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7 Great Used Pickup Trucks Under $20,000

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If you're interested in buying a pickup truck, you probably realize that many of today's most popular trucks have gotten very expensive. The Ford F-150, for example, now starts around $27,000, and upscale versions can easily flirt with $60,000. If you don't have that kind of budget, our latest list is for you. We've listed seven great used pickup trucks you can buy if your budget tops out at around $20,000.

2007-2012 Chevrolet Avalanche

Unlike many of the trucks on our list, the Chevrolet Avalanche wasn't available with an enormous amount of engine choices or an endless array of body-style and bed configurations. In fact, it offered just one option, a V8-powered crew cab variant heavily based on the Chevy Suburban and Tahoe. Many drivers loved the Avalanche, as it combined a refined, comfortable passenger cabin with a large bed for gear, bikes or even typical jobsite materials. While the Avalanche was once a very pricey truck, the pickup is now easy to find within our budget. There are nearly 1,200 different examples listed on Autotrader around the country for around $20,000 or less.

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2007-2013 Chevrolet Silverado 1500

The Chevrolet Silverado is a highly popular full-size pickup that offers a huge selection of body-style options, cab configurations and engine choices. If you're interested in a last-generation Silverado, our budget will buy just about all of them, as there are more than 7,000 different 2007-2013 Silverado 1500 models currently listed on Autotrader for around $20,000 or less. Of course, we always suggest selecting the right truck for your needs, but in this case, we also recommend simultaneously searching for a plush LTZ model, which features dual-zone automatic climate control, leather upholstery and heated front seats.

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2009-2014 Ford F-150

The Ford F-150 is a handsome pickup that has held the title of America's best-selling vehicle for decades, along with its brawny Super Duty stablemates. There are a lot of reasons why the F-150 has remained so popular, including legendary capability and a something-for-everyone approach to body styles, cab configurations and engine choices. If you're interested in an F-150, you should have no trouble finding a wide range of last-generation models on Autotrader, as there are more than 3,800 examples that fit our price range, many of which tout useful crew cab body styles, V8 power and luxurious equipment.

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2005-2015 Nissan Frontier

The Nissan Frontier is one of our favorite used pickup trucks, in part due to its simplicity and capability. While it may not offer the latest in features or technology, the Frontier touts dependable powertrains, simple mechanics and a long-lasting design that prioritizes function over form. It also offers regular cab, extended cab or crew cab body styles, along with an available muscular 260-horsepower 4.0-liter V6. If you don't need the brawny capabilities of a full-size truck, we highly recommend a used 2005-2015 Frontier, especially since there are more than 2,800 different models currently listed on Autotrader, which means you'll have a lot of options to pick from.

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2006-2012 Honda Ridgeline

If you want a truck without the brawny, bulky drawbacks of most models, you'll probably want to consider the 2006-2012 Honda Ridgeline. Based on the midsize Honda Pilot SUV and featuring a V6 engine instead of a huge V8, the Ridgeline touted some unique features, like a standard crew cab body style, a powertrain that focused more on fuel economy than towing or hauling capabilities and a unique in-bed cargo system. We also happened to like the Ridgeline's blocky styling, which grew on us over time. Interested in the unique Honda pickup truck? You should have no trouble finding a good used example on Autotrader within our budget, as there are more than 600 different Rldgeline models currently listed for around $20,000 or less.

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2009-2010 Dodge Ram 1500/2011-2014 Ram 1500

The muscular Dodge Ram 1500, simply renamed the Ram 1500 beginning with the 2011 model year, is a full-size pickup and a close competitor to the Ford F-150 and Chevy Silverado. But the Ram offers some unique features, like a storage system built into the truck's bed rails, optional air suspension and even a diesel powertrain, in later models. We also happen to like its bold styling, which stands out from the more understated Chevy Silverado, Ford F-150 and Toyota Tundra. If you're interested in a Ram, you should have no trouble finding a 2009-2014 model on Autotrader, as there are currently more than 2,800 examples to choose from within our $20,000 budget.

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2008-2012 Toyota Tundra

The second-generation Toyota Tundra is an excellent pickup whose benefits mirror those of rivals, like the Dodge Ram, Ford F-150 and Chevy Silverado. In other words, expect a lot of engine choices, several cab options and a few different bed configurations. Like those models, the Tundra also boasts a wide range of trim levels, from a basic SR5 version to a leather-lined Platinum model. While the Tundra is less common than its domestic rivals, you should still have no trouble finding a 2008-2012 model within our budget, as there are currently more than 650 different examples available nationwide on Autotrader for around $20,000 or less.

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