A good truck should be strong. It should be tough. It should be rugged. It should remain resilient and dependable even after it’s been down the road a few times, racked up a few miles, accumulated a bit of wear and tear. Thankfully, many of today’s leading truck models more than fit this description, and can continue to provide amazing value even if you buy them used, with a lot of miles on them.
This isn’t to say that every used truck you buy is a winner. For one thing, not all models are created equal, and it’s smart to do some homework on specific vehicles before you commit to one of them. Additionally, it’s always in your best interests as a consumer to do your due diligence—thoroughly inspecting and test driving a truck before you buy it.
Which Used Truck Should You Buy?
With that said, some used trucks are generally quite dependable, and quite easy for us to recommend. Here are the top ten used trucks:
2009 through 2013 Chevrolet Avalanche
2009 through 2012 Chevrolet Colorado
2009 through 2012 GMC Canyon
2008 through 2013 GMC Sierra
2005 through 2014 Ford F-150
2011 through 2014 Ford F-Series Super Duty
2009 through 2014 Nissan Frontier
2006 through 2014 Honda Ridgeline
2005 through 2014 Toyota Tacoma
2007 through 2014 Toyota Tundra
Looking over this list, you might recognize a few trends. One is that, generally, and with noteworthy exceptions, we think American-made pickup trucks are the best. Chevys, in particular, are just really good buys that we think most truck enthusiasts will be pleased with. We’ll also note that the Ford F-150 remains the bestselling vehicle in America, so you really can’t go wrong with that.
Something else to note is the range of dates we’ve listed here, some of which extend as far back as 11 years or more. What this says is really pretty simple: These trucks are made to last, and to run well for a good long while. If you can get a 2005 truck that’s been taken care of and has reasonable mileage on it, you may very well be getting a truck with a lot of years left in it. That’s a testament to the craftsmanship and design of today’s leading pickups.
Tips for Buying a Used Pickup
Even so, we reiterate our caution: Do your homework. Using the VIN for a specific truck, get a full vehicle history. Inspect under the hood, as well as the interior and exterior of the vehicle, to ensure it’s been taken care of. Take it for a drive, and be mindful of anything that either sounds or feels off. Also make sure you buy from a reputable dealer—preferably a certified pre-owned vehicle seller. You can learn more about the used truck buying process by plugging in to our Get My Auto blog.