These pickup trucks are capable and budget-friendly.

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Pickup trucks are more popular than ever, and they're available in a multitude of sizes and specialties. Once earmarked as a work vehicle alone, today's pickup trucks are versatile and ready for any adventure. Whether you like camping, tailgating, off-roading, or just want an elevated view of the road with payload options, trucks have it all.

If you're looking for a truck that meets your needs and fits within your budget, you have a number of options. To help you on your search, we've compiled this helpful list of the four best pickup trucks for 2020 shoppers with average prices under $25,000, based on CarMax sales and pricing data from February 1, 2020, through July 31, 2020.1 Please be aware that certain model years and select trim configurations could bring the prices of some of these vehicles over the average price.

  1. Chevrolet Avalanche 1500
  2. Ford Ranger
  3. Chevrolet Colorado
  4. Nissan Frontier


Chevrolet Avalanche 1500

Best Pickup Trucks Under $25K: Chevrolet Avalanche | CarMax

The Chevrolet Avalanche 1500 provides a ton of features for the price. The last model year of this truck/SUV combination was 2013, and it remains popular today. With ample room for your passengers and their cargo, the Avalanche is available in three trims—LS, LT, and LTZ—and offers a multitude of amenities. The 2013 Chevy Avalanche has a 5.3L 320-hp V8 engine that delivers the zoom you need and can tow an estimated 5,100 pounds, when properly equipped.2

The 2013 Chevrolet Avalanche 1500 has a unique feature in its midgate, which sits behind the 60/40 split-folding rear seats and can be folded down to transform from a passenger SUV into a pickup with an 8' 2" cargo box. You'll have the convenience of a working truck along with the comfort you crave on trips both long and short. Kids, pets, and grownups will ride in style in this versatile vehicle.

Standard equipment on the base LS model of the 2013 Chevrolet Avalanche 1500 includes:

  • Rear vision camera
  • Power-adjustable pedals
  • Rear Park Assist
  • 17-inch aluminum wheels
  • Outside heated power-adjustable mirrors


Ford Ranger

Best Pickup Trucks Under $25K: Ford Ranger | CarMax

After retiring in 2011, Ford's smallest pickup returned for a fourth generation in 2019 with more power and amenities than ever. All 2019 Ford Rangers are equipped with a turbocharged 2.3L four-cylinder engine (270 hp and 310 lb-ft of torque) paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission. For the sake of comparison, the 2011 Ranger also had a 2.3L engine, but it wasn't turbocharged and generated 143 hp and 154 lb-ft of torque.

This compact pickup truck provides space for you, your passengers, and cargo in a stylish package. When properly equipped, the 2019 Ford Ranger can carry an estimated payload of 1,860 pounds in the Supercab 4x2 version. And it can tow an estimated 7,500 pounds (when properly equipped) in the 4x4 or 4x2 Ranger.2

Many drivers also like the updated Ranger for its driver-assist features and comfort. It's ready for camping, towing, hauling and more with these standard features on the 2019 model:

  • Rearview camera
  • Hill-start assist
  • Trailer sway control
  • Rear under-seat storage


Chevrolet Colorado

Best Pickup Trucks Under $25K: Chevrolet Colorado | CarMax

When you think of the state of Colorado, you think of the great outdoors—the midsize Chevrolet Colorado embodies that feeling with off-road chops and on-road class. For model years 2017–2019, the Colorado is available in extended-cab and crew-cab body styles with two bed lengths (short and long) to fit your need for passenger and cargo space.

There are five trim levels offered for the 2017–2019 Chevrolet Colorado: Base, Work Truck (WT), LT, Z71, and ZR2. The base comes standard with a four-cylinder 2.5L engine that creates 200 hp and 191 lb-ft of torque with a six-speed manual transmission. From there, the WT trim opens up two more options: the 3.5L V6 or a 2.8L turbocharged four-cylinder diesel engine, either of which easily propels the Colorado around town and on the highway.

The 2017–2019 Colorado can tow an estimated 7,000 pounds with the V6 and 7,700 pounds with the turbocharged diesel, when properly equipped.2 That's plenty of capability to hitch up your trailer and tow a camper or a set of ATVs. Standard features on the base model 2017–2019 Chevrolet Colorado include:

  • 16-inch steel wheels
  • Four-way power driver's seat with manual recline
  • Rearview camera
  • Seven-inch infotainment system
  • Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ connectivity


Nissan Frontier

10 Best Pickup Trucks under 25K: 2019 Nissan Frontier | CarMax

Nissan's pickup truck has been around for more than 20 years, and it's easy to see why. Two robust powertrains, crew-cab and extended-cab body styles, two bed lengths, and five trim levels (all available from 2017), give you plenty of chance to find the Nissan Frontier of your dreams. This midsize pickup is practical for just about any job, boasting a bed full of useful tie-down cleats designed to securely transport your load.

Frontier models from 2017–2019 come standard with a base 2.5L four-cylinder that generates 152 hp and 171 lb-ft. torque. A 261-hp 4.0L V6 engine with 281 lb-ft. of torque is found on 2017–2019 Frontier SV and higher trims, and either engine can pair to a manual transmission or a five-speed automatic transmission.

Need to tow your outdoor toys? The Frontier can deliver an estimated 6,710 pounds of towing capacity in the 4x2 configuration, when properly equipped.2 Whether you crave big adventure with the Pro-4X trim or a handy work truck in the base model, standard features for model years 2017–2019 Nissan Frontier include:

  • Seven-inch central display
  • Power windows
  • Rear privacy glass
  • Two 12-volt power outlets (2017–2018)
  • Seven-inch touchscreen display (2019)

If you have your eye on a pickup truck that won't exceed your budget, use this list to shop for a truck that delivers the space, capability, and features you need, all with average prices under $25,000.

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1Based on prices on carmax.com between February 1, 2020 and July 31, 2020. Actual prices may vary based on your selected model year, features and trim packages. Prices do not include taxes, tags, titles, and any applicable fees.
2Various factors may impact towing capacity, including weight of passengers, cargo, and options/accessories.
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