Have 20K or 25K for a truck? Toyota tops watchdog’s list

James Raia

The Toyota Tacoma is among the best userd trucks available.

Toyota tops the list for most reliable and best buy in a new survey for consumers in the market for a used truck with a budget of less than $20,000 and less than $25,000, according to iseecars.com.

The car search engine, based in Woburn, Mass., helps shoppers find the best car deals by providing key insights and valuable resources.

The Toyota Tacoma is among the most reliable trucks available.


iSeeCars analyzed more than 6.1 million used cars sold from October 2019 through March 2020 from model years 2011 onward.

Toyota used pickup get top marks

Cars previously determined to be among the Longest-Lasting Cars and had an overall crash test rating of 4.0 or higher from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) were eligible for further analysis.

The average price of each model was calculated for each model year, and the latest model year with an appropriate average price for each budget was determined.

Among the used pickup trucks for sale under $20,000, the most reliable and best buys include the 2012 Tacoma, the 2011 Tundra, and the 2013 Chevrolet Silverado.

Two full-size pickups make the list: the 2011 Toyota Tundra and the 2013 Chevrolet Silverado.

“Toyota trucks are known for their reliability and longevity, which makes the Tundra a practical choice,” said Phong Ly, co-founder of iseecars.com. “The Tundra is a capable hauler with a powerful engine and strong towing capability. Those with a $20,000 budget can buy the slightly newer 2013 Chevrolet Silverado, which is known for its pleasant ride and powerful engine.”

On average, consumers pay more for used pickup trucks than for any other vehicle segment with an average used price of $29,705.

Here are the top picks for used pickup trucks, respectively, for less than $20,000 and $25,000:

2012 Toyota Tacoma, $18,963
2011 Toyota Tundra, $19,064
2013 Chevrolet Silverado 1500, $19,937

2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500, $22,206
2013 Toyota Tundra, $23,176
2015 Toyota Tacoma, $23,958
2014 Ford F-150, $22,553

For additional information, visit: www.iseecars.com.

Article Last Updated: July 15, 2020.

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