3 Best Crash Test Rating Trucks for under $10,000

October 30, 2013

Of the 3 trucks under $10,000 with the highest crash test rating, 2 were from Toyota and 1 was from GMC. Learn more about their safety and performance.

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The 3 best crash test rating trucks under $10,000 are the 2003 Toyota Tacoma, the 2001 Toyota Tundra and the 2009 GMC Sierra. 2 of these trucks are made by automaker Toyota, and are the best crash test rating trucks under $10,000. The crash test ratings come from tests performed by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

Mentioned below is information concerning the 2003 Toyota Tacoma, 2001 Toyota Tundra and 2006 GMC Sierra.

2003 Toyota Tacoma

The 2003 Toyota Tacoma is a well made, safe vehicle that is reasonable priced at an MSRP pricing of $9,000. The 2010 Toyota Tacoma is one of the best crash test rating trucks made today with a 5-star NHTSA rating and is part of the 2 highly rated of crash test rating offerings from Toyota.

The Toyota Tacoma has an EPA estimated mileage rating of 26 miles per gallon on the highway and 20 miles per gallon in the city. It comes equipped with the following standard safety equipment: an enhanced vehicle stability control system, driver and passenger front air bags, front and rear side impact air bags. It tests exceptionally well in the crash test categories of front and rear impact as well as side and rollover crash testing.

The high crash test ratings for the Toyota Tacoma truck makes it easy to insure and gives a high resale value.

2001 Toyota Tundra

Another vehicle that makes this list is the 2001 Toyota Tundra. This vehicle is known for its high safety standards and affordable price, at around $8,900. With a 5-star NHTSA rating, the truck is among the most well-reviewed crash test rating trucks present today. With the Tacoma, this forms the duo of highly acclaimed crash test rating trucks from Toyota.

Performance-wise too, the Tundra stands the test. It has an EPA estimated mileage rating of 19 miles per gallon (highway driving) and 15 miles per gallon (city road driving). The vehicle's high safety standards come from the inclusion of several safety features such as front airbags for both the driver and the passenger, impact air bags on the front and rear on both sides and an improved vehicle stability control system. The vehicle has performed consistently well in crash tests, including side and rollover crash tests.

This is another vehicle that finds easy insurance and commands a good price when resold.

2006 GMC Sierra

The third vehicle in our list, the 2006 GMC Sierra, has high safety standards as with the other two and has an attractive price at around $9,000. It has a 5-star NHTSA rating as well.

The EPA estimated mileage of this vehicle on highways is 20 miles per gallon and within the city is 15 miles per gallon, which makes it slightly more fuel-efficient. The vehicle has similar high-quality safety accessories--the front and rear side impact airbags on both sides, the passenger and driver front air bags and a sophisticated vehicle stability control system. This vehicle is a consistent frontrunner in most crash tests as well.

Once again, the Sierra is easy to get insurance for and fetches an impressive price if it is put up for resale.

Related Questions and Answers

What Truck has the Highest Vehicle Crash Test Ratings?

After running a series of vehicle crash test ratings of pickup trucks, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has determined the top three trucks with the best crash test ratings. The trio is led by the Toyota Tacoma, the Toyota Tundra, and the GMC Sierra. Note that two of the three top pickups are manufactured by Toyota and the third is manufactured by General Motors. Please note that all three trucks cost less than $30,000 and that this is a very objective series of tests. The National Safety Council also weighed in with its own testing that confirmed the IIHS' findings for frontal, rear, side impact and rollover safety.