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Vehicle manufacturers are producing a wide range of truck models and sizes, and maybe this has made it difficult for you to choose. Have no more worry for below are the 15 best luxury trucks under $40,000. Here they have been categorized into three namely; heavy duty, midsize and full size.
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The trucks in this category can carry heavy goods over long distances. As expected, they have greater towing limits and payload limits as compared to midsize and light duty. They can also comfortably transport people.
1. Below are the best heavy-duty trucks
1. 2018 Ram 2500
The prominent feature in this truck is the rear coil-spring suspension which brings greater comfort when travelling. It has an air suspension to maintain the workhorse level when towing a heavy vehicle. However, it does not provide an extended cab variant. The Mega Cab Model offers even larger space than the crew cab. A little extra room at the back of the rear seats gives room for reclining, therefore, ensuring maximum comfort for a passenger.
- Starting price (including destination fee): $33940
- Maximum towing capacity: 13880-17980 pounds.
- Maximum payload capacity: 3890 pounds
- Horsepower: 350-410
- Truck bed length: 6.3-8.2 feet
2. 2018 Ford F-250 Super Duty
This truck is worth it even though it lacks the suspension tweak in Ram 2500. As expected, it has a high payload and tow rating. This low weight goes together with the low fuel consumption which is however impossible to determine unless you use estimations issued by EPA. It is recommended with great confidence due to its superb interior, passenger comfort and exemplary power transmission supported by an efficient diesel V-8 engine.
- Starting price (including destination fee): $34280
- Maximum towing capacity: 15000-18000 pounds.
- Maximum payload capacity: 4250 pounds
- Horsepower: 385-450
- Truck bed length: 6.8-8.2 feet
3. 2018 Nissan Titan XD
This truck has a lower payload and tow rating than authentic heavy-duty trucks. It has excellent braking efficiency and a five rail system to tie down cargo. Its optional diesel engine is also cheaper as compared to those of other trucks.
- Starting price (including destination fee): $33355
- Maximum towing capacity: 11600-12640 pounds.
- Maximum payload capacity: 2910 pounds
- Horsepower: 310-390
- Truck bed length: 6.5-8.2 feet
2. Best midsize trucks
1. 2018 Chevrolet Colorado
This truck has a powerful V6 engine, Android Auto Integration and Standard Apple CarPlay. In case you want to rock-crawl, this Chevrolet quite fits the bill. It happens to be one of the good and fair-priced toy-hauliers in the market.
- Starting price (including destination fee): $21195
- Fuel economy: 17-25 combined mpg
- Maximum towing capacity: 3500 pounds.
- Maximum payload capacity: 1574 pounds
- Horsepower: 181-308
- Truck bed length: 5.1-6.2 feet
2. 2018 Honda Ridgeline
This truck allows you to ride in extra comfort unlike its counterparts though some claim its body structure inhibits maximum towing capacity. It even goes ahead to provide enough room for four adults. It offers an exclusive solution as far as storage is concerned. It has a double-action tailgate which opens to the side or downwards and a lockable compartment under-bed trunk that can even e used as a makeshift icebox for your drinks. This Honda could be just perfect for you unless you are planning to tow loads exceeding 5000 pounds or do extreme rock-crawling.
- Starting Price (including destination fee) $30,705
- Fuel economy: 21-22 mpg
- Maximum towing capacity: 5000 pounds
- Horsepower: 280
- Truck bed length: 5.3 feet
3. 2018 Toyota Tacoma
Majority of the off-road lovers have been using Tacoma for a long time now due to its performance. It has got an auto emergency braking system and adaptive cruise control. The auto emergency brakes are activated whenever there is a risk of collision. It is has a manual transmission and a V6 engine which is quite unconventional but works impeccably well. Its handling is sturdy and has a user-friendly touchscreen at the dashboard.
- Starting price (including destination fee) $26195
- Fuel economy: 18-21 combined mpg
- Maximum towing capacity: 3500 pounds
- Maximum payload capacity: 1620 pounds
- Horsepower: 159-278
- Truck bed length: 5-6.1 feet
3. Best Full-Size Trucks
These trucks have a larger towing capacity than midsize trucks, and in general, they are more comfortable and are cheaper than heavy duty. The three below stand out among the rest.
1. Chevrolet Silverado 1500
This new Chevrolet Silverado is one of the most recommended. It has a touchscreen interface, a rearview camera and Android Auto Functionality and Android CarPlay. Mind you; it has a 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot.
- Starting price (including destination fee): $26695
- Fuel economy: 17-20 combined mpg
- Maximum towing capacity: 7600-12500 pounds.
- Maximum payload capacity: 2250 pounds
- Horsepower: 285-420
- Truck bed length: 5.1-6.2 feet
2. 2018 Ram 1500
The conventional leaf-spring suspension at the back has been replaced by coil springs that take comfort to a higher level. This arrangement creates an optional air suspension which apart from providing cushion levels with the vehicle while towing.
- Starting price (including destination fee): $28490
- Fuel economy: 14-23 combined mpg
- Maximum towing capacity: 7600-10620 pounds.
- Maximum payload capacity: 1880 pounds
- Horsepower: 240-395
Truck bed length: 5.6-8.2 feet
3. 2018 Ford-F 150
The Ford has its bed and panels made of solid aluminium. The aluminium results in less weight as compared to other trucks in this category. This enables the maximum load capacity to exceed 3000. The twin-turbo V6 engines together with the Raptor’s 450-horsepower motor provide excellent performance and fuel saving.
- Starting price (including destination fee): $29100
- Fuel economy: 16-22 combined mpg
- Maximum towing capacity: 7700 to 13200 pounds.
- Maximum payload capacity: 3270 pounds
- Horsepower: 290-450
- Truck bed length: 5.5 to 8 feet
4. 2016 GMC Sierra 1500
The GMC Sierra is one of the suitable midsized trucks in case you are looking for a combination of looks and performance. With 420-horsepower and a maximum towing capacity of 12500 pounds, it guarantees excellent performance. In the crash tests, it has performed well, therefore, assuring your safety. Its interior complements the good looks on the outside with a user-friendly infotainment system. Its drive is super with steady acceleration and easy handling.
5. 2018 GMC Canyon
It has everything a midsized truck has to offer. Its base has an inline four engine having 200-horsepower. You can, however, opt for the 3.6-litre V6 engine in case you are looking for more power which is 308 hp. The base model reaches a towing capacity of 770 pounds. It has had an average performance in crash tests apart from having some safety features. Efficient use of fuel and its quality ride make it worth buying.
6. 2017 Nissan Frontier
Its driving is still outstandingly great thanks to the manufacturer’s efforts to keep up with the current competition. If you opt for the 4.0L V6 engine, you get an excellent towing capacity of 6290 pounds. However, its interior does not match the current quality in the market. You also need to know the 2.5L 4-cylinder option cannot carry out too heavy work, 152-horsepower is quite little.
7. 2017 Toyota Tundra
Once there was a time Toyota Tundra was the leading among all of the tracks. Now there are tiny improvements. Nevertheless, it has a decent towing capacity of 9800 pounds. It has a six-speed transmission despite other trucks having upgraded to 8 and 10. Its steering uses hydraulics. If you are acquiring it, you will need to modernise it. That being said it is worth buying a truck that does not require any modification so that it be up to date.
8. 2017 Nissan Titan XD
Having an upgraded 5.6L V6 engine, it offers more power, i.e. 390-horsepower all the way from 317. It is surprising that even with such power, it has a towing capacity of just slightly above 12000 pounds. The handling makes it quite hard to navigate narrow zones. Loading goods is also difficult without a rear bumper step and step rails.
9. 2010 RAM 1500
This truck is among the favorite of all time for the majority of truck lovers. Regrettably, it has undergone tough times in the recent past especially this 2010 model which has several issues. Perhaps you have a plan of purchasing it, prepare a budget to enable you to fix the problems quickly.
There you have it; these are the best trucks that you can purchase for less than $40000 this 2018. You should go an extra mile of looking more into their specifications beyond what has been shown here so that you can get the best fit.
On choosing a truck, when you have liked a particular truck, a midsize is relatively the cheaper option. Ensure you at least pick a midsize. A full-size is suitable if you are seeking more room in the cab. There is a wide range of differentiation even though the number of models is quite small. Allover the web there are guides to follow when choosing a truck. You can, therefore, go check out the steps so that you do not make mistakes when choosing a truck that will satisfy all your needs. Be it for family or even farm work.
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