The 5 Best Used Pickup Trucks Under $20,000 According to KBB

by Gabrielle DeSantis

The best-selling class of vehicles in America can come in at a high price point these days. New trucks cost upwards of $60,000 and it only gets worse from there. A good used pickup can be hard to find, but it is possible to find a great one at a decent price. Whether you’re looking for a full-size pickup or a compact truck for a daily driver, there’s something for everyone. Regardless of mileage, these trucks can last a while and get you where you need to go while hauling anything you need. Prices vary based on location, condition, mileage, and more. Here are the top 5 used pickup trucks under $20,000 according to Kelley Blue Book.

Best used pickup truck under $20,000 – 2015 Toyota Tundra

2015 Toyota Tundra | Edmunds

The Toyota Tundra is the automaker’s only full-size truck model. The 2015 is safe, well-equipped, and most importantly, reliable. It features a 3-passenger bench seat in the back and can seat six if you choose the bench seat in the front as well. Every trim down to the base SR has a 6.1-inch touch screen infotainment system in the front. Consumer favorites of this Tundra are the replaceable bumper panels and blind-spot monitoring system. The blind-spot monitoring system is useful in any situation when you’re driving a larger vehicle. Safety options like this can be the reason drivers avoid unwanted accidents, especially on highways. If you do end up getting into a fender-bender, the replaceable bumper panels allow owners to remove and replace the bumpers in three separate pieces, making them cheaper and easier to replace. The 2015 Tundra is #1 on KBB’s list of best used pickup trucks.

Best used small pickup truck – 2015 Toyota Tacoma

A 2015 Toyota Tacoma driving through the wilderness, the 2015 Toyota Tacoma is one of the best used trucks - one of the best used pick up trucks under $20,000
2015 Toyota Tacoma | Toyota

As the little brother of the Tundra, it has everything you’d expect of a smaller truck. It’s just like the Tundra, only a little smaller. A similar look and features make it clear they’re related, but you can certainly tell them apart. Ranking at the top of U.S. News & World Report’s list of 2015 compact pickup trucks is no small feat. The Tacoma has a reputation for reliability, and if you’re looking to go off-road, the TRD Pro Series can get you there. Space on the interior is obviously more limited than that of a full-size pickup, but it makes good use of what it has.

2014 Honda Ridgeline

a black 2014 Honda Ridgeline parked on a hill - one of the best used pick up trucks under $20,000
2014 Honda Ridgeline | Edmunds

The Ridgeline drives like a car with a pickup truck’s body. This is the truck for owners who want to haul something once in a while, but don’t want the noise, weight, and other negatives of driving a truck. The negatives are that if you do want to haul larger loads, you won’t be able to with this Ridgeline. Though, for a smaller pickup capable of seating 5 it is definitely a viable option at the right price. It has a rearview camera and parking sensors, four-wheel drive, and a perfect reliability rating from U.S. News.

2015 Ford F-250 Super Duty

A brown 2015 F250 Super Duty parked on a cliff - one of the best used pick up trucks under $20,000
2015 F250 Super Duty | Edmunds

If your reason for searching for a used truck is to haul or tow something, this should be your primary target. After the Chevrolet Silverado and Ram 1500 upgraded their engine just before this model year, the F-250 responded with an even better one. The result is better performance, better towing and hauling capabilities, and more power overall. The F-250 doesn’t lack in style and comfort either. It comes standard with a 6.2 liter V8, as well as vinyl seats, air conditioning, and an audio system. Not the fanciest of interior technology, but it gets the job done. There are factory options for upgrading if that’s more your style, such as Ford’s SYNC with MyFord TOUCH. Optionally available is also leather, a heated steering wheel, and cooled front seats. The optional comfort helps, but it’s mainly the power that put this F-250 on KBB’s list of best used pickup trucks.

2017 Chevrolet Colorado

A red 2017 Chevrolet Colorado parked by water - one of the best used pick up trucks under $20,000
2017 Chevrolet Colorado | Edmunds

Stepping away from the larger full-size V8 truck and back to the smaller pickups, we have the Colorado. The Colorado manages a surprisingly nice 26 highway mpg. It seats five, has a four-star safety rating from Kelley Blue Book, and comes standard with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine. Ranking fourth on the U.S. News list of best 2017 compact pickup trucks, the Colorado’s main downfall is reliability. It does have excellent safety ratings and averages a great price, which helped it make KBB’s list as a top 5 used pickup truck under $20,000.

These are the five highest-ranked used pickup trucks under $20,000 according to KBB. The capability of trucks varies greatly, so it is up to the consumer as to what they’re looking for. It can be a tricky process to find a good pickup, especially for work purposes, at a good price.

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