Used Compact Trucks under $20K

View the best used compact trucks priced under $20,000. Then read our used car reviews, compare specs and features, and find used compact trucks for sale in your area. Learn more about our rankings»

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2009 Nissan Frontier

The 2009 Nissan Frontier offers powerful engine choices, impressive off-road ability and a comfortable ride. Read full review »

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Used Car Scores
Critics' Rating: 9.3
Performance: 8.8
Interior: 7.9
Cost to Own: 9.0
Safety: 7.8
Reliability: 5_0
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2011 Nissan Frontier

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

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Critics' Rating: 9.1
Performance: 8.8
Interior: 7.6
Cost to Own: 8.9
Safety: 9.3
Reliability: 4_0
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2010 Nissan Frontier

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

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Critics' Rating: 9.2
Performance: 8.9
Interior: 7.9
Cost to Own: 8.8
Safety: 8.6
Reliability: 4_0
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2012 Nissan Frontier

Reviewers agreed that the 2012 Nissan Frontier has nimble handling, a comfortable ride and quick acceleration with its available V6 engine. Read full review »

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Critics' Rating: 8.9
Performance: 8.4
Interior: 7.0
Cost to Own: 8.9
Safety: 9.3
Reliability: 4_0
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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, but its underpowered base engine and ... Read full review »

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Critics' Rating: 7.8
Performance: 7.7
Interior: 7.2
Cost to Own: 8.9
Safety: 8.7
Reliability: 5_0
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2010 Honda Ridgeline

Reviewers said that the 2010 Honda Ridgeline offers a great mix of comfort and utility, and it also leads the pack with one of ... Read full review »

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Critics' Rating: 8.7
Performance: 8.0
Interior: 7.7
Cost to Own: 8.6
Safety: 9.4
Reliability: 4_0
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2009 Honda Ridgeline

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

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Critics' Rating: 8.7
Performance: 8.0
Interior: 7.7
Cost to Own: 8.8
Safety: 9.4
Reliability: 4_0
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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 compact pickup trucks. Read full review »

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Critics' Rating: 9.5
Performance: 8.5
Interior: 8.3
Cost to Own: 9.1
Safety: 9.4
Reliability: 3_0
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2011 Toyota Tacoma

Reviewers agreed that the 2011 Toyota Tacoma has strong engines and a spacious cabin that is built with first-rate materials. Read full review »

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Critics' Rating: 9.6
Performance: 8.3
Interior: 8.1
Cost to Own: 9.0
Safety: 7.7
Reliability: 3_0
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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 good choice for anyone in the market ... Read full review »

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Critics' Rating: 9.4
Performance: 8.6
Interior: 8.4
Cost to Own: 8.9
Safety: 9.4
Reliability: 2_0
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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 ... Read full review »

Used Car Scores
Critics' Rating: 7.7
Performance: 7.7
Interior: 7.3
Cost to Own: 9.1
Safety: N/A
Reliability: 3_5
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2010 Ford Ranger

While its cabin isn’t as refined or spacious as rivals’, praiseworthy powertrain choices mean the 2010 Ford Ranger should not be overlooked. Read full review »

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Critics' Rating: 6.1
Performance: 6.2
Interior: 6.5
Cost to Own: 9.1
Safety: 8.1
Reliability: 5_0
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2009 HUMMER H3T

Reviewers were pleased with the 2009 Hummer H3T’s spacious, high-quality interior and incredible off-road capability, but they said that it isn’t the best choice ... Read full review »

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Critics' Rating: 7.7
Performance: 7.7
Interior: 7.7
Cost to Own: N/A
Safety: N/A
Reliability: 4_0
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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 »

Used Car Scores
Critics' Rating: 8.5
Performance: 7.3
Interior: 6.9
Cost to Own: 9.1
Safety: 9.3
Reliability: 2_5
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2011 Suzuki Equator

With strong engines and a simple, straightforward cabin, the 2011 Suzuki Equator is worth a look if you’re shopping for a compact pickup. Read full review »

Used Car Scores
Critics' Rating: 8.4
Performance: 7.5
Interior: 6.9
Cost to Own: 9.1
Safety: 9.3
Reliability: 2_5
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2009 Ford Ranger

The 2009 Ford Ranger lags behind rival pickups that have nicer cabins, more interior space and better safety scores.   Read full review »

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Critics' Rating: 6.0
Performance: 6.2
Interior: 6.5
Cost to Own: 9.2
Safety: 7.3
Reliability: 5_0
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2009 Dodge Dakota

The 2009 Dodge Dakota is a bit bigger than its rivals, and it’s an adequate pickup if you occasionally haul cargo or tow a ... Read full review »

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Critics' Rating: 8.3
Performance: 7.7
Interior: 7.4
Cost to Own: N/A
Safety: 8.7
Reliability: 3_0
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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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Used Car Scores
Critics' Rating: 6.5
Performance: 7.2
Interior: 7.0
Cost to Own: 9.2
Safety: 5.8
Reliability: 4_5
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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 ... Read full review »

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Used Car Scores
Critics' Rating: 6.5
Performance: 7.4
Interior: 6.9
Cost to Own: 9.2
Safety: 7.1
Reliability: 4_0
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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. Read full review »

Used Car Scores
Critics' Rating: 7.9
Performance: 7.3
Interior: 7.3
Cost to Own: 9.3
Safety: 8.4
Reliability: 2_5
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