The Least Reliable 2018 Pickup Trucks According to Consumer Reports

Sometimes buying a used pickup truck just makes more sense. Why not save a few bucks on a new Ford, GM, or Ram truck? These days, going back just a few model years typically will still land buyers in a good truck with plenty of modern tech and features. But research is important in the buying process. These are the least reliable 2018 pickup trucks according to Consumer Reports.

The 2018 Chevrolet Colorado

The 2018 Chevrolet Colorado received just 1 out of 5 for predicted reliability. As one of the least 2018 pickup trucks according to consumer reports, this compact pickup truck could prove problematic for potential buyers. On the overview page for the Chevy Colorado, we immediately see that this compact pickup has a recall. Plus, its predicted owner satisfaction score is only 2 out of 5. According to Consumer Reports, the 2018 Chevrolet Colorado has an average retail price of $18,275 – $36,275.

a red 2018 Chevrolet Colorado parked on the sand with a mountainous backdrop
2018 Chevrolet Colorado | Chevrolet

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It’s easy to see why truck shoppers are interested in this pickup. It offers a range of powertrain options and the price is appealing. But Consumer Reports notes that the transmission––both major and minor––is a problem area for the 2018 Chevrolet Colorado.

J.D. Power shows pricing as low as $13 grand for the Colorado, and rates it as a good truck overall particularly noting its high resale value. However, J.D. Power also agrees more or less with Consumer Reports that reliability isn’t a strong point for this compact pickup. The 2018 Chevrolet Colorado received only an average reliability score from J.D. Power.

The 2018 GMC Canyon

The 2018 GMC Canyon is the only other compact pickup truck on this list of the least reliable 2018 pickup trucks. Consumer Reports tends to give GM cousins the same scores. So it’s not surprising that––like the Chevy Colorado–– the 2018 GMC Canyon earned a 1 out of 5 for predicted reliability.

a 2018 GMC Canyon truck in red, parked on a paved mountain road
2018 GMC Canyon | GMC

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Given the GM DNA these trucks share, it’s also no surprise that the 2018 GMC Canyon has one recall. Consumer Reports shows pricing for this truck to range from $15,875 – $35,050. Its reliability low points are with transmission problems as well.

J.D. Power’s verdict of the 2018 GMC Canyon also aligns with the Consumer Reports judgment. This truck just doesn’t outshine others in its class in terms of predicted reliability. That said, it does offer a range of options––including the diesel powertrain that is exclusive to the GM-engineered compact pickups in this class of small trucks.

Ford trucks didn’t score well for reliability in 2018

All three of Ford’s outgoing pickup truck models in 2018 received only 1 out of 5 for predicted reliability. The 2018 Ford F-150, F-250, and F-350 have seen a range of problems from recalls for things like corrosion in the engine which can lead to a fire. In terms of reliability, the 2018 Ford F-150 was the lowest pickup truck tested by Consumer Reports. However, it scored a 3 out of 5 for predicted owner satisfaction.

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In fact, the 2018 Ford F-150, F-250, and F-350 all have decent owner satisfaction scores. The larger trucks earned a 4 out of 5 in this category. So it seems that although these trucks deal with trouble spots like the engine, their workhorse capabilities and overall value can balance out the reliability issues.

J.D. Power, on the other hand, disagrees with the low reliability ratings from consumer reports. The 2018 Ford F-150 actually received a score of “great” for reliability and quality. The 2018 F-250 and F-350 also received high marks with a “great” in the reliability and quality category from J.D. Power. Plus, all three Ford truck models received a best-in-class rating for resale.

The big Ram trucks

Both the 2018 Ram 2500 and 3500 pickup truck models earned 1 out of 5 Consumer Reports predicted reliability scores. These two Ram truck models have 7 recalls. But they still work hard and many owners are happy with their Ram trucks.

A black 2018 Ram 2500 truck parked on pavement with a mountain range in the background
A 2018 Ram 2500 outfitted with off-road equipment | Stellantis

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The 2018 Ram 2500 earned a 3 out of 5 owner satisfaction rating. The 3500 model received a high 5 out of 5 for owner satisfaction. This just goes to show that even if a truck has low reliability scores from some critics, it’s not necessarily a bad truck.

However, the 2018 Ram 2500 and 3500 pickup trucks fared well in J.D. Power’s review. These two large full-size pickup trucks actually both received “great” reliability and quality scores. They also received a “best” rating in the resale category.

Pickup truck reliability

Consumer Reports ranks pickup truck reliability based on a predicted reliability score. Consumer surveys as well as the reliability history of each model goes into the scoring of each pickup truck model. However, just because a truck received a low predicted reliability score from one publication doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s a bad truck all around.

The least reliable 2018 pickup trucks according to Consumer Reports are all trucks that receive high praise in at least a few areas. So, depending on your priorities, some of these pickup truck models may still be right for you. We’ve cross-referenced a few sources. That said, of all the pickups Consumer Reports rated in 2018, the above models received the lowest possible score for predicted reliability.