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Pickups are all about utility. Whether its hauling materials to a job site or hauling kayaks for a weekend adventure, there's no substitute for a pickup. Looking for a quality used option might cause some headaches, but we're here to help. Below, we'll outline some of our favorite used pickups available for $10,000 or less here in 2019.

2005-2012 Toyota Tacoma

2005-2012 Toyota Tacoma

The Tacoma has been leading the pack when it comes to compact pickups for the past couple of decades now. Known for its excellent reliability and dependability, the Tacoma also offers exceptional resale value. While this means that your pickup won't depreciate likely won't depreciate much over the course of your ownership, it also means that the price of your average used Tacoma might seem high when you first start looking, but just know that while you might spend a little more now, you'll likely save with regard to maintenance and upkeep when comparing a used Tacoma to alternatives. Buyers have several options to choose from when browsing for a used 2005-2012 Tacoma, including single cab, extended cab, and crew cab models, two- and four-wheel drive, either a four- or six-cylinder engine (although we recommend the six) and a variety of trim levels, from a basic SR5, to the unique street-oriented "X-Runner," to the adventure-ready TRD Off-Road. Right now on Autotrader, there are close to 300 listed for around $10,000 or less, although only around 50 of which offer the V6 and four-wheel drive.

Potential buyers should note that a few years ago, Toyota settled a class-action suit for excessive frame rust on Tacomas from the 2005 to 2010 model years. Part of the settlement was that Toyota agreed to inspect and replace rusted frames if necessary. If you're looking at an 2005-2010 Tacoma, make sure any issues in this area have been addressed. Find a Toyota Tacoma for sale

2007-2014 Chevrolet Silverado

2007-2014 Chevrolet Silverado

The Silverado is one of the most common used pickups on the market, thanks to yearly sales approaching the half-million mark multiple times since the late '90s. Given the Silverado's high-volume sales and strong place in the US auto industry, buyers have virtually endless configurations to choose from. Single, extended and crew cab models are available as are short, standard and long bed options. Two- and 4-wheel drive are available, as are a variety of trim levels and packages including the Z71 package that offers increased off-road capability. Altogether, the 2007-2014 Silverado's styling still looks good five years after the last new examples rolled off the assembly line, making it a great used truck option, provided you find one in good shape. Right now on Autotrader, there are currently close to 900 2007-2014 Chevrolet Silverados listed for around $10,000 or less. Find a Chevrolet Silverado for sale

2004-2012 Chevrolet Colorado

2004-2012 Chevrolet Colorado

Unlike the Tacoma, the similarly-size Chevrolet Colorado doesn't see the best resale value, given that it was built during a time when General Motors quality wasn't quite up to par with the rest of the industry. Still, the Colorado offers excellent utility, and thanks to its depreciation, buyers can find a great deal on a used example today. The Colorado was offered in similar configurations as the Tacoma, with three cab sizes, two bed lengths and a bunch of available off-road features. Early in its production run, the Colorado was offered with both 4- and 5-cylinder engines, the latter of which competed with the V6 offerings of other manufacturers. Starting in 2009 the Colorado was also available with a 5.3-liter V8 that put out 300 horsepower. Right now on Autotrader there are close to 600 2004-2012 Colorados listed for around $10,000 or less. Find a Chevrolet Silverado for sale

2006-2012 Ford Ranger

2006-2012 Ford Ranger

The Ranger was a staple in the Ford lineup during the '90s and 2000s. A bit more simplistic than other players in the midsize pickup segment, the Ranger was only available in single and extended cab configurations -- no crew cab model was sold in the United States. While it isn't big on features, the Ranger was an exceptionally simple vehicle, making it durable and cheap to maintain. Four and 6-cylinder engines were offered, but we recommend the more powerful V6. Since Ford built tons of Rangers over the years, parts availability won't be an issue, especially given how little the vehicle changed over the years. On Autotrader, there are currently over 700 Rangers listed for around $10,000 or less, meaning that it won't be difficult to find one that meets your needs, provided you don't need four doors. Find a Ford Ranger for sale

2007-2014 GMC Sierra

2007-2014 GMC Sierra

While it's basically identical to the Chevrolet Silverado, the GMC Sierra wears statelier styling than the higher volume selling Silverado. While the Silverado is often seen being used as a dump truck or utility vehicle, the Sierra was less popular as a commercial vehicle, and more popular as a lifestyle vehicle, or at least that's how GMC presents it. Nonetheless, the Sierra offers the same configurability and engine options as the Silverado, so much so that you if you're looking for a used Silverado, you might as well include the Sierra in your search as well. Buyers wanting more luxury can seek out an upscale Denali model, although very few of these have currently depreciated down to our $10,000 target price. Right now there are over 200 Sierras listed on Autotrader that fall within our budget. Find a GMC Sierra for sale

2009-2013 Dodge Ram 1500

2009-2013 Dodge Ram 1500

The Ram 1500 offers a variety of strong engines and respectable payload capacity, just like its competitors from Ford and GM. Buyers browsing for a used Ram 1500 should note that the model was referred to as the "Dodge Ram" only through the end of the 2010 model year. Starting with the 2011 model year, Dodge spun off the Ram brand as its own separate truck brand, and the company's midsize pickup has been known as the "Ram 1500" ever since. There are currently almost 200 2009-2013 Dodge Ram 1500s listed on Autotrader for around $10,000 or less, although many of these are simple, work truck variants. If you want more options, consider a Ram 1500 from the previous generation, sold from 2002 to 2008. Find a Ram 1500 for sale

2004-2014 Ford F-150

2004-2014 Ford F-150

This list wouldn't be complete without the Ford F-150. With close to a million sold in this county every year for the past few decades, the F-150 has been the best-selling vehicle in America for years. If you're willing to accept some miles on the odometer, you'll find a decent assortment of well-used 12th generation F-150s, sold from 2009-2014, at our desired $10,000 price point. The bulk of the listings, though, are for 11th generation models, offered from 2004 to 2008, and there are well in excess of 1,000 examples on Autotrader to choose from for around $10,000. Opting for a newer model means more tech and better efficiency, while targeting an older F-150 means you're more likely to find one in your specific desired configuration. Find a Ford F-150 for sale

1999-2007 Ford F-350

1999-2007 Ford F-350

The Ford F-Series Super Duty offers immense utility and, alongside its lighter-duty F-150 sibling, is one of the most popular vehicles ever to be sold in the United States. If you've got big items to tow like heavy machinery, horse trailers or a boat, an F-Series Super Duty will get the job done for you. The main differences between the F-250 and the F-350 are their payload and towing capacity. Consult a towing guide for the specific model year you're looking at to determine if an F-250 will suit your needs, or if you require the extra brawn of the F-350, which can be had with a dually rear wheel setup. Since these trucks offer immense utility and available diesel engines, they tend to depreciate slower than more passenger-oriented vehicles, meaning you'll have to go back a few more years to find one at the $10,000 price point. Starting your search in the 1999-2007 model year range is a good place to start. Currently on Autotrader, there are over 1,000 listings for F-250s and F-350s that would fit within our budget. Find a Ford F-350 for sale

2004-Present Nissan Frontier

The Nissan Frontier has never been as popular as its main competitor, the Toyota Tacoma, and the current generation model has now been around for a whopping 15 model years. This means you can find a Frontier that is over a decade old but still share some common traits with brand new examples sitting on dealer lots today. The Frontier's lack of popularity means buyers can find one at an excellent value as well. A quick search of Autotrader for 2004 and newer Frontiers listed for around $10,000 yields over 400 results, many of which are practical crew cab models equipped with 4-wheel drive. Find a Nissan Frontier for sale

2006-2014 Honda Ridgeline

2006-2014 Honda Ridgeline

The Ridgeline is unique in that it's built on an SUV-derived front-wheel drive based unibody platform, unlike the other vehicles on this list that are built on rear-wheel drive-based body-on frame platforms. This means the Ridgeline offers better driving dynamics and greater efficiency than the competition, while still being capable of most of the tasks buyers use their pickups for. With a payload capacity of 1,500 pounds and a maximum towing capacity of 5,000 pounds, the Ridgeline still offers about 80 percent of the capability of the Tacoma while being much easier to live with day to day. Thanks to its SUV-based construction, the Ridgeline also offers bold styling and a few tricks up its sleeve like an in-bed audio system, a tailgate that can be opened from the side like a barn door and a trunk located under the bed floor. Right now on Autotrader, there are around 200 Ridgelines listed for around $10,000 or less. Find a Honda Ridgeline for sale

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