BIG THREE ON A BUD­GET

What’s the best pre-owned ¾-ton 4x4 truck un­der $25,000?

Four Wheeler - - Contents - By Mike Mc­gloth­lin ed­i­tor@fourwheeler.com Pho­tos: Mike Mc­gloth­lin

What’s the best pre-owned 3⁄4-ton 4x4 truck un­der $25,000?

SO, YOU’VE GOT A MORT­GAGE, MINI­VAN pay­ment, and can’t swing the loan on a new truck, but you’ve got toys to haul, work to do, and a job to get to no mat­ter what the weather… be­lieve us, we know the feel­ing. It’s a predica­ment that of­ten lands folks in ve­hi­cles that are ei­ther un­der­sized for their needs, or so old that they’re con­stantly in need of re­pairs. Trust us, the last thing you want is an un­re­li­able 4x4. And you cer­tainly don’t want to task a

1⁄2-ton with a 3⁄4-ton’s job. So how do you pick the per­fect pre-owned 3⁄4-ton truck? If it’s our money, the search stretches back more than a decade, and we’re go­ing diesel.

When it comes to find­ing the best used 3⁄4-ton truck for un­der $25,000, it’s im­por­tant to re­mem­ber that there is no sil­ver bul­let. No one brand or model is un­equiv­o­cally bet­ter than the other. Each of the Big Three has (and has al­ways had) its own unique strengths and weak­nesses. We’ve nar­rowed our list down to the best pre-owned 3⁄4-ton

Ford, GM, and Dodge Ram 4x4 trucks you can buy. The fol­low­ing trucks rep­re­sent time-tested, real-world–proven, re­li­able work­horses. They aren’t per­fect, but their im­per­fec­tions can eas­ily be ad­dressed—and they’ll last a good, long time.

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