The 9 Best Used Trucks in 2021

The 9 Best Used Trucks in 2021

Whether you’re getting a truck for work, or just because you want a practical vehicle with plenty of cargo space, it’s worth considering buying used over new. There’s the obvious reason: it’s cheaper, leaving you more money in your back pocket to spend on your business, or perhaps a new ATV. But that’s not all. By shopping the pre-owned market, you get access to a wider array of configuration options that won’t require the significant investment they would while new. You’ll also be avoiding the immediate depreciation.

Need some inspiration? Here are some of the best used trucks available right now.

Pickup Trucks

2019 Ford F-150 (from $33,950)

2019 Ford F-150 (from $33,950)

The formidable F-150 has long dominated the pickup space, and it’s not hard to see why. Endlessly versatile and with industry-beating performance, Ford’s flagship truck enjoys a die-hard cadre of fans. The 2019 model improves on that heritage, and then some.

Engine improvements, paired with a modern all-aluminium chassis, delivers vastly improved fuel efficiency over its predecessors. Meanwhile, Ford has outfitted the 2019 model with all the bells and whistles, including the support for the FordPass Connect, which offers touchless unlock and ignition. These combine to deliver a smooth and pleasing ride, no matter where you’re going.

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2019 Ford F-150 (from $33,950)

The formidable F-150 has long dominated the pickup space, and it’s not hard to see why. Endlessly versatile and with industry-beating performance, Ford’s flagship truck enjoys a die-hard cadre of fans. The 2019 model improves on that heritage, and then some.

Engine improvements, paired with a modern all-aluminium chassis, delivers vastly improved fuel efficiency over its predecessors. Meanwhile, Ford has outfitted the 2019 model with all the bells and whistles, including the support for the FordPass Connect, which offers touchless unlock and ignition. These combine to deliver a smooth and pleasing ride, no matter where you’re going.

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2015 GMC Sierra 1500 Denali (from $34,950)

2015 GMC Sierra 1500 Denali (from $34,950)

The feature-packed 2015 GMC Sierra 1500 Denali is a solid workhorse, with its powerful 5.3L V8 engine handily performing in even the most challenging environments, while delivering outstanding fuel economy. With an EPA rating of 23MPG across combined city and highway driving, the 2015 Sierra boasts a comparatively low cost of ownership.

This comes with all the standard features of a high-end truck: an infotainment system, navigation, Wi-fi, satellite radio, and heated seats (ahem, cold weather folks). It’s a perfect all-rounder.

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2015 GMC Sierra 1500 Denali (from $34,950)

The feature-packed 2015 GMC Sierra 1500 Denali is a solid workhorse, with its powerful 5.3L V8 engine handily performing in even the most challenging environments, while delivering outstanding fuel economy. With an EPA rating of 23MPG across combined city and highway driving, the 2015 Sierra boasts a comparatively low cost of ownership.

This comes with all the standard features of a high-end truck: an infotainment system, navigation, Wi-fi, satellite radio, and heated seats (ahem, cold weather folks). It’s a perfect all-rounder.

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2018 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 (from $41,950)

2018 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 (from $41,950)

With a powerful 5.3L V8 engine and a feature-packed cabin, the 2018 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 is equally suited to hauling heavy loads and pleasure rides. Although fuel economy isn’t quite as strong as the Denali or F-150, the Silverado more than makes up for that with its muscular engine, which delivers consistent all-terrain performance.

On the inside, the 2018 Silverado 1500 boasts a generous touchscreen infotainment system, and enough seating for six people. When it’s not at the worksite, younger family members will appreciate the built-in Wi-Fi hotspot and Apple CarPlay support, while its built-in backup camera and heads-up display provides extra reassurance.

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2018 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 (from $41,950)

With a powerful 5.3L V8 engine and a feature-packed cabin, the 2018 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 is equally suited to hauling heavy loads and pleasure rides. Although fuel economy isn’t quite as strong as the Denali or F-150, the Silverado more than makes up for that with its muscular engine, which delivers consistent all-terrain performance.

On the inside, the 2018 Silverado 1500 boasts a generous touchscreen infotainment system, and enough seating for six people. When it’s not at the worksite, younger family members will appreciate the built-in Wi-Fi hotspot and Apple CarPlay support, while its built-in backup camera and heads-up display provides extra reassurance.

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Mid-size Trucks

2018 Toyota Tacoma (from $34,950)

2018 Toyota Tacoma (from $34,950)

The 2018 Toyota Tacoma is the perfect choice for anyone who needs the performance of a truck, but doesn’t want a full-sized flatbed. Capable of towing up to 6,800lbs, or hauling 1,185lbs on its composite bed, the Tacoma is an eminently capable mid-sizer, while its 3.5L V6 engine delivers rapid acceleration and an overall pleasant driving experience.

In addition to the dependability you’d expect from a Toyota, the Tacoma comes with a generous array of cabin amenities. A seven-inch touchscreen infotainment system gives easy access to maps and music, and connects to its built-in reversing camera, which makes maneuvering this mid-sized truck wonderfully straightforward.

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2018 Toyota Tacoma (from $34,950)

The 2018 Toyota Tacoma is the perfect choice for anyone who needs the performance of a truck, but doesn’t want a full-sized flatbed. Capable of towing up to 6,800lbs, or hauling 1,185lbs on its composite bed, the Tacoma is an eminently capable mid-sizer, while its 3.5L V6 engine delivers rapid acceleration and an overall pleasant driving experience.

In addition to the dependability you’d expect from a Toyota, the Tacoma comes with a generous array of cabin amenities. A seven-inch touchscreen infotainment system gives easy access to maps and music, and connects to its built-in reversing camera, which makes maneuvering this mid-sized truck wonderfully straightforward.

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2019 Nissan Frontier SV (from $22,950)

2019 Nissan Frontier SV (from $22,950)

The 2019 Nissan Frontier is among the most affordable in its class, but that doesn’t mean it’s a slouch, capable of comfortably towing up to 6,500lbs. Its 4L V6 engine provides top-notch acceleration, and handling is solid, especially on challenging terrain.

While it lacks some of the bells and whistles of its pricier competitors, the Frontier SV does offer a solid 7-inch infotainment system, with support for AUX-in, Bluetooth, and a back-up camera included. Meanwhile, its durable construction and solid reliability guarantees it'll handle even the most difficult of environments.

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2019 Nissan Frontier SV (from $22,950)

The 2019 Nissan Frontier is among the most affordable in its class, but that doesn’t mean it’s a slouch, capable of comfortably towing up to 6,500lbs. Its 4L V6 engine provides top-notch acceleration, and handling is solid, especially on challenging terrain.

While it lacks some of the bells and whistles of its pricier competitors, the Frontier SV does offer a solid 7-inch infotainment system, with support for AUX-in, Bluetooth, and a back-up camera included. Meanwhile, its durable construction and solid reliability guarantees it'll handle even the most difficult of environments.

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Compact Trucks

2017 Chevrolet Colorado 4WD Z71 (from $31,950)

2017 Chevrolet Colorado 4WD Z71 (from $31,950)

Whoever said size matters never told the 2017 Chevrolet Colorado 4WD Z71. Capable of towing up to 7,000lbs, the Colorado is a formidable truck. Meanwhile, its comparatively smaller frame brings benefits in terms of maneuverability, as well as fuel efficiency. Owners can expect to get 20MPG on city roads, and 28MPG on the highway.

Plus, the Colorado's flatbed comes with a high-ceiling covered top, so you can keep your gear secure without sacrificing cargo space. The infotainment system may not have state-of-the-art 5G, but not to worry, it’s got plenty of tech so you can focus on your ride, including built-in Wi-fi and navigation.

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2017 Chevrolet Colorado 4WD Z71 (from $31,950)

Whoever said size matters never told the 2017 Chevrolet Colorado 4WD Z71. Capable of towing up to 7,000lbs, the Colorado is a formidable truck. Meanwhile, its comparatively smaller frame brings benefits in terms of maneuverability, as well as fuel efficiency. Owners can expect to get 20MPG on city roads, and 28MPG on the highway.

Plus, the Colorado's flatbed comes with a high-ceiling covered top, so you can keep your gear secure without sacrificing cargo space. The infotainment system may not have state-of-the-art 5G, but not to worry, it’s got plenty of tech so you can focus on your ride, including built-in Wi-fi and navigation.

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2017 Honda Ridgeline RTL-T (from $30,950)

2017 Honda Ridgeline RTL-T (from $30,950)

The 2017 Honda Ridgeline makes all the right compromises, without feeling compromised. Capable of lugging 1,584lbs in the bed, or 5,000lbs in tow, this compact truck is more than capable of handling a day’s work. And yet, that hasn’t come at the expense of looks, features, or the driving experience.

The 3.5L V6 engine provides steady acceleration, hitting 60MPH in under seven seconds, while handling is top-notch. The Ridgeline is also one of the most attractive trucks in its class, in part thanks to its sleek unibody construction, which helps it achieve its solid fuel economy. In the city, owners can expect to get 18MPG. On the highway, that jumps to 26MPG.

Add to that a collection of welcome interior features, including CarPlay support, built-in navigation, luxurious leather seats, and a reversing camera, and the Ridgeline becomes a tempting buy.

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2017 Honda Ridgeline RTL-T (from $30,950)

The 2017 Honda Ridgeline makes all the right compromises, without feeling compromised. Capable of lugging 1,584lbs in the bed, or 5,000lbs in tow, this compact truck is more than capable of handling a day’s work. And yet, that hasn’t come at the expense of looks, features, or the driving experience.

The 3.5L V6 engine provides steady acceleration, hitting 60MPH in under seven seconds, while handling is top-notch. The Ridgeline is also one of the most attractive trucks in its class, in part thanks to its sleek unibody construction, which helps it achieve its solid fuel economy. In the city, owners can expect to get 18MPG. On the highway, that jumps to 26MPG.

Add to that a collection of welcome interior features, including CarPlay support, built-in navigation, luxurious leather seats, and a reversing camera, and the Ridgeline becomes a tempting buy.

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Trucks under $20,000

2006 Toyota Tundra SR5 (from $14,950)

2006 Toyota Tundra SR5 (from $14,950)

For those looking for an entry-level truck, the 2006 Toyota Tundra is an affordable choice. While it lacks modern conveniences like an inbuilt infotainment system and suffers from poor fuel economy (owners can expect 16MPG in the city, and 19MPG on the highway), it redeems itself by offering formidable power. The Tundra is capable of hauling up to 2,025lbs, and towing up to 7,100 lbs.

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2006 Toyota Tundra SR5 (from $14,950)

For those looking for an entry-level truck, the 2006 Toyota Tundra is an affordable choice. While it lacks modern conveniences like an inbuilt infotainment system and suffers from poor fuel economy (owners can expect 16MPG in the city, and 19MPG on the highway), it redeems itself by offering formidable power. The Tundra is capable of hauling up to 2,025lbs, and towing up to 7,100 lbs.

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2014 Ford F-150 XLT (from $17,600)

2014 Ford F-150 XLT (from $17,600)

Another bargain comes in the form of 2014’s Ford F150 XLT, which boasts the same reliability and solid performance that has contributed to the truck’s enduring popularity.

Although it lacks a built-in infotainment system and fuel economy could be better, it’s nonetheless a rugged and performant truck, capable of towing up to 7,900lbs, or hauling up to 3,100 LBS. While it’ll struggle to surpass 23MPG on the highway, its 3.7L V6 engine provides a smooth ride, with brisk acceleration matched with consistently-solid handling.

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2014 Ford F-150 XLT (from $17,600)

Another bargain comes in the form of 2014’s Ford F150 XLT, which boasts the same reliability and solid performance that has contributed to the truck’s enduring popularity.

Although it lacks a built-in infotainment system and fuel economy could be better, it’s nonetheless a rugged and performant truck, capable of towing up to 7,900lbs, or hauling up to 3,100 LBS. While it’ll struggle to surpass 23MPG on the highway, its 3.7L V6 engine provides a smooth ride, with brisk acceleration matched with consistently-solid handling.

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Conclusion

Whether you’re looking to buy a truck for work or play, you’ll want one that can deliver. We routinely carry a wide range for whatever suits your fancy, from the classic Ford F-150 to the Honda Ridgeline. And with Shift, you get the added confidence of a 30-day warranty, a 7-day returns period, and a 150-point inspection from one of our carefully-selected mechanics.

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