Dependability has always been a trademark feature of the pickup truck. When people consider buying new trucks they need to know the vehicle they buy can do the job they need. Of course depending on the job you have in mind, not all trucks are created equal. Some people just require the extra dependability that a 4x4 truck provides.
Cheapest 4x4 Pickup Trucks
However dependable 4WD systems are hardly a cheap feature, depending on the model they can run you an additional $3000 to $5000 extra which means four wheeling isn't cheap. Below we've compiled a list of the lowest priced 4x4s in the pickup market to a limit of $25,000. To round the list out a bit we've made that final cost after available rebates.
2012 Toyota Tacoma
2012 Chevy Colorado
2012 GMC Canyon
2012 Chevy Silverado 1500
2012 GMC Sierra 1500
2012 Ram 1500
Breaking Down the 4WD List
The first thing you might notice is full size pickups don't fit the requirement of being new trucks under 25000 without some rebate love. It's a close thing though, barely $500 over from the base price so it likely won't break your budget but they certainly won't let you go under budget.
For those more strapped to a budget, or in need of cheap trucks, your best options remain used and the compact truck market. With a little rebate love itself, you can get a 4x4 Chevrolet Colorado for under $20,000 which is pretty cheap by any AWD vehicle standard. The Toyota Tacoma is equally affordable but rebates run more infrequently.