Looking for a car that you can go on adventures in but won’t break the bank? A brand new car with a 4x4 drivetrain and the best safety features can be expensive, so keep used cars in mind! When you buy used, you have way more options within your budget than if you buy new. We’ve put together some of the best trucks and SUVs that you can get for under $15,000 when they’re just a few years old.
When it comes to trucks, few can beat the Ford F-150. Though the newer thirteenth-generation which started with the 2015 model year is out of this price range, the twelfth-generation that started in 2009 is stylish, feature-packed, and efficient. There’s also the Toyota Tacoma, which is well-known for its durability, so even if you buy used you’ll still be on the road for years to come. Check out the 2008 to 2012 model years.
Older Nissan Titan models are also a great choice, fully equipped with all their competitors’ features and add-ons plus a unique five-speed automatic transmission. Try a 2008 or 2009 model. The Chevy Silverado and Dodge Ram also have impressive used models around the late 2000s.
The market is flooded with SUVs, but some stand out among the crowd thanks to their durability and great features for the price. US News & World Report likes the 2011 Jeep Compass, which can sell for as little as $11,600 and has a great cost to own score. The 2010 Toyota RAV4 shows up on multiple lists thanks to its reliability and fuel economy, and Autobytel likes its cousin the Toyota 4Runner.
The Mitsubishi Outlander Sport is well-priced for the unbeatable cargo space it offers. And of course, the Jeep Wrangler, probably the most famous 4x4 on the market, has been a rugged off-roader since it was introduced. So even if you have to go back a few years for an affordable model, you’ll find that the Wrangler hasn’t changed much over the years!