There's a lot that owners expect when they get behind the wheel of a pickup truck. Rightly so, they expect the truck to be dependable and that they'll possibly never have to worry about its value diminishing as fast as others. There are a lot of factors, though, that can work against a new truck, even in just a few years.
The lineup of pickup trucks for 2018 looks stellar. There's nothing really innovative or groundbreaking per se, though they're certainly a refinement on past models. There’re also some less conventional options, like the Honda Ridgeline. It may not look like a traditional pickup U.S. car buyers are used to—leading some to utter the old adage "If it ain't broke, don't fix it," though it certainly opens up new possibilities as far as storage goes.
Then there's the Toyota Tacoma pushing forward without a second's pause. This is one of the most versatile pickups offered on the market today. The fact that Kelley Blue Book bestowed it with 2018's Best Resale Value Award for a Midsize pickup speaks volumes.
Among 2018's pickup offerings, however, are a host of others that look good on the surface but may prove to be duds in just a few years' time. Whether it be due to a drop in monetary value or a detriment in functionality or even a loss of cachet where its status among other pickups means less, the trucks on this list are headed for a decline. All trucks are from 2018 and could be on track to lose their worth within two years' time.
20 2018 Chevrolet Colorado
Trucks have a reputation for generally reselling well. The 2018 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 4WD, which starts at $40,400, is an appealing alternative to some of the full-size pickups dominating the market today.
Unfortunately, the Colorado line has a plethora of issues. AutoWise reports that in 2004 and 2005, AC issues put a damper on owners.
Again, issues would return in 2008, including intermittent problems with the radiator. More recently, in 2015, transmission woes cropped up, giving drivers problems when downshifting. The history of issues speaks for itself. It's safer if prospective buyers wait to see how the 2018 models pan out before going all in.
19 2018 GMC Canyon
There's no hiding it, the 2018 GMC Canyon is getting good reviews. U.S. News has it ranked third in their category of Compact Pickup Trucks, compiling a total score of 8.6 of 10. Plus, with a starting price tag of $21,100, it's hard to mount a case against the car that looks great on the outside. However, a cursory review of past GMC Canyon models tells a different story. According to AutoWise, there has been a history of issues in this line from brake performance to challenges downshifting in automatics. To make matters worse, General Motors didn't acknowledge the transmission issue, leading to speculation that something could go awry down the line with this year's model.
18 2018 Nissan Frontier
There are several parts and features to consider when buying a new car. Performance, luxury, and cost are just three of the main criteria one factors into every major car purchase.
The Nissan Frontier 4x4 is a basic, no-nonsense pickup that's sure to appeal to more casual drivers.
Unfortunately, it'll prove to be a money pit in no time with its poor gas mileage. According to Valley Chevy, the 2018 Frontier gets a measly 17 miles per gallon combined for city and highway. Although gas prices appear to be low for the time being, there's no guarantee it's going to last.
17 2018 Ford F-150 King Ranch
Below both the Limited and Platinum models lies the 2018 Ford F-150 King Ranch. It may not be as chromed out as its older Platinum brother, but it's more rugged and fit for those who like exploring. Through Edmunds' True Cost To Own pricing feature, the King Ranch could set back owners a whopping $60,000 when one adds up the cost of the car, insurance, gas, taxes and all those other unaccounted-for expenses, not to mention the depreciation that starts kicking in after the first year. With the history of recalls in the F-Series, if something comes up, owners may be stuck with it.
16 2018 GMC Sierra 1500 Denali
A 2018 Sierra 1500 Denali looks like the answer for those who want the perfect pickup truck. Plus, with a name like "Denali"—which means "great one"—expectations are sure to run pretty high. Sadly, the Denali comes in a lineup of Sierras that have had a troublesome run. According to AutoWise, as recent as the 2014, GMC Sierra 1500 models experienced issues with the headlights. There were cases where the headlights didn't light up the road properly, which is really a safety hazard, plain and simple. There are small quirks that can crop up in cars over the years, and then there are issues that threaten a driver's safety.
15 2018 Ssangyong Musso Saracen
The casual car fan may not have heard of Ssangyong Musso before. They have a pickup truck model called "Saracen" that's a standard offering.
Although it may look odd on the outside, the interior is quite spacious, though according to Autocar, the ride isn't the most pleasant when the bed is empty. Unless the driver is cruising on a flat surface, there's going to be what the reviewer describes as "shudder," even up front.
Despite having a capable 2.2-liter engine and some hauling skills, the drive alone may turn off drivers completely. As a result, it may render this car "undrivable" in a matter of 2-3 years.
14 2018 Ford F-150 Platinum
Although Fords sell well, there's a track record with F-150s. Although 2004 and 2005 weren't great model years for the lineup, it also suffered as recently as 2010. According to AutoWise, 2010 marked an issue in F-150s involving the rear window. It was susceptible to breaking without any clear trauma or impact occurring. Although it's random, where there's a potential risk, it's important to note the flaws affecting some models today. The 2004 and 2005 recalls had to do with the transmission and thankfully only affected a dozen or so vehicles. With the rear window, however, there's no exact number of how many were affected.
13 2018 Mercedes-Benz X-Class
When a heavy hitter like Mercedes-Benz enters the pickup truck market, many are watching from afar. Granted, there won't be any selling in the U.S., at least not yet.
Everything seems to point to the X-Class selling well, though it appears that as of July, according to CarAdvice, Mercedes-Benz issued a recall on the X-Class.
The outlet reports that the software appears to have an issue when displaying the tire pressure. While it's not exactly a cause for concern, it suggests a less-than-desirable kick off for the X-Class could indicate future woes lying just around the corner for owners.
12 2018 Ford F-150 Limited
There's a reason the Ford F-150s sell so well in the U.S. For one, buying one is buying a truck from one of the biggest automakers with a rich legacy. With some car purchases, it's best to go with a name you can trust. The F-150 Limited gets better MPG than its Platinum counterpart and comes with an impressive aesthetic. CNET reports, though, as of October 2017, that a recall affected 15,000 of the 2018 F-150s. It related to those with a six-speed automatic transmission issue. Then, a second recall came down, this time for another 15,000 2018 F-150s. For this instance, it was 10-speed transmissions they needed to fix. It would happen again with a third recall for 30 more F-150s, as reported in October 2017.
11 2018 Nissan Titan
The poor Nissan Titan. It's outclassed by most of the competition, especially in a market where full-size pickups are all the rage, though there's even more up against the Nissan Titan if a report by Oppositelock is to be believed. According to user AkursedX, the Nissan Titan loses half its value in a mere two years. That can't be good news to prospective buyers. The news isn't any better for the diesel 4x4 quad cab version either, which ostensibly loses even more value than the base model does. That makes this pickup a clear dud in value by the time 2020 rolls around.
10 2018 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 High Country
The 2007 Chevrolet Silverado wasn't one of the brighter model years for this lineup of vehicles.
As AutoWise notes, that year saw a major flaw come up in some with the 5.3-liter V8 motor.
Those ones ate through oil and even forced owners to refill on the go. The outlet reports that about every 1,000 miles, owners would have to put more oil in just to keep going. While it's about 10 years removed from that model, other issues in the past may manifest, including a rattling suspension and AC issues. The 2018 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 High Country may be susceptible to some of these flaws from past models.
9 2018 Ram 1500
There's a long history of recalls in the Ram 1500 model lineup. According to AutoWise, the models from 2001, 2002, and 2003 all had a slew of issues from engine and transmission problems to dashboards that cave in on themselves. Although Ram seems to have counter-corrected those mistakes with subsequent models, there are still issues today. Owners now complain about some of the electronic features like the radio and the infotainment system. This could result in a couple thousand dollars to replace these features if there's something wrong. Of course, they'll need to perform a diagnostic first (for $150), as AutoWise notes, before they can service it.
8 2018 Ford F-250 Super Duty Limited
There's something contradictory about a luxury pickup truck. Although it's nice to be comfortable and pampered while driving, it's not everyone's fancy while driving a rugged vehicle. Whatever one's preference may be, here's the 2018 Ford F-250 Super Duty Limited. As St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports, it's a monumental $80K. When one considers all that the Limited version comes with, though, is it worth the tens of thousands more? A couple years down the line, the suede, ash-wood accents, and leather steering wheel aren't going to cut it. Even the 6.7-liter engine may lose its luster in the years to come.
7 2018 Ram 1500 Limited Tungsten
Owners of a 2018 Ram 1500 Limited Tungsten will feel comfort like never before in this super luxury pickup.
The only problem is that's where all their money's going. While the base 2018 Ram 1500 starts a little below $30,000, as AutoTrader reports, the Limited Tungsten model is much more.
The Limited version starts at nearly $60,000, and that's without any of the other options. What do owners get for that much? There are some perks on the outside, like a Tungsten chrome grille. The inside has suede seats and actual wood accents. In the end, though, no matter how swanky it is, that's double the cost for something that's likely to show some wear in a couple of years.
6 2018 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD High Country
There's a lot to like about the 2018 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD High Country on the surface, except for maybe the monstrous price tag.
This one could easily set owners back close to $68K, though buyers beware: as AutoWise points out, the 2014 and 2015 Silverados had a host of problems that could rear their ugly head in these latest ones.
Shoddy paint jobs and a jittery suspension are just some of the issues that plagued some not-so-long-ago models. Although there's always a risk involved even with buying new cars, it may not be worth it with such a steep price.
5 2018 Ford F-450 Super Duty Limited
Right off the bat, it's worth addressing this truck's maddening price. As The Drive reports, the 2018 Ford F-450 Super Duty Limited is an astounding truck that manages to break into (take a deep breath) six-figures with add-on options. While it offers a 6.7-liter Powerstroke diesel engine and all the latest and greatest tech for comfort and entertainment, in past models, it had a history of "death wobbling." According to AutoWise, owners of the 2011 models noted episodes of violent shaking that originated from the suspension. While it's been some time, there's always a chance that could come back to haunt the 2018 models.
4 2018 Ram 3500 Laramie Longhorn
Right off the bat, the 2018 Ram 3500 Laramie Longhorn doesn't come cheap. It starts at a moderate $55,895. While the monthly payments are doable, they're not really a drop in the bucket either. Buyers should know, however, some of the issues that have occurred in past models. As AutoWise reports, the 2012 and 2013 models had suspension problems. There’re reports that violent, non-stop shaking can occur, even one that's called a "death wobble." It's worth noting that the issue didn't seem to manifest in 2014 and 2015 models, though it's worth mentioning that other models may still be at risk.
3 2018 Chevrolet Silverado 3500HD High Country
Just when it seemed like they couldn't top themselves, there's the 2018 Chevrolet Silverado 3500HD High Country to prove everyone wrong. This time, there's an extra pair of wheels on the back and slightly better towing power. So really, it's the same as the Silverado 2500HD but even more expensive. The Drive has this model starting at $69,065, which is going to make a lot of prospective buyers balk, especially when one considers the recent issues noted in the 2014 and 2015 Silverados detailed in the 2500HD entry above. For some, weighing the risk that issues could turn up from past iterations is too high to warrant such a price tag.
2 2018 Toyota Tundra 1794 Edition
It's hard to imagine putting a Toyota on this list. Although it's a bit of a stretch, the lineup of trucks known for going the distance hasn't been perfect. Really, what models have anyways? The 2018 Toyota Tundra 1794 Edition may be in a league of its own, however, starting at $47,280. According to AutoWise, there have been large-scale recalls of the Tundra models in 2000, 2001, 2002, and 2003. These, however, were much earlier generations, so some grace should be extended. Still, for as pricey as the 2018 Toyota Tundra 1794 Edition comes out to be, it's worth a second consideration.
1 2018 Toyota Tundra Platinum
To be honest, there doesn't seem to be much of a difference between the 1794 and Platinum versions of the 2018 Toyota Tundra. That makes this one a slight cheat. The price is even the same, with the difference mainly limited to the aesthetic look. Not only does this carry the lineage of those dreaded 2000 to 2003 models, as AutoWise reports, but also the 2005, 2006, 2007, and 2008 issues as well. Those years also saw recalls for the major automaker. There's little doubt the value of a Tundra will go down, though its functionality and performance are other issues entirely.
Sources: Kelley Blue Book, AutoWise, CarAdvice, CNET, AutoTrader, Edmunds