There is no doubt that pickups are the most iconic and most preferred vehicles in America. Since the start of manufacturing the local companies leaded the market. Today, Japanese companies are also making their way on the market, offering very affordable deals in that segment. We selected a list of contenders based on our research in the North American pickup market and listed them starting from the most competitive to the most costly one. You should keep in mind that the prices for the fully equipped models may vary so they could be much higher depending on the configuration. Let’s start with the list of 2017’s least expensive pickups!
1. Nissan Frontier ($18,390)
Nissan Frontier with its basic design dates to 2005. It’s had few changes since 2009, and a replacement probably won’t arrive for a few more years. It is the only pickup with starting price below $20,000 which makes it the least expensive on the US market. To meet the needs of buyers today, the Frontier offers extended-cab or crew-cab versions, with a base 152-hp 2.5-liter four or optional 261-hp 4.0-liter V-6, a five- or six-speed manual, five-speed automatic, rear-wheel- or all-wheel-drive versions, and trim levels ranging from base to the Baja-inspired Desert Runner. If you choose the double cab and 5-speed manual transmission the Frontier will cost you $26,000
2. Chevrolet Colorado ($20,995)
Chevrolet Colorado is clever and capable and it is also very affordable. It is available in three cab-and-bed configurations. A 2.5-liter inline-four with 191 lb-ft of torque is standard and optional are a 3.6-liter V-6 (275 lb-ft) and a 2.8-liter turbo-diesel inline-four (369 lb-ft), which has a tow rating of up to 7700 lb. Three transmission choices are available, as is all-wheel-drive. A trail-ready ZR2 trim gets a unique suspension and other off-road kit. The starting price is $20,995 MSRP.
3. GMC Canyon ($21,885)
GMC Canyon shares the same configuration as his down-market twin Chevrolet Colorado but it is deemed to be upscale. The starting price is $21,885 and it offers Extended and crew cabs and five- and six-foot beds offer decent passenger and cargo room. A 2.5-liter four pairs with a six-speed manual or automatic for 191 lb-ft of torque. The optional 2.8-liter turbo-diesel (369 lb-ft) and 3.6-liter V-6 with an eight-speed automatic (275 lb-ft) are ideal for heavy lifting.
4. Toyota Tacoma ($24,320)
Toyota Tacoma has a handsome looks and available off-road gear stating at $24,320. It is powered by A 2.7-liter four-cylinder making 180 lb-ft of torque is standard and pairs with a five-speed manual or a six-speed automatic; a 3.5-liter V-6 (265 lb-ft) is optional and mates to a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic. The properly equipped V-6 can tow 6800 lb.
5. Ram 1500 ($26,495)
Ram 1500 has the broad appeal of a full-size pickup and nearly three dozen configurations. The base trim it offers is Tradesman which starts at $26,495 with single cab and sits three. It comes in rear- or four-wheel drive and 5’7″, 6’4″, and 8.0′ bed lengths. Power comes from a 3.6-liter V-6 making 269 lb-ft of torque; a 3.0-liter, 420-lb-ft turbo-diesel V-6; or a 5.7-liter, 410-lb-ft V-8 with which you can tow up to 10,700 pounds.
6. Ford F-150 ($27,110)
The legendary Ford F-150 earned the 2017 – 10Best award. The Ford F-150 continues its progressing development, with a styling update, new 3.0-liter diesel engine, and more advanced safety features that are coming in 2018. It delivers amazing ride quality. The base 3.5-liter V-6 (253 lb-ft), optional 2.7-liter turbo V-6 (375 lb-ft), and optional 5.0-liter V-8 (387 lb-ft) all pair with six-speed automatics. The optional 3.5-liter twin-turbo V-6 (470 lb-ft) and its standard 10-speed automatic are best for towing, with a maximum capacity of 12,200 pounds. Regular cab, SuperCab, and SuperCrew bodies as well as 5.5-, 6.5-, or 8-foot beds make the F-150 an adaptable classic.
7. Chevrolet Silverado 1500 ($27,785)
Modern pickups are built to be multitasking machines, and the Silverado is no exception. The starting price is $27,785 with a 4.3-liter V-6 with 305 lb-ft and a six-speed automatic is standard. Optional V-8s are a 5.3-liter with 383 lb-ft and a 6.2-liter with 460 lb-ft, an eight-speed automatic (optional with the 5.3), and 12,500 lb of towing capacity. One size doesn’t fit all—there are regular, double, and crew cabs with 5’8”, 6’6”, or 8’ beds.
8. GMC Sierra 1500 ($28,405)
GMC Sierras’s base price starts at $28,405 with standard 2WD regular cab with 78.87 box. The base engine is a 285-hp V-6; optional engines include a 355-hp V-8 and a 420-hp V-8. The maximum payload is 2260 lb; maximum towing is 12,000 lb. Regular cabs offer 6.5-ft or 8-ft boxes; double cabs have a 6.5-ft box and crew cabs offer a 5’8” box or a 6.5-ft box. All-wheel drive is optional for all models.
9. Honda Ridgeline ($29,475)
Honda Ridgeline standard RT model comes with its 3.5-liter V-6 makes 280 hp and 262 lb-ft with front-wheel drive and a six-speed automatic; the all-wheel-drive model has a towing capacity of 5000 lb. The starting price is $29,475.The payload capacity is 1,465 lbs. or 1,584 lbs. depending on 2WD/4WD layout. The ridgeline offers roomy cabin, ample storage, and smooth ride.
10. Nissan Titan ($29,580)
The Titan is redesigned in 2017 and it is offering more pleasant overall experience than the XD version. It is also the largest truck that could be found anywhere. The starting price is $29,580. It comes with a smooth and punchy gas 5.6-liter V8 with slick and responsive seven-speed automatic transmission. Titan appears to be practical and comfortable for cruising the highway or the job site. The maximum towing capacity is 9,390 lbs. and payload capacity of 1,950 lbs. The 4×4 Titam is optional with increased towing capacity to 9,740 lbs. The price for that upgrade is starting at $32,610.
11. Toyota Tundra ($30,120)
Toyota Tundra offers a standard 310-hp 4.6-liter V-8 or an optional 381-hp 5.7-liter V-8; both engines team up with a six-speed automatic transmission. The starting price for Tundra SR is $30,120. These configurations allow maximum towing rates at 10,500 pounds and the maximum payload is 2060 pounds. That makes it the number one truck on our list with 10,000 lbs. of towing capacity.
12. Nissan Titan XD ($31,590)
The Nissan Titan XD with its half-ton size and almost-three-quarter-ton capability starts at $31.590. It offers single cab with 8.2-foot bed powered 5.6-liter V-8 makes 394 lb-ft of torque and pairs to a seven-speed automatic with rear- or four-wheel drive; an optional 5.0-liter turbo-diesel V-8 comes with a seven- or optional six-speed automatic, makes 555 lb-ft, and can tow over six tons.
13. Ram 2500 ($32,145)
The Ram 2500 configurations range from the base Tradesman to the deluxe Power Wagon Laramie. The starting price for the Tradesman is $32,145. That offers single cab truck with 8 ft. box. Two gasoline V-8s—a 400-lb-ft 5.7-liter and a 429-lb-ft 6.4-liter—are offered, both with a six-speed automatic transmission. There’s also a turbo-diesel 6.7-liter inline-six with six-speed manual or automatic. It will tow up to 17,980 pounds; payload is 3160 pounds. If you choose to upgrade the price will go up to $34,945.
14. Ford F-250 Super Duty ($32,535)
Ford F-250 Super Duty offers a 6.2-liter V-8 with 430 lb-ft, a max tow rating of 15,000 lb, and a six-speed automatic as standard with starting price at $32,535. That includes single cab with 8 ft. box. The 6.7-liter turbo-diesel V-8 with 925 lb-ft and a max tow rating of 18,000 lb is optional.
15. Ram 3500 ($33,245)
Starting at $33,245 Ram 3500 Tradesman with a massive 31,210-pound towing capacity could possibly be the hardest-working pickup truck of all. Engine choices include a 383-hp 5.7-liter V-80, a 410-hp 6.4-liter V-8 (370 hp in the Mega Cab), and a 6.7-liter turbodiesel inline-six that makes 350, 370, or 385 hp, depending on which transmission you choose. It could also be equipped with as many modern luxuries as you can afford.
16. Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD ($33,610)
The standard Chevy Silverado 2500HD powered by 6.0-liter V-8 makes 380 lb-ft of torque starts at $33,610. For that money you get the RWD cab with long box version. The optional 6.6-liter turbo-diesel V-8 makes 910 lb-ft and boasts a towing capacity of up to 18,100 pounds. A six-speed automatic is standard. You can order an AWD configuration as well and in that case the price would be $36,565. The most costly option available is the Duramax 6.6L turbo diesel V8 which makes the price go up to $$42,615 for RWD.
17. GMC Sierra 2500HD ($34,190)
GMC Sierra 2500HD has a starting price of $34,190 offering It offers the same three cab styles, five wheelbases, two bed lengths, and three engines: 6.0-liter gas/CNG V-8s and our favorite, the Duramax 6.6-liter turbo-diesel V-8 with the Allison six-speed transmission. When properly equipped the maximum payload is 3534 lb and maximum towing is 18,100 lb.
18. Chevrolet Silverado 3500HD ($34,710)
Continuing with GM, there’s the Chevrolet Siverado 3500HD which has a starting price of $34,710. For the money, you’ll get a single cab long box with the same 360-hp 6.0L V8 with 6-speed automatic transmission, but where the 3500HD differs from the 2500HD is the maximum payload of 7,153 lbs. Truth be told, the maximum towing capacity is slightly lower at 14,300 lbs. The AWD version starts at $37,665, and the 6.6L Cummins version costs upwards of $42,485.
19. GMC Sierra 3500HD ($35,290)
GMC Sierra 3500HD offers a 360-hp 6.0-liter V-8 as standard with a single cab with 97.76 in box starting at $35,290. When properly equipped its maximum payload is 7153 lb and its trailer-towing capacity is 23,200 lb. There are options including a 301-hp 6.0-liter gas/CNG V-8 and our choice, the 397-hp 6.6-liter Duramax turbodiesel with 765 lb-ft and the Allison transmission. The AWD configuration will cost you from $39,935 up to $44,300 for the 6.6L Cummins turbo diesel.
20. Ford F-150 Raptor ($49,265)
One of the most expensive trucks on the list is Ford-F150 Raptor starting at $49,265. It is powered by 3.5-liter twin-turbo V-6 makes 450 hp and 510 lb-ft and it pairs with a 10-speed automatic transmission. The 4×4 comes as standard. There are two optional model available SuperCab and SuperCrew.
21. Ram 2500 Power Wagon ($51,695)
Ram 2500 Power Wagon is Ram’s top off-roader and it is also the most expensive one on the North American market with starting price $51,695. Based on the three-quarter-ton Ram 2500 crew cab, the Power Wagon is powered by 6.4-liter Hemi V-8 with 410 hp and 429 lb-ft helps it tow 10,030 lb. The Power Wagon comes with standard equipment warn winch, electronic-locking diffs, and electronic disconnecting front anti-roll bar.