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Best Used Trucks Under $15,000 in 2022

By Michael O'Connor | August 2, 2022

Finding the right used pickup truck can be tough. There are so many options available and it seems like every major car manufacturer makes some version of this classic vehicle. The important thing when searching for a used car is that you find something you can be happy with that will be reliable and give you many more years of service. If you are on a budget, this can be difficult.

Fortunately, there are quite a few used trucks on the market for under $15,000. For that price range, you can find something that will have the right features and good performance specs as well as the dependability you are looking for. Knowing what some of the best-used trucks in this price range have to offer can help you narrow down your search and find the perfect pickup for you and your needs.


2008-2012 Ford F-150

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The Ford F-150 is known as the best-selling full-size pickup truck of all time. Since 1948, the F-150 has been a staple of the American car landscape and has gained a reputation as one of the best trucks on the market. In the $15,000 and under price range, there are quite a few model years available that strike a balance between high-performance and comfort as well as dependability. Whether you need it for work or as a daily driver, an F-150 in good shape could be a great choice.

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The F-150s in this price range are available with a few different engine options. These include a 4.6-liter V8 with 248 horsepower, another 4.6-liter V8 engine with 292 horsepower and 320 pound-feet of torque, and a massive 5.4-liter V8. If you want to upgrade to the Raptor trim level, you can get a 6.2-liter V8 putting out 400 horsepower. The F-150 is known for being durable and able to work some of the toughest jobs. With an 11,300 pound towing capacity, there is almost nothing it can’t pull, which makes it perfect for outdoor enthusiasts who want to bring their boat or trailer on a long trip.

Browse used 2008-2012 Ford F-150 listings here.


2008-2012 Chevrolet Silverado 1500

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If you are in the market for a workhorse full-size truck, the Chevy Silverado 1500 is a great choice. The Silverado is known for being one of the most reliable pickups in Chevy’s lineup and it has a wide variety of options when it comes to power, safety features, and style. For under $15,000, you can find many different Silverados with a full range of variations. Whether you want a truck with a standard cab, extended cab, or crew cab, the Silverado has one available for you.

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The base drivetrain in the Silverado is a 4.3-liter V6 engine but it is much more well-known for its V8 offerings. These include a 4.8-liter with 295 horsepower, or a 5.3-liter putting out 315 horsepower and 338 pound-feet of torque. The lower-powered engines come with a four-speed automatic with the ability to switch between a tow and haul mode. The 5.3-liter powertrain is run through a six-speed automatic. All of these options are available with either rear- or four-wheel-drive configuration and the steering is famously light and responsive for such a large truck. This makes it a great option if you need a versatile vehicle that can handle almost any situation.

Browse used 2008-2012 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 listings here.


2004-2009 Toyota Tacoma

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In the world of import trucks, the Toyota Tacoma is at the top of the heap. Toyota is perhaps most well-known for its reliability and its trucks are no exception. Their midsize offering, the Tacoma, is a diverse and comfortable pickup designed for people who want the drivability of an SUV or crossover with the heavy-duty capabilities of a truck. The Tacoma also features some of the off-road potential that is missing in a lot of the trucks available for under $15,000 and has a wide variety of cab options so you can find one that suits you and your family.

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The Tacoma is available with either a 2.7-liter four-cylinder engine or a 4.0-liter V6 putting out 236 horsepower and 266 pound-feet of torque. While this isn’t the most powerful truck on the market, it should be more than enough for people who want to do the occasional hauling or towing since it has relatively high towing capabilities for its size at 6,500 pounds.

Browse used 2004-2009 Toyota Tacoma listings here.


2005-2008 Dodge Ram 1500

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If you are in the market for power with your new truck, the Dodge Ram 1500 might be your best bet. This full-size pickup is one of the most robust and muscular trucks available for under $15,000. With American muscle car energy and the capability to pull up to 8,500 pounds, the Ram 1500 is a great choice for those who are looking for a truck that can handle almost anything you throw at it.

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The Ram 1500 comes with a few available engines. These include a 3.7-liter V6, a 4.7-liter V8, or a 5.7-liter V8 putting out 345 horsepower and 375 pound-feet of torque. All of these come with either RWD or 4WD and a six-speed manual or five-speed automatic transmission. On top of this, the Ram is incredibly easy to drive and has responsive, nimble handling that most trucks this size don’t have.

Browse used 2005-2008 Dodge Ram 1500 listings here.


2003-2007 Toyota Tundra

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Toyota’s entry into the full-size truck world is the Tundra, which features some of the power and capabilities of the larger work trucks with the reliability that comes with the Toyota name. In fact, the Tundra is one of the leaders in its class when it comes to dependability, so you can be sure that it will start up every single time and that it will be able to get you where you are going.

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The Tundra features two versions of its dual-overhead-cam engine including a 4.0-liter V6 and a 4.7-liter V8. Both of these engines can be found with either rear- or four-wheel-drive and the truck has a towing capacity of 7,100 pounds. As with any Toyota vehicle, the interior is fairly sparse but functional and the Double Cab version features quite a bit of legroom in the back. Since the Tundra is a bit smaller than other full-size trucks, it has more drivability than you might be used to with pickups in its class.

Browse used 2003-2007 Toyota Tundra listings here.


2007-2011 Nissan Frontier

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One of the major difficulties when it comes to buying used vehicles is that you can rarely find something that suits all your needs and gives the best of all worlds. The Nissan Frontier, however, is a great middle-ground between power, reliability, and drivability that few trucks can straddle. The Frontier is available in all kinds of configurations and cab styles and for under $15,000, you are sure to be able to find one that fits your needs.

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There are two engines available in the Nissan Frontier including a 2.5-liter four-cylinder with 152 horsepower and a 4.0-liter V6 putting out 261 horsepower and 281 pound-feet of torque. If you choose to go with the V6 King Cab trim level, you get a towing capacity of up to 6,500 pounds and you have your choice of a five-speed manual, five-speed automatic, or six-speed automatic transmission.

Browse used 2007-2011 Nissan Frontier listings here.


2006-2008 Honda Ridgeline

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The Honda Ridgeline walks the line between SUV and pickup with its unique cabin and bed and the tight handling normally associated with a full-size sedan. If you are looking for a vehicle that will drive more or less like a normal car, the Ridgeline could be a great option for you. There are plenty of them available for under $15,000 and the unique body style is a great feature for those who want the cargo space of a truck but don’t want to feel like they are driving one.

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In the model years available for under $15,000 the Ridgeline only comes with one choice of engine. A 3.5-liter single-overhead-cam V6 putting out 247 horsepower and 345 pound-feet of torque sits under the hood of every variant. It also has a towing capacity of 5,000 pounds and a payload capacity of 1,550 pounds in its unique short bed. On top of that, you get the famous dependability that Honda is known for with some of the features of larger American-made trucks.

Browse used 2006-2008 Honda Ridgeline listings here.


2004-2006 GMC Sierra 1500

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The GMC Sierra is the sister truck to the Chevy Silverado and has been around as a full-size GMC offering since the 1960s. With three different available cab styles and a wide variety of trim levels, there is sure to be something for nearly everyone with this pickup. One of the things that the Sierra does incredibly well functions as a daily driver or work truck. With a very good rating for driver protection in frontal impacts, the Sierra is a very safe truck for individuals and families.

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The Sierra has a huge range of engine choices available in the model years that are selling for under $15,000. These include a 4.3-liter V6 all the way up to a 6.0-liter V8 in the Denali package. These powertrains also have a wide variety of towing capacities up to 8,300 pounds and the option of 2WD, AWD, and 4WD configurations.

Browse used 2004-2006 GMC Sierra 1500 listings here.


2007-2011 Chevrolet Colorado

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For those who aren’t interested in a large, super-duty pickup, the Chevy Colorado is a great option. The attractive styling, reliability, and light-duty drivability make it a great choice for people who want to be able to get some work done but don’t want a massive, gas-guzzling truck. With an EPA-estimated fuel economy of 18 mpg city and 24 mpg highway, Colorado is relatively fuel-efficient. It also comes with unique packages including a sport suspension variant and an off-road trim.

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There are three engines available in Colorado for under $15,000: a 2.9-liter four-cylinder, a 3.7-liter inline-five-cylinder, or a 5.3-liter V8 putting out 300 horsepower and 320 pound-feet of torque. On top of these power options, Colorado received a perfect five-star rating for driver and front-passenger protection as well as the highest possible score from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. This makes it a great choice for individuals or small families who want to do some long trips in their light-duty truck.

Browse used 2007-2011 Chevrolet Colorado listings here.


2008-2010 Nissan Titan

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The Titan is Nissan’s contribution to the full-size pickup category and is a powerful and capable truck with the reliability of Nissan’s smaller offerings. With the option for a King Cab or Crew Cab body, there is more than enough room in the 6-foot or 8-foot beds for almost any kind of payload. Plus, there is an optional tow package available that gives the Titan a 9,500-pound towing capacity.

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The Titan is available in either 2WD or 4WD for the model years you can find for under $15,000. However, it only comes with one option for a powertrain in the form of a 5.6-liter V8 with a five-speed automatic transmission. This engine puts out 317 horsepower and 385 pound-feet of torque, which is more than enough power to stand up to some of the other full-size competitors in its class.

Browse used 2008-2010 Nissan Titan listings here.


2008-2011 Ford Ranger

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One of the downsides of a pickup truck is that you don’t get access to some of the great fuel economy that other types of vehicles are able to offer. However, the Ford Ranger is an affordable, fuel-efficient truck that has a lot of features including an EPA-estimated fuel economy of 21 mpg city and 26 mpg highway. If you want the versatility of a pickup without having to spend a fortune at the pump just to keep it running, the Ranger could be a great option for you.

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The standard engine on the Ranger is an incredibly simple and reliable 2.3-liter inline-four-cylinder putting out just 143 horsepower and 143 pound-feet of torque. While this may not be the most powerful truck on the market, it still has some impressive capabilities with its standard rear-wheel-drive. You can also find an upgraded version of the Ranger with a 4.0-liter V6 putting out 207 horsepower and 238 pound-feet of torque if you are interested in a little more muscle for more heavy-duty jobs.

Browse used 2008-2011 Ford Ranger listings here.


Final Thoughts

Finding a new car is always a challenge if you don’t have all the money in the world to spend. However, there are many reliable and capable pickups at used dealerships for under $15,000 that will be able to satisfy any of your requirements. By knowing what is out there on the market, you can find the perfect truck for whatever you might need.