Reliable used pickup trucks never go out of style; just ask Consumer Reports. While automakers continue to work on production for the upcoming year, the demand for used pickup trucks is still at an all-time high. Check out some of the higher-rated trucks with scores directly from owners during the Annual Auto Survey.
The 2017 Toyota Tacoma is one of the most reliable used pickup trucks
Consumer Reports says don’t sleep on a 2017 Toyota Tacoma if you happen upon a good deal. Toyota first introduced the second-generation Tacoma in 2005, which lasted through 2010. These years have above-average reliability, which only continued to improve with the third-gen. By the time the 2017 Toyota Tacoma rolled around, the kinks were mainly worked out. That’s why this version of the Tacoma is one of the most reliable used pickup trucks.
Consumer Reports suggests the 2020 Ford Ranger used pickup truck
The Ford Ranger was on the market from 1983 until 2012 and had positive reviews for the most part. When Ford reintroduced it in 2019, the following years saw above-average reliability. Although it looks a bit crude and unfinished compared to the sleek exterior of similar reliable used pickup trucks, it has above-average reliability. The 2020 Ford Ranger also has a 5,000-pound tow rating, which is a good sign of things to come.
Looking for reliable? Check out the 2018 Toyota Tundra
The 2018 Toyota Tundra scored high marks from Consumer Reports in the reliability and owner satisfaction categories. Like the Tacoma, the Tundra hasn’t changed much over the years. But Toyota found a winning formula and stuck with it. Owners of the 2018 Toyota Tundra have praised the truck, even if it is a bit outdated. The Tundra has had average or above-average reliability scores every year since 2003, which is a good sign as far as used pickup trucks go.
Another option is the 2020 Chevrolet Colorado pickup truck
The Chevrolet Colorado is sort of a mixed bag of reviews. Reintroduced in 2015, it struggled with reliability for the following years. But in 2020, the road test and reliability scores are above-average. With the V6 or diesel engine, the Colorado can tow 7,000 pounds. That’s more than a lot of its competitors. Plus, it has forward collision warning (FCW) and lane departure warning (LDW) available. Try to find one with those active safety features included!
A heavy-duty option is the 2020 GMC Sierra 2500HD
The 2020 GMC Sierra 2500HD has come a long way from the 2009 version of the truck. In 2020, the Sierra has 401 hp, a 6.6L V8, and a six-speed automatic transmission. A turbodiesel is also an option. But the relatively new version of this truck comes with advanced safety features such as FCW, LDW, automatic emergency braking (AEB), blind spot warning (BSW), and rear cross-traffic warning (RCTW). It can also tow upwards of 35,000 when configured with extra power. The reliability score is above average.
The 2014 Honda Ridgeline is a bit older, but still a reliable used pickup truck
The 2014 Honda Ridgeline is a great in-between truck. It performs the duties a truck needs to provide but has more of an SUV-style body. This makes it a little easier to drive, and it can still tow around 5,000-pounds. Consumer Reports says it offers “a smooth ride, good handling, comfortable seats, and a versatile bed designed for recreational use.” The reliability, road test, and owner satisfaction were all above average for the 2014 Ridgeline. Not a bad buy for a pretty old truck.
J.D. Power likes the 2017 Nissan Frontier
The Nissan Frontier formula hasn’t changed much, but it also didn’t need to. While it hasn’t been updated since 2004, the 2011 through 2018 years are the best bet. The owner satisfaction rating for the 2017 Nissan Frontier is low, but the reliability score is above average. The 2017 Frontier is a good option, but so are newer versions of the truck. This Nissan is finally getting a redesign this year, too.