Having a tight budget doesn’t mean you can’t get something good. Thanks to very favorable pricing conditions in the Philippines, pickups are quite affordable considering that you get a truckload of utility and even a diesel engine. There are some great options out there for a good price, even under a million pesos from new or established players. So here are our top 5 picks for affordable pickup trucks in no particular order. We will also omit cab and chassis variants in this list, in order to be more focused on most consumers.
Chevrolet Colorado (P1,199,888 – P1,638,888)
What was once known as the king of torque back then, still holds the title, but shares its crown with another nameplate on this list. With a beastly 2.8-liter diesel engine available for choice variants, the Colorado presents itself as a good value for consumers looking for ruggedness and power with a good amount of tech for not that high of a price especially compared to its rivals.
Ford Ranger (P1,032,000 – P1,695,000)
This is the truck that shares the throne with the Colorado. The Ford Ranger in its Bi-Turbo Wildtrak variant has a 2.0-liter diesel engine that produces 210 hp and 500 Nm of torque, matching the Chevy’s numbers for torque, and trumping it on horsepower. It’s also got loads of tech if you want the highest-end variant and good entry-level and mid-range variants that tick the right boxes for many. It’s one of the more equipped, and smoother riding pickups in the Philippines thanks to its power delivery and its solid interior and advanced features like an adaptive cruise control which can be found on the higher-trim models.
Foton Thunder (P1,128,000)
The Foton brand specializes in commercial vehicles, but they also have a consumer pickup in the form of the Foton Thunder. Equipped with a Cummins diesel engine, the Thunder promises good performance that is on par with some of its rivals. Though it only comes in one 4x2 variant, its background and its rather good looks make the cut for our list.
Isuzu D-max (P987,000 – P1,795,000)
Now, the rather legendary nameplate on this list is the Isuzu D-max. Lower models find themselves equipped with a small but capable 1.9-liter diesel engine, the D-max’s RZ4E engine is good enough to get you up and going at a reasonable speed. If you want more, Isuzu makes several models with its 3.0-liter diesel engine, which is older than the 1.9-liter, but it boasts more power and a longer track record. One thing is for sure though, either should last.
Maxus T60 (P998,000 – P1,328,000)
A newcomer whose price is more than meets the eye is the Maxus T60. For what you pay, the pickup truck has a lot of features and even a 4x4 system for less than P1,500,000, which makes it one of the most value-oriented buys on our list. With a wide array of features for a lower-than-expected price tag, the Maxus T60 pickup truck something to consider when you want to maximize your budget. The build of these pickups are quite good, and the engine it has returns good performance per peso. With prices starting at just under P1,000,000 the T60 poises itself as a worthy entry into the entry-level pickup scene.
Mazda BT-50 (P1,350,000 – P1,550,000)
Though a little on the older side in terms of design, the Mazda BT-50’s base is that of a tried and tested workhorse, while its unique 5-cylinder engine gives it a different character when you drive. Equipped with a fair amount of features and a rather accessible 4x4 model, the BT-50 could serve you well on Philippine roads.
Mitsubishi Strada (P1,175,000– P1,760,000)
Mitsubishi has been a mainstay in the pickup truck category for some time now, and with their latest model, the Strada. The brand’s Dynamic Shield design features prominently on the front, and every model gets the 2.4-liter MIVEC diesel engine, which produces 179 hp and 430 Nm of torque. Not the most powerful, but then again, even the more affordable variants have the same engine, so there is no discrepancy.
Starting at just P929,000 for an entry-level manual model, the Nissan Navara is one of our top picks on today’s list as an affordable pickup truck. With its comfortable ride and its capable 2.5-liter diesel engine, it is one of the easier recommendations that we have today. With a rear multi-link suspension, the Nissan Navara has amassed a cult following and is a segment favorite due to the comfort plus the features that Nissan bundles in with its pickup. It undercuts many of its rival’s price tags at the highest-end, and even at the lowest end, which makes it one of the easier models to recommend in our list.
SsangYong Musso (P1,180,000 – P1,650,000)
Easily making the list because of its lush and beautiful interior, the SsangYong Musso is all kinds of refined and classy with its upmarket interior and its refined ride thanks to a multi-link rear suspension, much like the Nissan Navara. As the only South Korean car on this list, the Musso still follows the formula with a capable diesel engine and its gorgeous insides.
Toyota Hilux (P939,000 - P1,808,000)
This list wouldn’t be complete without one of the most familiar and well-known nameplates in the industry, the Toyota Hilux. With a storied history and a highly rugged background. The Hilux remains a top pick for Filipinos also because of the strength of the Toyota brand in the country. The Hilux has a base model priced at P939,000, which has a 2.4-liter diesel engine and a manual transmission. More value can be found as you go up in price, even some better looks.