Let’s not fiddle around, trucks are the automotive class that truly defined America and made it what it is today. From the beginnings, it was dominated by American manufacturers, but nowadays, Japanese brands also offer some great deals in the market segment. We’ve examined the North American truck market and listed all contenders from the cheapest to the most expensive one. But, before we continue, you should know that trucks come in all shapes and sizes, so prices can be significantly higher for fully equipped models. So, here are 2017’s least expensive pickups!
1 Nissan Frontier ($18,390)
As the only sub-$20K truck on the market and a model that’s been on the market since 2005, Nissan Frontier is the cheapest one on the US market. In its cheapest S version, the Frontier starts at $18,390 and it’s a single cab truck with 4X2 drivetrain, 2.5L 152-horsepower 4-cylinder DOHC engine and 5-speed manual transmission. Double cab Frontier will cost you at least $24,100, and for $3,870 you can choose 5-speed automatic transmission. Maximum towing capacity of the base Frontier S is 3,760 lbs while the maximum payload is 930 lbs. for manual and 880 lbs. for automatic transmission.
2 Chevrolet Colorado ($20,995)
Chevrolet Colorado is the second cheapest truck on the market, and at $20,995 MSRP, you can get an extended cab long box version with RWD and a DOHC 2.5L inline-four VVT engine with 200 horsepower. The engine is mated to a 6-speed manual transmission. Curb weight of the base Colorado is 3,946 lbs., while its maximum payload is 1,432 lbs., significantly more than the slightly cheaper Frontier. On the other hand, Colorado’s maximum conventional trailering capacity is 3,500 lbs., less than the Frontier.
3 GMC Canyon ($21,885)
A slightly more upscale version of the Colorado, GMC Canyon starts at $21,885, and much like its Chevrolet counterpart, it’s a RWD extended cab long box version powered by a 2.5L DOHC inline four that also produces 200 horsepower at 6,300RPM. The base GMC Canyon has a curb weight of 3,944 lbs. with a maximum payload of 1,424 lbs. Its towing capacity is 3,500 lbs. which are numbers fairly similar to the Colorado for a slightly larger price tag.
4 Toyota Tacoma ($24,320)
In its base SR trim, the Toyota Tacoma is a rear-wheel drive extended cab truck powered by a 2.7L 4-cylinder inline four engine with 159 horsepower at 5200 RPM and a five-speed manual transmission powering the rear wheels. The Tacoma SR has curb weight of 4,425 lbs. with a payload of 1,175 lbs. The towing capacity of the Tacoma is 3,500 lbs. as standard, or 6,500 lbs. with V6 Tow Package in case you opt for a 3.5L V6.
5 Ram 1500 ($26,495)
The smallest Ram truck on the market bears the nameplate 1500, and its base trim is Tradesman which starts at $26,495, has a single cab and sits three. It is powered by a 3.6L Pentastar V6 with 305 horsepower which powers the rear wheels via 8-speed automatic transmission. Standard payload capacity is 1,500 lbs., while the standard towing capacity is 4,970 lbs. However, for just $1,450, your Ram 1500 can be powered by a 395 horsepower 5.7L HEMI engine. Also it’s worth considering that the addition of all-wheel-drive to a standard V6-powered Ram 1500 will bring the price up to $31,095.
6 Ford F-150 ($27,110)
The base Ford F-150 XL is a RWD truck powered by a 3.5L V6 engine mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission unit. The base engine has 282 horsepower at 6,250 RPM. In its base form, the F-150 XL is single cab, allowing the seating for three. Its standard towing capacity is 5,000 lbs. with 3.55 axle ratio or 7,600 lbs. with 3.73. The maximum payload of the 3.5L V6 Ford F-150 is 1,910 lbs. Optional extras for the F-150 include all-wheel-drive, as well as two EcoBoost V6 engines measuring 2.7L and 3.5L which increase towing and payload capacities to 8,500 lbs./2,210 lbs. and 12,200 lbs./3,220 lbs. respectively. Also, there’s the 5.0L V8 with 385 horsepower which enables 11,000 lbs. towing and 3,270 lbs. payload capacities. Of course, the prices of the F-150 then go significantly up.
7 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 ($27,785)
The base Chevrolet Silverado starts at $27,785 for a regular cab with standard 78.87 in. box, rear wheel drive and 4.3L Ecotec V6 engine. The engine has 285 horsepower at 5,300 RPM, and it is mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission unit. The base Silverado has maximum payload of 1,960 lbs. and maximum conventional trailering of 6,000 lbs. Optional engines for the Silverado include 5.3L EcoTec V8 and 6.2L EcoTec V8 engines that produce 355 and 420 horsepower, but that also brings the prices up, so the 5.3L Silverado with AWD costs from $31,725.
8 GMC Sierra 1500 ($28,405)
The base GMC Sierra is a 2WD regular cab with standard 78.87 in. box and it starts at $28,405 MSRP. Just like the Silverado, it is powered by a 4.3L EcoTec V6 with six-speed automatic transmission unit. The base Sierra engine also has 285 horsepower at 5,300 RPM, which enables a maximum trailering of 6,000 lbs. Since the Sierra 1500 shares its platform with the Silverado 1500, it is also available with the same palette of engines, so the optional V8s are 5.3L EcoTec and 6.2L EcoTec with 355 and 420 horses. Also, if you opt for AWD, the price will go up to $33,640 for a V6 version.
9 Honda Ridgeline ($29,475)
Honda’s midsize pickup Ridgeline starts at $29,475 for the base RT model. It comes as a double cab with a 64.0 in. truck bed and it’s powered by a 280 horsepower 3.5L V6 engine that’s mated to 6-speed automatic transmission as standard. The engine powers the rear wheels, but you can get all-wheel-drive for $1,900. The Ridgeline has total payload capacity of 1,465 lbs. or 1,584 lbs. depending on 2WD/4WD layout, while its towing capacity is 3,500 lbs. or 5,000 lbs. depending on the same factor.
10 Nissan Titan ($29,580)
The final sub-$30K pickup on the market is the Nissan Titan which starts at $29,580. The base single cab Titan S has 98.5 in. bed, and it is powered by a 5.6L DOHC 32-valve V8 engine with 390 horsepower at 5,800 RPM. It has maximum towing capacity of 9,390 lbs. and maximum payload capacity of 1,950 lbs. The 4×4 Titan will cost you from $32,610, and in that case, its maximum towing capacity is increased to 9,740 lbs. Crew cab Nissan Titan starts at $35,230.
11 Toyota Tundra ($30,120)
Starting from $30,120, Toyota offers the base Tundra SR as a RWD single cab with 8.1-ft. truckbed. It is powered by a 5.7L V8 engine with 381 horsepower at 5,600 RPM, and the engine is mated to 6-speed automatic transmission. Thanks to its powerful engine and rugged construction, the Tundra can tow up to 10,500 lbs., and it’s the first truck on our list with over 10,000 lbs. of towing capacity as standard.
12 Nissan Titan XD ($31,590)
The Nissan Titan XD S starts at $31,590 as a single cab RWD truck powered by 5.6-liter 32-valve V8 engine with 390 horsepower at 5,800 RPM. In base form, its maximum towing capacity is 12,640 lbs. and its maximum payload is 2,910 lbs. All-wheel-drive petrol Titan XD starts at $34,620, and for $37,140, there’s also an optional Cummins 5.0-liter DOHC 32-valve V8 Turbo Diesel engine with 310 horsepower, but with 555 lb-ft. of torque.
13 Ram 2500 ($32,145)
The Ram 2500 Tradesman has a starting price of $32,145, and that money gets you a single cab truck with 8 ft. box, powered by a 6.4L V8. The engine produces 410 horsepower at 5,600 RPM and it powers the rear wheels via 6-speed automatic transmission. The Ram 2500 has payload capacity of 3,060 lbs. and standard towing capacity of 11,890 lbs. If you decide to choose 4X4 drivetrain, it will bring the price up to $34,945.
14 Ford F-250 Super Duty ($32,535)
Ford offers its F-250 Super Duty at a starting price of $32,535 for a single cab with 8 ft. box with a 6.2L Flex-Fuel engine powering the rear wheels. The engine power is rated at 385 horsepower at 5,750 RPM and it is paired up with 6-Speed SelectShift automatic transmission. The maximum towing capacity of this truck is 13,300 lbs. while its maximum payload capacity is 4,267.
15 Ram 3500 ($33,245)
The Ram 3500 Tradesman starts at $33,245, and it’s a single cab truck with 8-foot box, 6.4L V8 which powers the rear wheels. As it’s the same engine as in the Ram 2500, it has 410 horsepower at 5,600 RPM, and is also mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission unit. Its towing capacity is slightly bigger at 11,910 lbs. as well as payload capacity which is rated at 4,080 lbs. If you are looking for a Ram truck, Ram 3500 sounds like a better idea since the price difference isn’t significantly larger.
16 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD ($33,610)
The Chevy Silverado 2500HD can cost you upwards of $33,610, which is the starting MSRP of a RWD single cab long box version. The Silverado 2500 is powered by 360-hp 6.0L V8 engine with 380 lb-ft of torque mated to 6-speed automatic transmission. Per Chevrolet, this mighty truck can carry 3,534 lbs. and its maximum towing ability is 14,800 lbs. with 4.10 rear axle, or 10,300 lbs. with 3.73 rear axle. The Silverado 2500HD can also be ordered with AWD, in which case the price is $36,565, but if you choose a Duramax 6.6L turbo diesel V8, the price jumps significantly to $42,615 in RWD version.
17 GMC Sierra 2500HD ($34,190)
Built on a shared platform with the Silverado 2500 HD, GMC Sierra 2500HD offers fairly similar performance, albeit at a slightly higher price. In standard form, it has a 6.0L V8 engine with 360 horsepower, 380 lb-ft of torque and 6-speed automatic transmission. Its payload is 3,583 lbs. which is slightly more than the Silverado 2500HD, while the recommended maximum towing ability is 14,500 lbs. All-wheel-drive can be ordered too, and base AWD Sierra 2500HD costs $38,440, while the Duramax 6.6L turbo diesel V8 version will cost you $44,490 or more.
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)
The cheapest GMC Sierra 3500HD comes as a single cab with 97.76 in box, and it has rear wheel drive as standard. It is equipped with the same 360-hp 6.0L V8 with 6-speed automatic transmission as the Silverado 3500 HD, and it has a payload capacity of 4,441.00 lbs, whereas its towing capacity is rated at 14,500 lbs. The AWD Sierra starts at $39,935, and the 6.6L Cummins turbo diesel Sierra can be bought for upwards of $44,300.
20 Ford F-150 Raptor ($49,265)
The second most expensive truck on the list is the high performance version of the trusted Ford F-150. The souped-up version of America’s favorite workhorse starts at $49,265, and it’s powered by a 3.5L V6 EcoBoost High Output Engine. The Raptor has a power output of 450 horsepower at 5,000 RPM and 510 lb.-ft. of torque at 3,000 RPM. It comes with 4X4 as standard, the engine is mated to 10-speed automatic transmission, and with these specs the F-150 Raptor provides endless fun for its owners both on and off the roads.
21 Ram 2500 Power Wagon ($51,695)
The mightiest Ram truck has the highest starting price on the North American market, and it is $51,695. This legendary name comes with legendary power from the 6.4L Heavy Duty V8 HEMI engine that produces 410 horses with 429 lb.-ft. of torque. The Ram Power Wagon is packed with standard equipment, has a towing capacity of 9,910 lbs. which is quite respectable considering the fact that the Ram 2500 Power Wagon is a performance pickup.