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Buying a new pickup truck is exciting, but it can also be rife with stress and worry. What if you don’t buy a good, reliable truck? What if you end up needing to spend thousands of dollars down the road to make repairs that you didn’t see coming? Is there any way to try to avoid regretting a major purchase like this? U.S. News has given us a list of the most reliable 2021 pickup trucks. If you use this list when you’re truck shopping, you just might be able to avoid a major problem in years to come.

The 2021 Ford Ranger Tremor Lariat light pickup truck in red parked atop a hill of uneven terrain and rocks
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The 2021 Ram 1500 is one of the most reliable pickup trucks

Not only does the 2021 Ram 1500 have a great reliability score of 85/100, it also has a high overall score. U.S.News gives the 2021 Ram 1500 a 9.1/10 for its overall score. It says that in addition to being comfortable, the 2021 Ram 1500 is also “upscale.” You’ll want to spend lots of time in your truck.

The Ram has a V6 that puts out 305-hp as its standard engine, and multiple options if you’d like to upgrade, including a V8 and diesel.

The 2021 GMC Sierra 1500 has lots of space

The 2021 GMC Sierra 1500 is a reliable pickup truck that also has lots of room. U.S. News says it’s a great truck for commuters, because of its passenger space. It also comes with an infotainment system that includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

One downside to the 2021 GMC Sierra 1500 is its engine. The 2021 Sierra comes standard with a V6 that isn’t powerful enough for towing. If you’ll want to use your truck to tow heavy things, you should opt for the diesel or V8.

The 2021 Ford F-150 battles the 2021 GMC Sierra 1500 for second place

The 2021 Ford F-150 scores a very high overall score from U.S. News, at an 8.9/10. Its reliability rating is good too, at an 86/100. The fact that it’s been redesigned for 2021 only adds to its appeal.

One of the best parts of the 2021 F-150 is its infotainment system. It has a great one that includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. It also has wireless charging, a push-button start, and heated and ventilated front seats.

The 2021 Toyota Tundra shares first place as the most reliable truck

U.S. News gives the 2021 Toyota Tundra an 88/100 for its reliability rating. It gets a 6.6/10 for its overall score. The 2021 Toyota Tundra has a 5.7-liter V8 engine that does 381-hp and 401 lb-ft of torque.

The 2021 Toyota Tundra benefits from being a pickup that’s been around for a long time. U.S. News says that makes it more likely that Toyota has worked out most of the kinks in the 2021 Tundra, as it’s had years of models to essentially practice on.

The 2021 Ford Ranger is tied for the most reliable pickup truck of 2021

The 2021 Ford Ranger wins the award of the most reliable pickup truck, according to U.S. News. It gets an 88/100 for reliability, and an 8/10 for its overall score.

The Ranger is a compact pickup, perfect for those who live in the city and can’t park something huge, or anyone who just wants a small truck. The 2021 Ford Ranger has a four-cylinder engine that’s capable of 270-hp and can tow up to 7,500 pounds.


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