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When you need a used pickup truck, you want one that will last a long time and give you the affordability desired from a pre-owned model. Whether you want this truck to perform for you at the job site every day, haul a trailer to the campsite on the weekends, or be the travel vehicle you use to explore the country, it needs to get the job done.

Let’s see which five used full-size pickup trucks U.S. News and World Report recommends.

The 2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 makes the fifth spot

2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 | Chevrolet

You can’t go wrong with a Chevy. At least that’s what enthusiasts of this brand will tell you. The 2014 version of the Silverado 1500 half-ton pickup truck makes it on our list. This truck has:


  • Best-in-class reliability scores
  • High safety scores
  • Impressive engine lineup
  • Smooth ride
  • Easy-to-use technology


  • Large roof pillars limit visibility

You will see some basic items in the base models (hence the name) but can find plenty to like about this truck. You should find pricing for the 2014 Silverado range from $18,000-$34,000, putting this truck in your price range.

Among these used pickup trucks, the 2016 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 ranks fourth

2016 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
2016 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 | Chevrolet

There might not be much difference between the two model years of the same truck. You can see the Silverado takes two of the top spots, giving you a couple of good options. The 2016 version offers:


  • Strong V8 engines
  • Excellent payload and tow rating
  • Quiet, upscale cabin
  • Impressive reliability ratings


  • Slow-shifting six-speed automatic transmission

When you need a truck to get things done, this Silverado 1500 is a good option for you. The price range should for this used pickup truck is $22,551-$41,948, putting your price in the mix.

The 2011 GMC Sierra 1500 reaches the third spot

2011 GMC Sierra 1500 used pickup truck
2011 GMC Sierra 1500 | GMC

If the Chevrolet models can take the fourth and fifth spots, surely a GMC version can be in the mix as well. The 2011 GMC Sierra is an excellent choice when shopping for used pickup trucks. This model offers:


  • Powerful V8 engines
  • Comfortable seats

Yes, you are reaching back more than a decade for this truck, which means you should pay attention to the mileage. The price you might find for this GMC ranges from $11,558-$22,598, making it a bit of a bargain for you.

The 2010 GMC Sierra 1500 is second among used pickup trucks

2010 GMC Sierra 1500
2010 GMC Sierra 1500 | GMC

While this truck is a year older than the previous Sierra, it is another excellent option when you want to save money and enjoy a truly dependable truck. This version of the GMC Sierra gives you:


  • Good fit and finish
  • Impressive V8 engines
  • Refined ride


  • Lackluster base engine

With a price range of $10,487-$18,288, you should find a model of this truck that doesn’t have the base engine. You’ll have a GMC Sierra 1500 pickup truck you can drive and put to work every day when you do.

The best used pickup truck under $25,000 is the 2013 Ram 1500

2013 Ram 1500 used pickup truck
2013 Ram 1500 | Ram

If you want a comfortable truck to drive, you’ll want to drive the 2013 Ram 1500. This truck is ideal for every working condition, making it the top model on the list. This truck offers:


  • Excellent fuel mileage with the V6 engine
  • Attractive cabin
  • Smooth ride


  • The V8 lacks a performance advantage over the V6

Pricing for the 2013 Ram 1500 should range between $14,832 and $28,385, placing your price right near the top of the range. This is an affordable truck that handles everything you throw at it.

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This article was updated on 7/30/2022.