The Best Used Pickup Trucks in Canada

Pickup trucks are an essential part of many Canadians' lives. Whether you are a contractor or an avid outdoors enthusiast, you need a reliable, rugged yet comfortable vehicle that can handle the Canadian winter and terrain. To that end, the market for used pickup trucks in Canada is constantly evolving and it can be hard to know what to look for.

VINN's team of Vehicle Experts put together the best used pickup trucks in Canada, including the features to look for and how to get the most value for your money.

Ford F150 wins Best Used Pickup in VINN's Best Used Pickup Trucks in Canada

Ford F150

The Ford F150 is one of the most recognizable trucks on the road. It is a favourite among Canadians. On the used market you can expect to find pre-owned models available in 4x2 or 4x4 configurations with either a regular or extended cab design. Its heavy-duty, military-grade aluminum-alloy body makes it an ideal choice for work and pleasure.

All models have a powerful V6 engine and are exceptionally durable. If you’re looking for a reliable workhorse with plenty of comfort features, this truck is definitely worth a test drive.

Best model years: 2015 - 2020

  • Comfortable and spacious cab
  • The flatbed can hold up to 2,500 lbs and it boasts a steel-encased frame for superior strength
  • Decent fuel economy for its size and power. Better highway miles than a Toyota Tacoma.
  • Can be hard to maneuver when driving in the city
Best for
  • First-time truck owners
  • Work vehicles
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Chevrolet Silverado 1500 wins Best Used Pickup in VINN's Best Used Pickup Trucks in Canada

Chevrolet Silverado 1500

The Chevy Silverado is a strong presence in the full-size truck market. Offering powerful engine choices and tough construction, the Silverado can tackle just about any job you throw at it. It’s a reliable machine that won’t let you down, so it holds up well as a used vehicle.

When searching for a used Silverado, look for the 2020 models offering a 3.0 litre turbo-diesel engine, as diesel is more fuel-efficient than gasoline and turbochargers further increase diesel fuel efficiency.

Best model years: 2015 - 2020

  • Comes standard with four wheel drive on most models
  • Generous rear storage area
  • Excellent safety ratings
  • Not as spacious as other full-size trucks
  • Bumpy suspension on rough terrain
Best for
  • Towing trailers, boats, and other vehicles
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GMC Sierra 1500 wins Best Used Pickup in VINN's Best Used Pickup Trucks in Canada

GMC Sierra 1500

The GMC Sierra is a world-renowned pickup truck, providing durable, dependable performance and sleek styling. The Sierra can be found on the used vehicle market in a variety of cab configurations: regular cab (two-door), crew cab (four-door) and double cab (extended four-door).

This truck is GMC’s answer to the Chevy Silverado. Both models are extremely similar, but the Sierra wins with a more appealing body style. The GMC Sierra is a great choice to purchase pre-owned as even its standard model comes with Bluetooth, backup camera and a touchscreen infotainment system.

Best model years: 2015 - 2020

  • Incredible towing capacity
  • Impressive fuel economy
  • Lower safety ratings than its competitors
Best for
  • People who prioritize reliability over everything else
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Dodge Ram 1500 wins Best Used Pickup in VINN's Best Used Pickup Trucks in Canada

Dodge Ram 1500

The Ram 1500 is one of the top-selling used pickup trucks in Canada. It has also ranked number one on several auto expert lists for consecutive years. The RAM 1500 is a truck built for working and hauling on long trips. This muscular vehicle offers both brawn and brains, with a range of efficient yet powerful engine options to choose from on the used marketplace. The engines are the 5.7 Litre Hemi V8 with 395 horsepower or the 3.6 Litre Pentastar V6 with 305 horsepower, which means this is your truck if you want a fast pickup.

Best model years: 2015 - Present

  • Spacious interior
  • 8” touchscreen with Android and Apple carplay compatibility
  • Slower steering capability
Best for
  • Long commutes and road trips
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Toyota Tacoma wins Best Used Pickup in VINN's Best Used Pickup Trucks in Canada

Toyota Tacoma

The Toyota Tacoma is a mid-size pickup truck that offers the capabilities of a full-size truck. Like most Toyota products, it’s built to last. A well maintained used Tacoma with 100,000 km still has a long life of enjoyment for its next owner. For those seeking a used truck for off-roading, the TRD Off-Road and TRD Pro are the best in the game, offering traction control function and off-road-tuned suspension with Bilstein® shocks for the gnarliest terrain.

Best model years: 2015 - Present

  • Great off-road reliability
  • All trim levels feature Toyota Safety Sense system that monitors all objects surrounding the vehicle
  • High resale value
  • Not the smoothest ride
Best for
  • Off roading adventures
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Features to consider when shopping for a used truck

From power and performance to cargo capacity and fuel economy, there is a lot to consider when choosing which truck is best for you. Here’s what you should consider:

Fuel Economy

Obviously, fuel economy is an important factor. To get the most out of your truck, choose one with a fuel-efficient engine. Look at EPA ratings and real-world tests to determine what type of fuel economy you can expect.

If you really want to nerd-out on fuel economy, there are technologies that can contribute to improved fuel economy such as direct injection engines, turbocharging, variable valve timing and cylinder deactivation. Many vehicles now also offer start/stop technology that shuts down the engine when stationary.

Diesel engines are also becoming increasingly popular for pickup trucks due to their enhanced efficiency and durability. Many diesel models get better than 20 mpg (miles per gallon) on the highway or combined, and can often drive up to 500 miles on a single tank of fuel.

If you’re looking for maximum efficiency in a used pickup truck, consider investing in one with modern fuel-saving technology and a reliable powertrain rated for increased highway gas mileage. Evaluating the MPG (miles per gallon) ratings of different vehicles is the best way to compare their relative efficiencies before buying.

Interior Features

The interior in a truck should offer modern convenience, practicality and comfort. The best used pickup trucks typically come with many desirable features designed to last and make your life easier.

Most pickup trucks on the used marketplace older than 2015 will include these features:

Towing Capacity

Towing capacity indicates how much weight your vehicle can safely tow in a trailer or behind the vehicle. Knowing your towing needs will ensure you’re purchasing the right truck.

Newer trucks generally have higher towing capacity than older models, but most full-sized pickup truck should have enough power to tow an RV or boat. However, make sure you take into account additional features such as the size of tires and engine. This will impact the truck's overall capacity for towing.

Other factors such as ground clearance also come into play when picking out used trucks with superior towing capacities. Shorter wheelbases may yield less comfort while driving, but they offer better maneuverability when it comes to reaching tighter areas with trailers attached.

When selecting a used pickup with ample room for cargo and an impressive hauling power, be sure to research each of these features carefully so you get the most out of your investment.

And of course, if you have any questions about what truck is best for you, you can always speak to one of  VINN’s Vehicle Experts for ideas and advice.