The Least Reliable 2016 Pickup Trucks According to Consumer Reports

Buying a used pickup truck is often a great deal. You get all the capability, utility, and size of a pickup truck without having to pay so much money. I mean how do all these folks pay $70 grand and more on a brand new pickup truck model? That said, if you want to buy a used truck, you’ll want to do some research. These are the least reliable 2016 pickup trucks according to Consumer Reports.

GM’s heavy duty pickup truck class didn’t impress with its reliability

Both the 2016 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD and the 2016 GMC Sierra 2500 HD scored low for predicted reliability. Consumer Reports gave each of these heavy duty pickup trucks a score of 2 out of 5. This places them at the bottom of the barrel as some of the least reliable 2016 pickup trucks.

The 2016 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD and the 2016 GMC Sierra 2500 HD have 4 recalls. Plus, Consumer Reports shows both engine major and engine minor as potential trouble spots. In spite of these warnings, these trucks might be at least more reliable than some of the other heavy duty pickup truck options.

a black 2016 chevrolet silverado 2500 HD at speed
2016 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD | Car and Driver

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The 2016 Ram pickups didn’t score too well either

According to Consumer Reports, the 2016 Ram 1500 and Ram 2500 are also some of the least reliable 2016 pickup trucks. Each of these was given a 2 out of 5 rating for predicted reliability. The 2016 Ram 1500 has a whopping 14 recalls.

a red 2016 Ram 1500 pickup truck on display
2016 Ram 1500 | Chicago Auto Show

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In addition, the 2016 Ram 1500 shows engine major as a potential problem area. The 2016 Ram 2500 has 12 recalls. Plus it shows more hazardous trouble spots than the 2016 Ram 1500. The brawnier Ram truck shows potential problem areas for both transmission major and transmission minor. Plus, it also received just a 1 out of 5 rating for the drive system.

Ford trucks historically get things right, but not in 2016

The 2016 Ford F-150 earned a 2 out of 5 for predicted reliability from Consumer Reports. However, its heavy duty pickup truck counterparts are the least reliable 2016 pickup trucks of them all. Consumer Reports rated the 2016 F-250 and F-350 1 out of 5 for predicted reliability.

The 2016 Ford F-150 may have engine problems. Plus, the drive system is a problem area according to Consumer Reports data. It also has 11 recalls.

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The 2016 Ford F-250 shows a long list of problem areas. Issues with the exhaust, suspension, engine, and drive system have all been reported. This heavy duty pickup truck also has 2 recalls. The Ford F-350 in the 2016 model year shows trouble spots for the engine as well. It also deals with electrical issues and problems with the exhaust and fuel system. In fact, Consumer Reports ranked the 2016 Ford F-250 and F-350 No. 10 and No. 9 out of 10 for predicted reliability, respectively.

J.D. Power reliability ratings don’t always agree

If we turn to J.D. Power for comparison, the verdict isn’t always the same. The 2016 Ford F-150, for example, received a reliability verdict of “great” from J.D. Power. Both the 2016 For F-250 and F-350 also received a scoring of “great.” Additionally, J.D. power notes that all three of these Ford pickups have some of the best resale value around.

The 2016 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD reliability is also “great” according to J.D. Power. However, its corporate cousin–– the 2016 GMC Sierra 2500 HD ––has a reliability score of “average.” Both of these GM heavy duty pickup trucks does actually have high resale value according to J.D. Power.

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When it comes to the Ram trucks, J.D. Power was more in line with Consumer Reports with its reliability ratings. The 2016 Ram 1500 and 2500 both received an “average” reliability score. That said, both of these trucks are also reported to have a strong resale value as well.

The big picture is that reliability scores aren’t always a make it or break it aspect. Especially for something like a pickup truck, people buy them because they need the extra space and capability. So, even though these are the least reliable 2016 pickup trucks according to Consumer Reports, they are still utilitarian beasts that attract plenty of buyers. Buying used is definitely a great way to save. Just be aware of what you are potentially getting yourself into.