Here’s the latest reader question, along with my reply!
Ernest asks: You have said the sweet spot for a used vehicle is about 10 years old. What medium truck and what configuration do you recommend for purchase since the rulers are going to make gas and diesel triple the cost?
My reply: There are only a handful of choice that fit this bill but the standouts are the Toyota Tacoma, the Nissan Frontier and the Honda Ridgeline – which isn’t technically a truck because it’s not built on a rear-drive layout and only has AWD (not 4WD, with a two-speed transfer case and 4WD Low range gearing) but has the body – and the bed – to meet most “truck” needs.
As far as the configuration: That is a subjective and so a decision for you to make. Do you need four full-size doors, for instance – i.e., a crew or quad cab configuration? Or is a regular/extended cab plenty? Bed length is usually another variable. In the size class we’re discussing, you generally have the option of a five or six foot bed.
I’m assuming, of course, that by “medium” truck you mean medium (mid) sized. If you meant a 2500 series full-sized truck (in between a 1500 “light” truck and a 3500/4500 series “heavy” truck) then I’d steer you toward either a Chevy Silverado or a Ram 2500 (especially if you’re willing to consider a slightly older Ram with the mechanically injected Cummins diesel).
Chevy and Ram V8s are generally very good – in that they are very long-term durable OHV designs that can take hard work for a long time without failing and even showing evidence of wear. I know people with 250,000-plus miles on their pickups; the main thing that takes them off the road eventually tends to be rust rather than mechanical issues.
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