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When it comes to trucks, finding a reliable used pickup truck can be a risky business. However, J.D. Power has some more reliable pickup trucks used than the new trucks. Specifically, the Ford F-150, Chevrolet Colorado (aka the GMC Canyon), and the Toyota Tundra pickup trucks.

The Ford F-150 is a used pickup truck that’s more reliable used than new

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The 2020 Ford F-150 pickup truck in the dirt | Ford

Using the ratings from J.D. Power, the reliability score for the Ford F-150 pickup truck has fallen over time. For the 2022 Ford F-150, the truck earned an unusually low score in the quality and reliability section. That landed the Ford way down in the rankings compared to other full-size trucks.

Looking at the 2020 Ford F-150, the quality and reliability score came above average. The owner satisfaction score was also higher. Even back then, this used pickup truck came with forward collision warning (FCW) and automatic emergency braking (AEB) as standard. Drivers seem pleased with the truck overall.

While the 2022 Ford F-150 has a lot of new technology, sometimes the older version is better. The ride and the agility of the 2022 Ford F-150 could. The ride and agility of the new truck could still be improved, as these are noted as lows in both options.

The Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon are solid used pickup trucks

Similarly, the 2020 Chevrolet Colorado (also known as the GMC Canyon) used pickup truck has better reliability than the brand-new one. Looking at the quality and reliability score, it scored average. The overall owner satisfaction was brought down by the driving experience. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) gave the Colorado pickup truck the highest “good” score on the front, side, and other crashworthiness tests. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) gave the 2020 truck mostly four-star ratings.

Regarding the brand-new 2022 Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon, J.D. Power gave it high marks in some areas. The driving experience was again pretty low, while quality and reliability were average.

The second area where the new truck fell behind is the area of safety and driver assistance features. FCW is optional, along with lane-departure warning. Blind-spot warning isn’t included, and neither is AEB or lane-keeping assist (LKA). Fortunately, almost all of the IIHS scores were “good.” Most of the NHTSA scores were four and five stars. With prices high enough, why not try a used pickup truck over a brand-new version?

The Toyota Tundra is a truck known for its reliability

The Toyota Tundra has been a shining star of reliability in previous years, and the 2020 Toyota Tundra didn’t falter. It earned one of the highest scores for quality and reliability among other large trucks. On top of that, the Tundra earned above-average marks for resale value. These trucks tend to hold value well over the years.

Toyota’s Tundra also managed to get mostly “good” scores from the IIHS. The NHTSA gave the used pickup truck mostly four-star and five-star scores in the crashworthiness tests. While J.D. Power hasn’t thoroughly tested the 2022 Toyota Tundra yet, the reliability didn’t impress for some reason.

When it comes to finding a reliable used pickup truck, there are plenty of options out there. It isn’t clear why some new trucks have such low reliability scores, but perhaps it is as simple as “they don’t make them like they used to.” For now, keeping up with what other owners report on sites like J.D. Power and Repair Pal can help you make an informed decision.