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Best Trucks Under $25K | CarMax

Pickup trucks may never have been more popular than they are right now. Today, everyone seems to want a pickup.

We love pickups too, because there’s a lot to love: lots of cargo space, plenty of room for passengers, and lots of flexibility. And depending on the model, there’s a 4X4 option for tackling rough terrain.

All this flexibility can come at a premium. At CarMax, though, you’ve got options for best trucks for the money. Here’s a list of 10 great, affordable, used pickup trucks with average CarMax prices under $25,000 (based on average prices between 7/1/2018 and 12/31/2018).1

  1. Nissan Titan
  2. Ford Ranger
  3. Chevrolet Colorado
  4. Toyota Tundra
  5. GMC Sierra 1500
  6. Toyota Tacoma
  7. Nissan Frontier
  8. Chevrolet Silverado 1500
  9. Ford F-150
  10. Dodge Ram 1500


Nissan Titan

Best Trucks Under $25K: Nissan Titan | CarMax

Average CarMax price: less than $20,5001

This Nissan’s called the Titan because, well, it’s BIG. A high ground clearance 4X4 like the 2011 Nissan Titan PRO-4X gives you heated front leather seats, a 5.6L V8, and a premium Rockford Fosgate® sound system for your tunes.

The 2015 Nissan Titan SV is a similar model with all the bells and whistles minus the four-wheel drive (but plus a set of 20-inch-plus alloy wheels). Whichever model you choose, you’ll have a commanding view of the road — the Titan is on our list of top 10 trucks with high ground clearance.


Ford Ranger

Best Trucks Under $25K: Ford Ranger | CarMax

Average CarMax price: less than $15,5001

They may have been out of production since 2012, but we offer old-school Rangers (it’ll be a while before we offer the new-for-2019 Ford Ranger) for a reasonable average price.

Of the trucks on this list, the Ranger delivers solid fuel economy; the 2011 Ford Ranger XL, with a 2.3L engine and a five-speed manual transmission, returns an estimated 22 mpg city and 27 mpg highway.2


Chevrolet Colorado

Best Trucks Under $25K: Chevrolet Colorado | CarMax

Average CarMax price: less than $20,5001

Here’s one used midsize pickup that’s just a hair smaller than the full-sized Silverado, but just as fully-equipped.

The 2016 Chevrolet Colorado Work Truck is a 4X4 with a rearview camera — it also comes with a 3.6L V6 that returns an estimated 17 city mpg and 24 mpg highway. 2


Toyota Tundra

Best Trucks Under $25K: Toyota Tundra | CarMax

Average CarMax price: less than $22,0001

The Tundra is on our list of the best pickup trucks of 2017, and it’s a lot of truck to be featured on an under-$25,000 list.

A trim package like you’ll find on the 2015 Toyota Tundra SR5 gives you a 381-hp V8 and plenty of towing capacity, when properly equipped,3 plus Bluetooth® compatibility, remote start, and alloy wheels.

For more about the Tundra, see our 10 Reasons to Buy a Toyota Tundra video.


GMC Sierra 1500

Best Trucks Under $25K: GMC Sierra 1500 | CarMax

Average CarMax price: less than $21,5001

GMC has been refining its own-badged version of the Silverado 1500 for a long time now, and the latest Sierras are impressive machines. A 2015 GMC Sierra 1500 pickup comes with four-wheel drive and a 4.3L V6 engine that’s good for 285 hp.

This Sierra 1500 cuts a stylish figure, with accent moldings over its angular wheel openings, bold grille designs, an eye-catching cutout above the grille, and optional chrome accents.

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Toyota Tacoma

Best Trucks Under $25K: Toyota Tacoma | CarMax

Average CarMax price: less than $21,0001

Are you a fan of the midsize Tacoma? Lots of customers are, because they come in so many variants.

Lots of Tacomas have an average price tag of less than $25,000 too, like the 2017 Toyota Tacoma SR — this trim has plenty of pluck, thanks to a 159-hp engine and traction control. There’s also Bluetooth compatibility, so you can take phone calls hands-free, and a rearview camera.


Nissan Frontier

Best Trucks Under $25K: Nissan Frontier | CarMax

Average CarMax price: less than $20,0001

This pickup is currently Nissan’s smaller truck for the US market; this model is still a four-door pickup, and the lower-average-priced trims still pack a lot of features.

The 2WD 2013 Nissan Frontier SL has heated front leather seats, plus Bluetooth compatibility, plus a 4.0L V6 engine that’s good for 261 hp. A model like the 2014 Nissan Frontier SV gives you a dose of 4WD flexibility for all kinds of rough terrain.


Chevrolet Silverado 1500

Best Trucks Under $25K: Chevrolet Silverado 1500 | CarMax

Average CarMax price: less than $21,5001

The Silverado is an affordable full-sized pickup that can fit lots of budgets. Take the 2015 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LS — this tall 2WD truck has a 355 V8 under the hood and room for up to six passengers in the cabin. It sits on 20-inch-plus alloy wheels and features a full-sized bed for lots of cargo.


Ford F150

Best Trucks Under $25K: Ford F-150 | CarMax

Average CarMax price: less than $21,5001

Customers love their F-150s, and we sell many of them, in all models and trims. A truck like the 2013 Ford F-150 XLT comes packed with a 5L V8, two-wheel drive, and Bluetooth compatibility.

If you’re all in for a 4X4 F-150, seek out a model like the 2011 Ford F-150 FX4, which also comes with a V8, sunroof, and leather seats.


Dodge Ram 1500

Best Trucks Under $25K: Dodge Ram 1500 | CarMax

Average CarMax price: less than $22,5001

The Dodge Ram is our top-selling pickup for the first four months of 2018. Customers choose models like the 2015 Dodge Ram 1500 Express because it comes with 4X4, a 305-hp V6, room for six passengers, and space for nearly 1,500 lbs of payload.

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Is there anything else on the road today that offers as much flexibility as a pickup truck? You’d be hard-pressed to find a used vehicle with such a mix of get-er-done potential and modern-day comfort, to boot!

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1 Based on prices on carmax.com from July 1, 2018, through December 31, 2018. 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.
2 Fuel economy figures are based on EPA estimates when vehicles sold as new. Fuel economy may vary for reasons like driving conditions and vehicle history. Unless specified, figures are for vehicles equipped with an automatic transmission. See fueleconomy.gov for details.
3Various factors may impact towing capacity, including weight of passengers, cargo, and options/accessories.
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