Consumer Reports Most Reliable Used Pickup Trucks

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Finding a used truck to fit your needs and your budget need not be a search for the most popular truck models according to a recent Consumer Reports newsletter,

Detroit’s trio of full-sized pickup trucks—the Chevrolet Silverado, Ford F-Series, and Ram—have been the top-selling vehicles in the U.S. for a few years. But despite their popularity, the lumbering darlings of American automakers’ bottom line haven’t proved to be the most reliable options among used vehicles.”

On top of that, full-sized trucks—new ones in particular—tend to be expensive. The newest trucks usually have more safety equipment and luxury trappings than the models offered only a few years ago, but older ones can offer a lot of traditional truck capability for less. There are also many more examples of good used compact pickups on the market now, too,” states CR analysts.

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As such, the good folks at Consumer Reports have created a new guide “…to help you find the pickup trucks most likely to fulfill your needs without breaking down and saddling you with repair bills.”

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Summarized below is the listing in alphabetical order the used pickup truck models CR analysts recommend provided you have done your part by ensuring a prepurchase inspection is performed by a qualified mechanic.

Most Reliable Used Pickup Trucks

1. 2020 Ford Ranger
Price Range: $24,400 – $35,975
Owner Reported MPG: 22 mpg

2. 2018 GMC Sierra 2500HD
Price Range: (not reported)
Owner Reported Mpg: 17 mpg

3. 2019 Honda Ridgeline
Price Range: $23,350 – $33,525
Owner Reported MPG: 22 mpg

4. 2014 Nissan Frontier
Price Range: $10,675 – $18,075
Owner Reported MPG: 18 mpg

5. 2016 Toyota Tacoma
Price Range: $18,400 – $29,400
Owner Reported MPG: 20 mpg

6. 2018 Toyota Tundra
Price Range: $24,850 – $39,700
Owner Reported MPG: 15 mpg

And finally…

For more information detailing the truck models listed above, consider becoming a Consumer Reports member and discover how that being a member can save you a lot of money for a small subscription investment.

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Timothy Boyer is a Torque News automotive reporter based in Cincinnati. Experienced with early car restorations, he regularly restores older vehicles with engine modifications for improved performance. Follow Tim on Twitter at @TimBoyerWrites for daily new and used vehicle news.

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