Does Anyone Make a Basic Pickup Truck?

Does Anyone Make a Basic Pickup Truck?

As the popularity of pickup trucks continues to grow, so does the array of features and options available. Today’s trucks come with everything from luxury interiors and advanced safety features to powerful engines and off-road capabilities.

But what if you’re just looking for a simple, basic truck? Do any manufacturers still make them?

The answer is yes, but it might be difficult to find one. Many automakers have done away with their basic models in favor of more luxurious and feature-packed offerings. That said, there are still some automakers that offer a no-frills pickup truck option.

Ford is one of those companies. Their F-150 XL model is stripped down to the bare essentials but still offers an impressive 12,000 pound max tow rating and tow/haul mode for easy towing and hauling.

The interior also comes with air conditioning and an AM/FM radio for basic creature comforts. It’s also surprisingly affordable, starting at just $27,000 MSRP.

Chevrolet also offers a few basic pickup truck options like their Silverado Work Truck or High Country models. These pickups come with air conditioning and power windows as standard, but don’t include many frills or convenience features like navigation or Bluetooth connectivity. They’re also relatively affordable starting at around $30,000 MSRP depending on body style and engine choice.

Toyota has a few basic pickups as well including their Tacoma SR5 model which comes with air conditioning and power windows as standard features along with Toyota Safety Sense 2.0 – an advanced active safety system that includes lane departure warning, automatic high beams, dynamic radar cruise control, and more. However, the SR5 trim only offers one engine choice which can limit both performance capability and fuel economy depending on your needs.

Finally Ram has several basic trucks in their lineup such as their Tradesman model which has air conditioning and power windows as standard as well as Uconnect infotainment system with Bluetooth connectivity for music streaming on the go. But like Toyota’s Tacoma SR5 it only comes with one engine choice – a 3.6L V6 – so performance might be lacking depending on your needs.

So while it may be difficult to find a truly “basic” pickup truck these days there are still some great options available from several automakers that provide all the basics you need without all the extra bells and whistles you might not want or need anyway.


Despite the surge in popularity of luxury pickups in recent years there are still some great options available for those who are looking for something more basic without all the added frills or features they may not need anyway from several automotive manufacturers including Ford Chevrolet Toyota Ram among others

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Susan Delgado