NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Do you need a heavy-duty truck but only have a lightweight budget? Read on to check out 2014's absolutely least-expensive pickups.
"You're not really sacrificing anything by choosing any of these models," says Warren Clarke of car-buying site Edmunds.com, which compiled a rundown recently of top trucks for the tight-fisted. "The only thing you're giving up are certain features that might not be all that important to you anyway."
Clarke says penny-pinching pickups often lack just certain creature comforts that buyers often find they can live without in a work-oriented vehicle.
"Many people purchase these trucks for small-business or weekend use, so they don't need all of the 'bells and whistles' that they'd want on a car that they plan to drive to and from work every day," he says.Consumers can also keep truck costs down by skipping models with the brawniest engines, biggest cabins and heftiest cargo capacity. Look below for the five models that boast 2014's absolutely lowest manufacturers' suggested retail prices. (Or click here to check out this year's least expensive cars or sport utility vehicles.) All dollar figures refer to manufacturer's suggested retail prices for each vehicle's base model. Prices include destination fees, but exclude the rebates or other incentives that trucks often come with. Fifth-cheapest 2014 truck: Chevrolet Silverado 1500 1WT Regular Cab/Standard Box
MSRP: $26,670 General Motors has redesigned the Silverado 1500 completely for 2014, meaning that even base versions of this full-sized pickup truck offer the latest styling and powertrains. For example, the entry-level 1WT Regular Cab/Standard Box comes with a V-6 engine that cranks out 285 horsepower -- 90 more than the entry-level 2013 Silverado 1500 offered. All base 2014s also feature rear-wheel drive and automatic transmission, which help the truck garner a respectable 18 miles per gallon in the city and 24/mpg highway. Clarke adds that the Silverado is "really quiet on the highway, which you wouldn't expect from a truck. This is a model that will serve you really well if you're looking to use it not just as a work truck but as a 'daily driver.'"
MSRP: $25,930 The Ford F-150 has long been America's best-selling truck, and even its base version offers plenty of cargo space and engine power. Entry-level F-150s come with automatic transmission, a 302-horsepower V-6 engine and a rear-wheel drive system that team up to offer a decent 17 mpg/city and 23 mpg/highway in fuel efficiency. If you want something more upscale, Ford also sells the F-150 with all sorts of different engines, trim levels, cab dimensions and bed sizes. "The F-150 has probably got the biggest selection of engines and different body styles of any truck," Clarke says. "If you're looking for something very specifically tailored to meet your needs, you're very likely to find it."
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