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The Best Used Full-Sized Trucks for 2022

6 minute read

By Lesley Harrison

If you’re in the market for a full-sized truck, buying used could be a good way to get the vehicle you need without breaking the bank. Trucks are usually built with durability in mind. A well-cared-for older specimen could still last a long time, while costing you much less than the newest model. This is especially true if you’re not worried about having the latest driver assists or technology features.

Here’s a list of some of the best used full-sized trucks on the market today, along with some tips on how to get the best deal when shopping.

Why Buy a Used Full-Sized Truck?

The supply chain issues that have been causing chaos for car manufacturers have also impacted trucks. Many manufacturers are facing backlogs running into several months, making it difficult for would-be buyers to get their hands on the new vehicles they want. Trucks, like cars, depreciate in value rapidly in their first year or two of ownership.

Someone who has no desire to have a brand new vehicle could buy a higher-quality older model within their budget and not have to worry about depreciation eating into the value of that vehicle over the next couple of years.


What To Look For When Buying Used Trucks

There are a few important things to consider when buying a used truck. First, trucks are usually work vehicles. Depending on what work they were used for, they could be “almost new” or have experienced a ton of wear and tear. You’ll want to know what the previous owner used the truck for, what mileage it has, and how often it was serviced.

Some manufacturers offer long-term warranties. It’s definitely worth checking whether your used truck of choice is still covered by one. If the truck is too old to be covered by a warranty, make sure a trusted mechanic gives it a solid inspection. That will help identify any potential problem areas.


The Best Used Trucks for 2022

The used truck market is very much a seller’s market in 2022. You may need to shop around and be flexible to find something that has the specifications you want, at a price you’re willing to pay.

If you’re looking for something that will give you a hassle-free experience and be reliable for many years to come, traditional favorites such as Toyota and Chevrolet are a good choice. Remember that an older vehicle that’s been well cared for could be a better buy than something newer that’s been driven hard and neglected.


1. Ford F-150

The Ford F-150 combines the size and power of a full-sized truck with the interior comfort of a high-end sedan. The 2009 model is worth singling out. The F-150 was remodeled for that year, with new exterior stylings, a more spacious and comfortable cab, and a new high-end set of trim options.

With prices of as little as $11,800, the 2009 F-150 is one of the most affordable options on the list. It’s an ideal choice for anyone who wants a powerful and reliable truck that’s enjoyable to drive.

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2. Ram 1500

The Ram 1500 is a pickup that positions itself as a rival to the Ford F-150. The 2017 model is well worth considering. Ram added a long list of standard features that year, including climate control, improved air conditioning filters, and a touch-screen UConnect infotainment system.

Available from $28,422, the 2017 Ram 1500 is a strong, practical truck with smooth handling and a powerful engine. Some rivals may have more towing power, but it’s hard to disregard the modern features of the Ram 1500.

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3. Nissan Titan

The Nissan Titan offers both a V8 and V6 option. That positions the Titan in the gap between half-ton and heavy-duty pickups. It does that job very well. The 2017 model is reasonably priced for the features, at around $31,513. Nissan offers a 100,000-mile warranty and the Titan is built in America. You can feel confident you’re getting top-quality engineering.

Older models of the Titan were overshadowed by the Ford F-150 and Chevrolet Silverado. However, the 2017 model brought Nissan back on the map when it comes to trucks of this size. You could do a lot worse when it comes to used pickups than a 2017 Titan.

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4. Ford F-250

If you’re looking for something a little beefier than the F-150, the F-250 Super Crew Cab could be a good choice. The 2013 model was upgraded to be able to tow up to 18,500 pounds. You don’t have to give up comfort to access that brawn, either.

The interior features a leather, heated steering wheel and an eight-inch infotainment system. All this can be had for just $31,524. Overall, that’s a fair price considering the F-250’s immense power and superior build quality.

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5. Chevrolet Silverado

The Chevrolet Silverado is a versatile truck that’s affordably priced and incredibly reliable. The 2010 model can be found on sale for around $14,500. It still has a lot to offer, despite its age. You’ll want to pay close attention to the specifications of any used Silverado before buying. There are 4.8l and 5.3l engine options to choose from, with a bewildering array of trims and optional features.

However, if you can find the options and mileage you want on a used Silverado, you’ll be in luck. Prepare to be impressed the by the V8 engine and fuel management features, along with the added safety options.

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6. Nissan Frontier

Another interesting entry from Nissan is the Frontier. While it costs more than some of the other options on this list, you’ll get impressive safety features, good build quality, and high performance. Frankly, it’s probably worth the extra cash.

The 2014 model has both manual and automatic transmission options. Even the base trim offers some fun entertainment features and a comfortable interior, all for a price of around $17,590. The off-road handling capabilities of the Frontier are worth noting, making it an interesting alternative to a crossover SUV.

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7. Toyota Tundra

Toyotas are well-known for their reliability and the Tundra pickup is no exception. The 2014 model received an impressive refresh, with new exterior styling and a modernized interior too. Priced at $20,550, the 2014 Tundra offers a good mix of affordability and reliability.

Replaceable panels mean the Tundra will be easy to repair. That’s great news if you’re buying a used truck to be a workhorse. The build quality and wide availability of spare parts means your used Titan should retain its resale value fairly well.

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8. Ram 3500

Rounding out this list of used trucks is the Ram 3500. It’s a powerful truck with incredible performance. It boasts a towing capacity of over 31,000 pounds. For 2016, the Ram 3500 saw several upgrades, including a new rear parking sensor — something many drivers would call a must-have for a vehicle this size.

The new center console and improved entertainment options make spending long days on a work site a more pleasant experience. You can expect to pay around $46,600 for this model. That’s more than any other used truck on our list, but few others can match its performance of the Ram 3500.

Source: Ram

How To Get a Good Deal on a Used Full-Sized Truck

You should be prepared to look at (and test drive) several different trucks while you’re shopping around. This is especially true if your budget isn’t as flexible as you’d like. Buying from a private seller can be more time-consuming than buying from a dealer. However, you may be able to negotiate a better deal.

One potential perk of buying from a used truck dealer is a potential warrant. Even if the manufacturers warranty has long since passed, a dealer may be willing to offer a 30, 60, or 90-day guarantee on their sales. That’s better than nothing. If you can find a Certified Pre-Owned truck that suits your needs, that’s even better. You can be confident it received a thorough inspection before being sold.


Lesley Harrison


Lesley Harrison is a technical writer and open source software enthusiast with a passion for all things "data". In her spare time she coaches youth sports and loves exploring the English countryside.



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