People are loading camping supplies into the bed of a 2017 Chevy Colorado.

Top 10 Best Used Trucks to Buy

If you are in the market for a used truck for sale, there is a sea of options available right at your fingertips. There are so many models to choose from that it can seem overwhelming when you first begin your search. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of the best used trucks to buy in 2020 to help you narrow down your choices.

#10 – Chevrolet Colorado

First up on our list is a pre-owned Chevy Colorado. As a mid-size pickup truck, this model is great for small families and people who need to perform light-duty tasks with their vehicles. Due to issues with reliability in the 2015 and 2016 models, it has earned a lower spot on our list. However, Colorado trucks from 2010-2012 and 2017-2019 all have good reliability ratings.

#9 – GMC Canyon

Similar to the Colorado, the GMC Canyon performs just as well. These two vehicles are like siblings, and they have almost identical reliability ratings for the same production years. Although the Canyon has faced some issues with the fuel system, paint, and exterior trims over the last decade, the overall performance of the powertrain lineup has been satisfactory.

#8 – Ford F-250

If you are searching for a heavy-duty used truck, then we recommend the Ford F-250. This HD model was especially strong during the 2013 and 2016 production runs. If you can find a used F-250 from either year, you will be pleasantly surprised at how reliable it is. Offered in three body styles, numerous trim levels, and plenty of power, you’ll be hard-pressed to find something you don’t love about this truck.

#7 – Chevrolet Avalanche

For folks looking for a used truck on a budget, we urge you to take a peek at a pre-owned Chevrolet Avalanche. While production for these trucks stopped in 2013, you can still find some durable models on the used vehicle market. During the last four years of production, the Avalanche earned above-average ratings for reliability. While you may not get the advanced technology of newer used models, you will still get amazing performance and a truck that will last quite a long time.

A silver 2013 Chevy Avalanche is driving over rocks.

#6 – Ford F-350

A Ford F-350 is quite a beast no matter which production year you are looking at. These heavy-duty trucks are ideal to buy used because you can get incredible power at a fraction of the price of a new model. Since 2011, every production run has resulted in a fleet of exceptional HD trucks that can handle any tough job you throw at them. If you want a truck for construction, utility, or agriculture, this is the perfect one to get.

#5 – Toyota Tacoma

While the Toyota Tacoma has a lot of issues prior to the 2016 redesign, the newer used models offer stellar performance. In fact, it’s not uncommon to see these trucks reaching upwards of 300,000 with minimal issues. Lightweight and affordable, a used Tacoma can go a long way in suiting your driving needs.

#4 – Nissan Frontier

Here’s a used truck that you probably weren’t expecting to be on this list! The Nissan Frontier is surprising in that it has performed better than average for the last decade consistently. Its sleek design, unique trims, and smooth-shifting CVT (continuously variable transmission) make it ideal for city and rural driving.

#3 – Honda Ridgeline

If you are looking for a compact pickup truck, then a used Honda Ridgeline is a great option. Coming in the top three picks on our list, this vehicle has done nothing but earn top reliability ratings over the last ten years. It is also one of the few trucks that have been consistently rated among truck owners as one of the most satisfying vehicles. There aren’t very many for sale on the used market because people love them so much. So, if you happen to come across one, we recommend snatching it up!

#2 – Toyota Tundra

While the headquarters for Toyota is based in Japan, the Tundra is made right here in the United States. Manufactured in Texas, this full-size pickup truck is a great used vehicle to buy. From the last nine years of surgery taken by Consumer Reports, the Tundra has earned the highest ratings for eight of those years. What’s even more impressive is that it has not had a redesign since 2007.

A popular used truck for sale, a black 2017 Ram 1500, is driving on a dirt road.

#1 – Ram 1500

Our favorite used truck to buy right now is the Ram 1500. Specifically, we love models from 2017 and above. The reason we like these trucks so much is because of the jaw-dropping power and the distinctive style. Used Ram 1500 models make an impression everywhere they go. Even folks who are not familiar with auto brands can recognize a Ram truck when they see one. Available in three body styles, numerous trims, and with a slew of powertrain choices, you can find a Ram 1500 truck that suits your driving needs perfectly.

Buying a Used Truck

If you are looking for a used truck, there are a few things that you need to understand before you sign any papers. First, you’ll find two types of used vehicles when you start your search––these are typical used vehicles and Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) vehicles.

A CPO vehicle will vary depending on the manufacturer, but usually, they are no older than 5 to 7 model years. This will vary though, as some manufacturers say up to 7 model years, and others will say 5 or less. All CPO models, regardless of the manufacturer, will undergo a rigorous inspection process and will come with extended warranties, roadside assistance, and sometimes special financing options.

We recommend setting a budget before you decide which type of pre-owned truck you want to buy since a CPO model will usually cost a bit more than a regular used model. This will help you stay within the expectations of your budget before you head to the lot. CPO models tend to be more expensive due to the added warranty protections and the inspection process.

When it comes down to narrowing down your search, there are a few major things to think about. The trucks in this list varied from heavy-duty options meant for hard work to light-duty trucks that might be suited more for carrying your tools around town. Figure out your exact needs, whether that is towing or payload, how many passengers you need to bring around town, and what you’ll need for cargo space. There is a truck for everyone; all you need to do is figure out what you’ll need to use it for.

Finding the Perfect Match

Now that you know about our top 10 favorite used trucks and what to look for, you should be ready to find the perfect model for you. At any used car lot, you’ll find plenty of options, and the perfect truck for you is waiting patiently for you.