If you pay any attention to the vehicles that pass you on the roads today, then you already know just how popular trucks are. In fact, the three most popular “cars” sold today are all full-size pickups. It’s go big or go home! However, not everyone can afford to pay full price on a new pickup. That’s why we have rated the top 10 newer used trucks on the market today. All of these vehicles are only a couple of years old, so you can enjoy the latest tech features and a reduced price. Let’s start the countdown!
#10 – 2017 Honda Ridgeline
If you are in the market for a compact truck that offers car-like handling and a comfortable cabin, then a used Honda Ridgeline is a great pick. Fully redesigned for 2017, this four-door crew cab pickup is powered by a standard 3.5-liter V6 engine. Equipped with a 6-speed automatic transmission (2020 and newer models have a 9-speed if you can find one), it pushes out 280 hp and 262 lb-ft of torque. Thanks to its unique construction and available driver-assist features, the 2017 Ridgeline was even named a Top Safety Pick+ by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety – a rare honor for any pickup.
#9 – 2018 Toyota Tundra
For folks who prefer a full-size pickup, one of our favorites is the 2018 Toyota Tundra. Offering spacious rear seating for adults, it’s the perfect used truck for work crews. It comes in two body styles (Double Cab and CrewMax) and your choice between three bed lengths. There are also two engines to pick from, starting with the 4.6-liter V8 that makes 310 hp and 327 lb-ft of torque. The other is a 5.7-liter V8 that generates 381 hp and 401 lb-ft of torque. Available in several trims, we recommend looking for the TRD Sport or TRD Pro if you plan on taking this vehicle off the beaten path.
#8 – 2019 Ford Ranger
Reintroduced to the market for 2019, the latest Ford Ranger is a good all-around midsize truck. You can choose between the Super Cab and Crew Cab body styles and two different bed lengths. All 2019 Rangers use a 2.3-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine that pushes out 270 hp and 310 lb-ft of torque, balancing efficiency and power. Although this ride is only offered in three trims, it is very well-rounded and comes with some great safety features, including forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking.
#7 – 2016 Toyota Tacoma
Another midsize pickup that has made it onto our list is the Toyota Tacoma. While this sturdy model has made quite a name for itself over the years and you can easily find older models still going strong, the Tacoma was fully redesigned for 2016. Its reliability and overall toughness are what make it so popular. Available in Access and Double Cabs with two different bed lengths, this truck uses either a 2.7-liter 4-cylinder engine that delivers 159 hp and 180 lb-ft of torque or a 3.5-liter V6 that produces 278 hp and 265 lb-ft of torque. One nice feature of the Tacoma is that it is available with a manual transmission, which perfectly complements the performance-oriented TRD trims.
#6 – 2018 Nissan Frontier
Next up is the used 2018 Nissan Frontier. Although it isn’t as popular as some of the other models we’ve already talked about, that doesn’t mean that it doesn’t deserve its place on our list. Offered in Extended and Crew Cab body styles with two bed length options, this midsize truck was upgraded with Nissan Intelligent Mobility driver-assist features for 2018. The base engine is a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine that generates 152 hp and 171 lb-ft of torque. The second is a 4.0-liter V6 motor that makes 261 hp and 281 lb-ft of torque. Available in five trim levels, we recommend the Desert Runner for 2WD off-roading adventures or the Pro-4X for extreme off-roading.
#5 – 2019 Nissan Titan
Getting closer to the top of our list is the used 2019 Nissan Titan. This beast is Nissan’s full-size truck, and it is hard to pass up. Available in three body styles, you can choose between the Regular, King, or Crew Cab configurations. It also has three bed length options. No matter which one you pick, you will find a standard 5.6-liter V8 engine rumbling under the hood. Producing 390 hp and 394 lb-ft of torque, this beast can certainly roar. The 2019 model year also made a 7-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto standard. For off-roading, we recommend the Pro-4X trim. If you are more interested in luxury, then the Platinum Reserve trim is the one for you.
#4 – 2017 Chevy Colorado
The last used midsize truck on our list is the 2017 Chevy Colorado. Offered in Extended and Crew body styles with two bed lengths, this ride has two engines to choose from. It’s the only midsize truck on our list that offers three engine options, including a diesel. You can pick between a 2.5-liter I-4 with 200 hp and 191 lb-ft of torque, a 3.6-liter V6 that makes 308 hp and 275 lb-ft of torque, or the 2.8-liter turbo-diesel delivering 181 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque. With the diesel, the 2017 Colorado can tow an impressive 7,700 lbs. If you are looking for something better suited to off-roading, then the Z71 and ZR2 are the trims to keep an eye out for.
#3 – 2019 Ram 1500
Now we have reached the portion of our list where many people will disagree. The top three used trucks on our list are all full-size models that have expansive fan bases across the nation. The 2019 Ram 1500 introduced the fifth generation of this luxurious truck. Not only does it offer a smooth ride with its coil-spring rear suspension, but the available 12-inch touchscreen will keep you connected wherever you go. Of course, it has power as well as luxury, and its optional 5.7-liter V8 that makes 395 hp and 410 lb-ft of torque. It even boasts a mild-hybrid system that improves towing by filling out the torque curve and gives you a bit better fuel economy.
#2 – 2018 Ford F-150
Another used truck that has a cult following is the 2018 Ford F-150. We ranked it higher than the Ram 1500 due to its customization options. You can choose between Regular, SuperCab, and SuperCrew body styles along with three bed lengths. There are five different powertrains to choose from as well, starting with the 3.3-liter V6 that makes 290 hp and 265 lb-ft of torque. Next is the 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6 that pushes out 325 hp and 400 lb-ft of torque, which is followed by the 5.0-liter V8 that produces 395 hp and 400 lb-ft. Then, we have the 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 in two power grades. It can make 375 hp and 470 lb-ft with its standard tune or 450 hp and 510 lb-ft in its High Output version. Lastly, the diesel 3.0-liter PowerStroke V6 generates 250 hp and 440 lb-ft. Available in six trims, we recommend the legendary Ford Raptor for off-roading purposes.
#1 – 2019 Chevy Silverado / GMC Sierra
Despite being sold by different brands under different names, these two trucks are nearly identical twins and were redesigned for 2019. The Silverado provides a more rough and ready appearance, while the Sierra adds some more upscale looks and features. However, both of them are rock-solid. Offered in Regular, Double, and Crew Cab body styles with three bed length options, you can find the perfect match for you. Powered by one of four different engines, the performance output begins with the base 4.3-liter V6 engine that makes 285 hp and 305 lb-ft of torque. Upgraded options include a 2.7-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder motor that generates 310 hp and 348 lb-ft, a 5.3-liter V8 that pushes out 355 hp and 383 lb-ft, and a 6.2-liter V8 that produces 420 hp and 460 lb-ft. With the huge array of trims and options offered by both Chevy and GMC, you can easily find the perfect ride for your driving needs.
Find Used Trucks in DFW
Although we have narrowed down the list for you, picking a used truck really depends on your driving style and what you need it for. From midsize models to full-size trucks, and from off-road adventures to heavy towing, the used truck market offers something for everyone. Get in touch with your local used car dealer to find one of these great trucks today!