Best Used Full-Size Trucks Under $20,000
No matter the job, trucks are used for getting it done. This inherent usefulness means that pickups — midsize, full-size, and heavy-duty — tend to hold their value better than other types of vehicles, but it’s still possible to find a great deal on a used truck. Here are some of the best options out there for around $20,000.
Toyota’s reputation for exceptional reliability has allowed the Tundra to enjoy a lot of success. Under the hood, you’ll find one of two V8 engines: A 4.6-liter was offered for much of the Tundra’s second-generation run as an entry-level option, however, most Tundras you’ll come across will be fitted with a strong-but-thirsty 5.7-liter V8
The Ford F-150 has been the best-selling vehicle in America for decades. A variety of trim levels and cab configurations are available, as are V6 and V8 engines. Ford also tends to be a leader when it comes to new innovation, so expect to find technology on the F-150 a few model years ahead of when you’ll find it in a competitor.
The Chevrolet Silverado is one of two ways GM brands its full-size pickup. Long the top competitor to the best-selling Ford F-150, the Silverado offers just about everything: your choice of a 6- or 8-cylinder engine, competitive towing and payload ratings, and simple serviceability. Break down anywhere in the U.S. and parts should be relatively easy to find.
In addition to the Chevrolet Silverado, General Motors also sells its full-size pickup as the GMC Sierra. Nearly identical to the Silverado, GMC offers the Sierra with a choice of engines and in several different configurations, from a basic 2-door work truck to a full-on luxury pickup.
The Ram 1500 has a little more character than the alternatives from Ford and GM, thanks to bolder styling. It is comfortable to drive and has an upscale interior, yet is still plenty capable for towing and hauling. You’ll also find it in a wide range of trim levels, as well as some special editions. Both 6- and 8-cylinder options are offered.
Nissan’s Titan came onto the scene in the early 2000s. Nissan aimed the Titan at the heart of the market, so you won’t find as many different configurations as might be found in other trucks. In addition, only one engine is available, but it’s a strong 5.6-liter V8. Output during the Titan’s first generation was 317 horsepower and 385 lb-ft of torque.
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