4×4 trucks are extremely popular for those who enjoy off-roading. Trucks that come with four-wheel drive allow owners to take the road less traveled and provide a unique sense of adventure. However, buying a new Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro isn’t right for everyone, especially if you’re looking for an inexpensive pickup truck. That’s where these three cheap 4x4s come in.
3. toyota t100
Before there was the Toyota Tundra, there was the Toyota T100. And while it might be hard to believe by today’s standards, this is what a ’90s full-size pickup looks like. The T100 was built from 1992-1998 and was developed strictly for the US market.
While the cheapest T100 trucks will be rear-wheel drive, Toyota was sure to offer 4×4 truck capability. Depending on build and condition, you can likely find a Toyota T100 for around $10,000, making it an inexpensive off-road truck.
Although this truck is something of an icon, it’s worth noting that it lacks a V8 engine. And that’s something that could interest full-size truck enthusiasts. But the engines that Toyota offered have been known to rack up miles. Also, you can get the T100 with a manual transmission.
In terms of reliability, the Toyota T100 is considered one of the best trucks Toyota has produced. Just don’t expect it to come with things like heated seats or Apple CarPlay.
two. ford ranger fx4
The third-generation Ford Ranger won’t be as cheap as a Toyota T100, but it also offers more modern features. The Ranger FX4 was around from 2002-2009, and at the time, it was the top version of this midsize truck. Notable features included its standard 4.0-liter V6 engine, limited-slip differential, and skid plates.
Eventually a Torsen differential would become an optional feature and it came with heavy-duty shocks. Today, the Ranger remains Ford’s midsize 4×4 truck. But a third-generation model will come with old-school charm and a cheaper price.
There are some variants of the Ranger that are best avoided. The 2003, 2007 and 2008 models had documented issues. So if you can, forget them. A quick search on Cross shows that it is possible to find one of these midsize trucks for less than $15,000. That’s a good starting point if you’re interested in a 4×4 truck.
1. subaru low
OK, I know what you’re thinking, is the Subaru Baja really a truck? The short answer is yes, even if it’s more of a ute than a true pickup truck. It shares its platform with Outbacks of the same generation, and like most Subaru models, it comes standard with AWD.
The Baja is not immune to trouble; Subarus of this era are notorious for their head gasket problems. But, with proper care and maintenance, they can be avoided for the most part. In 2006, this off-road truck offered an optional turbocharged engine. But, the models with that will be more expensive.
In 2016, auto trader reported that the Baja was holding its value quite well. It seems there are many available now for under $10,000. Making it a possible 4×4 pickup option.