Best Used Trucks

If you live in America then you probably need a car. Many can’t afford new cars or hate the depreciation so they purchase used cars. Of course with used cars there is always some risk. How do you know you aren’t getting a lemon? What cars have the most value? It’s a tough answer but we have put together a list to help you. We already looked at sedans and SUV’s. Now let’s look at trucks. It should be noted our rankings are based on availability, reliability, safety and value. All cars are with the two to seven year old range.

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Best Compact Truck: 2005 -2010 Toyota Tacoma

The Tacoma has long been heralded as one the best, if not best, compact trucks around. It is rock solid with reliable quality and has good power for a smaller truck. It is stylish yet rugged and looks just as good driving through the city as the country.  Different packages are offered for varied personalities. If you want to go off road through the mud and hill then you can get the PreRunner that offer four wheel drive, better suspension, tires and height than the normal Tacoma. It gets 22 mpg and has a 2.7 liter 4 cylinder engine. It is definitely best choice for a compact used truck.

Best Large Truck: 2005 -2010 Ford F-250

Our choice for best used trucks for sale is a no brainer. There is a reason why the F-150 has been the top selling vehicle the last three decades and it stands to reason it a great used vehicle as well. It is stylish, roomy, powerful and rugged. It is the definition of a truck. Not only that but it comes with all sorts trim levels, styles and option. It has smooth power plants, precise steering and best-in-class breaks.  A 2009 redesign brought in more powerful engines and styling inspired be Ford’s super duty line. With its wild popularity there are plenty to be found.  It has gets 16 mpg and sports a 4.2 liter V6 with options to upgrade to a V8.

Best Minivan/Van: 2005-2010 Honda Odyssey

Okay we were originally going to leave minivans off the list because who on earth wants to drive one? That being said we decided to be fair here. If you are looking at a used minivan than remember the Odyssey. Until 1999 the  Odyssey had no business on this list, not being able to compete with Dodge and Toyota.  Its old 4 cylinder couldn’t hall around a loaded van or kids or cargo. Now it’s sports a powerful V6 that carried the large interior and hide away third row with no problem. It also has received top safety scores along with Honda’s reputation for reliability and quality. You might have to throw a little more money at your used car dealer but it is worth every penny. It gets 18 mpg and has a 3.5 liter V6 engine.

This sums up part three of our series. Next we will look at part 4.

Jeff Jordan writes and lives in Southern California. He writes about cars and technology.

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