As a general rule, new pickup trucks and SUVs are expensive. It’s easy to spend upwards of $50,000 on a fresh new truck, but do you really need to drop five figures to have an effective, utilitarian vehicle? If you ask Dirt Everyday’s Fred Williams, he’ll probably tell you no, and will point to his ‘Cheap Truck Challenge’ as evidence.
The ‘Cheap Truck Challenge’ aims to strike a balance between your vehicle and your budget. Competitors are given a $2015 limit to purchase their car and another $2015 limit to modify it. Then the trucks are grouped together for a series of tests before the best ‘Cheap Truck’ is determined.
For this year’s ‘Cheap Truck Challenge’, Williams and friends grouped together a Kia Sportage, Jeep CJ, Jeep Willys and a Dodge Power Wagon and had a four-way shootout with the trucks to determine which is best. In reality, all participants in this test are winners, though, because in Williams words, they are “having a good time on a nickel and dime.”
Check it out in the video above.