Why do we buy trucks or any kind of vehicle for that matter? This is the fundamental question that we ought to answer when shopping for a machine. From our end, we think that the primary reason why people buy pickup trucks is that they need to feel big and badass on the road. Okay, scratch that. We buy pickup trucks because they serve as big family cars. We can carry and tow stuff around with them, so they are basically multipurpose! Trucks are great no doubt. But then right after comes the even more critical question, that one about finances. It's true that these beasts can cost an arm and a leg. The good news is, you do not have to be El Chapo or Rick Ross to own one of these. For a really reasonable price, you can have a ride that will stick with you for the long haul- both literally and, ummmh, figuratively. Good used trucks let you enjoy the perks of riding a pickup truck at the cost of owning a sedan. This is why you have to be very careful not to get a weakling that will crumble mid-way. Then you have to deal with some dealer who will proudly let you know that you got what you paid for. We took a walk (more of a drive) around looking for some serious second-hand workhorses that are as bulletproof as titanium and remain below the red line when it comes to guzzling that precious gallon. Take a look at some of the best-used symbols of American heritage that will cost you less than $10,000.
How will the 2009-2013 Chevrolet Avalanche improve my lifestyle?
This one is at the very top for a good reason; it has got a midgate which allows you to extend the length of the cargo bed and a V-8 engine that is capable of operating on just four cylinders on Active Fuel Management technology. The Avalanche is based on the Chevy suburban program and has enough space to ferry 5 or six adults. It features variations of a V-8 engine that produce 312-366 horses depending on the model year. In 2009, this truck received an optional four-wheel drive and a 6-speed automatic transmission. It is capable of hauling a payload of 121lbs and towing as much as 8000 lbs. The Avalanche combines the looks of an SUV with a truck's open-bed capabilities.
How effective is the 2005-2014 Ford F-150?
For as long as most of us can remember, the Ford F-series has remained to be the best selling vehicle in the US. The 2007 Lariat model, in particular, could be a good deal with its interior styling and modern communication devices. It is available with a 4.6 liter V8, a 4.2 liter V6 or a 5.4 liter Triton V8 which produces more than enough horsepower and good fuel economy for daily use. The best engine option according to us is the V8 which is a great performer that goes slow on the gas.
How good is the 2009-2012 GMC Canyon?
In recent years, the GMC Canyon which happens to be the Chevy Colorado's twin has gained a lot of street credit for offering packages that could not only do well on tarmac but also in the dirt. Available engine options in the Canyon include a 2.9-liter 4-cylinder making 185 horsepower, a 3.7-liter 5-cylinder generating 242 horsepower, and a 5.3-liter V-8 producing 300 horsepower. A 2012 Canyon can handle as much as 1741 pounds of payload and tow 5500 lbs depending on configuration.
What makes the 2012 GMC Sierra 1500 tick?
The 2012 GMC Sierra may not have had the most comfortable seats when it hit the market, but it still made it to the list of top trucks of the year. It had powerful engines and an interior loaded with high-quality materials. It is famed for being a dependable truck which is a good indicator that a used one could still come in handy.
What about the 2012 and 2014 Honda Ridgeline?
The 2012 and 2014 Honda Ridgelines made their way to the hall of fame for handling pretty much like a sedan. This truck also boasts of a spacious interior and comfortable rear seats in addition to innovative cargo solutions. The 2014 Ridgeline is equipped with a 250-hp 3.5-liter V-6 paired with an automatic five-speed transmission.