Cheap 4 Wheel Drive Trucks

4 wheel drive trucks are really helpful in taking luggage and passengers through terrains and snowy roads. You can find a wide range of cheap trucks from Ford, Chevrolet, and Ram...
Pickup trucks are quite popular in the USA and Canada. Typically, these machines are meant to be driven by so-called 'tough guys'. These vehicles generally have a passenger compartment with luggage space at the back. Since pickup trucks are to be used for carrying cargo, there are models which come with the much useful four-wheel drive system. A combination of pickup trucks and four-wheel drive is helpful at times when you want to take cargo through hilly or snow-covered areas. Trucks are basically divided according to the Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) and sizes such as compact, mid-sized, full-sized, and muscle. If you are a first-time pickup truck buyer, you can consider these inexpensive 4 wheel drive trucks.

Ford Ranger XLT 4x4
Starting at a price of around $25,000, the Ranger XLT 4x4 is believed to be one good pickup from Ford. You can choose between 2 or 4-door models with a 207-hp 4.0-liter SOHC V6 engine and a 5-speed manual transmission as standard. This variant offers a towing capacity up to 5,800 lbs. It comes with heavy-duty gas-pressurized shock absorbers and ABS on all four wheels. 4x4 models have the electronic 'shift-on-the-fly' transfer case as a standard feature which lets the driver choose between 2WD and 4WD modes.

Ram 1500 ST Quad Cab 4x4
Ram trucks are probably the best, when it comes to muscle machines with substantial load carrying capacity. This variant is mounted with a 4.7-liter V8 FFV engine which delivers 302 hp of power. It comes with a 5-speed automatic transmission gearbox as a standard. This too has a shift-on-the-fly part-time transfer case which allows shifting between both drive systems. This Ram pickup truck starts from $29,500. The 40/20/40 Split Bench seat contributes to good seating adjustments. It can seat a total of up to 6 people. Moreover, it provides a maximum towing capacity of 10,050 lbs. The 'Regular Cab' variant in this model is available at a base price of about $25,000.

Chevrolet Colorado (Work Truck)
The Chevy Colorado Work Truck is available at a starting price of about $21,500. It comes fitted with a 185-hp 2.9-liter I-4 engine, a 4-wheel drive system, and five-speed manual transmission gearbox. It has the 'Insta-Trac' function by which the driver can toggle between 2WD and 4WD modes. With an increase in price by around $2000, you can upgrade to a 3.7-liter DOHC 5-cylinder SFI engine with four speed automatic transmission. Standard features also comprise an adjustable tailgate which helps in case of two-tier cargo loading.

Toyota Tundra 4x4 (Regular Cab)
The 4x4 Tundra is a power-packed vehicle from the reputed brand. It sports a huge 5.7-liter DOHC 32-Valve V8 VVT-i engine which delivers 381 hp. It is primarily incorporated with the 4WDemand system with electronically controlled 2-speed transfer case for easy switch between drives. Apart from a powerful engine and 4WD technology, it also has a towing capacity of 9200 lbs. The base price of this trim package is considered to be about $29,000. You can even think about buying the Double Cab model for a base price of about $31,000.

GMC Canyon 4WD (Regular Cab)
The GMC Canyon Regular Cab 4WD variant is priced from around $20,550. From its 2.9-liter DOHC 4-Cylinder engine, it generates a power of 185 hp. The 5-speed manual transmission comes as a standard in the package; with an option of a four-speed automatic transmission at around an additional $1000. Just like the Colorado, it has the Insta-Trac Electronic shift for 2WD and 4WD switching. This vehicle is one of the best mid-sized pickup trucks to be driven on snowy regions. Being a GM marque, it has the StabiliTrak Stability Control system which aids the driver in proper control of the vehicle.

These are few cheap 4 wheel drive trucks that you can go in for. Note that the specifications in pickup trucks may vary widely as per trim packages and models. Therefore, it is suggested to get a rough idea regarding the models, and visit the showroom for detailed information about the exact and currently offered specifications and model variants. Along with 4WD and an affordable price, also make it a point to select a vehicle that has an acceptable load carrying and towing capacity.
By Stephen Rampur
Published: 3/18/2011
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