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If you are looking at used trucks, you probably want a reliable pickup. Thankfully, because this segment is so popular, a variety of brands work hard to build the best truck. Because of that, when finding a reliable used truck, the sky is pretty much the limit. And according to Top Speed, these three models are some of the best. 

Why get a used truck?

Today’s trucks bring quite a bit to the table, but buying used may ultimately make sense because of price. New pickup trucks can easily jump over the $60k mark, with some even costing more than six figures. 

For a lot of folks, that might not be feasible. Ultimately, the pre-owned market opens up more variety. And it can also help you get more truck for your money. The three trucks listed here have high regard among owners and should offer legitimate reliability.

1. 2014 Nissan Frontier

The Frontier has long been Nissan’s midsize truck. And the second generation was on the market for some time. Because of that, Nissan had plenty of time to work out the kinks and issues that faced this pickup early on. 

A 2014 Nissan Frontier makes for a reliable used truck.
Nissan Frontier | Raymond Boyd via Getty Images

The 2014 Nissan Frontier is available with a four-cylinder engine or a V6. The V6 is not as potent as the one found in the third-gen Frontier with its 310 horsepower, but it gets the job done. 

It looks like the biggest complaint about this truck is the paint quality. Chips, scratches, and peeling seem to happen prematurely. But there are worse things that could fail on a pickup. 

2. 2014 Hond Ridgeline

Here’s the deal, the Honda Ridgeline is not a popular truck. This is despite it earning praise from Top Speed and other publications. Having driven a Ridgeline myself, even I appreciate what Honda’s truck offers. 

You get a ride that isn’t too truck-like and features such as in-bed cargo storage. At the same time, a truck that rides like a truck is something that consumers seem to appreciate. Even if they are not hauling and towing all that often. 

A Honda Ridgeline sits in a parking lot as a midsize truck.
Honda Ridgeline | IFCAR

Overall, the 2014 Ridgeline ranks fairly high in terms of reliability. But it might have a slight premium on the used market. 

3. 2017 Toyota Tundra

In recent years, the Toyota Tundra has made waves by being a full-size truck with no V8 engine. In the past, you could get a Tundra with a 5.7-liter V8 that makes 381 hp and 401 lb-ft of torque. It is worth noting that the six-speed automatic can feel dated if you are used to trucks with a more modern setup. 

One of the Tundra’s biggest selling points is its longevity. With the proper treatment, it’s not surprising to see this Toyota truck achieve hundreds of thousands of miles. That is why these pickups and other models often face something called the “Toyota Tax.”

It’s the unofficial name of the higher price associated with used Toyota vehicles. Sometimes even those with higher mileage.

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