There’s no question that many buyers who require pickup trucks are looking for the best cheap trucks they can get their hands on. Sound like your situation? Then you should definitely take notice of these compact pickups for 2011 that fall into the best cheap trucks category.
- 2011 Toyota Tacoma –Considered by many automotive reviewers to be the king of the compact and midsize pickups, the 2011 is also the leader of
the pack when it comes to being the one to beat among the best cheap trucks. For one thing, starting manufacturer’s suggested retail prices (MSRPs) begin at $16,365 for Regular Cab and up to $25,735 for X-Runner. And, since there aren’t many changes for the 2011 model year, save for restyled front grille and a shuffling of minor options, you could go for a 2010 model and save a few bucks. Consumer Guide says: “Tacoma leads its class in refinement, and is more than competitive in performance, accommodations, utility, and off-road prowess. The X-Runner handles like a sports car while sacrificing little utility. Overall, these are excellent compact trucks and Best Buy picks.”
- 2011 Suzuki Equator – Essentially a rebadged , the 2011 is listed before the Frontier due to a slightly lower starting MSRPs of $17,595 for Extended Cab to $28,950 for Crew Cab with four-wheel drive. Equator also benefits from a much longer warranty than Frontier, which may be appealing to certain consumers. Automobile Magazine, commenting on the 2009 Suzuki Equator, said, “But for those who need a decent truck to tow their Suzuki-powered boat or a means of hauling their 4-wheeler or dirt bike into the woods, Equator is just the ticket.” Fuel economy in the manual-transmission equipped rear-wheel drive (RWD) extended cab of 19 mpg city/23 mpg highway isn’t too shabby, either.
- 2011 Nissan Frontier – Right after the 2011 Toyota Tacoma in terms of overall popularity is the 2011 Nissan Frontier compact pickup. The starting prices are
certainly in the best cheap trucks department, with MSRPs beginning at $17,750 for S in King/Crew Cab and up to $28,430 for SL Crew Cab. Powerful optional V-6 engine, long list of options for the class, and its comfortability on-road as well as rugged capability off-road are other reasons to consider the 2011 Nissan Frontier. Car and Driver observes: “One of our favorite mid-size pickups, the Frontier is a solid body-on-frame truck that offers a powerful V-6, has handsome styling, and is actually fun to drive.”
- 2011 Chevrolet Colorado – With its low starting price of $17,045 (up to $28,975), and long warranty, the 2011 (and slightly more expensive corporate sibling the GMC Canyon) is perhaps a good choice if you need light hauling, towing, or off-roading. It’s just not as comfortable as some of the competition, according to some reviewers. Pickuptrucks.com, quoted in Cars.com, opines: “The Colorado has always been a favorite among cross-shopping consumers because of its extensive lineup and numerous options.”
- 2011 Ford Ranger – If your heart is set on a domestic compact pickup, or you just prefer the Ford brand, another excellent contender for best cheap trucks is the compact 2011 . Available in three rugged styles, XL, XLT, and Sport, starting MSRPs range from $17,935 to $22,350. EPA-estimated fuel economy is equally compelling, ranging from 22 mpg city/27 mpg highway (XL and XLT) to 16 mpg city/21 mpg highway (Sport). MSN, reviewing the top ten cheap trucks of 2010 had this to say: “The For Ranger has been the best-selling compact pickup truck for 17 years running and is one of the best cheap trucks out there.”