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10 Most Reliable Used Pickups Under $10k

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Used PickupWhether you work behind a desk or from the back of a bull dozier, sooner or later you will find yourself needing a pickup truck. Americans sure love their trucks, proving this fact by making the best selling automobile nationwide a Ford F-150 pickup for many years running. While pickups are great to have they are not cheap to buy, unless you think smart and buy used. An educated consumer that does his/her research can locate a high-quality, low mileage used pickup for roughly half the price of the latest model. Why pay more, when you can purchase a used pickup truck and avoid the dreaded depreciation blues often associated with the privilege of peeling the sticker from a new one?

Utilize used car websites like BestRide.com to help you find great deals on the perfect used pickup truck. There are thousands (literally) of super-reliable low-mileage pickups, just like these, listed for sale right now.

2005 Nissan Titan

This is the full-sized Nissan pickup truck with plenty of power and plenty of space in the cabin. It comes equipped with a 5.6-liter V8 engine and can be found with either an automatic or standard transmission in two or four-wheel drive. The Titan is offered in crew or king cab varieties, with three trim levels that take you from sparse to swanky, depending upon your taste. The big 5.6-liter engine puts out 305hp and the two-wheel drive version gets 13 mpg city/17 mpg highway.

2009 Mitsubishi Raider LS

Although not built for awesome displays of power, Raider pickups are ruggedly reliable and built for the long haul. Available in extended and double cab varieties to accommodate and carry whatever workforce you deem necessary, the Raider is surprisingly spacious on the inside. It is powered by a 210hp 3.6-liter V6 engine that manages fuel efficiency numbers of 16 mpg city/20 mpg highway. The only transmission available for the double-cab was a four-speed automatic but it is possible to locate the extended cab version with a six-speed manual gearbox.

2006 Ford Ranger

Tried and tested, the Ford Ranger has time and time again proven that it can handle the workload. Engine options for the Ranger include a 2.3-liter four-cylinder and a 3.0-liter V6. Naturally, the four-cylinder engine is more fuel efficient earning a fuel economy rating of 21 mpg city/27 mpg highway, while the V6 loses a little with 16 mpg city/21 mpg highway. Both engines are adequately powerful for ordinary working loads, just don’t expect to pull any heavy trailers or snake any logs.

2004 Nissan Frontier XE

Nissan’s compact pickup truck is the Frontier. The Frontier is available as either an extended cab (known as the King Cab) or four-door (known as the Crew Cab). The Frontier King Cab is offered with three engine choices. The first is a 2.4-liter four-cylinder with 143hp, a naturally aspirated 3.3-liter V6 that has 180hp and a supercharged 3.3-liter V6 the pounds out 210hp. The Crew Cab is only available with the 3.3-liter or SC 3.3-liter engine.

2003 Toyota Tundra SR5

The full-sized Toyota Tundra, in SR5 trim, features a powerful 4.7-liter V8 engine, four-speed automatic transmission, and four-wheel driveline. Providing 245hp and 315 lb.-ft. of torque never seemed easier than when driving this truck. It will certainly go anywhere you have the mind to take it and haul a sizable amount of cargo along the way. Like most full-sized Japanese pickups, the Tundra doesn’t specialize in great fuel mileage but if torque and power are what you need in a work truck, this is it.

2007 Ford F-150

Like most Ford pickup trucks, the Lariat model is as at home at the opera as it is on the ranch. With top-tier interior and exterior styling and the latest communication, audio, and connectivity features, the 2007 F-150 Lariats should still have a lot of life left in it. Available with a 4.2-liter V6, 4.6-liter V8, or a 5.4-liter Triton V8, there is a horsepower and fuel economy option for everyone. I recommend that you stay with the V8s; they feature excellent fuel mileage and more power.

2007 Chevrolet Colorado

The mid-sized Colorado pickup is one of the most eye appealing trucks on the market. It is also one of the safest trucks to drive with a plethora of airbags standard, including a first in class roof mounted side curtain airbag. Unfortunately, the Colorado is also no powerhouse but with a 2.8-liter V6 engine that only produces 175hp it gets great fuel mileage and it is really reliable.

2007 Dodge Ram 2500

The Dodge Ram full-sized pickups have developed quite a reputation as a real workhorse with extraordinary durability. It is available with a gasoline powered 5.7-liter v8 that generates 345hp and 375 lb.-ft. of torque or two different diesel engines. Early production 2007 model 2500s were equipped with the older 5.9-liter diesel engines which were adequately powerful but later versions came with the 6.7-liter diesel engine that was more powerful. It produced 350hp and an astounding 650 lb. – ft. of torque. The 6.7-liter was also offered with a “Jake-brake” style exhaust brake that allows you to use exhaust back pressure for stopping purposes.

2005 Dodge Dakota

The Dodge Dakota is a mid-sized pickup that is offered with two interesting engine choices. The 3.7-liter V6 engine makes plenty of hay for everyday chores and is quick enough upon acceleration, though the 4.7-liter V8 engine ups the stakes considerably paying off in power when you need it. The Dakota boasts the only V8 engine in its class yielding considerable power and torque for a mid-sized pickup. Fuel efficiency numbers are not impressive for either engine option, so you will be better served to look for the 230hp V8.

2007 Chevrolet Silverado 1500

Large, powerful, and extremely reliable are all characteristics of the used Chevrolet Silverado pickup. With a wide variety of engine, transmission, and driveline configurations, there is bound to be one that will meet your needs and perform amazingly well, while saving you mucho-dollars. These trucks have flooded used car markets and they are available with all of the latest amenities. Leather upholstery, Bluetooth, MP3 players, and Head Up instrumentation displays are only the beginning. Engine choices include V6s and V8s with standard and automatic transmissions, with two, four, and all-wheel drivelines. You can find these trucks in any trim level from a basic white work truck to a fully loaded “Cowboy-Cadillac” if you will take the time to research reputable used car websites.

S.M. Darby

S.M. Darby

I am a freelance author with over 25 years of experience as a professional, ASE certified automotive technician and shop owner, muscle car enthusiast, avid street racer, and classic car restoration specialist.


  1. I am not surprised to see some of these here. I have hear great things about the Nissan Titan, Ford Ranger, Toyota Tundra and some others. However, The Mitsubishi Raider surprises me a little bit. I like the idea of durability over extreme power, and I also like that I could get a 2009 for the same prices as a 2005-2007 in some of the other models.

    1. That is a great observation, Sean. It is a good idea to get the latest model available, if it meets your requirements. Thank you for the comment.

  2. 94-01 dodge ram Reliable trucks and their last a long time too

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