I’ve been sporadically driving my wife’s 2006 Suzuki Forenza and it’s starting to reach that point where it’s going to cost too much to make it a good car again. I’ve been wanting another pickup for awhile and I’m looking around at the current options. I know it’s a tough time to be a buyer but the $25k-30k range doesn’t seem so bad to me.
At the Nissan dealership up the street a few miles away, they have a brand new 2020 Frontier King Cab V6, and at a used dealership about 130 miles away they have a 2017 Tacoma Access Cab with 50k miles and the 2.7L 4-cylinder engine. Nissan is $29k, Toyota is $25k. Both seem reasonable, but I’m not sure about the Nissan, having never owned or driven one before. And the Tacoma is right around that sweet spot in age and mileage, it seems.
I don’t drive much more than about 6k miles per year so a low-mileage used truck is not a problem. And most of what I might haul comes out to around a few hundred pounds of lumber once or twice a year, and maybe – finally – hauling a bunch of stuff to the dump that’s been collecting. I do enjoy the thought of putting all the miles on a new vehicle, but at the same time I’ve driven the Tacomas in the past and I think I know what to expect with owning one. Basically I’m just wondering which is the best value for my money?