Which Used Truck Should You Buy for Work?


Not all trucks are created equal, especially when buying a used truck. That’s even more true when selecting a used truck for work purposes, as not all of them can handle the daily grind that a true work truck requires. But there are some that can handle it, including these seven models:

2017 Ford F-150 SuperCrew Cab Pickup

The 2017 Ford F-150 tops our list with excellent performance in towing, payload, fuel economy, drivability, and longevity, and tops it all off with a 5-star crash test rating. This lightweight full-size pickup offers a towing capacity of 5,000-8,000 lbs., 282 horsepower, a spacious cabin, and a combined 22 MPG. It also features Pro Trailer Backup Assist, making narrow driving and tight turns a breeze. And while the resale value remains on the high end, customer satisfaction, easy maintenance, and reliable brand history make this a vehicle in its own class. With a KBB Expert rating of 4.5 and a consumer rating of 4.7, the 2017 Ford F-150 is an all-around reliable choice.

2010 dodge ram 1500

2010 Dodge Ram 1500

The 2010 Dodge Ram half ton pickup balances a bold, familiar exterior with a soft, quiet cabin and overall smooth ride. Consumers report the 2010 Dodge Ram as reliable and easy to maintain, with few repairs and boastful longevity, making it a trustworthy choice as a work vehicle. While this full-size model has a lower fuel economy at 15 MPG combined, it is best suited as a hauling and working vehicle than for a daily cruise. The Dodge Ram 1500 offers a towing capacity of up to 10,000 lbs., 215 horsepower, and matches its competitors in general durability at a much lower price point. KBB consumer reviews rate this model as a 4.7, with the highest scores in performance and reliability at 4.8 stars.

2012 toyota tundra

2012 Toyota Tundra

The 2012 Toyota Tundra might have the lowest combined fuel economy at 14 MPG, but high KBB Consumer rating of 4.6. The Toyota Tundra is perfect for those who love the larger-than-life image of a powerful truck but also need bold looks to match internal capability. The 2012 Tundra is a highly efficient workhorse with 270 horsepower and a towing capacity that can reach 10,400 lbs. And for the largest full-size on this list, it features excellent handling and easy steering that make towing a dream. On top of reliable performance, the Tundra is also the first full-size pickup to have received a Top Safety Pick award from the IIHS. The 2012 model debuted just before exterior redesigns, so it can be found at a lower price point than many other used models from the same year.

2017 chevy silverado

2017 Chevy Silverado

The 2017 Chevy Silverado, ranked No. 1 for US News’ 2017 Best Full-Size Pickup Truck, offers conservative looks with a trailering rating higher than a Tundra, as well as safety features that hold their own against the F-150. This Silverado ranges between 285-420 horsepower and 18 MPG combined, making it a competitive workhorse for trucks in its class. As a finalist for US News’ 2017 Best Full-Size Truck for the Money award, the Silverado continues to be a great choice with a resale value starting around $14,000. While the KBB value is lowest on our list at 4.2, consumer reviews tout reliability, proven ease of maintenance, and strong overall comfort.

2016 toyota tacoma

2016 Toyota Tacoma Access Cab

The 2016 Toyota Tacoma has long stood as a reliable resale truck. With over 30 configurations available, there’s a new Tacoma to fit any budget and any priority. If you’re looking for a reliable work truck, a capable off-roader, or a comfortable daily driver without the luxuries of a higher-end vehicle, this is the truck for you. The midsize Access Cab starts at around $14,000 and offers a competitive fuel economy of 20 MPG combined and 159 horsepower, as well as a KBB rating of 4.5. Overall, it’s a great choice for basic efficiency across multiple arenas without specialization in one particular area.

2019 gmc canyon

2019 GMC Canyon

The 2019 GMC Canyon seemed outclassed in its year due to modest design choices, but had one of the highest mid-size towing capacities at 7,000 lbs., as well as a comfortable and user-friendly cabin. After a conservative debut with an already appealing base price, this truck’s capable features and high KBB consumer rating of 4.6 now make it a stand-out vehicle on the used market as well as a powerful work truck. With a high range of available features, the MSRP ranges between $21,500-$44,200.

2019 chevy colorado

2019 Chevy Colorado

The 2019 Chevy Colorado has a base price of $21,300, making it a highly competitive value for a newer vehicle. With 200 horsepower, 7,700-lb. towing capacity, and 22 MPG combined fuel economy, this is a great choice for anyone looking for powerful cargo and towing capabilities without the extremes. KBB consumer reviews of 4.4 tout reliability and solid handling, and a good alternative to the Tacoma if off-roading is a priority.

Whichever used truck you prefer, Owings Auto can get you financed for it with a monthly payment you can afford.

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