Without a doubt, there are a lot of benefits that come with owning a pickup truck. For starters, you get a vehicle that is incredibly versatile. You can use it to run personal errands or even use it at work. At the same time, it can’t be denied that a pickup truck is typically dependable. In fact, you can readily take trucks to the off roads, especially if you’re driving a 4x4. And if you encounter a flash flood, there’s a good chance that your truck can get through.
It’s no wonder that the pickup truck market continues to grow in the U.S. and across the world. In fact, according to a report from ResearchAndMarkets.com, North America accounted for as much as 60 percent of the global pickup sales in 2018. On the other hand, the report is also forecasting that pickup sales would reach 5.6 million in 2019 with the U.S. leading the segment.
And while this type of vehicle is incredibly popular in the U.S. and Canada, it is expected that pickup trucks will also gain more popularity in other regions. As explained by the report, “South Korea and Japan, although have an OEMs manufacturing pickups in other regions, are introducing pick up models in their home countries. A number of investment announcements have also been made about OEMs regarding the electrification of pick up [sic] trucks.”
With continuous demand for pickup trucks, it is also reasonable to assume that the used market would also be able to generate some good sales for this type of vehicle. And if you’re looking around in this market, just beware that what you get may no longer have much resale potential. Have a look at these 20 pickup trucks to see what we mean:
20 2002 Chevrolet Avalanche
Over the years, there had been some memorable pickup truck models that were unfortunately pulled out of the market. Case in point is the Chevrolet Avalanche.
If you think about it, the Avalanche spent a reasonable number of years on the market, having been in production from 2001 to 2013. At one point, this truck also became one of the most successful in its segment. In fact, in one press release, Chevrolet general manager Ed Peper remarked, “Avalanche is a vehicle without peers, selling more than 379,500 units since its spring 2001 launch through December 2005.” Today, a 2002 Avalanche comes with a price tag as low as $1,200, according to Carsforsale.com. That’s doesn’t really give you any resell potential.
19 2002 Lincoln Blackwood
The Lincoln Blackwood was an attempt at establishing a different type of pickup truck market several years ago. As Edmunds senior analyst Jessica Caldwell once told Automobile magazine, “The Lincoln Blackwood was an ambitious experiment. The company was testing the waters to see if truck buyers were ready to buy a vehicle that attempted to deliver not only functionality but also luxury amenities.”
Back in 2017, Jalopnik reported on a 2002 Blackwood that came with a price tag of $7,999. Today, however, the price for this used model go for as low as $5,590, according to CarGurus. And if you ever plan to resell the car after a few years, it might be quite impossible to make some profit from it.
18 2003 Chevrolet SSR
The “SSR” in Chevrolet SSR stood for Super Sport Roadster. This truck is unique in that it features a retractable hardtop so that you get a convertible and pickup truck all in one. In this regard, you can say that this vehicle is a true crossover. Meanwhile, others criticize that the truck’s design is simply too radical. Nonetheless, the SSR managed to stay in the market from 2003 to 2006.
Today, listings on CarGurus reveal that you can get a 2003 SSR for as low as $9,999. And if you hang onto it for at least a couple of years, the truck’s value would simply continue to go down. At this point, it may not be worth to resell the truck anymore.
17 2006 Mitsubishi Raider
Just like the Chevrolet SSR, Dodge Dakota and Subaru Baja, the Mitsubishi Raider is another pickup truck model that has been discontinued for quite some time now.
The Raider is a mid-size pickup truck that was introduced way back in 2006 and remained in production until 2009. According to Top Speed, this truck model earned a Best in Class Vehicle Satisfaction Award from AutoPacific, Inc. during its introductory year. Despite this, however, Mitsubishi eventually stopped supplying the U.S. market with pickup trucks. Today, listings on CarGurus reveal that 2006 Raider is available for as low as $3,870. At this price, a resell is out of the picture.
16 2006 Honda Ridgeline
According to Motor Trend, the Honda Ridgeline was first introduced to the market in 2005 as a 2006 model. Upon its introduction, the truck scored some awards and pretty solid reviews. In fact, Motor Trend even proclaimed it as its 2006 Truck of the Year, remarking that the truck “offers an intriguing third idea as a people and cargo hauler that’s as responsive as a car, but for once doesn’t beat you up.”
Today, the 2019 Ridgeline is being marketed as an “all-purpose pickup truck” with a starting price of $29,990. However, if your budget is tight, you can consider a used 2006 Ridgeline that comes with a starting price of $4,119, according to Cars.com. If you get this, however, reselling may not be a possibility.
15 2008 Chevrolet Colorado
Today, the Chevrolet Colorado continues to be one of the most popular pickup truck models around. However, it must be noted that its 2008 model is not exactly one of its best. As Consumer Reports has noted in its review, “The Colorado seemed promising when it replaced the S-10 in 2003. However, its unrefined five-cylinder engine, which it shares with its GMC Canyon twin, is anemic and doesn't offer a fuel-economy advantage over a V6. Notable shudder plagues the ride, the seats are uncomfortable and interior quality is lacking.” At the same time, it must also be noted that the 2008 Colorado was subjected to two recalls.
For all these reasons and more, we don’t think this pickup truck is ideal for resell.
14 2008 Dodge Ram
The Dodge Ram pickup trucks have always been quite popular in the market. This is the case even if the model is now generally recognized as a Ram truck. Hence, it comes as no surprise that Dodge Ram trucks are still in demand in the used car market.
However, if you are shopping for a used Dodge Ram, it may be best to steer clear of the 2008 Dodge Ram. For starters, TRUECar reveals that it now has a relatively low starting price of $4,495. That means its value would only go further down in the coming years. At the same time, it’s also not attractive for resell since this model has been subjected to eight recalls over the years.
13 2009 Suzuki Equator
The Suzuki Equator was a pickup truck model that was introduced back in 2009. The model was based on the Nissan Frontier. At the same time, it reportedly used the same platform as the Xterra and Pathfinder. Moreover, it was offered with a four-cylinder or six-cylinder engine.
Today, according to CarGurus, the 2009 Equator is still available for a starting price of $6,995. If you decide to keep it in your garage for a few years though, it may be difficult to make any profit from the truck if you decide to resell. Meanwhile, it is also worth noting that the 2009 Equator was recalled due to an overheating issue with the batteries of the truck’s navigation system.
12 2010 GMC Canyon
Today, the latest model of the GMC Canyon is available can be yours for a starting price of $21,500. However, if you are wanting a higher trim, you should expect to pay a whole lot more.
Hence, if you’re on the budget, it may be worth considering a used model, such as the 2010 Canyon. According to Carsforsale.com, you can readily own one for a starting price of $4,995. And if you decide to keep it for several years before you try to sell it, it may be quite impossible to sell it for even $2,500. Moreover, it is also worth noting that this particular model did not have the best reviews.
11 2011 Ford Ranger
As you may know, the Ford Ranger has just made a highly anticipated comeback to the U.S. market after being gone for seven years. The truck model was introduced way back in 1983 at a time when compact pickup trucks were becoming popular in the North America market.
Today, a 2019 Ranger comes with a starting price of $24,300. But if you are looking for something cheaper, you can always go for used older models. However, if you are looking for something with resell potential, the 2011 Ranger may not be your best bet. At the moment, it has a low starting price of $2,499 on Carsforsale.com.
10 2000 Ford F-150
If age doesn’t really matter to you, then one of the best buys you can get now is the 2000 Ford F-150. According to the website The Car Connection, used units of this model go for as low as $1,495. Meanwhile, depending on the trim level, modifications and overall condition of the vehicle, the price of this truck can still go as high as $19,550.
However, if you end up purchasing a unit that is at the lower end of the price range, reselling the truck may no longer be a good idea. After all, you can end up selling it for just below $1,000. If that is the case, you are better off maintaining the truck and driving it around for a long as possible.
9 2000 Dodge Dakota
The 2000 Dodge Dakota is another truck that you can also buy in the used car market today. According to listings on Autolist at the moment, a 2000 Dakota is available for as low as $2,984. At this price, reselling the truck after a year or two may not be so feasible. After all, any vehicle does continue to decline in value each year. As you might know too, production of the Dakota was discontinued several years ago, making maintenance possibly difficult.
At the moment, there are no concrete plans to revive the Dakota. As Jeep and Ram boss had once told Car Buzz, “I think it (Dakota) remains a great opportunity for us. But I have no definitive plans for that to announce today.”
8 2001 Chevrolet S-10
Just like the Dodge Dakota, the Chevrolet S-10 is another truck model that has already been discontinued. Unlike the Dakota, the S-10 was in the market for a much longer time, having been in production from 1982 to 2004.
Over the years, this pickup truck has gained some steady following and good reviews. In particular, there are a lot of fans of the 2001 S-10. On Cars.com, one owner wrote, “This is a nice driving truck with lots of power. It has bucket seats with a lumbar support on the drivers [sic] side. It is well maintained and kept in a garage.”At the moment though, its selling price is already quite low at around $3,995.
7 2001 Ford F-250
Even today, the Ford F-250 is known as one of the most dependable and durable trucks around. Moreover, it also helps that this is one truck with some celebrity following. In fact, the likes of Shaquille O'Neal, James Denton, and Brantley Gilbert.
Today, a 2019 F-250 would set you back at least $37,365. And if your budget is quite tight, perhaps, you’re better off going for a used unit, like the 2001 F-250. According to current listings on Carsforsale.com, you can purchase one for as low as $1,999. Just remember though, it would be impossible to sell it for much even after just one year.
6 2007 GMC Sierra 1500
Today, the GMC Sierra 1500 continues to be the light-duty pickup truck of choice for many car owners. After all, you’re looking at a truck that can deliver as much as 420 horsepower under the hood. Not to mention, it also has a towing capacity of up to 12,200 pounds. To own one, however, you need to be willing to pay as much as $37,800.
For the budget conscious, what we recommend is a used unit, like the 2007 Sierra 1500. According to the website TRUECar, you can get one for a starting price of $2,995. With a price this low though, it’s doubtful if you would still be able to resell it.
5 2008 Mazda B-Series
The Mazda B-Series is a pickup truck that was produced from 1998 and 2008 which had some pros and cons. According to Consumer Reports, “This compact pickup is a Ford Ranger with a Mazda nameplate and minor exterior differences. The ride is stiff and choppy, but the steering is relatively responsive. The extended cab with its four doors is a worthwhile option for the extra luggage space it brings, but not even children will be happy for long in the small jump seats.”
If you’re interested to buy a unit, you can get a 2008 B-Series for a starting price of $3,899. And if you keep it around for a few years, it may be hard to make some money out of it anymore.
4 2012 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
The Chevrolet Silverado 1500 has always been a popular pickup truck model in the market. And today, you have to spend at least $28,300 to own a 2019 model.
If you are looking for something cheaper, however, an older model is always an option. In the case of a 2012 Silverado 1500, CarGurus listings for the model reveal a starting price of $4,495. With a regular rate of depreciation factored in, it may be hard to make any profit out of the truck during resell after a few years. Also, it is worth noting that the truck had been subject to two recalls in the past.
3 2012 Nissan Titan
Today, the 2019 Nissan Titan is a truck that is highly regarded for its reliability and practicality. However, this particular model comes with a rather steep starting price of $30,690.
However, if you are looking to get a car and save some money at the same time, you may want to consider opting for a used model. One of the older models currently available in the market is the 2012 Titan and based on current listings on Carsforsale.com, you can own one for as low as $2,400. And while this price may be attractive, you should also note that it doesn’t leave you much room to resell the truck in the future.
2 2014 Toyota Tacoma
Today, the Tacoma continues to be a successful pickup truck model for Toyota. In fact, the 2019 Tacoma has even received several awards. These include the Best Resale Value: Midsize Pickup Truck by Kelley Blue Book’s KBB.com and 2019 Best Retained Value Award from Edmunds.
If you are interested to own a 2019 model, you need to be prepared to spend at least $25,850. However, if you are looking to save some money on the purchase, you can consider an older model such as a well-maintained 2014 Tacoma. According to listings on CarGurus, this truck currently has a starting price of $6,795. However, resell might be difficult when you factor in depreciation.
1 2003 Subaru Baja
The Subaru Baja is a pickup truck model that was introduced way back in 2003. According to the website NADA Guides, this truck is essentially a ‘beefed up version of the Outback that featured an open cargo bed.” Hence, if you look at it, this vehicle looks like a blend of a pickup truck, wagon, and SUV. Unfortunately, this didn’t really appeal to consumers. In fact, according to Consumer Guide, the Baja didn’t achieve significant sales despite the regular updates that Subaru had done on the model.
According to current listings on CarGurus, you can purchase a used 2003 Baja for as low as $3,395. As you can see, a resell is not feasible with this price.
Sources - ResearchAndMarkets.com, Cars.com, Carsforsale.com. Jalopnik & CarGurus