Today’s trucks continue to change the landscape of the auto industry. They’re expected to be strong enough to live up to their original purpose as workhorses, and now consumers want them to be comfortable and stylish, too. Fortunately, manufacturers have taken notice of these desires and routinely deliver models with the power to get the job done and the features to make doing so enjoyable.
In the Honda Ridgeline, drivers will find a truck that’s capable of handling the challenges of both off-road driving and busy city streets. The Ridgeline RT includes a standard 3.5L V6 engine that cranks out 280 horsepower and a six-speed automatic transmission. Its unit-body build provides a strong, sturdy framework that’s light enough to help the two-wheel drive version deliver up to 26 mpg on the highway. The available all-wheel drive system includes Intelligent Traction Management, which gives you four unique options to match changing road conditions. Choose from sand, normal, mud, and snow.
The Chevrolet Silverado 2500 is a heavy-duty used truck that isn’t afraid of hard work and—most importantly—is fully equipped to handle it. This truck is available in two engine sizes: a standard 6L V8 gasoline engine with 360 horsepower and a towing capacity of 14,800 pounds or a 6.6L turbodiesel V8 that delivers 445 horsepower and 18,100 pounds of towing power. Both work seamlessly with the manufacturer’s advanced trailer technologies to provide plenty of pulling strength and control.
The award-winning Dodge Ram 2500 has been named the “Heavy Duty Pickup Truck of Texas” two years in a row. With ten models and lots of features to choose from, Dodge Ram has a truck version for every need. The SLT model offers a maximum towing capacity of 17,980 pounds, a standard 5.7L Hemi® V8 engine, power door locks, 12-volt auxiliary power outlets, and is available in three cab designs: regular, crew, or mega cab.
As a four-door crew cab, the Chevrolet Avalanche 1500 is a versatile used pickup that offers seating for six and the power to handle anything it’s tasked with at the job site. Its base engine is an 5.3L V8 that’s mated to a four-speed automatic transmission and rear-wheel drive. Outfitted with standard features like four-wheel anti-lock brakes (ABS), dusk-sensing headlamps, tilt-adjustable steering wheel, and electronic brakeforce distribution, the Avalanche doesn’t skimp on creature comforts. There are plenty of storage pockets, cup holders, and consoles to keep your belongings secure and close at hand. Dual-zone air conditioning, a radio data system, front and rear reading lamps, six strategically-placed speakers, and dual-lit vanity mirrors provide comfort for both you and your passengers while the front independent suspension ensures a smooth, comfortable ride over nearly any surface.
The Nissan Titan HD took the pickup truck industry by storm by merging elements of a light-duty truck with the capabilities of a heavier-duty truck. Its 5L Cummins turbodiesel engine puts out 310 horsepower, but consumers also have two gasoline engines to choose from: a V6 and a V8. The XD model is taller than the base model while still providing the same handling the Nissan Titan is famous for. It also offers running boards to assist with climbing aboard.
The Chevrolet Colorado combines a hefty, 7,700-pound maximum towing capacity with a 2.8L Duramax turbodiesel engine that delivers a respectable 22 mpg in city driving and 31 mpg on the highway for an impressive all-around package. Prefer a gasoline engine instead? The 3.6L V6 provides 305 horsepower, a towing capacity of up to 7,000 pounds and 18 mpg in the city and up to 26 mpg on the highway. With two bed lengths, three cab sizes, and four trim levels, drivers can choose the options that best suit their needs.
Almost completely redesigned for its 2016 model year, the Ford Ranger remains a popular choice for consumers looking for used pickup trucks. LED lighting and crisper headlight and taillight designs combine with new bumpers and grille for an updated look, and the Ranger also provides more headroom and legroom in its interior, along with other available features like a rearview camera, navigation system, Bluetooth® connectivity, and more. Under the hood, drivers will find a 2.5L, direct-injection gasoline engine that provides 163 horsepower. A 2.2L, 158-horsepower Duratorq diesel engine is also available. A six-speed automatic transmission is also standard equipment for the Ford Ranger.
Also known as the Super Duty, the Ford F250 is the F150’s bigger, more powerful sibling. With a towing ability of up to 31,200 pounds, the diesel-engined model is equipped with engine-exhaust braking that helps the driver control loads while towing or when traveling on inclines. Available in two-door and four-door models, this truck also offers premium options such as a navigation system, heated steering wheel, leather upholstery, and heated front seats.
The Nissan Frontier’s base model features an impressive list of standard features that combine nicely with its impressive EPA-estimated fuel economy of 23 mpg on the highway and 19 mpg in the city. Its full-length, boxed ladder frame provides strength and stability without a lot of extra weight. The forward-facing rear seats can be flipped up when not in use to increase interior cargo space, and 4-wheel anti-lock brakes with Electronic Brake force Distribution (EBD) comes standard on all models. This technological breakthrough senses additional weight in the truck and provides extra force to the rear brakes to offset it.
Drivers looking for a blend of performance and style can’t go wrong with the Toyota Tundra SR. It deftly combines a long list of features like four-wheel anti-lock brakes (ABS), driver and passenger knee airbags, electronic stability, side seat-mounted airbags, driveline traction control, and first- and second-row overhead airbags. There’s an i-FORCE 4.6L V8 engine that delivers 310 horsepower and a six-speed automatic transmission to put all that power to the ground. Add in features like air conditioning, 18-inch steel wheels, and cruise control, and you’ve got a truck that’s as fun to drive as it is practical.
With its 4.3L V6 engine pushing out 285 horsepower and a standard six-speed automatic transmission outfitted with overdrive, the GMC Sierra 1500 is plenty powerful. In addition to four-wheel anti-lock brakes (ABS) and driveline traction control, this truck also offers StabiliTrak with Proactive Roll Avoidance electronic stability. Its exterior 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 belt moldings.
As Toyota’s best-selling pickup truck, a used Tacoma gives drivers superior value and top-notch performance. The base model Tacoma comes with a 2.7L, four-cylinder engine that provides a maximum towing capacity of 3,500 pounds, 150 horsepower, and up to 21 mpg in combined highway and city driving. Choose the 3.5L V6 engine and you’ll get 278 horsepower and a 6,800-pound towing capacity while enjoying the same EPA-estimated 21 mpg for combined driving.
Who says used trucks can’t look and feel sporty? The Dodge Ram 1500 Sport proves the naysayers wrong with a long list of standard features that complement its sporty exterior look, including big, 20-inch aluminum wheels. The powerful 3.6L V6 engine delivers 305 horsepower, and the eight-speed automatic transmission comes with with overdrive. An airbag occupancy sensor, electronic stability, overhead airbags in the first and second rows, and side seat-mounted airbags head up the Dodge Ram’s extensive list of standard features.
For consumers who want a tough and versatile used pickup truck and are also seeking affordability, there’s the used Chevrolet Silverado 1500. Choose from options that include a two-door regular cab, crew cab, or four-door double cab, as well as several different bed lengths. The 4.3L EcoTec3 engine provides an attractive balance of power and fuel efficiency. While this engine can tow up to 7,600 pounds and deliver 285 horsepower, it can also give you an average of 18 mpg during city driving and up to 24 mpg on the highway. The 4G LTE Wi-Fi lets drivers and passengers utilize technology to their advantage, no matter where their adventures take them.
As part of the best-selling F-series of pickup trucks, the F150 is Ford’s flagship model. It exudes toughness and an ability to handle challenging conditions. Not only that—the Ford F150 gets top marks from the IIHS for its optional Forward Collision Warning system. This used truck also gets NHTSA’s five-star safety rating. Buyers can find used Ford F150s in three cab designs and three bed lengths. Four engines provide options for performance, including the base 3.5L V6 engine that provides 282 horsepower and a towing capacity of 7,600 pounds. Looking for fuel economy in your truck? The 2.7L EcoBoost engine offers the best fuel economy in its class without skimping on power.
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Over the last nearly 20 years, the Nissan 370Z has built up quite a strong reputation in the US. It has performed admirably against its pricier competition, such as the Toyota Supra and the Mazda RX-7. Today, the Nissan 370Z remains an excellent choice for those in the market for a sleek, stylish sports car with brilliant handling and an impressive interior with lots of driver-friendly features.