Whether you believe it or not, trucks have been the best selling vehicles across the country for a while now. As far as utility goes, you can’t beat a truck! With its’ off road potential, cargo room capabilities or serious towing power…it’s iron mine worthy! However…if you’re not looking for a serious truck for really serious work but a cool affordable option that can tow from time to time or move the somewhat frequent object, we’ve got the top 8 trucks for you recommended by the good ol’ folks over at Edmunds for under 30K.
(Please note that these prices are for the 2013-year base model, which may or may not be the trim depicted)
1. If you’re looking for an all-around option and won’t need to tow an extraneous amount of weight, the 2.7 liter four-cylinder Toyota Tacoma is the most affordable choice at $17K.
2. One step up from the Tacoma is the Dodge Ram 1500 which offers a 3.6 liter V6 under the hood, good for 20 miles per gallon on the highway and boasts a new eight speed transmission,which can be bought for a low $22K
3. The Chevrolet Silverado and its closely related Sierra sibling both run about $22,595 at base, according to Edmunds. That will buy you a 4.3 liter V6, good for 195 horsepower and around 17 combined miles per gallon.
4. The Ford F-150 is not just America’s best-selling truck, it’s America’s best-selling vehicle. The top-selling truck will run $23,670 at base, which will buy a 3.7 liter V6 that’s good for 302 horsepower and 278 pounds-feet of torque.
5. The Toyota Tundra will run about $8,000 more than its sibling Tacoma, at $25,355. However, you get more truck , too: the base model Tundra is equipped with a 4.0 liter V6, pumping out a respectable 270 horsepower and 278 pounds-feet of torque.
6. The Nissan Titan will cost around $29,270 in its purest form, although it’s also the first truck listed to offer a V8 in its base trim, as there is no V6 option. The 5.7 liter unit is good for 317 horsepower and 385 pounds-feet of torque plus a functional interior. (definitely not a model for the fancy)
7. If you are looking for some impressive towing capacity, the Chevrolet Silverado 2500 is the beefier version of the 1500 complete with a substantially larger engine — a 6.0 liter V8 ,for just a shade under $30,000 ($29,300). That engine is good for 360 horsepower, 380 pounds-feet of torque.
8. At the higher end, $29,450 to be exact…the Honda Ridgeline comes the closest to skimming the $30K mark. It’s also the only entry that’s developed on a unibody structure, though the Ridgeline is definitely more of an average daily driver vehicle than hardcore work-oriented pickup,the truck’s power comes from Honda’s 3.5 liter V6, which produces 250 horsepower and 247 pounds-feet of torque.