Today’s pickup trucks are more luxurious than ever before, with multiple trims, configurations, and packages that can help drivers create the ultimate ride for their lifestyle. Whether you’re into getting heavy work done or if off-roading adventures are more your cup of tea, there’s definitely a truck made just for that particular duty. Some of those pickup trucks can be extremely pricey right off the lot, but the good news for the value-minded shopper is that today’s used trucks last longer than ever before.
Most of the enhanced dependability and reliability come from the way modern trucks are engineered. They’re quite literally designed to last. And while new and exciting features come and go, the past five years have seen quite a few “here to stay” features in upper trims. If you’re looking for a higher trim truck, consider shopping for used trucks. Here are three used trucks that hit the sweet spot of value, reliability, and luxury, which means that, while they aren’t the least expensive trucks on the used truck lot, they’ll likely be a wise investment in the long run. Even better, they all come in a variety of options that will let you find the perfect used truck for your needs.
2018 Ram 1500
Ram was one of the first truck manufacturers to build a truck around a driver’s needs inside the cab and out, and their trucks have been gaining major accolades in recent years. With 11 possible trim selections, three engines, and a variety of cab/box configurations for the 2018 model, Ram has given drivers the ability to create their ideal truck, so you might notice that no two used Ram 1500s are alike. The 2018 Ram 1500 is offered in Regular Cab, Crew Cab, and Quad Cab formations, each of which can be paired to a variety of box lengths, which means the perfect combination of form and function can be found for any driver.
Ram’s reputation is built on power and performance, and the 2018 Ram 1500 is no exception. In fact, the 3.0 turbo-diesel V6 engine offered for this model year was one of the very few offered for half-ton pickup trucks. This engine supplies 240 horsepower and 420 lb-ft of torque to help drivers really get work done. But, if gasoline engines are more your thing, the 2018 Ram 1500 includes a quite capable 3.6L V6 that provides 305 horsepower and 269 lb-ft of torque, or a 5.7L HEMI V8 that increases those numbers considerably to the tune of 395 horsepower and 410 lb-ft of torque.
Some of the most popular features of the 2018 Ram are available on higher trims, including an 8.4-inch touchscreen Uconnect infotainment system with smartphone integration, a heated steering wheel, adjustable power seats, and LED bed lighting. Standard features across the lineup include a locking tailgate, USB ports, and a rearview camera. The 2018 Ram 1500 provides plenty of choices, making it a great option for those looking for a truck that is truly unique but still extremely capable of getting a variety of jobs done.
2017 GMC Sierra 1500
The GMC Sierra 1500 has long held a reputation as a workhorse, making it a sought-after partner for those looking for the ultimate machine for work and play. The 2017 GMC Sierra 1500 took things up a notch with excellent towing and a class-topping gasoline V8 engine. The engine in question is a 6.2L V8, which happily provides 420 horsepower and 460 lb-ft of torque.
Two other engines made the 2017 lineup, and while they can’t quite pull 12,500 pounds like the V8, they are all very capable. The base 4.3L V6 can pull up to 7,600 pounds, thanks to its 285 horsepower and 305 lb-ft of torque. The available 5.3L V8 engine option provides 355 horsepower and 383 lb-ft of torque and can tow up to 11,100 pounds. All three engines are designed with direct fuel injection and Active Fuel Management technology, which helps moderate fuel consumption from this otherwise quite large truck. In fact, rear-wheel drive versions of the 5.3L engine can get up to 24 miles per gallon on the highway.
The 2017 GMC Sierra 1500’s top trim, the Denali, unlocks the option for the 6.2L V8 and adds features many comfort-seeking drivers will appreciate, including leather bucket seats, a Bose audio system, and a very cool chrome grille and aggressive exterior appearance. The 2017 GMC Sierra 1500 may be a bit more streamlined than other pickup truck offerings for its model year; however, it more than makes up for that with power, performance, and comprehensive packages that help drivers hone in on features that matter most.
2016 Toyota Tundra
Even though the 2016 Toyota Tundra is the oldest used truck on this list, its features are still very relevant, and in some cases, not yet available as standard on many other brands. The 2016 Tundra offers standard touchscreen infotainment systems, Bluetooth phone connectivity, and power windows and door locks across the lineup. You also don’t have to opt for one of the top trims to gain features like premium audio, under-seat storage, and heated front seats. One fun addition to the Tundra lineup is the TRD Pro Off-Road Package, which adds Bilstein shocks, a two-inch front lift with TRD springs, and front skid plates for the ultimate in exploration and adventures.
All 2016 Toyota Tundra trucks are powered by a V8 engine, though drivers can choose which version they prefer. The 4.6L V8 provides 310 horsepower and 327 lb-ft of torque, giving it a commendable amount of power in its class. Those who want more can select the 5.7L V8 engine, which takes things up significantly with 381 horsepower and 401 lb-ft of torque. The larger engine can tow up to 10,500 pounds, and surprisingly doesn’t require much more fuel than the smaller V8. While four-wheel drive Tundras with the 4.6L engine can make 14 miles per gallon city and 18 miles per gallon highway, those with the larger engine and four-wheel drive drop just to 13 miles per gallon city and 17 miles per gallon highway.
Used Trucks Are a Bargain
New trucks depreciate quickly, yet used trucks retain their value for longer than ever. Those searching for a new work or adventure partner should look no further than their used truck dealership. Buying a used luxury truck can unlock an array of optional features and deluxe packages that might not be within your budget on a new truck. From towing packages to off-road addition, these trucks have been designed to meet a full range of driver needs and wants.
The 2018 Ram 1500, the 2017 GMC Sierra, and the 2016 Toyota Tundra are all trucks offered in versions ranging from very basic to incredibly comfortable. Drivers were given many opportunities to upgrade and customize these trucks when purchased new, which translates into being able to find a one-of-a-kind truck that meets all of your needs – including budget – when purchased used. Sure, you can buy a really expensive truck, but why not buy the truck you really want?