Are you a weekend warrior, or is Saturday for the little one’s soccer games? Do you tow building supplies or camping supplies? For under $30,000, there’s so many used pickup truck options—how do you choose just one? We’ve narrowed down the three best pickup trucks available at our Go Auto locations for under $30,000.
Whether it’s the tried and true Ford F-150, the do-all Chevrolet Silverado, or sporty Toyota Tacoma– if you’re thinking about upgrading to a new pickup truck, make sure that it suits your lifestyle. Read more about the pros and cons of each option before purchasing, and be confident choosing a truck that’s great for you.
2015 F-150: Tried & True
Safe to say it would be sacrilege for a truck post not to begin by discussing the famous 2015 Ford F-150. With a legacy as North America’s best selling full-size pickup and 13 generations of production (seriously), we just refuse to stop purchasing this truck. 2015 marked the newest reincarnation of the F-Series and set the tone for Ford’s intention to lead innovation in the full-size pickup class.
Introducing an aluminium shell was a class-changing innovation in the 2015 F-150. By shedding nearly 750lbs, the F-150 harbours a mid-sized truck weight with largely improved fuel efficiency and handling. Not to mention, it’s virtually rust-proof. Paired with highly efficient EcoBoosts, base models boast an almost European 9.4 L/100 kms on highways. Despite Ford’s new attention towards efficiency, the F-150 still maintains a 12,000 lb towing and 3,300 lb payload capacity.
The 2015 F-150 promises great resale to owners thanks to its improved durability, but there are some drawbacks. With no options beyond a 6-speed automatic transmission, driving experience and off-road capabilities are certainly limited. Lean EcoBoosts are under-powered for highway towing, so opt for a larger model if you’re in it for the long haul. And if you’re hoping to stand out, well, look somewhere else.
2015 Silverado: Mean Outside, Nice Inside
Early into its third generation, the 2015 Chevrolet Silverado is undeniably a great looking truck. With a blunt, military-like aesthetic, powerful drivetrain and countless build options, these are true full-sized pickups. At just under $30,000 on from Go Auto, the Silverado may provide the most value for your money.
Despite aggressive exterior styling, the 2015’s luxurious interior could make Cadillac blush. Designed (and MSRP’d) for a wealthy buyer, the Silverado’s stock Bluetooth, wheel controls and Bose sound system almost makes you forget you’re driving. Stock steel bumpers make for a work truck you can actually use, while the Silverado’s 5 star NHSTA crash-test rating makes for stress-free family-hauling on weekends.
The 2015 Silverado is positioned as a no-expense-spared option, so be prepared to pay for it. Clocking in almost 2000 lbs heavier than the competing F-150, Chevy has made a sacrifice on handling and fuel economy. And if you have a long box, say goodbye to three-point turns. So if luxury, size, and power aren’t your thing, take a look at Toyota.
2013 Tacoma: If a Trail Runner Was A Truck
A dark-horse in the popular truck market, the 2013 Tacoma celebrates a cult following amongst mid-sized pickup owners. An athletic exterior and shocking ground clearance attracts a completely different buyer than the Silverado. 2013 nearly marked a decade in the second generation of Tacomas– so frankly, they had a long time to get it right.
Nearly 2 tons lighter than the Silverado, the 2013 Tacoma is designed with adventure in mind. Optional TRD packages let buyers choose whether they want to be fast on roads, or fast off them. Baja-inspired twin turbos and an offroad suspension swoons outdoorsmen without breaking the bank at a combined fuel economy of 10 L/100km. Toyota’s optional 6-speed manual transmission (considered in 2018 as a pinnacle performance feature of that year) allows for great torque in tough situations, yet sits at a comfortable rpm for highway driving.
However, the Tacoma isn’t great at everything. With a base 2.7 L engine, don’t even think about towing for long distances. The 2013’s stock and TRD suspension were both made for hiking gear, not heavy payloads. So if you’re doing some serious lifting, consider a full-sized pickup. Not to mention the interior options are, well… Toyota.
For under $30,000, you can get some very capable trucks at Go Auto Outlet. Are you looking for towing capacity, fuel economy, or speed? On-road or off-road? Whatever you’re looking for, find it in our huge selection of vehicles, along with trade-in and financing services for all your automotive needs.