Pickup trucks may be larger and use more gas, but it’s worth it for the convenience of never running out of space. They also have a higher driver’s seat, giving you a better view of traffic. The Ford F-150 and Chevy Silverado are popular choices due to their powerful specifications and long life expectancies.
Pickup trucks are often used to transport valuable materials or travel through rough terrain, so they need to be reliable. J.D. Power puts on a report every year detailing the safety and reliability ratings of popular cars, including pickup trucks. Based on that list, you can avoid these pickups with the worst reliability scores.
2013 Nissan Titan
A common trait with unreliable pickup trucks is low towing capacities. The Titan actually performed decently in this area with a maximum of 9500 pounds, though it’s definitely not the greatest.
It came with a V8 engine capable of 317 hp, but was still reported to have poor acceleration. It also got terrible fuel economy ratings, with a score of 12 mpg on city roads and 17 mpg on the highway.
Inside the cabin, drivers could choose between a good amount of infotainment features, but the seats felt hard. The interior comfort was improved on the 2019 model, but it still maintains its lower reliability score.
2012 Chevrolet Colorado
The Chevy Colorado got better gas mileage than some of its competitors, but it doesn’t have much appeal besides that. The interior had an outdated design and was made from cheap material.
Adults had almost no room in the back seats, and even the drivers had limited space to stretch their legs. Its standard four or five-cylinder engine couldn’t tow more than 6,000 pounds or accelerate very fast.
Despite having all-wheel drive, it wasn’t suitable for off-roading. Drivers reported that it felt unsteady on rough roads, even with the Z71 suspension package that was offered.
2009 Mazda B-series
The Mazda pickup was discontinued in 2009, which was probably for the best. In addition to its subpar reliability, the B-series underperformed in virtually every other area as well.
It has a lower towing capacity than its rivals at just 5600 pounds, even with its most powerful V6 engine. Its standard three-seat cabin was cramped and made from cheap plastics and uncomfortable upholstery. Many drivers were not fans of the truck’s design, which was considered outdated for the time.
It’s fine for daily commutes to work or school, but not really functional as a pickup truck.
2010 Ford Explorer Sport Trac
This model didn’t perform nearly as well as the standard Ford Explorer and was discontinued in 2010. However, it had a bit more appeal than other cars on this list thanks to a more comfortable interior and its powerful V8 engine.
While it gave drivers a smooth ride, it still wasn’t very fuel-efficient. It had a below-average towing capacity of 7160 pounds, though it was later offered with a trailer sway control option to make things easier. However, it still had a much shorter truck bed compared to its rivals.
2012 Suzuki Equator
The Equator tied with the Sport Trac for being the pickup truck with the worst reliability, with a score of only 2.5 out of 5. Despite its good safety ratings, the Equator couldn’t hold up to other pickup trucks in its class.
It had a towing capacity of only 6300 pounds. It came with two available engine sizes, a V6 or a four-cylinder. Both of these got very low fuel economy ratings. The V6 was the worst of the two with a rating of 15 mpg on city roads and 20 mpg on the freeway.