As one of the best-selling brands in America, Toyota has built a reputation on reliability, refinement and build quality. These are the attributes Toyota owners have come to expect from their vehicles, day in and day out. And when it comes to durability — also known as "Toyota toughness" — the automaker’s range of trucks and SUVs are among the most popular for towing, hauling, people-moving and adventuring. But if a new pickup or utility is outside of your budget, here are five great used Toyota trucks you can find for under $10,000.
2004-2008 Toyota 4Runner
For about 30 years now, the Toyota 4Runner has been a top choice among sport utility vehicles. And though a new one may be too expensive, you can find a used one within the $10,000 threshold. This capable utility enjoys an athletic design that’s appealing from all angles. Inside, materials are high-quality, and there’s an abundance of cargo space with the rear seats folded down. Available with rear- or 4-wheel drive, the 4Runner is well-planted and stable in most conditions from dry to wintery.
The standard 4.0-liter V6 makes 236 horsepower while the optional 4.7-liter V8 outputs 260 hp. Both engines are paired with the same 5-speed automatic transmission. Towing capacity is 5,000 pounds for a properly equipped V6 model and 7,300 pounds for a V8 model. Low-range gearing and a lockable center differential are also available. Adding to the 4Runner’s ruggedness are its high ride height and muscular stance.
2007-2009 Toyota Highlander
The Toyota Highlander is one of the most well-conceived midsize utility vehicles out there. Known for its reliability and refinement, it’s one of the most popular midsize SUVs in its segment. And, fortunately, you can still find a very good second-generation Highlander for under $10,000, which is a pretty amazing deal. Inside, the Highlander offers a roster of convenience amenities, as well as 7- and 8-passenger configurations. Additionally, cargo space is ample and made very convenient and accessible thanks to a flip-up rear hatch window. If you’re looking for equal parts truck and people-mover, the Highlander is the way to go.
The Highlander is powered by one of two engines: A 187-hp 2.7-liter 4-cylinder with 1,500 pounds of towing capacity, and a 270-hp 3.5-liter V6 that can tow a boat-worthy 5,000 pounds. For colder environments, Highlander’s available all-wheel drive system will grant the stability for driving through snow and ice with confidence.
2009-2012 Toyota RAV4
The Toyota RAV4 has been a best-seller for the better part of 25 years and has earned a solid reputation for quality, performance, practicality and interior refinement. For those reasons and many more, it is generally regarded as one of the heavy-hitters in the compact crossover segment, alongside the Honda CR-V. Exceptionally packaged, the RAV4 offers all the latest technologies and creature comforts in this class, as well as very roomy passenger compartment. But its most impressive attribute may be its abundance of cargo room.
The RAV4’s engine lineup includes a 179-hp 2.5-liter 4-cylinder and a 269-horsepower 3.5-liter V6. The 4-speed or 5-speed automatic transmissions send power to either the front wheels or an all-wheel drive system with a torque-split locking feature for low-traction situations. For $10,000 or less, a used RAV4 is clearly an outstanding value proposition.
2006-2011 Toyota Tacoma
The Toyota Tacoma has long been among the most popular pickups due to its athletic appearance and outstanding capability. For under $10,000, this used midsize truck brings the payload, power and utility that most truck owners need. The Tacoma also delivers an outdoor adventure feel for those who enjoy going out in the wilderness on the weekends. Inside, you’ll find a well-crafted cabin with good materials, a wide array of standard features and lots of space. Offered in three separate body styles, the Tacoma makes use of a 6-foot cargo bed and a standard composite bedliner for hauling tough loads and materials.
Power comes from either a 159 hp 2.7-liter 4-cylinder engine or a 236 horsepower 4.0-cylinder V6. Connecting to either a 6-speed manual gearbox or a 5-speed automatic, energy channels to either the rear axle or all four wheels.
2006-2008 Toyota Tundra
The Toyota Tundra is an all-season, all-condition road warrior ready to take on any job on- or off-road. Of all the Toyota trucks, this full-size pickup is both a brawny work truck and a monstrous 4-wheeler. Here’s the great news: you can find one for under $10,000. But if you’re looking for a soft and cushy ride for the daily commute, you may have to look elsewhere. That said, the Tundra is spacious and comfortable with high quality interior materials compared to other offerings in the large truck category.
For propulsion, there’s a choice of three capable engines under the hood: A 4.0-liter V6 making 236 hp, a 4.7-liter V8 generating 271 hp and a 5.7-liter V8 producing 381 hp. Energy channels through either a 5- or 6-speed automatic transmission to either the rear wheels or a rugged 4-wheel drive system. Max towing is heavy-duty 10,800 pounds. If you’re looking for a real work truck, this is the one.