Buyer’s Guide – 5 Great Used Pickups

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Buyer’s Guide - 5 Great Used PickupsWhether they are for work or play, Americans love their pickup trucks. While there are not a whole lot of things prettier than a brand new pickup, if you aren’t prepared they can give you a major case of sticker shock. The good news is that you can easily find a high-quality, late-model, used pickup at a reasonable price. Try used car websites like to find an outstanding selection of used pickups in every size, shape, and trim level. You can also check social media sites like Facebook and Craigslist for more great deals on experienced pickups. Here are five great used pickup trucks.

2003 – 2006 Chevrolet Silverado/GMC Sierra

2006 Chevrolet SilveradoThere is a lot to like about full-size GM trucks. They offer a lot of diversity combined with a modern appearance and extraordinary durability. Model lines and trim levels run the gambit from economic W/T (Work Truck) packages that feature a fuel efficient V6 engine to “Cowboy-Cadillacs” that demand respect with plush interiors and high-powered engines. Varied bed lengths and cab styles can be found in either two or four-wheel drive configurations.

2002-2008 Ram 1500

2008 Ram 1500Another full-size pickup, the Ram offers bold muscular styling and plenty of ponies under the hood to back it up. Single cab, extended cab, and crew cab models are available locally with long beds and short beds in every conceivable trim level. The Ram also features opulent interior trappings, cutting-edge technological gadgets, and tons of passenger capacity. With the 5.7-liter HEMI engine a suitably equipped Ram is capable of towing over four-tons.

2004-2008 Ford F-150

2008 ford f150When shopping for a used vehicle (in any segment) you can usually depend on the best-seller to provide some interesting candidates. Well equipped F-Series trucks can supply you with up to 11,000-pounds of towing prowess and 2,800-pounds of cargo handling capacity. While the interior surroundings of the F-150 don’t seem as plush as those found in our first two trucks, they are more than adequate and offer a certain comfortable simplicity. V6 and V8 engines combine with single cab, extended cab, and double cab styles to provide a truck that can meet virtually any need.

2005-2012 Toyota Tacoma

2012 toyota tacomaWith this entry we enter the realm of the mid-size pickup. This smaller version of the four-wheeled companion may not offer the towing and cargo capacity of the full-size trucks but they are more fuel efficient and they typically handle a lot like a sports car. The Tacoma’s economical and extremely durable four and six-cylinder engines (with up to 240hp) yield impressive acceleration and unrivaled longevity. The Tacoma has been in production for a sufficient period of time to “get all the bugs worked out” by now and should give you a very dependable truck for work or play.

2004-2009 Nissan Titan

2009 Nisan TitanLike most full-size import pickups, the Titan suffers from less than impressive fuel economy numbers. Nevertheless, the available 305hp 5.6-liter V8 engine lands this truck on the list for pure driving enjoyment alone. The Titan can also be found with leather upholstery and it has a towing capacity of 9,500-pounds. You can locate a Nissan Titan of your own at

S.M. Darby

S.M. Darby

I am a freelance author with over 25 years of experience as a professional, ASE certified automotive technician and shop owner, muscle car enthusiast, avid street racer, and classic car restoration specialist.