
2WD, V6, automatic, 89,000 miles, tow package, Bluetooth.
2005 Toyota Tacoma Ext. Cab: $12,250
2WD, V6, 68,500 miles, automatic, a trailer hitch, pre-runner.