1. 2013 Double Cab Long Bed Toyota Tacoma: The size of this truck's double cab and the length of its bed would suggest a very expensive price tag. Shockingly, it's only about $25,500 for the base model of this big hauler. The only downside is that it's a two wheel drive – and since most people don't actually take their trucks over severe terrain, that probably won't be a problem.
2. 2013 Nissan Frontier: This model only costs $22,000 at base, but its extended cab has room to take plenty of people to your destination. The downside is its comically short bed, which puts it out of the running for big projects like construction. Instead, it's a good option if you want to bring everyone along to a football game and use the bed as a base for barbecuing.
3. 2013 RAM 1500: Noted as a great work truck, this model costs only about $26,000 at its base level. The cab is only a two-seater, but it has plenty of bed space. Overall, the look of this truck is what would be considered standard for a pickup.
4. 2013 Silverado 1500: By the ads, you'd expect a Silverado to cost an arm and a leg. After all, they're always shown doing things that require tons of towing power or the ability to haul things that would break lesser models. Surprise – the base model only costs $23,500! If you've been itching to have one of these hyper-macho bad boys, wait no longer.
5. 2013 Ford F-150: While this model is well-known, what may surprise you is the huge range of trim levels it has. You can take the wheel for about $24,000, but prices go all the way up to $53,000. This is the truck to get if you want an almost infinite array of customization options. The chances are good that you can get exactly what you need without going all the way to the max.
These are just some of the surprisingly cheap pickup truck options out there. Of course, pickups aren't the only types of trucks around, but they're definitely the most popular. Their separate cabs keep passengers comfortable, and a variety of covering options can protect bed cargo from rain, snow or theft. There's really no need to suffer with a van that will become a blast furnace in the summer and a deep freezer in the winter when you can have an affordable pickup instead!
- Auto.com Editorial Staff