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10 Best Used Midsize Pickups Under $15,000


Whether you’re after utility, rugged capability, or some combination of the two, midsize pickup trucks can strike a great balance.

Over the last year, vehicle prices have skyrocketed — particularly for pickup trucks. This may leave you concerned that you won’t find a good midsize truck for $15,000 or less.

Fear not! We’ve done the work for you, so you can treat our list of the 10 best used midsize trucks like a shopping list.

1. 2010-2012 Chevrolet Colorado

2012 Chevrolet Colorado

While you might find the occasional 2015-or-newer Chevy Colorado for $15,000 or less, odds are it’ll have the low-power 4-cylinder engine, a lot of miles, or perhaps both. The previous-generation model that was sold here through the 2012 model year remains a solid used truck value, however, especially with its optional V8 engine. See Chevrolet Colorado models for sale

2. 2008-2011 Dodge Dakota

2011 Dodge Dakota

Bigger than a typical midsize truck of its era, the Dakota serves up a spacious cabin and a wide array of standard and optional features. Its V8 engine adds extra appeal, too. If anything, the old Dakota may have you scratching your head as to why Dodge discontinued this once-popular model. See Dodge Dakota models for sale

3. 2009-2011 Ford Ranger

2011 Ford Ranger

Ford’s evergreen Ranger is a good truck with a strong reputation for dependability. Its 6-cylinder engines offer decent power and its available 5-speed automatic transmission was a rarity for the time. For $15,000 or less, you may be able to find a very nice late-production Ranger, too. See Ford Ranger models for sale

4. 2010-2012 GMC Canyon

2012 GMC Canyon

If you like the Colorado but want something a little less common, seek out GMC’s version. These two trucks were functionally identical, though they differed a bit in terms of trim levels and features. You may find a Canyon to be just the ticket. See GMC Canyon models for sale

5. 2010-2013 Honda Ridgeline

2013 Honda Ridgeline

Offered in a single crew-cab configuration with a relatively small bed, the Honda Ridgeline prioritizes everyday comfort over maximum utility. For most shoppers, that’s just fine, and those inclined to seek one out will find car-like handling and an especially smooth ride — plus Honda’s sterling assembly quality. See Honda Ridgeline models for sale

6. 2007-2009 Mazda B-Series

2009 Mazda B-Series

Mazda’s version of the Ford Ranger offered everything with like about the Blue Oval’s truck but with a different badge. These trucks are a great value for shoppers who want something a bit out of the ordinary, but as with so many of these models they may be pretty tricky to find. See Mazda B-Series models for sale

7. 2006-2008 Mitsubishi Raider

2008 Mitsubishi Raider

Yes, Mitsubishi offered a pickup here in the U.S. as late as the 2008 model year, but you’re going to want to set an Autotrader alert to find one of these rare machines. The Raider was a Dodge Dakota with slightly different styling and shuffled features depending on the trim level. See Mitsubishi Raider models for sale

8. 2014-2018 Nissan Frontier

2018 Nissan Frontier

Built for the better part of 15 years, the previous-generation Frontier earned a deserved reputation for durability. These trucks offered a strong V6 engine and a tough attitude, but they are also comfortable on-road — and you might be able to find one with the rare manual transmission option. See Nissan Frontier models for sale

9. 2010-2012 Suzuki Equator

2012 Suzuki Equator

What? Suzuki made a pickup truck? Well, not quite. The Equator was a Nissan Frontier with a different grille, but almost nobody remembers it (aside from you now that you’ve read our list). That makes these trucks — if you can find one — a spectacular value. See Suzuki Equator models for sale

10. 2008-2012 Toyota Tacoma

2012 Toyota Tacoma

Few vehicles have as healthy a resale value as the Toyota Tacoma, so you’re going to have to dial your calendar back a bit to find one for $15,000 or less — unless you are OK with a 4-cylinder engine and rear-wheel drive. But these trucks are definitely worth seeking out since they have a solid reputation for holding up to just about anything. See Toyota Tacoma models for sale

10 Best Used Midsized Pickups Under $15,000

1. 2010-2012 Chevrolet Colorado
2. 2008-2011 Dodge Dakota
3. 2009-2011 Ford Ranger
4. 2010-2012 GMC Canyon
5. 2010-2013 Honda Ridgeline
6. 2007-2009 Mazda B-Series
7. 2006-2008 Mitsubishi Raider
8. 2014-2018 Nissan Frontier
9. 2010-2012 Suzuki Equator
10. 2008-2012 Toyota Tacoma

Eric Brandt
Eric Brandt is an author specializing in Oversteer content, new car reviews, and finding the best car, truck, and SUV deals each month. Born and raised in Wisconsin, Eric can often be found exploring the north woods on his 1983 Honda Gold Wing when the weather allows it. Father of four, husband of one, and unapologetic minivan enthusiast. Eric mastered driving stick by having a 3-cylinder Chevy... Read More about Eric Brandt

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