Work hard and play hard in these budget-friendly trucks.

Best Trucks Under $25K | CarMax

A staple on job sites, freeways and around the family farm, today's pickup trucks offer an enticing blend of capability, modern comfort, and style. Tough and rugged, many of these workhorses are ready for camping trips and off-road adventures, while cushioning you and your passengers in a comfortable cabin filled with features and stretch-out space.

If you're looking for a truck that won't break the bank, you have some great options. Take a look at this list of the four best pickup trucks for 2020 shoppers with average prices under $25,000, based on CarMax sales and pricing data from November 1, 2019 through April 30, 2020.1 Please be aware that certain model years and upper trim configurations could bring the prices of some of these vehicles over the average price.

  1. Ford Ranger
  2. GMC Canyon
  3. Chevrolet Colorado
  4. Nissan Frontier


Ford Ranger

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

Returning with its fourth generation after taking an eight-year pause, the 2019 Ford Ranger is a small pickup truck with excellent payload and towing capacities. All 2019 models use a turbocharged 2.3L four-cylinder and a 10-speed automatic transmission that makes 270 hp and 310 lb.-ft. of torque. Towing capacity on the 2019 Ranger is generous, with an estimated 7,500 lbs. when properly equipped with 4x2 or 4x4.2

If you often carry heavy cargo, the 2019 Ranger with 4x2 comes in handy with an estimated payload of 1,860 lbs., when properly equipped. Featuring many standard driver aids, like a rearview camera and a pre-collision system with forward-collision warning and automatic emergency braking, the 2019 Ranger can inspire confidence on the road as well as the construction site. The base XL trim includes these standard features on the 2019 Ford Ranger:

  • 16-inch silver steel wheels
  • Cloth upholstery
  • Rear under-seat storage
  • AM/FM stereo with six speakers
  • SYNC® infotainment system with 4.2-inch display


GMC Canyon

Best Pickup Trucks Under $25K: GMC Canyon | CarMax

If you need a midsize pickup that makes it easy to get around, the GMC Canyon's maneuverability and handling will leave you smiling. Even with its tidy dimensions, the 2017-2019 Canyon is one serious truck, boasting an estimated 7,700-lb. towing capacity with the available 2.8L four-cylinder turbo-diesel engine, when properly equipped.2

With three body styles to choose from, including two- and four-passenger extended cabs and a five-seat crew cab on 2017-2019 models, the Canyon's cabin is versatile for work or running errands with your crew. The standard corner-step rear bumper and EZ-Lift and Lower tailgate (on 2017-2019 SLE and higher trims) is designed to make loading the bed with tools and materials effortless. Other standard features on the 2017-2019 GMC Canyon SLE include:

  • 17-inch aluminum wheels
  • Fog lights
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Infotainment system with an eight-inch display
  • Rearview monitor


Chevrolet Colorado

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

Have a thirst for the outdoors and want a truck that's not afraid to get dirty? The Chevrolet Colorado loves to have fun! This 2017-2019 midsize pickup comes in extended-cab and crew-cab body styles with two bed lengths (short and long) to fit your need for passenger and cargo space.

An available 2.8L four-cylinder turbodiesel engine allows the 2017-2019 Colorado to tow an estimated 7,700 lbs. when properly equipped, so you can hitch up your trailer and bring your ATVs along.2 For more off-road capability, the 2017-2019 Colorado ZR2 packs a serious punch. This trim comes standard with driver-selectable full-locking front and rear differentials for more traction and extra ground clearance to climb over obstacles. Plus, the ZR2's standard Multimatic DSSV™ Damping System is designed to cushion you with a smoother ride. Other standard features on the 2017-2019 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 include:

  • 17-inch aluminum wheels
  • Off-road suspension
  • Off-road appearance package
  • 3.5-inch wider stance
  • Leather-appointed seats with ZR2 logo


Nissan Frontier

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

With two strong powertrains, crew-cab and extended-cab body styles, two bed lengths, and five trim levels, you'll love the 2017-2019 Nissan Frontier. 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.

2017-2019 models 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, delivering an estimated 6,710 lbs. towing capacity when properly equipped with 4x2.2

Whether driving to the home improvement store or working at the job site, the Frontier offers a comfortable and supple ride. The cabin is spacious, too, with large rear doors for easier access into the truck. You'll find these standard features on the 2017-2019 Nissan Frontier SV:>

  • Bed rail caps
  • Power windows with driver-side auto-down
  • Manual sliding rear window with lock
  • Two 12-volt power outlets (2017-2018)
  • Seven-inch touchscreen display (2019)

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Whether for work or play, you can find a pickup truck that won't break the bank. Use this list to shop for a truck with the space, capability, and features you need.

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1 Based on prices on carmax.com from November 1, 2019 through April 30, 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.
2 Various factors may impact towing capacity, including weight of passengers, cargo, and options/accessories.
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