Best Used Trucks to Buy for Off-Roading, Reliability, and Outdoor Adventures


The Best Used Truck for Outdoor Adventures

2017 Toyota Tacoma TRD Off-Road

The Toyota Tacoma’s long history of excellent reliability, resale value, and capability has led to it being regarded as the premiere midsize truck in the United States. A quarter-million miles is the goal  for any Tacoma owner, and its 4.0L V6 certainly has the proven pedigree to achieve that feat.

If you’re looking for a used truck to take on camping trips to the lake with the entire family, the 2017 Toyota Tacoma TRD Off-Road is an excellent choice. With seating for five passengers and a bed big enough to store all of your camping gear, the Tacoma is the perfect pickup for a weekend getaway. Rated at 24-mpg highway, you won’t have to break the bank for fuel while traveling to your destination either.

In TRD Off-Road guise, the Tacoma also comes with a low-range transfer case, a limited-slip rear differential and Multi-Terrain Select to ensure that no campsite is ever off-limits—no matter what obstacles lie ahead.

The Best Used Truck Renowned for its Reliability

2016 Toyota Tundra SR5

Built just down the road in San Antonio, Texas, the Toyota Tundra is America’s most reliable full-size pickup. The second generation Tundra has remained largely unchanged since its inception in 2007, except for minor exterior styling changes and necessary safety and interior technology advancements. Though some may wish for a fresh face, its consistency in design has certainly paid dividends. 

Among full-size pickups, the Tundra was also named the top J.D. Power Dependability award winner from 2007 to 2012 and has consistently been ranked near the top year after year. This is largely due to the Tundra’s stable of tried-and-true powertrains. Both the 4.6L and 5.7L V8s deliver excellent performance and fuel-efficiency while providing unmatched dependability in the segment.

In 2016, a Louisiana man clocked over one million miles on his record-setting 2007 Tundra, averaging 125,000 per year. With only 177,364 miles, this 4×4 2016 Toyota Tundra SR5 is merely broken in. It’s certainly up for the task  of chasing the record, the question is are you?

The Best Used Truck for Off-Roading

2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Trail Boss

If you’re looking to tackle some of the most challenging off-road trails your state has to offer, then the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Trail Boss is the truck to do it in. With a locking rear differential, a two-speed transfer case and the Z71’s off-road tuned suspension, there isn’t any path the Trail Boss can’t conquer.

The Trail Boss also is equipped with a two-inch lift for improved ground clearance and aggressive Goodyear Duratrac all-terrains tires. Front skid plates protect sensitive equipment underneath, and red front recovery tow hooks are added just in case you get stuck. That’s unlikely in a truck as capable as the Trail Boss, but there’s no doubt it’s better to be safe than sorry.

The 2019 Trail Boss is equipped with Chevrolet’s renown small-block 5.3 V8 that cranks out 355 hp and 383 lb-ft of torque. It also features Dynamic Fuel Management, which shuts down the engine’s cylinders when power isn’t needed—resulting in an impressive 20-mpg highway fuel economy rating.


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