The Least Reliable 2013 Pickup Trucks According to Consumer Reports

Buying a truck can be tricky. Should you buy new or used? Which makes and models are the most reliable? The answers vary year to year. Especially when we make a used purchase, it’s important to know potential problem spots and learn from the experiences of the past owners of a pickup truck. Here are the least reliable 2013 pickup trucks according to Consumer Reports.

a blue ford f-150 from the 2013 model year barked in front of a scenic red barn
2013 Ford F-150 | Ford

There are plenty of reasons people want a used pickup truck. Perhaps it’s just more budget friendly. Or, maybe you are buying it as a second or third vehicle for specific purposes that require increased capability. Then again, it might just be a work truck you’re looking for so you don’t need to spend a ton of money or need all the bells and whistles.

Pickup truck reliability

When it comes to reliability, Consumer Reports rates each model according to a long list of possible problem areas. A large survey is done to learn from the owners of these trucks. While the Consumer Reports predicted reliability rating is the end all be all, it can definitely help us to ask informed questions and choose our purchases wisely.

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For a used pickup truck, reliability is especially important. So let’s dig into some 2013 pickup truck models and see what Consumer Reports can tell us.

The least reliable used pickup trucks from 2013

Although Consumer Reports doesn’t give us reliability for every model of 2013 pickup trucks, there are a couple that scored lower than the rest. One of these trucks is now discontinued. The other is one of the most beloved trucks in existence.

The 2013 Chevrolet Avalanche

Back in its glory days, the Chevrolet Avalanche drew some major hype. It was a mid-size pickup truck with a short bed a loads of style for its time. However, it’s also one of the least reliable 2013 pickup trucks according to Consumer Reports.

2013 Chevrolet Avalanche | General Motors

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The 2013 Chevrolet Avalanche earned a 2 out of 5 for predicted reliability from Consumer Reports. Others, like the Ram 1500 and Chevrolet Silverado 1500 earned at least a better 3 out of 5 score. So what’s up with the 2013 Chevy Avalanche?

According to Consumer Reports, this pickup truck suffered in several trouble spots. Namely, the engine minor and electrical system. However, Repairpal.com reports an above average reliability rating for the Chevrolet Avalanche. So, if you are interested in buying one it’s not necessarily one to avoid. In fact, I still see these trucks regularly on Texas roads going strong.

The 2013 Ford F-150

Although it’s one of the most popular and well-loved vehicles in history, the Ford F-150 isn’t perfect. The 2013 Ford F-150 is one of the least reliable 2013 pickup trucks according to Consumer Reports. If you are looking for a used pickup truck, the 2012 and 2014 model years have better predicted reliability ratings. The 2013 model year earned just 2 out of 5.

a 2013 ford f-150 driving in the winter on a road
2013 Ford F-150 | Car and Driver

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Trouble spots for the 2013 Ford F-150 include the transmission minor and drive system. The worst problem area is with the brakes. Repairpal.com reports that the F-150 model as a whole has an above average reliability score. However, it can cost a little more than other used pickup trucks when you go in for repairs.