Buying a pickup

Consider your needs before buying. Some “small” pickups (e.g. Colorado, Tacoma) have high capacities, but are easier to park, load, and drive than bigger ones. Sometimes the full sized trucks are actually cheaper or more fuel-efficient.

Trucks have a tremendous number of options which can bewilder buyers and, sometimes, salesmen. You can transform a comfortable vehicle that fits your needs into a bone-jarring fuel-hog; likewise, you can accidentally downrate a capable truck too far. Test pickups that are set up the way you will order them, because the capacity and gearing greatly affect their feel.

Many truck buyers reflexively buy out of brand loyalty. Your needs are your needs; buy the truck that fits you.

Reviews of used pickups, from when they were new