The Most Reliable 2021 Full-Size Pickup Trucks According to Consumer Reports

Of the full-size pickup trucks that Consumer Reports has ranked for 2021, some boast higher reliability than others. The most reliable full-size pickup truck isn’t even a surprise. It’s the 2021 Toyota Tundra. But how do the other trucks like the 2021 Ram 1500 fare in the rankings?

A press image of a silver 2021 Ram 1500 Limited Longhorn 10th Anniversary Edition in a southwestern outdoors scene
2021 Ram 1500 Limited Longhorn 10th Anniversary Edition | FCA

When it comes to truck shopping, some buyers put a lot of stock in reliability ratings. For those that want to use these rankings, publications like Consumer Reports release new ratings for each model year to year. Here’s what Consumer Reports says about 2021 full-size pickup truck reliability.

The most reliable 2021 full-size pickup truck

While the 2021 Ram 2500 HD actually has the highest reliability ranking of all (5 out of 5), it’s still not been tested. For this writing, we will go over all of the trucks that Consumer Reports has already had in review. Out of the tested full-size pickups, the 2021 Toyota Tundra is the most reliable pickup truck in the full-size class.

2021 TRD Pro Tundra in the desert
2021 TRD Pro Toyota Tundra With Lunar Rock Shade | Toyota

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However, it did not receive a perfect score. The 2021 Toyota Tundra received a 5 out of 5 score for predicted reliability. While it’s no surprise that the Tundra earned good marks, it may come as a disappointment to some Tundra fans that the truck saw a drop from the last two model years.

Both the 2019 and 2020 Tundra pickup truck models had 5 out of 5 ratings for predicted reliability. Whether the Tundra saw a drop in its ratings or not, it’s still the most reliable 2021 full-size pickup truck that Consumer Reports has tested so far. In fact, the 2021 Toyota Tundra tied with the 2021 Ram 1500 for the highest overall score so far.

Are there any other 2021 truck models with impressive reliability?

This year, Consumer Reports wasn’t kind to full-size pickup trucks. Especially not in terms of reliability. The most reliable 2021 pickup trucks aren’t models with green 5 out of 5 symbols lined out next to their name. In fact, the second most reliable 2021 full-size pickup truck received a score of 3 out of 5.

The 2021 Ford F-250, F-350, and F-450 posed on top of rocky terrain.
The Ford Super Duty lineup on display | Photo via Ford

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The 2021 Ford F-250 came in second for reliability out of the trucks tested so far. The F-250 received an overall score of 53. Its starting prices range from $$34,230 – $84,390. Right now, Consumer Reports shows a $2,500 cashback offer of the 2021 Ford F-250 until May 3 of this year.

Is the 2021 Toyota Tundra a good pickup truck?

Yes, it’s a good truck. The 2021 Toyota Tundra ranked just higher than the 2021 Ford F-250 for reliability. Plus, its overall score ties it with the 2021 Ram 1500, currently in the top spot. Consumer Reports gave the 2021 Toyota Tundra an overall score of 63.

Starting prices for the Tundra pickup range from $33,825 – $53,200. While it didn’t exactly ace its road test, the 2021 Toyota Tundra receives a 4 out of 5 for predicted customer satisfaction. Toyota trucks are historically durable, which is a huge reason why buyers turn to the Tundra.

Tundra performance

In addition to durability, of all trucks tested thus far the 2021 Tundra is the most reliable 2021 full-size pickup truck according to Consumer Reports. It receives high marks for the driving experience, cargo space, and comfort from actual owners. However, it performed more poorly in terms of fuel economy and emergency handling.

A photo of the Toyota Tundra outdoors.
Toyota Tundra Interior | Toyota

It’s a good solid truck, but there are other good trucks out there. In fact, if you are considering the 2021 Toyota Tundra for its reliability, we get it. But we also recommend testing a few others like the 2021 Ram 1500 or Ford F-150 before making your final decision.