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America’s favorite car is a truck. Truck sales have soared in recent years, rising 36 percent since 2011. In fact, 2019 is expected to be a record-breaking year for truck sales. Once reserved for farmers and tradesmen, trucks now appeal to a variety of drivers. Their towing capacity and bed space make it easy to travel with everything you could need, while upscale interiors make them comfortable for everyday driving. Here’s an in-depth look at the used truck category that will help you choose the used truck that is perfect for you.


Most Valuable: The Toyota Tacoma has the lowest depreciation in the segment. That’s because of Toyota’s well-established reputation for reliability. Drivers who choose a Toyota can count on it being dependable over time, even as it ages. Also A Good Deal: Nissan Frontier – After Toyotas, the Nissan Frontier offers good value and is also among the most affordable trucks to buy used because of its lower starting price. The Frontier is a compact pickup with seating for 2-5, depending on whether you choose the King Cab or Crew Cab (the larger option).


Top Brands: The truck sector is dominated by American and Japanese automakers. With fewer brands to choose from than in other sectors, drivers often return to the most popular brands. In 2018, truck drivers were most interested in large pickup trucks produced by Ford, Chevrolet, and Ram. The most popular picks were:


Ford F-150: The Ford F-150 is not just the most popular pickup truck, but the most popular vehicle in America. Drivers love that it is ultra-customizable, making it fit with a variety of budgets and needs. The Ford F-150 comes with seating for three to six depending on the cabin, and with six different engine options. Most drivers will be fine with the V6 that comes standard, while those looking for more speed should choose one of the three turbocharged V6 engines available. Turbodiesel and V8 engines are great for durability and towing.

Chevrolet Silverado 1500: The Silverado is Chevy’s answer to the F-150. The Silverado also comes with seating for 3-6 (although the 3-seat cab was discontinued in 2019). The Chevy has three engine options: a V6 and two V8s to choose from. Eight trim levels allow drivers to choose the Silverado that meets their needs, whether that is heavy-duty towing, off-road capabilities or luxury driving.

Ram 1500: The Ram (previously manufactured under Dodge, but now its own brand) rounds out the three most popular trucks. Like the F-150 and Silverado, the Ram focuses on meeting a variety of driver needs, but the Ram kicks it up a notch, with 12 available trims. 

Trying to select a pickup can be overwhelming, with many makes and models available, and ample options within each. However, all that choice means it possible to find the pickup that is perfect for you. Stop by Rome Pre-Owned Today To Test Drive Our Great Selections Of Quality Used Trucks.

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