Ba­sic pick­ups with ba­sic price tags

2017 mod­els at sig­nif­i­cant dis­counts

National Post (Latest Edition) - - POST DRIVING - Derek McNaughton Driv­ing. ca

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 medium-sized 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 in-line 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 4.3L 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 sixspeed au­to­matic with over­drive and 17- inch wheels. Ex­pect t hese 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 Sier- ra, 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 medium- duty 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 seven- speed au­to­matic trans­mis­sion. The base model also gets an eight-foot 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 t rans­mis­sion 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 six- speed au­to­matic trans­mis­sion with se­lectable drive modes.

TOY­OTA TA­COMA — $ 29,660

Re­designed in 2 01 5 , Toy­ota’s low­est- priced Ta­coma comes in Ac­cess Cab trim with 2WD. Pow­ered by a 2.7- L four- cylin­der en­gine and a six- speed au­to­matic, the Ta­coma gets a six- foot box, 16- i nch wheels and damped, lock­ing tail­gate and rear- view cam­era. Opt­ing for the 4x4 ver­sion raises the cost to $32,925.


There are great deals on pickup trucks from many au­tomak­ers at this time of year.

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