2015 Best Cars for Bad Credit: Trucks

So you have bad credit and want to know the best truck to buy? We can help.

In our last post, we gave you the best small, mid-size, and large cars for bad credit based on some data from U.S. News & World Report and Edmunds.com. We’re using the same data sources this time, with the same selection criteria:

Must be affordable
Must be reliable
Must have reasonably low cost of ownership

So if you’re looking for something a little more flexible than your standard sedan, check out our list of trucks below:

Compact Trucks

2009 Honda Ridgeline
2009 Honda Ridgeline
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With crew cab, 5-foot bed, and legendary Honda reliability, the Ridgeline tops other compact trucks for our number one choice. Versatility takes precedence over fuel economy with features like four-wheel-drive and seating for five. Cost to own is reasonable even though the average price of $19,304 is a bit higher than the closest competitor.

2011 Nissan Frontier

By IFCAR (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

The slim selection less-than-full-sized trucks doesn’t diminish the value of the Nissan Frontier. There are more configurations available than the Ridgeline: two- or four-wheel drive; crew (five-seat) or king (four-seat) cab; four- or six-cylinder engine. The $18,215 average cost is $1,000 less than the Ridgeline but average ownership costs are about $2,000 more over five years.


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Full Size Trucks

2010 Ford F-150

By IFCAR (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

There’s a reason the F-150 is the best-selling vehicle in the U.S., or really, multiple reasons. Configurations for practically any use and a standard of dependability make this a great choice. It holds its value, too, with an average price ($25,131) higher than newer models by other manufacturers, but with a cost of ownership many thousands less.

2011 Ram 1500

By Bull-Doser (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

These days, it’s really hard to go wrong with any domestic full-size pickup, making this one of the more difficult categories. The Ram 1500 just edges out the GMC Sierra, with comparable performance, features, safety, and gas mileage ratings. The 1500 wins with a lower cost of ownership and an average price of $21,956, nearly $2,700 less than the 2011 Sierra.


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We originally wanted to include SUVs in this post but with so many choices and sub-classes, we decided that sport utility vehicles deserved a post of their own. More to come soon!