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Chevy Models Named Best Used Trucks Under $10,000

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2020 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT makes Best Used Trucks for under $10,000 list
2020 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
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If you’re interested in driving a truck but don’t want to pay the cost of a brand-new one, buying used can be a great decision. Two Chevrolet models made Car and Driver’s Best Used Trucks for under $10,000 list for being affordable yet capable options to consider.  

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Chevrolet Silverado 1500

1999 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 makes Best Used Trucks for under $10,000 list
1999 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
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The first generation of the Silverado 1500 debuted in 1999, and it still holds its own today. The truck’s 5.3-liter V8 engine delivers 270 horsepower and 320 lb-ft of torque, while also getting solid fuel economy numbers.

To purchase a second-generation Silverado 1500 model for under $10,000, you’d likely have to select a V6 engine and a rear-wheel drive version. A used first-generation model would accordingly provide better traction on slick roads than a second-generation model.

You can find a well-maintained first-generation model in almost every cab configuration and drivetrain within $10,000. And, although several years of passed since Chevrolet produced this model, you can still locate parts relatively easily, so repairs won’t be a major hassle.

Chevrolet S10 ZR2

1982 Chevrolet S10 makes Best Used Trucks for under $10,000 list
1982 Chevrolet S10
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Introduced in 1981, the S10 was the smallest truck in the Chevrolet lineup before the Colorado made its debut. While each trim of the S10 is suitable for off-roading, the ZR2 trim, built from 1994 to 2003, improves handling on rugged terrains by widening and lifting the truck.

The S10 ZR2 also comes with 31-inch tires, Bilstein shocks, and a tough exterior. Under the truck’s hood is a 4.3-liter V6. This engine pairs to either a five-speed manual transmission or a four-speed automatic transmission to reach 250 lb-ft of torque.

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The Chevrolet S10 ZR2, Chevrolet Silverado 1500, and other models on the Best Used Trucks for under $10,000 list are proof that you don’t have to sacrifice capability in order to have an affordable truck.