7. 2013 Ford F-150 XL
The Ford Motor Company has been mass producing trucks for about a century. Through decades of faithful service the firm’s vehicles have earned a reputation for toughness and have become top sellers. When it comes to work the F-Series is practically synonymous with getting things done, not to mention dirt under your finger nails and a sweaty brow.
The most affordable pickup in Ford’s lineup is the entry-level F-150 XL. For less than $25,000 buyers get a screaming 302-horsepower V6 engine with 278 lb-ft of torque, a six-speed automatic transmission and a six-foot-six-inch bed. It also offers vinyl-covered seats and two-wheel drive. For a little perspective it delivers up to 23 miles per gallon on the highway, the same as the dramatically less capable Nissan Frontier.