When nothing but a truck will get the job done, you still want to be assured you’re buying a safe vehicle. Since brand-new trucks cost quite a pretty penny, you may find what you want and need in a safe used truck. Here we take a look at 10 of the safest trucks under $30,000.

We use the ratings from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) as a guide.

2011 Ford F-150The IIHS lists crew cab models of the 2011 Ford F-150, those built after February 2011, as a Top Safety Pick. The F-150 large truck scored “good” in all tests that year: moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraints and seats. Pricing ranges from $15,988 to $26,989 (and higher).

2012 Ford F-150 – Like the 2011 Ford F-150 crew cab, the 2012 Ford F-150 crew cab is listed as an IIHS Top Safety Pick, tallying “good” scores in all IIHS testing. Look for prices in the range of $25,996 to $29,990, with other trims higher.

2013 Ford F-150 – Three times is the charm: the 2013 Ford F-150 crew cab rings in another IIHS Top Safety Pick award, making this large truck a coveted choice for those in the market for a safe truck under $30,000. Pricing is from about $26,000 to $30,000 (and higher, of course).

2011 Toyota TundraLikewise for the 2011 model year, another large truck, the 2011 Toyota Tundra (crew cab models, called CrewMax) earned Top Safety Pick status. The Tundra scored “good” in all four IIHS tests. As for price, check out 2011 Toyota Tundra models ranging from $16,991 to $23,250 (and higher).

2012 Toyota Tundra – Crew cab models (CrewMax) of the 2012 Toyota Tundra similarly earned IIHS Top Safety Pick status by scoring the highest-possible “good” in all tests. Pricing on 2012 Toyota Tundra crew cab models ranges from $21,991 to $27,987 (and higher).

2013 Toyota Tundra – Check out 2013 Toyota Tundra crew cab models for safe trucks under $30,000. Pricing ranges from $21,991 to $29,950 (and higher).


2012 Honda RidgelineMaking the Top Safety Pick designation for the 2012 model year, the 2012 Honda Ridgeline earned “good’ scores in all four IIHS tests. Pricing is in the range of $21,800 to $29,410 and higher.

2013 Honda Ridgeline – The 2013 Honda Ridgeline, like the 2012 before it, also earned top safety marks and an IIHS Top Safety Pick designation. What about price? Check out 2013 Honda Ridgeline models ranging from $24,994 to $29,900 and higher.

The other safest trucks under $30,000 include the 2008-2009 Toyota Tundra, the 2009 Ford F-150 and the 2009 Honda Ridgeline.





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