Top 10 Trucks Under $35,000 Apr 29, 2016 by Cedric (Driver Weekly)
2016 Ford F-150: $26,430
The Ford F-150 is known for being incredibly tough and capable, and it is one of the few pickups to be a Top Safety Pick from the IIHS thanks to the available Forward Collision Warning system. It also has a 5-star safety rating from the NHTSA. Drivers can choose from the regular, SuperCab, and SuperCrew cab and one of three bed lengths, depending on the cabin style.
There are also six trim levels to pick from, offering everything from just the basics to a luxurious King Ranch model, while the XL with its FX4 Off-Road Package is ideal for those who want to go off-road. Selecting a reasonable trim will help keep the cost to a minimum while ensuring you can purchase a tough, capable vehicle.
There are four engines to pick from, including the 2.7-liter EcoBoost, which has the best fuel economy of any light-duty gas pickup. It can deliver 8,500 pounds of towing plus 2,250 pounds of payload. The base 3.5-liter V6 engine gives drivers serious room to maneuver with 282 horsepower, 253 pound-feet of torque, and 7,600 pounds of towing. If you need more power, the 5-liter V8 has 385 horsepower and 387 pound-feet of torque with the ability to haul an additional 2,400 pounds. Alternately, the 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 maintains 365 horsepower and 420 pound-feet while providing rapid acceleration and 12,200 pounds of towing capacity.