Study: Can the Ram 1500 Last As Long as the Average Pickup?

The Ram 1500 is a popular midsize pickup truck that, when it comes down to it, has plenty going for it. Car and Driver gave this year’s model an Editors’ Choice award. MotorTrend also tapped it as its Truck of the Year. But as much as it has going for it, how many miles can the Ram 1500 last and does it have what it takes to outlast the average pickup?

How many miles can a pickup truck last?

A white Ram 1500 on display at an auto show
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Before jumping into how many miles a Ram 1500 can last, let’s talk about how many miles the average pickup truck can last. After analyzing over 11.8 million cars sold in 2020, iSeeCars determined that 1.0% of all vehicles sold reached 200,000-miles.

As for pickups specifically? iSeeCars determined that of all the trucks sold in 2020, an average of 1.9% reached 200,000-miles or more. Of those analyzed, six pickup trucks rated above the 1.9% average for the segment. 

“Pickup trucks are commonly used as work vehicles and are likely to accrue more miles than a typical passenger car while often benefitting from more consistent preventative maintenance and necessary repairs,” explained iSeeCars Executive Analyst Karl Brauer.

How many miles the Ram 1500 can last

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The good news is that iSeeCars found six pickups that will last longer than the average truck. The bad news is that the Ram 1500 wasn’t among them. In fact, based on iSeeCars’ data, it wasn’t even close. 

According to iSeeCars, only 1.2% of Ram 1500 models sold in 2020 reached 200,000 miles. While that’s above average for all types of vehicles, that 1.2% does fall below the 1.9% segment average that iSeeCars already laid out. 

The 1500 wasn’t the only pickup to fall below the segment average either. iSeeCars’ reports that models like the Nissan Frontier (1.1%), Chevy Colorado (0.8%), and the GMC Canyon (0.7%) also struggled to rank among the longest-lasting pickups on the market today.

There are longer-lasting pickups out there

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Now, let’s get back to those six pickups that iSeeCars claims will last longer than not only the average truck but also the 1500. The three longest-lasting pickups include the Toyota Tundra (3.7%), Honda Ridgeline (3.4%), and the Toyota Tacoma (2.8%).

“Known for being indestructible, the Toyota Tacoma and the Toyota Tundra offer trademark Toyota quality and reliability. The Honda Ridgeline’s unique unibody design gives it the function of a pickup truck with the ride comfort and fuel efficiency of a crossover SUV, making it one of the most flexible, multi-purpose vehicles you can buy.”

iSeeCars Executive Analyst Karl Brauer

Of course, the Toyota Tundra, Toyota Tacoma, and the Honda Ridgeline weren’t the only pickups able to last 200,000 miles or more. According to iSeeCars, models like the Nissan Titan (2.3%), the Chevy Silverado (2.1%), and the Ford F-150 (2.0%) were also among the six longest-lasting pickups.

Is the Ram 1500 a bad truck?

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Here’s the thing, while only 1.2% of Ram 1500 models sold in 2020 reached 200,000 miles, that doesn’t mean the Ram 1500 is a bad truck. In fact, we’ve already established that the Ram 1500 has earned some pretty impressive awards. 

That’s not all it has going for it either. Car and Driver reports that the Ram 1500 is among the most luxurious pickup trucks on the market today. Consumer Reports also gave it an 83 overall score in road tests.

And when it comes to towing? The Ram 1500 can tow a maximum of 12,750 pounds. So, while iSeeCars reports that the Ram 1500 may not last as long as other trucks, at least you can rest assured knowing it does have plenty to offer otherwise.