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Take ad­van­tage of the end of sea­son to get a hard-work­ing pickup — just don’t ex­pect a lot of lux­ury

Edmonton Sun - Autonet - - NEWS - DerekMc­naughton Driv­ing.ca

The least ex­pen­sive new trucks avail­able to­day.

Much like tem­per­a­tures in Novem­ber, the prices on 2017 model-year trucks have dropped. With 2018 trucks on the hori­zon, 2017 mod­els are be­ing given sig­nif­i­cant dis­counts as au­tomak­ers clear out old stock. And not just on medi­um­sized trucks, but full-size pick­ups that can do al­most ev­ery­thing an $80,000 truck can do — ex­cept pro­vide sticker shock.

So if you’re buy­ing with cash or cheque (or bit­coins?), be­low are the least ex­pen­sive trucks you can buy to­day, if they’re not al­ready gone. These trucks are base mod­els, of course, and some come with man­ual trans­mis­sions, some with au­to­mat­ics and all are 2WD. Some of­fer ex­tended cabs, some come equipped with V6s and two get a V8. Most have de­cent pay­load and tow­ing ca­pa­bil­i­ties and, for a low base price, will cover all of your ba­sic pickup needs.

(All prices are be­fore freight, fees and taxes and are for cash pur­chases, with dis­counts based in On­tario.)

2017 Chevro­let Colorado — $22,130

The good look­ing Chevy Colorado is a medium-size truck with de­cent fuel econ­omy from its 2.5-litre in­line four-cylin­der engine, rated at 10.8 L/100km city, 7.9 high­way. The base 2SA model gets an ex­tended cab and 6-foot-2 box to go with its six-speed man­ual trans­mis­sion and 16-inch wheels. In­side, there’s seat­ing for two, power win­dows and a stereo with 4.2-inch dis­play.

2017 Chevro­let Sil­ver­ado 1500 — $22,350

The price of the full-size Chevro­let Sil­ver­ado is nor­mally $30,335 but cur­rent cred­its of at least $7,985 for reg­u­lar cab, stan­dard box, and 2WD bring the amount down to $22,350. A 4.3-L Ecotec3 V6 pow­ers this truck, but step­ping up to a V8 adds only $1,425 to the sticker. Ei­ther way, the base Sil­ver­ado comes with a six-speed au­to­matic with over­drive and 17-inch wheels. Ex­pect these to sell out quickly. 2017 GMC Canyon — $22,830 GMC’s Canyon, the nearly iden­ti­cal sib­ling to the Colorado, is as well equipped as the base model Chevy truck, but be­cause it’s a GMC, the Canyon SL costs $700 more. Base model Canyons get an ex­tended cab and long box to go with its six-speed man­ual trans­mis­sion and 16-inch wheels and two seats up front. 2017 GMC Sierra — $22,985 Like the Sil­ver­ado, GM’s other full-size truck, the Sierra, is cur­rently of­fered with $7,985 off the $30,970 MSRP for cash buy­ers. That money buys a reg­u­lar cab, stan­dard box (1SA model with 2WD, pow­ered by a 4.3-L Ecotec3 V6 and six-speed au­to­matic). These, too, aren’t likely to last at this price. 2017 Nis­san Fron­tier - $23,648 With a new Fron­tier in the works for a pos­si­ble de­but at the Detroit auto show in Jan­uary, the medi­um­duty 2017 Nis­san is in­deed long in the tooth. But with a base S model King Cab with rear ac­cess doors and a 6-foot-1 bed, the Fron­tier is plenty ca­pa­ble with a full-length boxed lad­der frame upon which is mounted a 2.5-L four-cylin­der engine. There’s even for­ward-fac­ing rear flip up seats, but heated side mir­rors cost ex­tra. 2017 Nis­san Ti­tan - $26,598 Nis­san’s Ti­tan, cur­rently the truck with the best war­ranty in the busi­ness, comes in a base S model that is be­ing of­fered with an $8,900 dis­count for cash pur­chasers to bring the price down to $26,598 from its usual $35,498 sticker. The S gets the very smooth, 5.6-L En­durance V8 gas engine with 394 pound-feet of torque and sev­en­speed au­to­matic trans­mis­sion. The base model also gets an eight­foot box for the ul­ti­mate dry­wall or lum­ber hauler. 2017 Ram 1500 ST - $26,895 As much as $4,500 in cash cred­its (ap­plied be­fore tax) are avail­able on re­main­ing in-stock Ram 1500 ST mod­els, bring­ing the price down from $31,395. That means liv­ing with a vinyl front 40/20/40 split bench seat, but at least there’s the de­li­cious 5.7-L Hemi V8 with MDS (tech­nol­ogy that shuts down four cylin­ders when all eight are not needed.) The Ram also gets a six-speed au­to­matic trans­mis­sion and 17-inch wheels un­der a 6-foot-4 box. 2018 Ford F-150 - $29,499 With most 2017 F-150s now sold and plenty of the re­freshed 2018s al­ready on dealer lots, the dis­count­ing isn’t much, al­though there is a $1,000 de­liv­ery al­lowance off the $30,499 re­tail price of a base XL. That gets you a 2WD reg­u­lar cab with a 6-foot-6 box, 3.3-L V6 PFDI engine with auto start/stop along with a sixspeed au­to­matic trans­mis­sion with se­lectable drive modes. Toy­ota Ta­coma - $29,660 Re­designed in 2015, Toy­ota’s low­est-priced Ta­coma comes in Ac­cess Cab trim with 2WD. Pow­ered by a 2.7-L four-cylin­der engine and a sixspeed au­to­matic, the Ta­coma gets a six-foot box, 16-inch wheels and damped, lock­ing tail­gate and rearview cam­era. Opt­ing for the 4x4 ver­sion raises the cost to $32,925.

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With deal­ers ea­ger to make room for new in­ven­tory, Novem­ber can be a great time to get deep dis­counts on pick­ups, es­pe­cially if you’re con­tent with the base model.

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