Consumer Reports truck reliability rankings: Ranger, Chevy HDs lead

Truck buyers looking for the most reliable pickup trucks should consider the Ford Ranger, Ram 1500, and heavy-duty trucks from Chevrolet and GMC, according to Consumer Reports’ annual auto and truck reliability rankings.

“The Ranger has shown steady improvement since its reintroduction in 2019. GM heavy-duty trucks have simply few reported issues since their 2020 redesign and continue to have above-average reliability,” said Steven Elek, analyst at automotive data at Consumer Reports, the nonprofit consumer research, testing, and advocacy organization.

Consumer Reports Midsize Pickup Reliability Rating:

  1. Ford ranger
  2. Honda ridgeline
  3. Toyota tacoma
  4. Chevrolet Colorado
  5. Canyon GMC
  6. Jeep Gladiator

Although Toyota is known for its reliability, the Tacoma has average reliability and follows the Ranger and Honda Ridgeline.

The Jeep Gladiator, the brand’s most reliable model last year, fell below par in the latest report due to steering and suspension issues, according to Consumer Reports.

Consumer Reports Full-Size Pickup Truck Reliability Rating:

  1. Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD
  2. GMC Sierra 2500 HD
  3. Ford F-2500
  4. Aries 25000
  5. Aries 15000
  6. Ford F-3500
  7. Ford F-1500
  8. Ram 1500 Classic
  9. Chevrolet Silverado 15000
  10. GMC Sierra 15000

The Toyota Tundra has been redesigned for 2022, so Consumer Reports can’t use any data from the past few years to calculate predicted reliability. Historically, it has been among the most reliable half-ton pickups.

The Nissan Titan, while still the same generation, had an insufficient sample of our survey respondents to analyze and calculate expected reliability, according to Consumer Reports.

Chevrolet and GMC 1500 trucks primarily use 5.3L or 6.2L V8 engines which are prone to problems. The larger heavy 2500 pickups use 6.6 liters of gasoline and 6.6 liters of diesel and have fewer engine problems.

Ford’s redesigned F-150 scored below average.

The Ram 2500 and 1500 are both rated at medium reliability. But the Ram 1500 Classic, an older generation of the 1500s, has well below average reliability marked by problems with the brakes, emissions systems, engine and electrical equipment, Consumer Reports said.

The best brands

For all cars, regardless of body type, Lexus ranked first in reliability among all automakers, closely followed by Mazda and Toyota. GM’s Buick brand continues its run as the most reliable domestic nameplate and the only US brand in the top 10.

However, models from five national brands, Buick, Chevrolet, GMC, Chrysler and Ford, occupy the top spots in seven categories, which Consumer Reports called “exceptionally strong representation.”

They include:

  • Buick Envision (Compact Luxury SUVs)
  • Chevrolet Trailblazer (subcompact SUVs)
  • Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD and its twin the GMC Sierra 2500HD (Full-size Pickup)
  • Chrysler 300 (medium / large cars)
  • Ford Bronco Sport (Compact SUVs)
  • The Ford Mustang Mach-E (electric SUVs)
  • Ford Ranger (Mid Size Pickup)

Other key results include:

  • Despite their complexity, hybrids and plug-in vehicles are among the most reliable models.
  • High-end electric SUVs are among the least reliable vehicles out there, but it’s not the electric powertrains that trip them up. Their problems are common to those of gasoline vehicles – mostly complex electronic problems.
  • Certain Hyundai, Kia, Subaru and Toyota models continue to have problems due to complex and technologically advanced transmissions.

“With new car prices at record highs and a shortage of vehicles on dealer lots, it’s more important than ever to consider reliability when investing in something new,” said Jake Fisher, senior manager of automotive testing at Consumer Reports.

The 2021 Automotive Reliability Report is based on data collected from members of Consumer Reports on their experiences with more than 300,000 vehicles in annual surveys.

Jerry Hirsch September 20, 2021

Toyota has unveiled the 2022 Tundra pickup, a complete redesign offering technological and driving dynamics improvements.

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