The Cheapest Trucks to Maintain According to Consumer Reports

All vehicles require regular maintenance. That’s especially true when it comes to pickup trucks. But what if you’re not looking to break the bank when it comes to maintenance? Fortunately, after asking its members how much they spent on repairs and maintenance to keep their truck on the road over the past year, Consumer Reports revealed the cheapest 2011 trucks to maintain after 10 years of ownership.

These are the two cheapest trucks to maintain 

Let’s get this out of the way. If you’re shopping for the cheapest trucks to maintain, you can’t go wrong with the Chevy Silverado or the GMC Sierra. As a matter of fact, according to Consumer Reports, these pickup trucks cost their owners roughly $200 in maintenance and repair costs after 10 years of ownership. When it comes down to it, that’s really not so bad. 

As it turns out, Consumer Reports isn’t the only organization to have calculated how much these trucks cost to maintain. RepairPal reports that while both trucks have fairly average ownership costs, repairs tend to be more severe than average. The good news is that the number of severe issues is so low that significant repairs are uncommon for both trucks.

Toyota makes some of the cheapest trucks to maintain

A silver 2021 Toyota Tundra parked in the wilderness, the Toyota Tundra is one of the cheapest trucks to maintain
2021 Toyota Tundra | Toyota

Both the Toyota Tacoma and the Toyota Tundra found themselves on Consumer Reports’ list of the cheapest trucks to maintain too. After surveying owners of 2011 models, Consumer Reports determined that both trucks cost owners roughly $250 in maintenance costs after 10 years of ownership. While that’s slightly higher than the Chevy Silverado and the GMC Sierra, $250 in maintenance costs is not the kind of figure that’s going to break the bank.

Though, it should come as no surprise that these trucks are among the cheapest trucks to maintain. Toyota has a reputation for both durability and reliability. In fact, Consumer Reports has given both trucks some pretty high marks when it comes to reliability. Consumer Reports recommends several model years too.  

The Ford F-250 is one of the cheapest trucks to maintain

A 2011 Ford F-250 driving
2011 Ford F-250 | Mark Elias/Bloomberg

After asking its members how much they spent on maintenance and repairs over the past 12 months, Consumer Reports determined that the Ford F-250 is also one of the cheapest trucks to maintain. In fact, after 10 years of ownership, the Ford F-250 costs owners roughly $270 to maintain. While that is $70 more than both the Chevy Silverado and the GMC Sierra, it’s only $20 more than the Toyota Tacoma and the Toyota Tundra.

As for the most common Ford F-250 problems? According to CarComplaints.com, the most common Ford F-250 problems include the infamous death wobble, loss of control of the truck, and hypershaking. Because these problems can result in higher maintenance and repair costs, it’s important to keep them in mind if you find yourself shopping for a new or used Ford F-250.

The Honda Ridgeline and Ram 1500 have low maintenance costs

Now, the Honda Ridgeline and the Ram 1500 found themselves on Consumer Reports’ list of the cheapest trucks to maintain too. However, unlike other trucks on the list, these pickups cost owners $300 in maintenance costs after 10 years. While that figure isn’t prohibitively expensive, chances are, these trucks will have you spending more on maintenance than the Chevy Silverado or GMC Sierra would.

The good news is that when it comes to the Honda Ridgeline, Consumer Reports has given it some pretty high marks in terms of reliability. More often than not, the truck has earned a five out of five reliability rating. The Ram 1500, on the other hand, struggles with reliability. In fact, Consumer Reports has never given the Ram 1500 more than a three out of five reliability rating.

Shopping for a truck with low maintenance costs?

If you’re shopping for a cheap truck to maintain, Consumer Reports’ list makes for an excellent place to start. Try taking each of these models out for a test drive, and odds are you’ll find yourself behind the wheel of a pickup truck that perfectly fits your daily driving needs.

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