Pickup trucks are the hardest-working, best-selling vehicles in America. Not only do they boast the best towing and payload capacities of anything else on the market, but many of them are also expected to serve as family haulers, weekend warriors, vacation transportation, and daily drivers. Having that level of well-rounded capability is why the list of best-selling vehicles has trucks in the top three spots. The great news is that even if a new truck is out of your price range, you can find a reliable, capable used truck for less than $20,000. Treat them well and they can last for years. As of publishing time, every model on this list has a Kelley Blue Book Fair Market Value of less than $20,000.


1. 2011 Toyota Tundra

The highly capable, roomy Toyota Tundra can tow more than 10,000 pounds, and in 2011 came with a choice of V6 or V8 power. The Tundra is ready to get work done, yet also offers a comfortable ride that would make any long drive a pleasure. Its controls are easy to use, and the truck is powerful yet has an easygoing demeanor. Backed by Toyota’s stellar reputation for reliability, the Tundra also comes equipped with a boatload of safety equipment. Find a Toyota Tundra near you


2. 2012 Toyota Tacoma

Toyota’s success around the world was built on the tough nature and proven capability of the company’s trucks, a tradition that continues with the Tacoma. Right-sized and versatile, the Tacoma is known for its off-road prowess, cool stand-out style, and rock-solid reliability. There are trim levels and cab and bed configurations that will satisfy everyone from those who need a workaday pickup to those who long for adventures in the sand and on the trail. Find a Toyota Tacoma near you


3. 2012 Honda Ridgeline

No, it doesn’t look like a traditional truck, but for people looking for a well-built, capable midsize pickup, the Ridgeline is a smart, well-rounded choice. The blend of a carlike ride and a roomy SUV-quality interior, plus towing capacity of up to 5,000 pounds makes this a great vehicle to use for family outings with the boat. As is the case with Hondas, the Ridgeline also boasts excellent reliability and resale value. Find a Honda Ridgeline near you


4. 2013 Ford F-250 Super Duty

If you need to lug 14,000 pounds or carry 4,200 pounds of payload, Ford’s F-250 Super Duty may be just the truck for you. That you can get all of this capability for less than $20,000 is a huge plus. There are several cab sizes, wheelbase lengths and bed lengths to choose from, and while you can easily find a Super Duty with luxury-level features, that extra equipment may put you over the $20,000 mark. The ideal heavy-duty truck is a lower-mileage model that doesn’t show signs that it was overworked in a previous life. Find a Ford F-250 near you


5. 2017 Chevrolet Colorado

The Colorado shows what can happen when a truck platform and body and an SUV interior mix. If you opt for an extended cab and the 4-cylinder engine, you can find a year-old Colorado for under $20K. If you’d rather have a crew cab and the V6, you’d probably have to get a truck that’s a touch older. Either way, you’ll get a fuel-efficient pickup that’s easy to park in your driveway or garage, with available tech features including Apple CarPlay and a comfortable interior. The 4-cylinder models can tow 3,500 pounds (7,000 with the V6). Find a Chevrolet Colorado near you


6. 2012 Ram 1500

This half-ton pickup is known for being a capable hauler that also has a carlike ride. Whatever engine you get, power delivery is smooth, as is the transmission, and there are powertrain options that can make the Ram a mighty beast. It offers interior options and designs you would find in an upscale car, plus clever storage solutions such as the lockable RamBox system in the bedrails. Despite the truck’s good looks and pleasant interior, though, the Ram is plenty ready for a day of hard work. Find a Ram 1500 near you


7. 2009 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD

A 3/4-ton truck built for commercial use and to tow heavy trailers such as fifth-wheels, the Silverado 2500HD can do the work that a half-ton truck can’t. Choose from three cabs and either a gas V8 or a turbodiesel -- whichever combination best suits your needs. Some interiors are downright utilitarian, and others could’ve come straight from a Suburban. For a heavy-duty towing and hauling machine, the 2009 Silverado 2500HD should be on your considerations list. Find a Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD near you


8. 2007 GMC Sierra 2500HD Classic

Even though GMC introduced an all-new GMC Sierra 2500HD for the 2007 model year, the company continued to sell the previous-generation HD and badged it “Classic.” While this truck doesn’t have the bells and whistles of the newer generation from the same year, what it does offer is a lot of truck -- and capability -- for the money. There are four engines, plus higher-output versions of the 5.3- and 6.0-liter V8 engines, as well as a bevy of interior choices and the option of going to the upscale Denali trim. Find a GMC Sierra 2500HD near you


9. 2012 Ford F-150

Ford’s F-Series is the best-selling truck in America. It’s also the best-selling vehicle in America. And you can get into a six-year-old version of this reliable, highly capable, proven half-ton for less than $20,000. This model year offers the high-tech EcoBoost turbocharged V6 engine, the tried-and-true 5.0-liter V8, plus two more engines that round out the lineup. The F-150 also has clever solutions that make it easier to tow and haul gear, plus it offers plenty of near-lux options. Find a Ford F-150 near you


10. 2013 GMC Sierra 1500

GMC and Chevrolet trucks are close relatives, but if you choose the GMC, you get a truck with more upscale style and the option of the Denali trim, while still benefiting from the capability that GM’s pickups are known for. The truck’s 5.3-liter V8 is a popular choice, but the 4.3-liter V6 will be easier on your checkbook. The 2013 model year also offers a light hybrid option, plus a 403-horsepower 6.2-liter V8. Find a GMC Sierra near you

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