The new pickup trucks on the market right now are amazing for their capabilities, their rugged, yet premium styling, and how much content is packed into them in terms of features and technology. However, they’re also pretty expensive. If you need a truck for your business or you just want one as your commuter and errand-runner, a used pickup truck can be a good way to get the capability you need and the toughness you want at a price you can afford.
Here are seven of the best used pickup trucks you can buy for less than $15,000 in 2019.
2007-2013 Chevrolet Silverado 1500/GMC Sierra 1500
We’re bundling together the Chevrolet Silverado and the GMC Sierra, because they’re mechanically identical and have very similar values on the used market. The GMT900 generation of these full-size pickups that ran from the mid-2000s to the mid-2010s can be had for pretty reasonable prices. These trucks were designed to be more aerodynamic than the previous generation, making them more fuel-efficient. This generation also ushered in a new generation of the Chevrolet small block V8 engines with notable upgrades like cylinder deactivation to save fuel under light loads. There was even a 2-mode hybrid model available for both trucks, but they’re a little hard to find on the used market. Find a used Chevrolet Silverado for sale or Find a used GMC Sierra for sale
2009-2014 Ford F-150
The tried-and-true Ford F-Series is currently in its 13th generation, but we think the sweet spot in value is in the 12th generation. This generation of the truck is pretty easy to find under the $15,000 mark on the used market and it has a few interesting qualities that used truck shoppers might be interested in. This was the generation where the interior appointments and materials started getting a lot more luxurious. The Lincoln Mark LT was discontinued and the Ford F-150 Platinum replaced it as Ford’s luxury pickup. We’d recommend finding one of these trucks from the 2011 model year or newer since an update introduced two new V8 engines and a new V6 base engine plus a twin-turbo EcoBoost V6. Find a used Ford F-150 for sale
2009-2018 (Dodge) Ram 1500
For the first couple years of its life, this generation of the Ram was the Dodge Ram until Ram was spun off as its own brand and it became the Ram 1500. Whatever you want to call it, this long-running truck was in production for so long that it’s not hard to find for a good price on the used market. It has several class-exclusive perks that make it worth considering. During this era, it had the distinction of being the only full-size pickup available with a manual transmission and the only one available with a diesel engine in the form of the 3.0-liter Eco-Diesel V6 starting in the 2014 model year. Other little things that set this Ram apart are the spacious 4-door Mega-Cab and the Rambox storage system with boxes inside the walls of the truck’s bed, allowing you to carry tools and supplies without taking up space in the bed or the cab. Find a used Ram 1500 for sale
2007-2013 Toyota Tundra
The Toyota Tundra is often overlooked by truck shoppers, but this outlier has a lot to offer. The truck is technically still the same second-generation model today that was introduced for the 2007 model year, but it received a big mid-cycle refresh for 2014 and the pre-face-lift, second-gen Tundras is where the good values in used pickup trucks can be found. What’s nice about the Tundra is the long list of standard features that it offered, which made it a little pricey at the time, but a strong value now. That list includes an electronic limited slip differential, traction control, electronic brakeforce distribution, brake assist, tailgate assist and vehicle stability control. It also had a unique 6-speed sequential automatic transmission with a manual shift mode that came with Tundras equipped with the 5.7-liter V8 engine. Find a used Toyota Tundra for sale
2006-2014 Honda Ridgeline
You might not consider it a "real" truck, but for truck shoppers who don’t need all the muscular capability of a more traditional full-size pickup, the midsize Honda Ridgeline could be all the truck you need. It might look a little goofy and it’s only offered in one cabin/bed/engine configuration, but its unibody construction and front- or all-wheel drive make it drive like a car, while giving you the flexibility of a truck. Its unconventional, decidedly non-truck like mechanical layout gave it several perks like a flat bed with an in-bed trunk, a flat cabin floor almost like a minivan, and it also had a clever dual-action tailgate that could swing down like a normal tailgate or out like a door. We like the current, second-gen Ridgeline, but if you’re looking for a quirky, unibody pickup truck on a budget, there are plenty of first-gen models to be had for less than $15,000. Find a used Honda Ridgeline for sale
2015-2019 Chevrolet Colorado/GMC Canyon
For a midsize pickup that’s a little tougher and more traditional, there’s a lot to love about the current generation of the Chevrolet Colorado and the GMC Canyon. These mechanical twins can be a little hard to find under the $15,000 mark, but they’re so good that even the lower trims are worth a look, especially as a work truck. You won’t be finding any Canyon Denali models at this price point, but what you can find is a nice, modern, midsize truck that you can count on while taking up less space than a bigger full-size truck. Find a used Chevrolet Colorado for sale or Find a used GMC Canyon for sale
2005-2015 Toyota Tacoma
Noted for its rock-solid reliability, the second-generation Toyota Tacoma is a used truck bargain where you don’t need to be afraid of too many miles on the clock. It’s also notable for its wide variety of different configurations with three cabs, two bed lengths, two engines (we recommend the V6) and four transmissions being available. That means whatever you can possibly be looking for in a midsize pickup can be found in a used second-gen Tacoma. It was also available in a lot of cool different trims like the TRD Sport geared towards on-road performance, the TRD Off-Road, which was more for the off-roading crowd, and the wild X-Runner which included a showy body kit, an upgraded suspension and sporty wheels and tires. Find a used Toyota Tacoma for sale