Anyone who has driven a truck knows that these models tend to be more expensive than other body styles because of their larger size, greater power, and improved capabilities. Luckily, their long-lasting nature counters the expensive price of new pickups. For those on a budget, a used truck will be significantly cheaper. Because this body style tends to be so reliable, you can even buy a model for under $10,000 and see it last for years to come. If you are in the market for an affordable used truck, consider one of these top choices that are less than $10,000.
2010 Dodge Dakota
The midsize 2010 Dodge Dakota should cost about $9,000. You may find it in four different trims and either an Extended or Crew cabin. The standard 3.7-liter V6 has 210 horsepower, which most drivers will find to be more than enough. Just be sure to go with a well-maintained model with low mileage, as 2010 Dakotas may require expensive repairs later in life.
2010 Ford Ranger
The 2011 Ford Ranger should put you back about $8,800, depending on the model you find. While the 2.3-liter 4-cylinder and 5-speed manual are good choices, see if you can find one with a 4-liter V6 and automatic. This combination delivers a towing capacity of 6,000 pounds and brisk acceleration. Overall, this is a very good truck with very few issues. While the left catalytic converter may fail at around 55,000 miles, it is covered for 80,000 or eight years, meaning a replacement won’t cost you anything.
2011 GMC Canyon
Costing about $9,600, the 2011 GMC Canyon can be a good choice if you want a used midsize pickup under $10,000. You can find a Canyon with either two-wheel drive or four-wheel drive and may spot an engine with four, five, or eight cylinders. The best choice is the 5.3-liter V8, although it does cost a bit more than the other options. There was a small issue with some throttle bodies, but that has extended warranty coverage, so you won’t have to pay a cent to fix it.
2007 Toyota Tacoma
If your preference is a midsize pickup, then consider the 2007 Toyota Tacoma, which should cost about $7,800. The Tacoma manages to keep going strong after 10 years thanks to its incredible dependability. This pickup has a long history of high resale value and reliability. Although it will increase the price slightly, look for a model with the V6 powertrain. This truck also has very few reported problems, meaning your time with it should be relatively hassle-free.
2008 Toyota Tundra
The 2008 Toyota Tundra will cost you about $9,800, although upgrading to the 5.7-liter V8 may bring you just over $10,000. Even so, this full-size pickup is a very strong choice between capability, reliability, and comfort. The cabin can be nice and roomy with features like electronic stability control and side airbags. This was the very first full-size truck to win an IIHS Top Safety Pick award. Because of a minor issue with the auxiliary air-pump system, which is easily resolved, the warranty was extended to 150,000 miles and 10 years, making it an even better deal.