Buying a new pickup truck can cost a pretty penny, and the last thing that owners want is to rack up maintenance and repair bills that are much higher than expected. That theory doesn’t change much if you’re looking to buy a used vehicle, either, and if you’re looking to save money by purchasing a used pickup truck, there is a high chance that you don’t want to spend a lot of money on maintenance and repairs, either.
Cheapest pickup trucks to repair and maintain
After surveying vehicle owners, Consumer Reports has released reports of what buyers have claimed to be the most and least expensive vehicles to maintain, from 2011 model years to the present. There were only two pickup trucks that make up the category rated for maintenance and repairs that cost under $10,000 at the 10-year mark, and you might be pretty surprised to see what two pickup trucks they were.
The Ford Ranger
At the 10 year mark, Consumer Reports has the average repair and maintenance cost for Ford Ranger models spanning from 2011 to the latest year at just $200. Thanks to some clever homemade songs, the Ford Ranger is back in the social media spotlight, but there are plenty of other reasons to love the less popular pickup.
Ratings and reviews for the Ford Ranger have been up and down on the Consumer Reports website for the past several model years, but it is still a modest and affordable option for many drivers.
The Nissan Frontier
The Nissan Frontier goes head to head with the Ford Ranger, also costing an average of $200 at the 10-year mark. Nissan fans love this sporty and reliable pickup truck for its modest entry-level price, and, of course, the Nissan reliability. It goes without saying that we don’t expect Nissan to have high maintenance prices as we would for some other brands like BMW and Audi, so this option isn’t very surprising.
There are more options that make the list if you are willing to pay a little bit more for maintenance without breaking the bank, but they will cost more than $10,000 to buy upfront. That means the used Nissan Frontier and used Ford Ranger are both the cheapest pickup trucks to buy and maintain.