If you’re looking for a modern workhorse, then a full-size pickup truck is the right vehicle for you. Full-sized pickup trucks can handle tough jobs and even double as the family car. Because of this, Consumer Reports refers to these pickups as the backbone of the truck market.
Although CR notes, not all trucks are created equal. Here are the most unreliable full-sized pickup trucks of 2020, according to CR. Conversely, all of these pickups have high predicted owner satisfaction ratings.
2020 Ram 1500
Many critics consider the Ram 1500 the ultimate family pickup truck. The Ram 1500 boasts one of the most luxurious cabins in its class. Its seats are incredibly comfortable, and there’s plenty of head- and legroom throughout its car cabin. The Ram 1500 also has an outstanding maximum tow rating. But this Ram doesn’t shine as bright when it comes to predicted reliability.
Like the other models on CR’s list of unreliable 2020 full-sized pickup trucks, the Ram’s low-reliability rating stems from a history of NHTSA vehicle safety recalls. The 2020 Ram 1500 currently has four recalls on it. These relate to potential issues with the truck’s airbags, back up camera, and windshield.
2020 Ford F-150
The 2020 F-150 did pretty well on CR’s road test and scored a 74 out of 100. And as CR highlighted, there’s a lot to like about this year’s F-150 lineup. This pickup offers a variety of potent engine options, even on the lower trim levels. The F-150’s aluminum structure improves its performance. It comes has a spacious cabin, and many tech features too.
On the flip side, the F-150’s aluminum structure could present problems later when it comes to repairs. Plus, the F-150 isn’t as comfortable to ride in compared to class rivals like the Ram 1500. And what’s more concerning is that there are at least five NHTSA safety recalls on each F-150 model years 2014-2020.
2020 Chevrolet Silverado
For 2020, Chevy updated the Silver 1500’s optional 5.3-liter V8 engine with an eight-speed automatic transmission. This pickup has the best towing-ratings in the class. Its 3.0-liter diesel even won an award. Fuel efficiency is also a high point for the Silverado 1500’s diesel engine.
CR gave Chevy’s 2020 Silverado 1500 a poor reliability score due to potential trouble spots, including its in-car electronics and drive system. You should also know that there are currently five recalls on the 2020 model. The concerns include the Silverado’s 1500’s fuel system and airbags.
2020 GMC Sierra 1500
While it’s not a recommended pick, CR recognized that General Motors made noticeable improvements to the Sierra 1500, including its deep truck bed and higher towing capacities. Just like the Silverado 1500, the Sierra 1500 has five recalls on it. And also, like the Silverado 1500, the Sierra offers a fuel-efficient diesel engine option.