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5 Best Used Midsize Pickups Under $20,000 for 2019

The midsize pickup segment is on fire these days, and automakers are taking notice, introducing new models and new trim levels with every passing year, each of which seem to carry higher and higher sticker prices. But not every truck has to cost upward of $40,000, and there are great options on the used market for less than half that figure. Here, we’ll share the five best used midsize pickups you can get with a budget of around $20,000 or less here in 2019.

2006-2014 Honda Ridgeline

2006-2014 Honda Ridgeline

The Ridgeline is kind of like the truck for someone who doesn’t want a truck. Built on the same platform underpinning the Honda Pilot and the Acura MDX, the Ridgeline uses a front-wheel drive-based unibody construction, unlike most trucks that use a rear-wheel drive-based body-on-frame design. Powering the Ridgeline is a 250-horsepower 3.5 liter V6 — the same engine used in the Pilot from the same era. The Ridgeline’s unconventional design means it rides and handles better than the competition while also earning slightly better fuel economy. Additionally, the Ridgeline’s crossover SUV-derived interior is far and above nicer than anything you’ll find from the competition, meaning that it’s more livable and much more comfortable to ride in over long distances. Towing capacity suffers a bit when compared to other midsize trucks, but at a still respectable 5,000 pounds and 1,500 pounds, respectively, it’ll get the job done for most people. The Ridgeline also comes with a few tricks up its sleeve. There’s a lockable trunk located under the bed floor that even has a plug at the bottom so that it can be used as a cooler for tailgating. Additionally, the Ridgeline offers an in-bed audio system, and a tailgate that can be opened like a traditional tailgate, or from the side, allowing you to get closer to your cargo with the tailgate rotated out of the way. Sold from 2006-2014, a first-generation Ridgeline is a great option for anyone looking for a midsize pickup but also wanting the comfort and day-to-day livability of a midsize SUV. Right now on Autotrader, there are around 600 2006-2014 Ridgelines for sale for $20,000 or less.  Find a Honda Ridgeline for sale

2012-2015 Toyota Tacoma

2012-2015 Toyota Tacoma

Currently in its third-generation, the Tacoma went on sale all the way back in 1995 and has proven to be one of the most reliable vehicles on the market. As a result, Tacomas have great resale value, and you might be surprised by the prices they sell for on the used market. Still, rest assured knowing that your used Tacoma will hold its value better than all of the other midsize pickups on this list, and that reliability should be top notch. Later examples of the second-generation model, which were sold from the 2012 to 2015 model years, are easy to find for under $20,000, and there are currently close to 1,000 listed on Autotrader, although only 200 come with 4-wheel drive, which is an indication of higher demand for 4-wheel traction. Two engines were offered over these years. On the low end was a 2.7-liter 4-cylinder, while the more powerful option was a 4.0-liter V6 capable of towing up to 6,500 pounds. Overall, we recommend the V6 paired with 4WD, and there are around 125 2012-2015 Tacomas equipped with both listed on Autotrader for $20,000 or less at the moment. Find a Toyota Tacoma for sale

2015-2018 Chevrolet Colorado

2015-2018 Chevrolet Colorado

The Chevrolet Colorado went away for a while in the early 2010s, but made its return for the 2015 model year, and early examples are starting to depreciate down to the $20,000 range. Right now on Autotrader there are close to 600 2015-and-newer Chevrolet Colorados listed for around $20,000 or less. Many of these are 2-wheel drive models, though. Increasing your budget by a few thousand dollars brings more 4WD examples into the picture. The Colorado is available with three different engines. Entry level models come with a 2.5-liter inline 4-cylinder making 200 hp and 191 lb-ft of torque, while the more powerful gas engine is a 3.6-liter V6 putting out 308 hp and 275 lb-ft of torque. A 2.4-liter 4-cylinder diesel that makes 181 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque was added to the lineup for 2016. V6 and diesel models offer ample towing capacity, with ratings of 7,000 pounds and 7,700 pounds, respectively. Unfortunately, at the $20,000 mark, most of the Colorados you’ll find come with the 4-cylinder gas-powered engine, although there are around 80 V6 examples offered that come with 4WD. Find a Chevrolet Colorado for sale

2009-Present Nissan Frontier

2009-Present Nissan Frontier

The Nissan Frontier hasn’t changed in over 15 model years. You read that right. The last time the Frontier was new was 2005. As a result, the Frontier is extremely cheap, and buyers can even pick up a new one for under $20,000, which is thousands of dollars less than the price of a base model Tacoma or Colorado. That said, the Frontier is extremely dated on the inside and offers next to nothing in the way of features. Powering the Frontier is either a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder putting out 152 hp and 171 lb-ft of torque, or a 4.0-liter V6 making 261 hp and 281 lb-ft of torque. Given how similar a used model will be to a brand new one sitting on dealer lots, we recommend considering the used route, and there are currently over 1,000 2009-and-newer Frontiers to choose from on Autotrader for under $20,000, many of which come with the V6 and 4WD. Buyers can even select from close to 100 off-road ready PRO-4x models, which are similar to a Toyota Tacoma TRD Off-Road. While the Frontier isn’t competitive these days with regard to features or efficiency, it’s extremely competitive on price, making this the most value-oriented midsize pickup available today, new or used. Find a Nissan Frontier for sale

2015-2018 GMC Canyon

2015-2018 GMC Canyon

As the full-size GMC Sierra is to the Chevrolet Silverado, the GMC Canyon is to the Chevrolet Colorado, meaning that the two vehicles are virtually identical. The two only start to diverge in their upper trim levels, where the Colorado leans toward off-road performance and the Canyon leans toward luxury via the Denali trim, which comes with features like chrome trim, 20-in wheels and a Bose audio system. We use the term "luxury" loosely here though, as neither of these trucks is particularly refined on the inside, offering hard-to-the-touch plastics and weak overall fit-and-finish. The same engines from the Colorado are offered on the Canyon, including that unique diesel. As with the Colorado, the second-generation Canyon was introduced for the 2015 model year. Also similar to the Colorado, Canyon buyers are largely limited to 2-wheel-drive 4-cylinder models at the $20,000 price point. Out of almost 370 Canyons listed on Autotrader for around $20,000, only 73 come with the V6 engine, and of those 73 only 15 offer 4WD. Find a GMC Canyon for sale

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