Introduction

Introduction

Even with gas prices hovering around the $3 mark, new pickup truck sales are steadily rising. That means incentives are down and prices are high. But while a new truck could run you $30,000 or more, there are plenty of very capable used trucks available in the $15,000 range. We scoured the used car pages of Aol Autos to find some of the best pickups for that price, and we think you'll like what we found.
2003 Cadillac Escalade EXT

2003 Cadillac Escalade EXT

Price: $12,998
Mileage: 105,101
If You Bought It New: $51,230
Engine: 6.0-liter V8, 345 horsepower

JD Power Dependability Rating: 3

Selling Points: If you want a luxury pickup truck, the Escalade EXT is your best bet. This big hauler has all the trimmings of the Escalade while sporting the grunt and determination of a Chevy Suburban. How can you go wrong?
2006 Chevy Silverado

2006 Chevy Silverado

Price: $14,944
Mileage: 64,975
If You Bought It New: 25,610
Engine: 4.8-liter V8, 285 horsepower

JD Power Dependability Rating: 3.5

Selling Points: The Silverado can do everything well: towing, hauling, camping or simply heading out to the local warehouse store. Mix in solid dependability and masculine looks and you've got a recipe for an excellent used truck.
2003 Dodge Ram 2500

2003 Dodge Ram 2500

Price: $14,995
Mileage: 72,508
If You Bought It New: $25,765
Engine: 5.7-liter V8, 345 horsepower

JD Power Dependability Rating: NA

Selling Points: The Ram 2500 is the biggest truck on our list, a terrific work truck that can easily double as a camper towing juggernaut. Four full doors means that you can also bring along the family.
2007 Dodge Dakota

2007 Dodge Dakota

Price: $14,992
Mileage: 40,692
If You Bought It New: $25,020
Engine: 3.7-liter V6, 210 horsepower

JD Power Dependability Rating: 3

Selling Points: The Dodge Dakota is a bit of a tweener, bigger than most small trucks but not quite as bulky as its Dodge Ram sibling. That makes the Dakota the ideal truck for the owner who wants utility and capability but without the size that can make parking a tight squeeze.
2005 Ford F-150

2005 Ford F-150

Price: $14,995
Mileage: 70,535
If You Bought It New: $31,405
Engine: 5.4-liter V8, 300 horsepower

JD Power Dependability Rating: 4

Selling Points: The F-150 is a bit like ice cream. You can find one in just about every flavor you can imagine. The F-Series shines with terrific capability and a good JD Power Dependability Rating of 4 out of 5.
2007 Honda Ridgeline

2007 Honda Ridgeline

Price: $14,993
Mileage: 90,795
If You Bought It New: $27,800
Engine: 3.5-liter V6, 247 horsepower

JD Power Dependability Rating: 4

Selling Points: The Ridgeline is the truck for those who need a usable bed but don't want a truck-like ride. As an added reward, the Ridgeline has a good JD Power Dependability Rating of 4 out of 5.
2003 Nissan Frontier

2003 Nissan Frontier

Price: $13,995
Mileage: 53,375
If You Bought It New: $18,939
Engine: 3.3-liter V6, 180 horsepower

JD Power Dependability Rating: 3

Selling Points: The Frontier is an attractive small pickup with solid resale value. This 4X4 model will also be fun off the beaten path, whether it's used for off-roading, camping, or hunting.
2003 Subaru Baja

2003 Subaru Baja

Price: $13,991
Mileage: 46,886
If You Bought It New: $21,995
Engine: 2.5-liter boxer four-cylinder, 165 horsepower

JD Power Dependability Rating: 3

Selling Points: The best way to describe the Baja in one word? Different. There's nothing else on the road quite like this little Outback wagon with a pickup bed. The Baja likely wouldn't make a great work truck and it probably shouldn't be used to tow anything, but it has a perfectly capable cargo area for everything else.
2004 Toyota Tacoma

2004 Toyota Tacoma

Price: $13,988
Mileage: 65,881
If You Bought It New: $19,010
Engine: 2.7-liter four-cylinder, 150 horsepower

JD Power Dependability Rating: 3

Selling Points: The Tacoma is the king of the small pickup trucks. Why? Reliability, strong resale value, and solid performance, all complimented with attractive sheet metal.
2008 GMC Sierra Work Truck

2008 GMC Sierra Work Truck

Price: $14,963
Mileage: 49,254
If You Bought It New: $17,590
Engine: 4.3-liter V6, 195 horsepower

JD Power Dependability Rating: 3.5

Selling Points: If you need a work truck, you may as well skip the little toy trucks and go right for the Sierra 1500. Even the base Sierra has a big bed for hauling larger loads and you can get a fairly new model without breaking the bank.


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