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Pickup trucks are no longer harsh, uncomfortable, and unforgiving vehicles that should be reserved for work duties only. Many families use trucks as their daily driver to carry the gear necessary for band practice, sporting events, and family vacations. As pickups have gotten bigger, better, and feature-filled, they have gotten more expensive. Today, $60,000 isn’t an unreasonable price for a new truck. You’ll be glad to know that most of the trucks you want to buy start below this price threshold. Let’s take a look.

Are there any new pickup trucks priced below $30,000?

Front angle view of orange 2023 Ford Maverick pickup truck, highlighting its release date and price
2023 Ford Maverick | Ford

Yes, even though midsize trucks are moving up the price range, a new category of trucks emerged for 2022. The compact truck class is back, and the Ford Maverick and Hyundai Santa Cruz proudly occupy this space. We expect to see many other pickups in this class soon.

The Ford Maverick delivers options and features that make it easy to configure this truck to your liking. You don’t have to stick to the base model for affordability. Choose the XLT trim, and you’ll see a starting price of $24,855.

Front angle view of light blue 2023 Hyundai Santa Cruz
2023 Hyundai Santa Cruz | Hyundai

If you want a more comfortable and stylish truck than the Maverick, the Hyundai Santa Cruz has what you want. This pickup brings higher towing and payload numbers than the Ford. The price for the SEL trim is $28,935, sticking to your $30,000 budget.

Can you buy a midsize truck for less than $40,000?

the 2022 Honda Ridgeline is best on value
2022 Honda Ridgeline | Honda

Moving up to the midsize class means expanding our price point to fit the class. Thankfully, there are two pickup trucks you can buy and stay under the $40,000 mark.

The Honda Ridgeline is a unibody truck based on the Honda SUV lineup. This truck is capable, versatile, and packed with great features. The Sport model comes in at $39,435, just squeaking in under the $40,000 mark.

A green 2022 Toyota Tacoma off-roading. Is the TRD Sport, SR5, TRD Off-Road, or another trim the cheapest one with heated seats?
2022 Toyota Tacoma | Toyota

If you want a more rugged midsize truck, look to the Toyota Tacoma. You don’t have to stick to the base model; the TRD Off-Road trim of the Tacoma offers a starting price of $36,555, giving you an off-road, rugged midsize truck that’s priced right.

Answering the question, which full-size trucks cost less than $60,000?

2023 Ford
2023 Ford F-150 pickup | Ford

Maybe we should have qualified the title with full-size trucks, but it’s good to see what you should pay for various classes of trucks. In the full-size, half-ton pickup truck market, you should find several trucks to buy.

The Ford F-150 Lariat with the 12-inch touchscreen could be the truck you want to drive. This pickup can tow 14,000 pounds and carry 3,325 pounds when properly equipped. The price of the F-150 Lariat is $51,395, not bad for a truck with several awards to its name.

2022 Ram 1500 problems
2022 Ram 1500 | Stellantis

The midlevel Ram 1500 Laramie is also a good option. This pickup truck has a spacious cabin and a comfortable ride. This middle trim costs $51,835.

2022 Toyota Tundra Consumer Reports
2022 Toyota Tundra SR5 TRD Sport in Lunar Rock | Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc.

If you want a truck that’s starting a new generation, the Toyota Tundra costs $49,245 for the Limited trim, and it has a 14-inch touchscreen, hybrid powertrain, and a smooth suspension designed to give you a comfortable drive.

Red Chevrolet Silverado RST on a road
Chevrolet Silverado RST | Chevrolet

Of course, we can’t leave out the Chevrolet Silverado 1500. The LT trim, which is where most of the upgrades begin, gives you a comfortable drive, premium materials, and advanced technology for a starting price of $47,495.

Which truck is the right one for you to drive?

Front angle view of Lunar Rock 2023 Toyota Tacoma pickup truck with mountains in the background
2023 Toyota Tacoma | Toyota

Still unsure about which truck to drive? Let your truck needs help you figure out which class to shop in and you’ll be halfway to the right pickup truck.

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