Want the hauling ability of a truck but don’t want a vehicle with a massive footprint? Then a small truck is for you. And if you want to avoid considerable value depreciation while saving some cash upfront on your purchase, buying pre-owned is really the only way to do it.

But which pre-owned small trucks are your best bet? Take a look at our top picks for used small trucks in 2022!

Chevy Colorado

If you want a highly maneuverable truck suited to both city life and offroading in the boonies, the Chevy Colorado is it. It boasts a surprisingly comfortable ride on just about any surface you can drive on, as well as considerable storage, both inside and out. It also offers good fuel economy at roughly 25 mpg combined.

Colorado models in the ZR2 trim from 2017 to 2021 boast maximum offroading capability and a brawny exterior to match. WT (Work Truck) models manufactured between 2017 and 2021 feature a six-speaker sound system, rearview camera, and cloth upholstery that you mind soiling if you regularly engage in dirty, work-related tasks.

Nissan Frontier

Frontiers manufactured from 2017 to 2021 are a great choice if you’re looking for a used small truck with some decent power. Even base models come equipped with a 3.8L, V6 engine, as well as Bluetooth connectivity, privacy glass, and cruise control.

The updated 2020 model features push-button start, and King Cab models made from 2017 to 2021 boast two roomy rows and a five-foot bed, too. So whether you need to haul humans around or haul stuff for work or play, you can get the job done with ease in the Nissan Frontier.

Like any vehicle, whether used or new, the Frontier can be prone to a few common issues, including radiator problems, transmission failures, and electrical system issues. If you’re buying used, consider buying replacement used car parts if your truck needs work to help reduce your overall repair costs.

Ford Ranger

If you’re searching for a truck with plenty of technological bells and whistles, opt for XLT Ford Rangers manufactured from 2019 to 2021. The XLT trim in these model years features multiple USB ports, a full suite of advanced driver assistance features, and a four-speaker audio system. It also comes with a 2.3L engine that gets roughly 22 mpg combined even with four-wheel drive.

Although Rangers are quite reliable, they do have a few common issues, including engine misfiring, rough shifting, and transmission problems.

If you have a pre-owned Ranger or are considering one, you may want to consider opting for discount auto parts from a salvage yard to save yourself some cash in the event your truck requires repairs.  

Buy Discount Auto Parts in the Twin Cities

No matter what kind of used vehicle you own, buying pre-owned, discount auto parts in lieu of new can save you some serious cash when your ride needs repairs. And at Ace Auto Parts in St. Paul, we stock a massive selection of used car parts for hundreds of vehicle models. We offer limited warranties on all the parts we sell, and if we don’t have something in stock, we’ll work diligently to find the part you need.

Looking for a specific part? Give us a call at 651-717-4299 to find out if we have it, or use our convenient online part search tool or part search mobile app. Then drop by our St. Paul salvage yard, and we’ll get you taken care of!