This breed of vehicles can outlast its owners and live forever

Pickup trucks are all the rage right now. Gone are the days when this breed was mostly chosen by the working class. These vehicles are built tough and durable. If you use them to their full potential, they also offer the maximum bang for the buck.

However, there are a lot of trucks out there that are as good as new because they haven’t been used and abused to their limit. That is one of the reasons why choosing a used pickup truck makes sense nowadays. Here’s a list of the top 10 best used trucks to buy today.

2007 NISSAN TITAN

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The earlier iterations of the Titan were not considered as reliable, but Nissan turned the game on its head with the 2007 model. It wasn’t a looker by any means, but 13 years later, it doesn’t look absurdly dated.

On the inside, it came with stuff like a navigation system, DVD player, and side airbags. If you hunt carefully, you’ll be able to find models equipped with the Pro-4X off-road package as well.

The Nissan Titan came packed with a 5.6-liter, V-8 mill under the hood that produced 317 ponies and 385 pound-feet of torque. It was available in two-wheel and four-wheel-drive configurations. Power was sent to the wheels via a five-speed automatic transmission. The truck could also tow 9,500 pounds, which isn’t bad by any means. You can find the 2007 Nissan Titan for as low as $8,000.

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2007 Nissan Titan specifications
Engine: 5.6-liter, V-8
Horsepower: 317 HP
Torque: 385 pound-feet
Transmission: Five-speed Automatic
Towing Capacity: Up to 9,500 pounds
Payload Capacity: Up to 1,950 pounds
Drive Type: Two-wheel- and Four-wheel-drive configurations

Read our full review on the 2007 NISSAN TITAN

2009 MITSUBISHI RAIDER LS

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Mitsubishi Rider

There are some models that bomb in the market due to a variety of reasons, and the Mitsubishi Raider LS is one of them.

People stayed away from the Raider LS due to one major issue that cropped up majorly in the 2006 model – rear diff locking up while driving.

Mitsubishi fixed this in the next model year, but guess it was too late. Despite the low selling volume, there’s no denying that the Raider LS was one of the most reliable trucks at the time in its class. It was powered by a 3.7-liter, V-6 engine that developed 210 horses and 235 pound-feet of torque.

Power was sent to the wheels via a six-speed manual gearbox. A four-speed auto gearbox was also available as an option. Towing and payload capacities were rated at 4,100 pounds and 1,650 pounds respectively. You can find 2009 models retailing around $10,000.

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2009 Mitsubishi Raider LS specifications
Engine: 3.7-liter, V-6
Horsepower: 210 HP
Torque: 235 pound-feet
Transmission: Six-speed Manual or Four-speed Automatic
Towing Capacity: Up to 4,100 pounds
Payload Capacity: Up to 1,600 pounds
Drive Type: Two-wheel- and Four-wheel-drive configurations

Read our full review on the 2009 MITSUBISHI RAIDER LS

2009 FORD F-250 SUPER DUTY

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The Ford F-250 is one of the best used pickup trucks.

The F-250 comes with the Blue Oval badge which is a testimony to its reliability. This full-sized pickup truck was offered with three engine options that included two V-8s – one gas and one diesel – along with a V-10 gas mill. The 6.4-liter, V-8 diesel makes 350 ponies and 650 pound-feet of torque. Power was sent to either the rear wheels or all the four wheels via a six-speed manual or a five-speed automatic gearbox. The truck could also tow up to 12,500 pounds and haul up to 3,150 pounds.

While it was a solid truck generally, the F-250 Super Duty has been reported with fuel pump and fuel pump driver module errors once it passed 100,000 miles on the odometer. The truck has quite a demand and finding any well-maintained model under less $12,000 would be difficult.

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2009 Ford F-250 Super Duty specifications
Engine: 6.4-liter, V-8
Horsepower: 350 HP
Torque: 650 pound-feet
Transmission: Six-speed Manual or Five-speed Automatic
Towing Capacity: Up to 12,500 pounds
Payload Capacity: Up to 3,150 pounds
Drive Type: Two-wheel- and Four-wheel-drive configurations

Read our full review on the 2009 FORD F-250 SUPER DUTY

2010 GMC CANYON

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The 2010 GMC Canyon came with polarizing looks and an interesting line up of engines – a 2.9-liter, four-cylinder mill, a five-pot, 3.7-liter unit, and a 5.3-liter, V-8 engine.

The V-8 engine churned out 300 ponies and 320 pound-feet of torque. You could choose between a five-speed manual and a four-speed automatic transmission that would send power to either the rear wheels or all of them. The maximum towing and payload capacities were rated at 6,000 and 1,422 pounds, respectively. A 2010 model starts around $12,000, but the prices go up for the V-8 option. However, it is one of the best-used pickups you can buy today.

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2010 GMC Canyon specifications
Engine: 5.3-liter, V-8
Horsepower: 300 HP
Torque: 320 pound-feet
Transmission: Five-speed Manual and a Four-speed Automatic
Towing Capacity: Up to 6,000 pounds
Payload Capacity: Up to 1,422 pounds
Drive Type: Two-wheel- and Four-wheel-drive configurations

2009 FORD RANGER

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The 2009 Ford Ranger is one of the most basic looking trucks on this list. In other words, it was the Internet Explorer in the Mozilla Firefox era.

But, don’t judge a book by its cover because the Ranger was a reliable truck otherwise. It was powered by a 2.3-liter, four-cylinder engine that made 143 horses and 154 pound-feet of torque. An FX4 off-road trim was also available and was a better option in all senses as it came with Ford’s 8.8 rear axle, a limited-slip differential, skid plates, tow hooks, Bilstein shocks, and 31-inch all-terrain tires.

A 4.0-liter, V-6 mill powered this trim and it produced 207 ponies and 238 pound-feet of torque. The latter could also tow up to 6,000 pounds and haul up to 1,260 pounds. Power was sent to the wheels via a five-speed manual or five-speed automatic. You can get decent examples for under $10,000.

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2009 Ford Ranger specifications
Engine: 4.0-liter, V-6
Horsepower: 207 HP
Torque: 238 pound-feet
Transmission: Five-speed Manual or Five-speed Automatic
Towing Capacity: Up to 6,000 pounds
Payload Capacity: Up to 1,260 pounds
Drive Type: Two-wheel- and Four-wheel-drive configurations

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2011 TOYOTA TUNDRA

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The Tundra makes for a perfect work truck. It is roomy, comfortable, and is highly reliable too. It was offered with a V-6 and two V-8s to choose from.

The 5.7-liter, V-8 engine produced 381 horses and 401 pound-feet of torque. Power is sent to the wheels via a six-speed automatic gearbox. The Tundra could also tow over 10,000 pounds. That is one of the reasons why the Tundra made for an excellent work truck. On the top trim, it even comes with stuff like GPS navigation, a rearview camera, rear-seat entertainment system with a nine-inch LCD screen, and so on. The Tundra commands a premium in the used markets and a 2011 model should be available in the ballpark of $16,000.

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2011 Toyota Tundra specifications
Engine: 5.7-liter, V-8
Horsepower: 381 HP
Torque: 401 pound-feet
Transmission: Six-speed Automatic
Towing Capacity: 10,100 pounds
Payload Capacity: Up to 1,720 pounds
Drive Type: Two-wheel- and Four-wheel-drive configurations

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2012 TOYOTA TACOMA

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The Tacoma is arguably the best small truck we have ever seen. It basically owns the compact truck segment. It wouldn’t be wrong to call it a compact truck segment’s Ford F-150.

When spec’d well, the Tacoma looks amazing and can go off the roads better with the utmost ease.

Its rock-solid reliability is the icing on the cake. As for the cons, the truck’s ride is rather choppy and the seats aren’t the best out there either. The base trims come with a 2.7-liter, four-cylinder engine that makes 159 ponies and 180 pound-feet of torque. However, we’d recommend you to get the larger 4.0-liter, V-6 mill that makes 236 horses and 266 pound-feet of twist. The former comes with a five-speed manual as standard, whereas the V-6 is mated to a five-speed automatic. The 2012 model saw a mighty increase in the towing capacity and the truck can now tow up to 6,400 pounds. Hunt the internet with a keen eye and you will be able to find examples with the optional TRD off-road package as well. The 2012 models generally sell in the ballpark of $18,000.

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2012 Toyota Tacoma specifications
Engine: 4.0-liter, V-6
Horsepower: 236 HP
Torque: 266 pound-feet
Transmission: Five-speed Automatic
Towing Capacity: 6,400 pounds
Payload Capacity: Up to 1,280 pounds
Drive Type: Two-wheel- and Four-wheel-drive configurations

Read our full review on the 2012 TOYOTA TACOMA

2012 HONDA RIDGELINE

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Honda is not your typical truck brand, but its offering, the Ridgeline, is good enough to strongly compete against its rivals, especially if you are looking for a truck that works like a good family hauler and doesn’t have a traditional truck appeal.

Honda has plonked in a 3.5-liter, V-6 engine under the hood that makes 250 horses and 247 pound-feet of torque. Power is sent to all the wheels via a five-speed automatic gearbox. As for the towing prowess, the Ridgeline can tow up to 5,000 pounds and haul 1,546 pounds. As is with any Honda product, the Ridgeline, too, commands a high price in the used market. That said, the Ridgeline is one of the best-used trucks under $20,000.

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2012 Honda Ridgeline specifications
Engine: 3.5-liter, V-6
Horsepower: 250 HP
Torque: 247 pound-feet
Transmission: Five-speed Automatic
Towing Capacity: 5,000 pounds
Payload Capacity: Up to 1,546 pounds
Drive Type: Four-wheel-drive configuration

Read our full review on the 2012 HONDA RIDGELINE

2017 CHEVROLET COLORADO

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The 2017 Chevy Colorado will tick all your boxes, especially related to infotainment and tech features since it’s a new model.

The company offered this baby Chevrolet Silverado in three guises – a 2.5-liter, four-cylinder mill, 2.8-liter, turbodiesel, and a 3.6-liter V-6.

The V-6 made 308 horses and 275 pound-feet of torque. This engine was mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission that sent power to all the wheels. With the turbodiesel, the Colorado can tow up to 7,700 pounds. The V-6 can pull around 7,000 pounds. Payload capacity is rated at 1,574 pounds. You’ll be able to find good examples for around $20,000.

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2017 Chevrolet Colorado specifications
Engine: 3.6-liter, V-6
Horsepower: 308 HP
Torque: 275 pound-feet
Transmission: Eight-speed Automatic
Towing Capacity: Up to 7,700 pounds
Payload Capacity: Up to 1,574 pounds
Drive Type: Two-wheel- and Four-wheel-drive configurations

Read our full review on the 2017 CHEVROLET COLORADO

2012 RAM 1500

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Ram has changed its fortunes in the last couple of years and has a loyal fan base. However, things were a little different in the early 2010s. T

he Ram 1500 was launched and it looked like a bulldog up front. There’s no doubt that eight years later, the truck looks dated.

However, it offers bang for the buck. Ram offered the 1500 with three engines – a 3.6-liter, V-6, 4.7-liter, V-8, and 5.7-liter, V-8. The 1500 with the biggest engine was targeted at people who wanted something more than a mere work truck. It churned out 390 horses and 407 pound-feet of torque.

Power was sent to either the rear wheels or all the wheels via a six-speed automatic transmission. The truck can tow up to 12,750 pounds and haul up to 1,781 pounds, depending on the trim. You should be able to find good models for under $20,000

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2013 Ram 1500

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2012 Ram 1500 specifications
Engine: 5.7-liter, V-8
Horsepower: 390 HP
Torque: 407 pound-feet
Transmission: Six-speed Automatic
Towing Capacity: Up to 12,750 pounds
Payload Capacity: Up to 1,781 pounds
Drive Type: Two-wheel- and Four-wheel-drive configurations

Read our full review on the 2012 RAM 1500

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Sidd Dhimaan
Associate Editor and Truck Expert - sidd@topspeed.com
Sidd joined the Topspeed.com team in 2017 as an intern and in less than a year he earned a full-time position as an associate editor and junior automotive expert. He is currently our pickup truck expert and focuses his attention on heavy-duty and off-road vehicles.  Read More
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