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author photo by Chris O'Neill July 2019

With every passing model year, pickups seem to be getting more and more expensive. While trucks will always be about functionality first and foremost, automakers have taken to offering more capable, more luxurious trim levels in recent years, and before long, we'll be seeing trucks selling in the 6-figure range. Fear not though, because as long as there's a need for simple work trucks, affordable options will always be out there. Here are some of our favorite pickups under $50,000 for 2019.

2020 Toyota Tacoma

2020 Toyota Tacoma

Aside from the new Jeep Gladiator, $50,000 is pretty much the price ceiling for any new midsize pickup on sale today. When it comes to the venerable Toyota Tacoma, this means that for your $50,000, you can get a top-of-the line, off-road ready TRD Pro model, which comes in at around $47,000 when factoring in delivery fees. The TRD Pro comes with Fox-tuned shock absorbers, black TRD wheels with a wider offset, a TRD front skid plate, black leather seats, darkened headlights and taillights, and some additional appearance bits. There's also an optional accessory snorkel that raises the Tacoma's air intake from under the hood to atop the A-pillar, allowing the engine to breathe cleaner air. Vehicles in Toyota's TRD Pro Line are offered in three different colors: black, white, and one special color. For 2019, that color is Voodoo Blue, but for 2020 it's Army Green. Another reason to wait for 2020 -- the Tacoma gets an update for the coming model year that will see it gain a power driver's seat, a new infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, restyled headlights and other trim bits, and a new camera system on certain trims that allows you to not only see around the vehicle, but underneath it, as well. Find a Toyota Tacoma for sale

2020 Jeep Gladiator

2020 Jeep Gladiator

The Gladiator is the newest midsize pickup on sale today, not to mention one of the most exciting new vehicles to launch this year. While the rest of the midsize pickups on sale today come with an independent front suspension, the Gladiator has a solid front axle to go with its solid rear axle, just like the Wrangler on which it is based. While competitors offer both extended and crew cab designs with two different bed lengths, the Gladiator is offered as a crew cab with a 5-foot short bed only, as this is the most popular configuration among midsize truck buyers. With a starting price of around $35,000, buyers with a budget of $50k have a lot of room for options when it comes to the Gladiator. Depending on your needs, we recommend one of two trim levels. The Overland model is the more comfort-oriented trim, offering 18-in alloy wheels, body-colored fenders, running boards and a leather interior. Prices for the Overland start at about $43,000 when factoring in delivery fees. On the other end of the spectrum is the Gladiator Rubicon, which offers a bevy of off-road features, from all-terrain tires to a Fox suspension, to locking front and rear differentials, rock rails, a disconnecting front sway bar and more. Add options to either one of these trims and you can get to $50,000 pretty quickly, as a fully loaded Overland tops out at around $55,000, while a top-of-the-line Rubicon comes in at closer to $60,000. Altogether, a new Gladiator is one of the coolest pickups under $50,000 you'll find for sale in 2019. Find a Jeep Gladiator for sale

2019 Chevrolet Colorado

2019 Chevrolet Colorado

As has been the theme so far with every midsize pickup on this list, $50,000 will buy you the most decked-out Colorado available: the off-road-oriented ZR2. The ZR2 comes with a unique "spool-valve" off-road suspension co-developed by General Motors and Multimatic, locking front and rear differentials, rock rails, unique front and rear fascias, all-terrain tires, and some stylistic touches. One way that the ZR2 differentiates itself from the rest of the off-road truck segment is by offering an optional diesel engine, which offers low-end grunt and a respectable towing capacity despite being pretty low on usable power. Additionally, the ZR2 is offered as either an extended cab with a 6-foot bed, or as a crew cab with a 5-foot bed. There's also a ZR2 Bison model, which was co-developed with American Expedition Vehicles, and offers increased body armor, steel bumpers, unique wheels and a few other touches that make it nearly impervious to rocks and other debris on the trail. The ZR2 starts at about $43,000 for a basic extended cab model with the gas V6 engine and tops out at around $53,000 for a loaded crew cab ZR2 Bison with the diesel. Find a Chevrolet Colorado for sale

2019 Ford Ranger

2019 Ford Ranger

The reborn Ford Ranger without question raises the bar in the midsize pickup segment. For starters, it's got probably the best powertrain out of the bunch: a 2.3-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder putting down 270 hp and 310 lb-ft of torque, and paired with a highly regarded 10-speed automatic transmission. Additionally, the Ranger's infotainment system and safety features are on point, with Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, and a bevy of active safety tech like adaptive cruise control, automatic high beams, lane keeping assist, and more available at minimal extra cost. Ford also options the Ranger differently than other automakers do their own midsize trucks. Instead of offering one off-road oriented trim, Ford bundles the Ranger's available off-road features into the FX4 package, which is available on all three of the vehicle's trim levels: XL, XLT, and Lariat. On the other hand, while a Raptor variant is offered overseas, Ford doesn't offer a top-dog off-road variant of the Ranger here in the U.S. to compete with the likes of the Colorado ZR2, the Tacoma TRD-Pro and the Gladiator Rubicon. This leaves the truck to serve more volume-selling, meat-and-potatoes areas of the midsize pickup market, although we expect a high-performance off-roader is coming down the line. The Ranger starts at $33,000 and reaches $47,000 in fully loaded Lariat guise with the FX4 package, leaving buyers on a budget of $50k plenty of coin leftover for toys and gear to load into the bed. Find a Ford Ranger for sale

2019 Honda Ridgeline

2019 Honda Ridgeline

Based on the same platform as the Pilot family SUV, the Ridgeline is the only unibody pickup on sale in the U.S. today. While every other truck on this list uses a body-on-frame design, the Ridgeline combines the two, which allows for better fuel economy and more comfortable driving dynamics. While it doesn't offer quite as much towing and payload capacity as the other midsize trucks on this list, it's capable enough for most users. The Ridgeline also has some tricks up its sleeve, like an in-bed sound system, a lockable storage compartment under the bed floor, and a tailgate that can fold down in the traditional way, or open from the side for easier access to your cargo. Power comes from a 3.5-liter V6 making 280 hp and 262 lb-ft of torque and paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission. Available with either front- or all-wheel drive, the Ridgeline can tow up to 5,000 pounds and haul up to 1,586 pounds. Fuel economy comes in at 19 miles per gallon in the city and 26 mpg on the highway. Buyers can have any Ridgeline they want for under $50,000, as even a fully-loaded Black Edition comes in at around $45,000 and offers a variety of safety features along with leather seats and Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility. Find a Honda Ridgeline for sale

2019 Ford F-150

2019 Ford F-150

Although the high-performance Raptor and luxed-out Limited trims tend to get all of the attention, the F-150 has some pretty compelling offerings in its lower-tiered trim levels as well. For our $50k, we'd target a 4-wheel drive F-150 Lariat equipped with the top-of-the-line 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 engine along with some combination of the Technology, FX4, and blind spot monitoring packages. The FX4 package gets you a locking rear differential with lower gearing, skid plates, a tougher suspension and more, while the tech package adds a 360-degree camera, parking assist and lane-departure warning. The blind spot package -- known as equipment group 501A -- comes with blind spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert and trailer tow monitoring, remote start with a remote tailgate release, a reverse sensing system, and LED spotlights located on the side view mirrors. Find a Ford F-150 for sale

2019 Ram 1500

2019 Ram 1500

All-new for 2019, the Ram 1500 comes with an attractive new design inside and out, and easily offers the nicest interior in the full-size truck segment. Given the Ram's newfound appeal, we feel that buyers who typically shop Ford and GM should give it strong consideration. With $50k to spend on a new Ram 1500, we'd probably look to a 4WD, nicely equipped Big Horn or Lone Star with the crew cab, or a lower-end Laramie or Rebel. Opting for a more economical Big Horn or Lone Star means you can afford the more potent 5.7-liter V8 engine along with the more spacious crew-cab body style. Going with a Laramie or Rebel limits you somewhat in the options you can add, but earns you more standard features like heated and ventilated 12-way power adjustable seats in the case of the Laramie, and LED lighting along with loads of off-road capability in the case of the Rebel. Both upper trims also open the door to the optional massive 12-in infotainment display. Find a Ram 1500 for sale

2019 Chevrolet Silverado

2019 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra

Like the Ram 1500, the Silverado has been redesigned for 2019 and now offers controversial new exterior styling along with an interior that has been updated, but only somewhat. For $50,000, buyers of the new Silverado should look to middle-of-the-pack trims like the Custom Trailboss, LT and RST. The Trailboss offers a unique off-road aesthetic, some of which is functional. The LT model adds more basic features, while the RST exchanges chrome for body-colored trim pieces for a sportier, streamlined appearance. Regardless of which trim you choose, we like the Silverado's 5.3-liter V8 at this price point, as it offers a good ratio of cost to capability, with 355 hp and 383 lb-ft of torque on tap, paired with an 8-speed automatic transmission. Find a Chevrolet Silverado for sale

When it comes to the GMC Sierra, which is still virtually identical to the Silverado despite GM's attempts to convince you otherwise by giving it unique exterior sheet metal, the SLE model is the one to get for $50,000, and again we recommend the 5.3-liter V8. Find a GMC Sierra for sale

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