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7 Good Used Midsize Pickups Under $5,000 for 2019

Thanks to their inherent utility, trucks tend to hold their values quite well, making it tough to find one on a tight budget. Still, cheap pickups are out there, and with a little hunting, you can find one that’s both practical and reliable for a good price. Here, we’ll outline seven used midsize pickups available for around $5,000 or less.

1998-2011 Ford Ranger

The Ford Ranger nameplate was first used on a midsize pickup here in the U.S. back in 1983. The Ranger evolved over the years, and the third-generation model, sold from 1998 through 2012, can now be found for around $5,000, with close to 500 listed on Autotrader that would fit within this budget. Of these, just under 150 come with 4-wheel drive. While most of the trucks on this list are available in practical crew cab configurations with room for up to five people, the Ranger was only offered in single and extended cab body styles, the latter of which offered room for two additional passengers, in a pinch. Find a Ford Ranger for sale

2004-2012 Chevrolet Colorado

2004-2012 Chevrolet Colorado

The Chevrolet Colorado replaced the S-10 when it came out in 2004. Powertrain options were a range of 4- and 5-cylinder engines offered over the years, the latter of which competed with the 6-cylinder engines offered by the competition. There was also a V8 offered from 2009-2012, although you’re unlikely to find one of these for anywhere close to $5,000. Right now on Autotrader, there are around 150 2004-2012 Chevrolet Colorados listed for around $5,000, of which about 50 come with 4WD. Find a Chevrolet Colorado for sale

2004-2012 GMC Canyon

2004-2012 GMC Canyon

The Canyon is another good option for anyone browsing for cheap midsize pickups. Virtually identical to the Chevrolet Colorado, the Canyon offered the same features, body styles and engine options as its corporate sibling. The Canyon was a bit rarer though than its mainstream sibling, and there are currently only around 30 listed on Autotrader for about $5,000. Find a GMC Canyon for sale

1998-2005 Nissan Frontier

1998-2005 Nissan Frontier

The Nissan Frontier is one of the newest pickups you’ll be able to find at the $5,000 mark. The original Frontier replaced the Nissan Hardbody pickup and came out for 1998 model year. The second-generation Frontier was introduced for 2005, and is still on sale today –virtually unchanged — making it 15 years since the Frontier has seen a legitimate redesign. There aren’t all that many second-generation Frontiers listed in the $5,000 range, with only about 50 to choose from, and only a few come with 4WD. Options are greater if you open up your search to include 1998-2004 models from the Frontier’s first-generation, with just over 100 listed for under $5k. Find a Nissan Frontier for sale

1995-2004 Toyota Tacoma

1995-2004 Toyota Tacoma and 1988-1994 Toyota Pickup

The Tacoma is famous for its resale value and therefore, it’s tough to find these for under $5,000, with only around 100 listed on Autotrader that would fit the bill, under 40 of which are 4WD models. Buyers willing to sacrifice modernity can look back to the Toyota Pickup, which preceded the Tacoma and was offered from 1988-1994, although there are only a few of these listed on Autotrader. Find a Toyota Tacoma for sale or Find a Toyota Pickup for sale

1987-2011 Dodge Dakota

1987-2011 Dodge Dakota

Dodge’s midsize pickup, the Dakota was sold all the way from 1987 to 2011, and it’s currently pretty easy to find second and third generation models for around $5,000. Both generations were unique in that they were offered with an available V8 engine, something rarely seen in the midsize pickup segment. Currently on Autotrader, there are around 400 Dodge Dakotas listed for around $5,000 or less. Of these, just under half come with 4WD. Just over 50 of these 4×4 models are from the Dakota’s third-generation, built from 2005-2011, while the remaining 150 are primarily from the second generation, sold from 1997-2004. Find a Dodge Dakota for sale

2005-2009 Mitsubishi Raider

2005-2009 Mitsubishi Raider

The Raider is the most obscure pickup on this list. Basically a re-skinned Dodge Dakota, the Raider was the last pickup to be offered by Mitsubishi in the U.S., with sales lasting from 2005 to 2009. Both the Dakota’s V6 and V8 engines were offered, as were extended and crew-cab body styles. Overall, the Raider does little to differentiate itself from the more popular Dakota, and buyers should really only seek one out as a Dakota alternative. There are currently only about 50 Raiders listed on Autotrader in total, eight of which carry asking prices in the vicinity of $5,000. Find a Mitsubishi Raider for sale

Chris O'Neill
Chris O'Neill is an author specializing in competitive analysis, consumer recommendations, and adventure-driven enthusiast content. A lifelong car enthusiast, he worked in the auto industry for a bit, helping Germans design cars for Americans, and now lives in Salt Lake City, Utah. He runs an Instagram account, @MountainWestCarSpotter, which in his own words is "actually pretty good", and has a... Read More

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