Today we are going to go over some of our favorite “first trucks” you can own. Whether you are a younger guy, just getting into trucks, or don’t have a huge budget these are the best choice on the market. Here are our top 5 picks.
1. 2003-2007 Chevrolet Silverado
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First on the list is the “Cateye” Silverado. The truck spans from 2003 to 2007 and are relatively inexpressive. This third-generation V8 has had tons of success and is pretty easy to customize to your liking. The Cateye is one of the most popular trucks to modify with many companies offering aftermarket parts, like yours truly. It’s a good looking truck that’s modern enough to fit in but not break the bank!
2. 2005-2015 Toyota Tacoma
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Next up is the second-generation Toyota Tacoma. You might be surprised there have only been 3 generations of these bad boys with the second generation spaning 2005 - 2015. One of our favorite features is the 4-liter engine, one of Toyota’s most reliable 4-liter engines at that. The off-road world loves these things. With options like the TRD your spending more than an SR5 but it gives you exactly what you’re looking for.
3. Chevrolet Colorado
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The third truck on the list is the Chevy Colorado or GMC Canyon. Our choice is the first-generation ranging from 2003 to 2012. If you buy an 2003 you still get the same look as 2012, which can help you save a little money. The Colorado most commonly has the inline 5 cylinder, which can also be found in the Hummer H3. If you look hard enough you might be able to find one of these bad boys in the 5.3 liters. Variations include the off-road and extreme package with different bumpers and a sportier look.
4. 2006-2007 Dodge Ram
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Continuing on we have the third-generation Ram. These trucks are from the 2003 era and were updated in 2006. We recommend you get one of the 2006-2007’s due to styling. They did discontinue the SRT10 but you’re probably not going to have an 8.3L V10 in your first truck. Grab the 5.7L Hemi which is one of Dodge’s most popular engines. If you’re looking for a large cab go for the Mega Cab configuration.
5. Ford Ranger
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Last but not least, we have the Ford Ranger. If you’re more concerned about fuel mileage than towing power or “truck things” this one is for you. The prices for these things are super affordable ranging from 3k on the FB marketplace to 12k at the dealership. The Ranger is fun and can be turned into show trucks and off-road trucks, we’ve seen it done. If you looking for something fuel-efficient and a good overall truck this ones for you.