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6 Great Used Midsize Pickups Under $10,000 for 2019

Midsize trucks offer immense practicality in a package that is often more maneuverable and more efficient than their full-size counterparts, while typically costing less, as well. As a result, buyers have flocked to them in recent years to support everything from camping, to hauling large items, to transporting motocross bikes to and from the track. While the average price of a new midsize truck has crept higher and higher over the years, there’s an appropriately priced used example out there for just about any budget. Here we’ve rounded up six of our favorite used midsize pickups that can be purchased for around $10,000.

2005-2012 Toyota Tacoma

2005-2012 Toyota Tacoma

The Tacoma set the standard in the midsize truck segment for over two decades, offering great reliability and durability. As a result, Tacomas hold their value exceptionally well, and you may be surprised at how few are actually out there that fit within our budget. The second-generation Tacoma, offered from 2005-2012, was sold in single, extended, and crew cab configurations with either a 6- or 5-foot bed, 2- or 4-wheel drive, and a 4- or 6-cylinder engine. Buyers wanting to go off-road should look for a TRD Off-Road model, which came with a Bilstein suspension and a locking rear differential, among other items suited for the dirt. Right now on Autotrader, there are about 300 Tacomas listed for around $10,000, but like we said, options are still somewhat slim, as only about 50 of these come with 4WD and the more powerful V6 engine. Find a Toyota Tacoma for sale

2006-2014 Honda Ridgeline

2006-2014 Honda Ridgeline

The Ridgeline is an unorthodox truck. Build on the same platform as the Pilot SUV, the Ridgeline uses an unibody construction with a fully-independent suspension, offering superior ride quality, handling and fuel economy to the competition. Inside, the Ridgeline is much more livable day-to-day, thanks to its interior that also shares a lot in common with the Pilot, making it a comfortable space. The Ridgeline is still just about as capable as the competition, offering a 1,500-lb payload capacity and a 5,000-lb towing capacity — about 80% of what you get with a Tacoma. Thanks to its SUV-derived design, the Ridgeline also has a few tricks up its sleeve, including a lockable storage compartment in its bed floor, a tailgate that can be opened from the side, and an in-bed audio system. Right now, there are around 200 2006-2014 Ridgelines listed on Autotrader for $10,000 or less. Find a Honda Ridgeline for sale

2006-2012 Ford Ranger

2006-2012 Ford Ranger

A major part of the Ford lineup in the 1990s and early 2000s, the Ranger faded in popularity toward the latter part of the last decade, along with the midsize truck segment as a whole. Still, the previous-generation Ranger was a popular, old-school truck loved by many for its mechanical simplicity and low cost of ownership. Available only in single- and extended-cab configurations here in the U.S., the Ranger wasn’t big on features. It did offer buyers the choice of either a 4- or 6-cylinder engines, and available 4WD along with the FX4 off-road package, which came with items like a limited-slip rear differential, skid plates and a Bilstein suspension. While the third-generation Ranger was offered from 1998 all the way through 2012, we recommend targeting one from the 2004 model year and onward, as these received a variety of upgrades. There are currently over 750 2004-or-newer Rangers listed on Autotrader for around $11,000 or less, although only around 200 come with 4WD. Find a Ford Ranger for sale

2004-2012 Chevrolet Colorado

2004-2012 Chevrolet Colorado

Unlike segment stalwarts like the Tacoma, the first-generation Colorado isn’t known for legendary reliability, as it came out of a particularly dark era for General Motors with regard to quality. As a result though, buyers can now find a great deal on a used Colorado from the 2004 through 2012 model years. What the Colorado lacks in refinement it makes up for with utility and simplicity, along with great parts availability. The Colorado mirrors the Tacoma with regard to cab and bed configurations, offering single, extended and crew cab configurations, along with short- and long-bed options. Unlike the Tacoma, the Colorado was offered with a unique 5-cylinder engine to go with its basic 4-cylinder offering, and never offered a V6 as the 220 horsepower 5-cylinder was meant to compete with V6 offerings of the competition. The Colorado was also unique in that it offered a top-of-the-line V8-powered model. The 5.3-liter mill wasn’t particularly efficient though, and churned out a meager 300 hp. There are currently around 600 2004-2012 Colorados listed on Autotrader for around $10k. Find a Chevrolet Colorado for sale

2004-2016 Nissan Frontier

2004-2016 Nissan Frontier

The Frontier has always taken a back seat to the Toyota Tacoma, but that isn’t to say it isn’t a highly competent truck. The current generation has been on sale though for about 15 years, meaning that it lacks the refinement of other new trucks on sale today. The good part is that you can get a 10-year-old Frontier and it will look and feel almost as modern as a brand new one, and the vehicle’s relative lack of popularity on the midsize truck scene means that buyers can pick one up for a great price. While a 4-cylinder is offered, most Frontiers come powered by a 4.0-liter V6 making 261 hp and 281 lb-ft of torque and paired with an ancient 5-speed automatic. A quick search of Autotrader for Frontiers from the 2004 through 2016 model years listed for around $10,000 yields over 400 results, around 160 of which come equipped with 4WD. Worth noting is that the Frontier did receive a slight update for the 2009 model year, and there are currently over 100 2009-and-newer Frontiers listed for around $10,000, but only 30 offer 4WD. When it comes to used midsize pickups, the Frontier offers great value. Find a Nissan Frontier for sale

2005-2011 Dodge Dakota

2005-2011 Dodge Dakota

The Dodge Dakota was offered in its final generation from the 2005 to 2011 model years, and buyers can now find one for around $10,000 or less with ease. The final Dakota was offered with either a 3.7-liter V6 making 210 hp and 235 lb-ft of torque, or a 4.7-liter V8, which was available in two different states of tune. The standard V8 put out 230 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque, while the "High-Output" version made 260 hp and 310 lb-ft. The Dakota was updated for the 2008 model year, receiving revised exterior styling and an improved interior. During its era, the Dakota was among the largest of the midsize pickups on sale, offering best-in-class bed and cab space. Of the over 400 2005-2011 Dakotas listed on Autotrader for around $10,000 or less, 280 come with 4WD, while over 175 come with 4WD and the V8 engine. Find a Dodge Dakota for sale

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