Trucks are such utilitarian vehicles. They’re also filled with creature comforts, can be optioned with the latest technology and infotainment services and serve as almost a home or office on wheels. While there’s certainly a market for regular cab trucks, the additional room and feeling of spaciousness in a quad-cab or four-door truck makes the vehicle all that more desirable.
In the used market, there are some excellent choices in four-door trucks. Here we take a look at the top five, based on popularity, gas mileage, safety, price, styling and other factors.
2013Crew Cab – The Ford F-150 is America’s best-selling truck and has been for more than 30 years. In four-door models, the 2013 Ford F-150 provides a dizzying array of choices and trims, enough to satisfy the most discerning and demanding truck buyer. In government crash tests, the 2013 Ford F-150 SuperCrew (crew cab) received an overall four out of five stars, while the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) awarded SuperCrew models its top rating of “Good” in frontal-offset, side-impact and roof strength tests. SuperCrew has abundant legroom, a flat floor and superb back seat comfort. Look for SuperCrew pricing ranging from around $26,991 to $50,500 (some, even higher).
2013 Ram 1500 Crew Cab – Receiving a mild facelift, the 2013 Ram 1500 line offers solid value, utility and loads of functionality. The Quad Cab seats up to six and is only available with a 6-foot-5 bed. The Crew Cab expands rear-seat legroom and comes in either a 5-foot-7 or 6-foot-4 bed. Six trim levels include Tradesman, SLT, Sport, Laramie, Laramie Longhorn and Laramie Limited (available in Crew Cab only). V6 and V8 engines mean towing power up to 6,500 pounds (V6) and 10,450 pounds (5.7-liter V8). Inside, the cabin is as good as it gets with high-quality materials, intuitive controls and attractive design. Depending on model and options, pricing can range from $26,884 to $43,995 (and higher). You get what you pay for.
2013 – Voted the best resale value in full-size pickup trucks by the editors of Kelley Blue Book, the 2013 Toyota Tundra is also a very safe truck. The Tundra was the first full-size pickup truck to earn Top Safety Pick status from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). Available in extended four-door Double Cab and four-door crew cab called the CrewMax, the Toyota Tundra four-door trucks are powered by a 270-horsepower 4.0-liter V6 (Double Cab) and 410-horsepower 4.6-liter V8. Five-speed and six-speed automatic transmissions are standard, respectively. The CrewMax, especially, offers a “ridiculously roomy” rear seat and there’s plenty of back-seat storage for items not stowed in the truck bed. Look for CrewMax pricing ranging from $36,795 to $41,999.
2013 – A midsize truck that is easy on gas and a snap to maneuver into tighter spots than a full-size pickup, the 2013 Toyota Tacoma in Double Cab configuration, is also a good choice for those looking for a good used four-door truck. The Double Cab has a standard 5-foot bed, while a 6-foot bed is an available option. A 236-horsepower 4.0-liter V6 engine is standard on 4×4 Double Cab and optional on PreRunner Double Cab. Transmission is either the standard six-speed manual or optional five-speed automatic. The Tacoma has impressive build quality and the seats are comfortable and supportive, although there is a fair amount of hard plastic throughout the cabin. Look for used pricing ranging from $24,995 for a 2WD Double Cab to around $34,880 for a V5 4WD Double Cab.
2013 – While it may not have the kind of brute muscle of the full-size trucks in the market, the 2013 Honda Ridgeline midsize truck more than makes up for that perceived deficiency with its combination of car-like ride and pickup truck utility. Devotees say the Ridgeline has above-average ride and handling, a roomy and comfortable interior, and a unique, dent-resistant bed with innovative trunk compartment and two-way tailgate. Negatives include only modest off-road capability, lower tow ratings, longish brake distance and lackluster fuel economy. A rearview camera was added as standard equipment on all 2013 Honda Ridgeline models. Pricing ranges from around $23,500 to $32,800.