For this list of most affordable trucks for 2012, we’ve elected to do some extra work on your behalf. Rather than consider only the cheapest, most basic work trucks, we figured you’d want something suitable for more than just the worksite. Most likely, you want an affordable 2012 truck that works hard during the week and that you can clean up and drive on the weekend with a sense of pride and dignity.
That’s why we set some basic creature comfort criteria in determining the best affordable trucks of 2012. To make our list of affordable trucks for 2012, each contestant needed to have air conditioning, a four-speaker stereo, Bluetooth hands-free calling capability, cloth seats, power windows, power door locks, power side mirrors, cruise control, and aluminum wheels.
On the pages that follow, you’ll find the five least expensive models that meet these criteria, with the most affordable truck of 2012 displayed on the final page of this article. Also, please note that prices and data are based on information available on the automakers’ consumer websites and through OEM configuration tools, for a Southern California zip code, as of mid-August of 2012.