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The Least Reliable 2017 Pickup Trucks According to Consumer Reports

Buying a pickup truck is a big decision. Going back a few model years for a used truck is wise if you want to save some money. But research is key, and learning about prospective models is very important for any potential buyers. So let’s go through a list of the least reliable 2017 pickup trucks according to Consumer Reports.

Shopping for a used pickup truck

Often, used vehicles from three or four years back are on the lot after a lease. That means it’s fairly easy to find used pickup trucks with low mileage and in good condition. In addition, technology and features from just a few years ago are still pretty great. Especially if whatever you are stepping up from is something a little older, the new tech in a 2017 model truck is still relatively modern.

a gray 2017 chevy colorado in a grassy meadow
2017 Chevy Colorado | Car and Driver

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Chevrolet trucks didn’t do so hot in 2017

Consumer Reports gave every Chevy pickup truck it tested just 1 out of 5 for predicted reliability. The 2017 Chevy Colorado is a popular used pickup truck. However, the 2017 Chevy Colorado also had a recall for problems with its fuel pump/fuel system.

It also scored only 1 out of 5 for predicted consumer satisfaction. In addition, J.D. Power also ranked the 2017 Chevy Colorado a little lower than other trucks. In its J.D. Power Review, this compact pickup truck earned just average quality and reliability ratings.

Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra trucks being inspected on the assembly line
Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra trucks being inspected on the assembly line | Jeffrey Sauger/Bloomberg via Getty Images

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The 2017 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 and 2500 HD were tested by Consumer Reports as well. These Chevy pickup trucks also scored only 1 out 5 for predicted reliability. That said, U.S. News and World Report actually recommends the 2017 Chevrolet Silverado as one of the best used pickup trucks of 2017. Still, Consumer Reports ranks them as the least reliable 2017 pickup trucks.

Consumer Reports did give the 2017 Chevrolet Silverado a 4 out of 5 for a good driving experience. But this truck has dealt with 6 recalls. The recalled problems include braking issues and problems with the suspension.

GMC pickup trucks from 2017 aren’t recommended by Consumer Reports

The 2017 GMC Canyon also earned just 1 out of 5 for predicted reliability from Consumer Reports. All GM trucks seem to get virtually the same verdict from Consumer Reports, regardless of whether they are Chevrolet or GMC models. So, as far as these reviews are concerned, the 2017 GMC Canyon and Chevy Colorado are essentially the same truck with the same problems.

a side view of a gray 2017 GMC Sierra at speed on a road with autumn trees in the background
2017 GMC Sierra 1500 | Car and Driver

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For the full-size segment, the 2017 GMC Sierra 1500 and 2017 GMC Sierra 2500HD both received only 1 out of 5 for predicted reliability as well. But what about the other critics? Like its corporate cousin, the 2017 GMC Sierra 1500 also made the U.S. News and World Report best 2017 full-size trucks list.

The 2017 GMC Sierra 1500 also ranked pretty low for reliability from J.D. Power. This is also one of the least reliable 2017 pickup trucks on the J.D. Power platform. The 2500HD model only received an average reliability rating from J.D. Power but earned a good score overall. The 2017 GMC Sierra 2500HD notably received very high marks for its high resale value. That means it may prove more difficult to find one of these used pickup trucks for cheap.

Ford and Ram are also among the least reliable 2017 pickup trucks

The 2017 Ford F-150 and F-250 also received only 1 out of 5 for predicted reliability. The 2017 Ford F-150 has had 13 recalls. On its list of problem areas, Consumer Reports shows issues with the brakes, engine, and foundation components.

a dark red 2017 King Ranch Ford F-150 pickup truck parked on a dirt road in the forest
2017 Ford F-150 | Car and Driver

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Like the 2017 Ford F-150 and F-250, the 2017 Ram 2500 also ranked just 1 out of 5 for predicted reliability. Consumer Reports shows this truck has dealt with 10 recalled issues. Problem areas for the Ram 2500 are the engine major and transmission both major and minor.