Whether its moving construction equipment, hauling a bed full of raw materials, or just towing your boat to the lake for the weekend, heavy duty pickups get things done. But with new truck prices approaching luxury-car territory with every passing model year, many are likely turning to the used market for their heavy-duty needs. Here, we’ll outline four heavy duty trucks great for a budget of around $15,000.
2008-2010 Ford F-Series Super Duty
The Ford F-Series is the best-selling vehicle in the United States, so you can bet on there being more used F-250s, F-350s and F-450s on the market than any other heavy duty truck. While most heavy-duty trucks allow buyers to choose between one gas and one diesel engine, the Super Duty was offered with three engines over these years: two gas and one diesel. The entry-level gas engine was a 5.4-liter V8 making 300 horsepower and 365 lb-ft of torque. Buyers wanting more power from a gas engine could opt for the optional 6.8-liter V-10, which made 362 hp and 457 lb-ft. The diesel engine offered in the 2008-2010 F-Series Super Duty was a 6.4-liter V8 making 350 hp and 650 lb-ft of torque. While the V-10 was capable of towing up to 15,000 pounds, the diesel pushes this figure to 16,000, when properly equipped.
Right now on Autotrader, there are close to 600 2008-2010 Ford F-Series Super Duty trucks for sale for around $15,000. Of these, over 400 come with 4-wheel drive, while over 300 come with a diesel engine. Expect to pay a premium for the diesel. Find a Ford F-Series Super Duty for sale
2007-2011 Chevrolet Silverado HD
The second-generation Chevrolet Silverado HD came out for the 2007 model year and continued on through 2014, and buyers can find 2007-2011 models for around $15,000 with relative ease. One way the Silverado differentiates itself from the F-Series is by offering an independent front suspension. This offers benefits with regard to handling and ride quality, but is arguably less durable in the long term. 2007-2011 Silverado HD buyers can choose between a gas and a diesel engine. The gas engine was a 6.0-liter V8 putting out 353 hp and 373 lb-ft of torque for the 2007 and 2008 model years, and 360 hp and 380 lb-ft for 2009-2011. The diesel engine made 365 hp and 660 lb-ft of torque from 2007-2010 and received a bump to 397 hp and 765 lb-ft for 2011.
There are currently around 400 2007-2011 Chevrolet Silverado 2500s and 3500s listed on Autotrader for around $16,000 or less. Of these, over 250 come with 4WD, 100 come with the diesel engine, and about 80 come with both 4WD and the diesel. Find a Chevrolet Silerado HD for sale
2006-2009 Ram Heavy Duty
The third-generation Ram Heavy Duty came out way back for the 2003 model year and received an update for 2006, and buyers can currently find 2006-2009 models for around $15,000. Engine options consisted of either a 5.7-liter gas-powered V8 making 390 hp and 410 lb-ft of torque, or a 6.7-liter inline 6-cylinder making 350 hp and 650 lb-ft of torque.
Right now on Autotrader, there are over 500 2006-2009 Ram 2500, 3500, 4500 and 5500 models listed for around $15,000. Of these, 350 come with 4WD, 300 come with the diesel engine, and over 200 offer both the diesel and 4WD. Find a Ram Heavy Duty for sale
2007-2011 GMC Sierra
The GMC Sierra is virtually identical to its corporate twin, the Chevrolet Silverado. The Sierra offers the same available configurations, the same engines, and for the most part, similar trim levels. Where the Sierra differs from the Silverado is in its available Denali trim, which adds a slightly more upscale interior and exterior (thanks in part to the addition of lots of chrome).
Given the Sierra HD’s upscale positioning, there aren’t nearly as many available for around $15,000 as there are Silverado HDs. Currently on Autotrader there are right around 125 2007-2011 GMC Sierra 2500s and 3500s listed that fall within our budget. Of these close to 100 offer 4WD, and about 25 offer diesel engines paired with 4WD. Find a GMC Sierra HD for sale