10 Best Used HD Trucks Under $25,000
Gas and Diesel, Single and Crew-Cab, Two and Four-Wheel Drive!
Buying a used truck can be nothing short of a chore. There are so many options available for every budget that the task often feels more daunting than it needs to be. And we're here to hopefully aid in removing just a little bit of the stress involved in making that big decision.
For this installment, we'll take a look at a hypothetical purchase of a -ton pickup with a budget of $25,000. Knowing there are different needs among HD buyers, we'll also break down what can be had in either a gasoline or diesel-powered pickup. (Note: Our estimates are accurate at the time written and generalized based on a nationwide survey of vehicles for sale. Your current market may vary.)
2018 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD - 6.0L Gasoline V-8
Chevrolet equipped the Silverado 2500HD with a 6.0L Vortec V-8 engine for nearly 20 years. So, the odds of finding a good truck at a great price are quite high. Right now, you can pick up a 2018 model Silverado 2500HD, in any cab configuration, for less than $25K. You'll be looking at a 2WD model, though 4WD drive trucks exist. The more options the truck has, the higher the price is going to be.
2016 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD - 6.6L Duramax Diesel V-8
Switching from a gasoline engine to a Silverado 2500HD equipped with a Duramax diesel for less than $25,000 doesn't adversely affect the options too much. Body style remains the same; however, 2016 is about the newest to be found as it's the last year of the LML Duramax (the current L5P was introduced in 2017). The good news is, most of the available trucks are either crew or extended cab configurations and also 4WD. The bad news is, you'll be looking at a truck with between 100,000 and 150,000 miles, which for a Duramax really isn't that bad.
2018 Ford F-250 Super Duty - 6.2L Gasoline V-8
Interestingly, we can easily find new 2020 Ford F-250 Super Duty pickups discounted to less than $25,000. So, if you're looking for a single-cab long-bed work truck, this is a good route to take. For those desiring a larger cab and more options, 2018 appears to be the money year for 6.2L V-8 equipped Super Duty trucks.
2016 Ford F-250 Super Duty - 6.7L Power Stroke Diesel V-8
Looking at the market for used Power Stroke diesel Super Duty pickups, we'd lean toward the 2011-2016 generation. This gets you the 6.7L Power Stroke V-8 and is before the trucks were swapped to the newest generation of aluminum bodies. Because there are so many available, options are nearly limitless or under $25,000 if you're willing to give a little. Luxury trims can be found with high mileage, while trucks with as few as 50,000 miles can be had in XL and XLT trim.
2016 GMC Sierra 2500HD - 6.0L Gasoline V-8
2016 appears to be the money year for GMC Sierra 2500HD pickups. These trucks come with more standard features than their Chevrolet counterparts, but they will have more miles for the money. For $25,000 you can find a Vortec 6.0L equipped, crew-cab, four-wheel drive Sierra with about 125,000 miles on the odometer.
2013 GMC Sierra 2500HD - 6.6L Duramax Diesel V-8
For a Sierra 2500HD equipped with a Duramax diesel engine, 2013 appears to be the best year. This truck will be equipped with the LML Duramax, which ran from 2011-2016. It's easy to find a crew cab 4WD with right at 100,000 miles. And we've even seen a few Denali models in this range as well.
2017 Ram 2500 - 6.4L Gasoline V-8
Probably the best buy in HD trucks is the 2017 Ram 2500. Equipped with the 6.4L V-8 engine, these trucks can be found configured as crew cab 4WDs in SLT trim with low miles. And this is among the best riding HD trucks, with its class-exclusive link-coil rear suspension.
2014 Ram 2500 - 6.7L Cummins Diesel I-6
The hot year for Cummins-powered Ram 2500s appears to be 2014. However, to get a crew cab 4WD, mileage will be in the 150,000-200,000 range. There are some trucks with fewer miles; however they may be 2WD, single cab, or lower trim levels. Still, this was the first year of the link-coil rear suspension and definitely a good buy.
2018 Nissan Titan XD - 5.6L Gasoline V-8
Nissan's Titan XD isn't quite considered an HD pickup, but it is included in the >8,000-pound GVWR class, so we'll include it here as well. The Titan XD is an exceptionally good buy, as crew cab trucks can be found with fewer than 50,000 miles on the odometer for under $25,000. There are fewer trucks in circulation than the rest, so options might be limited. If you can find the model you want, the deal will likely be worth it.
2016 Nissan Titan XD - 5.0L Cummins Diesel V-8
The Nissan Titan XD, when equipped with the 5.0L Cummins V-8, is the most underrated pickup in our opinion. It sported a Cummins engine backed by an Aisin transmission, and it had a super comfortable interior with a pretty decent highway ride. Tow ratings were on the low side, but we suspect that was the fault of lawyers, not the truck. For $25,000 you can readily find a crew cab 4WD in top-spec Platinum Reserve trim with about 100,000 miles on the clock.