Buy/Drive/Burn: The Cheapest Full-size Trucks in America for 2021

Corey Lewis
by Corey Lewis
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Buy/Drive/Burn returns today with another “cheapest of” installment, the latest in a series that’s seen us cover sedans, midsize trucks, and most recently some convertibles.

And today we’re discussing the cheapest full-size trucks on offer in 2021.

Chevrolet Silverado 1500

The Silverado ekes out about a $1,000 savings over the cheapest GMC Sierra twin, so it’s our GM entry today. The cheapest configuration is the rarely-selected Regular Cab. Trims range from a WT 4×2 with 4.6-liter V6 (285 hp) and six-speed auto for $28,900 through the High Country with 5.3-liter V8 at $57,600. The WT Regular Cab is only available in long bed format (8’6″), and eight exterior colors are free. Interiors are Jet Black in color, though cloth or vinyl materials are available per customer preference. GM adds a freight charge of $1,695 on to the Silverado for a final ask of $28,900.

Ram 1500 Classic

Believe it or not, Ram still offers their Classic last generation truck in 2021. It’s available in basic Tradesman and more upscale Express and Warlock trims, where Tradesman starts at $28,700 and Warlock at $36,945. Both trims use the same 305-horsepower 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 as the Chrysler Voyager from the B/D/B entry the other week. All trims also use the same eight-speed automatic. Here, basic dollars net a 6’4″ cargo box rather than the eight-foot of the Chevy. Two colors, red or white, are available for free. Interior options include a gray and black cloth or gray vinyl, free of charge. Ram adds $1,695 destination charge, for a grand total of $30,395.

Ford F-150

Last but not least, it’s today’s most expensive option the Ford F-150. In its basic Regular Cab and short box (6’6″) configuration, Ford asks $28,940. There are 25 configurations available, which range from XL to Platinum where the entry fee is over $59,000. Our basic dollars select XL trim and mean power comes from a 3.3-liter V6 good for 290 horsepower. Those horses are routed through the rear wheels via a 10-speed automatic. Eight different exterior colors are available at no additional charge, as well as vinyl or cloth interiors of dark gray. After the $1,695 destination charge, the F-150 will cost buyers $30,635.

Three basic trucks vie for the lowest number of your dollars possible. Which one’s worth a Buy?

[Images: GM, Ram, Ford]

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  • Rvakenya Rvakenya on Mar 17, 2021

    I bought a 1990 Chevy C2500 at auction for $1600 with 86k miles on it. No rust. Looks like hell and after a new fuel tank, lines, and TBI rebuild, runs fine. After this post, I see I saved the cost of the truck and only paid the shipping cost of a new one. And I had the fun of wrenching on it.

  • Jeff S Jeff S on Mar 17, 2021

    Smart to buy that 1990 Chevy probably one of the best Chevy trucks ever made.

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