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Used Compact Trucks under $20K

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2009 Nissan Frontier

An excellent reliability rating makes the 2009 Nissan Frontier one of the most dependable trucks in the class, but the Frontier also offers powerful engine choices, impressive ... Read full review »

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Overall:8.7
Critics' Rating:9.3
Performance:8.8
Interior:7.9
Operating Cost:7.6
Safety:7.8
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2011 Nissan Frontier

With good performance and strong safety and reliability scores, the 2011 Nissan Frontier is a top choice among 2011 compact pickups. Read full review »

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Overall:8.5
Critics' Rating:9.1
Performance:8.8
Interior:7.6
Operating Cost:7.7
Safety:9.3
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2010 Nissan Frontier

With its excellent off-road performance, high towing capacity and good reliability score, the 2010 Nissan Frontier offers a blend of capability and dependability that few compact trucks ... Read full review »

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Overall:8.5
Critics' Rating:9.2
Performance:8.9
Interior:7.9
Operating Cost:7.6
Safety:8.6
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2009 Toyota Tacoma

Great safety ratings, a high-quality interior and good all-around performance elevate the 2009 Toyota Tacoma above other ... Read full review »

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Overall:8.4
Critics' Rating:9.5
Performance:8.5
Interior:8.3
Operating Cost:7.8
Safety:9.4
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2009 Honda Ridgeline

Good safety and reliability scores make the 2009 Honda Ridgeline a practical choice, with pickup truck capability and a comfortable ride. Read full review »

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Overall:8.3
Critics' Rating:8.7
Performance:8.0
Interior:7.7
Operating Cost:7.4
Safety:9.4
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2010 Dodge Dakota

The 2010 Dodge Dakota distinguishes itself from other compact pickups with a higher towing capacity than most rivals and an excellent reliability score. Read full review »

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Overall:8.2
Critics' Rating:7.9
Performance:7.7
Interior:7.3
Operating Cost:7.6
Safety:8.7
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2010 Toyota Tacoma

The 2010 Toyota Tacoma has powerful engines, a high-quality interior and great safety scores, making it a ... Read full review »

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Overall:8.0
Critics' Rating:9.4
Performance:8.6
Interior:8.4
Operating Cost:7.9
Safety:9.4
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2011 Suzuki Equator

With strong engines and a simple, straightforward cabin, the 2011 Suzuki Equator is worth a look if ... Read full review »

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Overall:7.6
Critics' Rating:8.4
Performance:7.5
Interior:6.9
Operating Cost:7.9
Safety:9.3
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2012 Suzuki Equator

Critics liked the 2012 Suzuki Equator's powerful available V6 engine and nimble handling, but complained about its low-rent interior and cramped rear seats. Read full review »

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Overall:7.5
Critics' Rating:8.5
Performance:7.3
Interior:6.9
Operating Cost:7.6
Safety:9.3
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2010 Ford Ranger

While its cabin isn’t as refined or spacious as rivals’, an excellent reliability score and well-liked powertrain choices mean the 2010 Ford Ranger should not be overlooked. Read full review »

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Overall:7.4
Critics' Rating:6.1
Performance:6.2
Interior:6.5
Operating Cost:7.9
Safety:8.1
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2009 Suzuki Equator

While reviewers said the 2009 Suzuki Equator offers composed handling and great off-road ability, other compact pickups offer similar capability and better reliability scores. Read full review »

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Overall:7.3
Critics' Rating:7.9
Performance:7.3
Interior:7.3
Operating Cost:7.7
Safety:8.4
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2011 Ram Dakota

Though it doesn't have the most refined cabin in the class, the 2011 Ram Dakota is a fine choice if you’re looking for a capable truck for ... Read full review »

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Overall:7.2
Critics' Rating:7.7
Performance:7.7
Interior:7.3
Operating Cost:7.7
Safety:N/A
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2010 Chevrolet Colorado

While the 2010 Chevrolet Colorado is a decent choice for weekend trips to the lumber yard, it trails other compact trucks that have nicer interiors and better ... Read full review »

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Overall:7.2
Critics' Rating:6.5
Performance:7.4
Interior:6.9
Operating Cost:8.0
Safety:7.1
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2010 Suzuki Equator

The 2010 Suzuki Equator is a strong performer with a straightforward cabin, but other pickups have better reliability scores. Read full review »

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Overall:7.2
Critics' Rating:7.9
Performance:7.4
Interior:7.0
Operating Cost:7.7
Safety:8.2
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2012 GMC Canyon

Automotive journalists were disappointed with the power of the 2012 GMC Canyon’s five-cylinder engine, and said its interior is constructed with cheap materials. Read full review »

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Overall:7.1
Critics' Rating:6.3
Performance:6.8
Interior:6.9
Operating Cost:7.9
Safety:N/A
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2011 GMC Canyon

The 2011 GMC Canyon has a cheap interior and poor safety score, and other compact trucks offer better all-around performance. Read full review »

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Overall:7.1
Critics' Rating:6.5
Performance:7.1
Interior:7.0
Operating Cost:7.8
Safety:5.8
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2011 Ford Ranger

In its last year of production, reviewers said the 2011 Ford Ranger was showing its age with a dated design and coarse interior. Most rivals offer greater ... Read full review »

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Overall:6.8
Critics' Rating:5.8
Performance:6.3
Interior:6.3
Operating Cost:8.0
Safety:6.1
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2012 Chevrolet Colorado

Test drivers agreed that the 2012 Chevrolet Colorado has low-rent cabin materials, cramped back seats and sluggish acceleration with its available five-cylinder engine. Read full review »

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Overall:6.7
Critics' Rating:6.3
Performance:6.8
Interior:6.5
Operating Cost:7.8
Safety:N/A
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2011 Chevrolet Colorado

While an available V8 engine gives it a power edge over many of its rivals, the 2011 Chevrolet Colorado falls short with a lackluster interior and poor ... Read full review »

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Overall:6.6
Critics' Rating:6.4
Performance:7.2
Interior:6.8
Operating Cost:7.8
Safety:5.8
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2010 GMC Canyon

With an unrefined interior and poor safety and reliability scores, there are better compact pickup trucks than the 2010 GMC Canyon. Read full review »

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Used Car Scores
Overall:6.6
Critics' Rating:6.7
Performance:7.2
Interior:7.3
Operating Cost:8.0
Safety:7.1
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