Help with truck decision. Compact pick up vs 1/2 ton

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  1. Matt30

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    i could use a little help on making a decision on my next vehicle purchase which I would like to happen in the upcoming months.

    I need to replace my truck. My 2000 Sierra is so rotten it’s been designated yard truck for the last three years, mainly used for plowing my driveway. It’s to the point where it’s likely time just to send her to scrap and have a road worthy truck again.

    My situation is this. I have a 35km daily commute to work, and i do a lot of driving after work (hockey games, errands...etc). I live in Glen Haven do it’s easily a half hour drive to anywhere I need/want to go.

    So with that, the debate begins on what I actually want for a truck. Ideally, I would sell my Ford Focus and just drive the truck, but I think I’d have a massive gas bill on top of my truck payment if I got a 1/2 ton. On the other hand, am I really saving money by insuring/fueling/maintaining a second vehicle?

    The compact pick ups are becoming more popular. I shouldn’t have much trouble plowing my yard with one. I would likely go for a few years old Tacoma or Canyon/Colorado. I don’t know much about the Rangers yet. But I figure if the compacts are more fuel efficient, I might be able to sell my car and just use the truck.

    So basically I’m trying to figure out the best way to go about this financially and overall what makes the most sense. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
     
  2. RoryTate

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    What about something like a Ridgeline? Best of both worlds.
     
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    The newer ridgelines have a 5’ box. Really aiming to not go lower than 6’
     
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    Don’t expect a whole lot of fuel savings going with any Tacoma over a newer 1/2 ton, and if you plan to tow anything of size any distance.

    Other then that, they are awesome trucks and one of the few 4x4s still offered in a manual, if you’re into that.
     
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    the compact trucks will get better mileage, but youre going to pay pretty close to the price of a full size. they arent designed to be entry level trucks anymore.

    i think the ranger is nice, id get one if i needed any semblance of a truck at all.
     
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    So really, probably better off with a 1/2 ton for what I need it for, then keep my car for daily commuting?
     
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    I can't speak from personal experience but from what my brother in law tells me and what others say, the newer f150s with Ecoboost get good fuel mileage. They take theirs on longer road trips and leave their SUV at home.
     
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    The father in law has an ecoboost F150 too. The fuel mileage is better but it’s nothing to rave about, its still a truck.
     
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    I'm really liking the latest generation ridgeline :o
     
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    i guess

    im more of a "if i cant drive it every day then whats the point of making payments on it" kind of person
     
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    Maybe it’s a trait I got from my father. At any given time he owns no less than 4 vehicles, just because. :lol:

    I liked having two road worthy vehicles because it was no hassle when one needed repair.

    I think what might happen is I will lower the budget on my purchase for a lower payment, then make it affordable to keep both. The more I think about the compact pick ups, the more I realize it’s paying more for less truck.
     
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    Based on everything you said, I'd most likely go with a well-cared for but used 1/2 ton at the price point that allows you to keep the car for daily. I would also likely stay with a Sierra, solid trucks.
     
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    used truck values are way out of wack right now. its almost better to spend the extra and go new.

    a huge chunk of used trucks are going to the US lately.
     
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    New trucks arent much better. Unbelievable what they want for a well optioned half ton these days.
     
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    Very true, used truck prices are sky high...but new ones are almost not affordable these days. I can't afford a well optioned new truck I know that.
     
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    if you put ford in autotrader and set the price 70-90 its all trucks and a few Shelby's its crazy, and on top of it all your going to be paying close to 150 a fill up
     
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    If I could afford a 70k truck keeping my 2011 focus would not be a decision i needed to ask the internet about :lol:
     
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    mid level trucks havent changed too much. if people want push button start, LED headlights, leather etc etc youre gonna pay for it but the run of the mill XLT trucks with the power group and chrome trim is still ~40k like theyve been for years. not to mention inflation, some corollas are fucking 30 grand these days

    but if anyone wants to get really crazy:

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    total cost at end of term is $124,384 :rofl:


    and thats still not the most expensive f150 deal ive ever done
     
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    shit is bananas son
     
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    I priced a Civic Hatch (not an R) the other day that come out to $44k...I just lol'd and closed the browser.
     
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    Can't wait to see the MSRP on a 2020 King Ranch
     
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    They didnt sell a Limited SD when I worked at Ford so I just built one

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    That $1000 delivery allowance helps...
     
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    Dually anything is stupid expensive.
     
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    What exactly is a delivery allowance?
     
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    A way to move money around without going over the max limit msrp the bank will finance in some cases
     
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    I find it hard to look at the price of vehicles when they cost more then my first home :happysad:
     
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