Trucks, in general, are produced to last a longer time than most cars are. There has been an age-old argument on why trucks last longer than normal cars. The arguments have been solid, and there's evidence to show that trucks do last longer with the same level of maintenance.
The primary reason could be that trucks are less complex in the design and that there aren't as many moving parts as you'd find in a vehicle. They also have minimal electrical components, which is a big problem with today's car when it comes to repairs.
The other argument is that trucks are mostly working vehicles and that the owners don't really focus on the looks. A new truck might not be different from an old one, as what's important is their purpose. That's why truck owners focus a lot on maintaining the vehicle because the functionality is what matters.
Some people could argue that the government is lenient with trucks when it comes to regulations. The engines are designed for work, and it can even last longer if it's not always pushed to the limit. Car manufacturers in the face of competition have started building cars that are meant to last. They have more power, are more efficient, and have a better-built quality. Even with the advent of new technology, trucks will still last a long time given that all variables are held constant. Here are 25 most reliable trucks you can gift yourself with.
25 Ford F-250 Super Duty
Ford vehicles are produced to last for years, and the F-250 Super Duty is no exception. The 3rd generation of the line has been updated with modern tech to keep up with the 21st-century driver. Under the hood, you get a 6.2-liter V8 engine and a 6-speed automatic as standard.
You can decide to upgrade and go for the 6.7-liter turbo-diesel V8, which can pull 925 feet of torque.
The F-250 was designed to be a work vehicle, but people still use it for daily driving. The towing capacity can be as much as 24,500 pounds. It comes in four configurations that are the crew cab, the super cab, the 8.0 ft beds, and the 6.75 ft beds. The prices start at $34,000 for this truck, and you can be sure it'll last more than a decade if it's well maintained.
24 Chevrolet Suburban
There's a reason why the Chevrolet Suburban has been one of General Motors's most profitable vehicles ever since it was launched. It all boils down to reliability and consistency over the years. The nameplate first appeared after the World War I and is the longest in continuous production. The GMC version was changed to the GMC Yukon XL.
The 2018 model is ranked 4th in the SUV segment and 14th in SUVs with 3 rows. The Chevrolet Suburban is traditionally known to offer plenty of seating and cargo space. A lot of the Suburbans that were manufactured more than 10 years ago are still on the road, some of them cloaking more than 500,000 miles on the odometer. A new 2018 model could cost you up to 50 grand.
23 Chevrolet Tahoe
The Chevrolet Tahoe sold two different versions of the SUV in the early '90s. The Tahoe is not only reliable but has also received accolades from the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety for being one of the best vehicles in its class. The Tahoe also won the 'Truck of the Year Award' by Motor Trend magazine in 1996. It came with a standard engine with a 5.7-liter V8 powertrain.
The 1st generation was made for reliability, and you'll find a couple of Tahoes from back in the day that have managed 200,000+ miles on the odometer.
It wasn't up until the 3rd generation that Chevy started focusing on more advanced technology. They introduced StabiliTrak, which offered more stability on the road.
22 Ram 2500
The Ram line of trucks was first introduced to the world in 1932, and the name was used by Dodge trucks. Ram trucks are one of the most reliable trucks on the road today. The truck was named '' Truck of The Year'' by Motor Trends a record 5 times from 1994 to 2013.
1994 saw the redesigning of the whole line. This saw sales jumping from 95,542 in 1993 to 232,096 in 1994. It was an upward trend from there up to 1996. The most powerful engine offering at that time was a 5.8-liter turbo-diesel V8 engine. The fourth generation produced between 2009 and 2014 has also become popular among consumers. It has a little bit more of the reliability that was found in the first generation.
21 Ford F-150
This is another great truck from Ford. The F-150 was the predecessor to the F-250. The truck has been one of the best-selling vehicles in the US, which goes to show its legendary capabilities. There have been a couple of versions over the years. The earliest one was launched in 1948. The 9th generation, which was produced between 1992 and 1997, had a paradigm shift in terms of the exterior design.
The F-150 was designed for power and heavy-duty assignments and could tow up to 11,300 pounds.
The F-150 is a great car to buy even if it's a second hand. If you're looking for one that'll last until the next decade or so, go for that which was produced between 2009 and 2014.
20 Lincoln Navigator
The Lincoln Navigator is a versatile truck and can be used as a family car or for work. Of all of Lincoln's production line, the Navigator is the heaviest ever built. The first generation came out in 1998 and had a 5.4-liter V8 engine and could produce up to 230 hp.
The second generation was produced between 2003 to 2006, and more than 90% of these vehicles as still running up to today. The 2003 exterior was a total refresh, and it looked like a luxury SUV. The interior had a dual-cockpit layout, which was a first for a Lincoln vehicle. You can get the 2nd generation Navigator cheap, but you'll have to contend with the mileage. You can drive it for a couple more years, though, since it's a Lincoln Navigator.
19 Lexus GX
Lexus is known more for producing luxury sporty vehicles, and the GX was a statement to the world that the company could also do a reliable truck.
The GX was first introduced to the market as a luxury SUV in 2002. It was only the 3rd SUV to be ever produced by Lexus at that time. The company wanted to compete in the SUV niche, with luxury being their value proposition. The car came standard with a 5-speed automatic transmission and a 4.7-liter V8 engine.
The 2018 model doesn't come cheap, as it starts at $52,000. The cabin features and the handling might be too rough for someone who's just looking for luxury. This is a truck meant for off-road and heavy lifting. The luxury is just an additional package. The car can fit 7, which makes it a perfect choice for a big family.
18 Ford Explorer
The Ford Explorer is currently in its fifth generation, with the first one coming out in 1991. It was designed to succeed the Ford Bronco II and was sold as both a 2-door and a 4-door. If you're on a budget and you've decided to buy a Ford Explorer, the 2003 sports variant comes highly recommended.
The Explorer is the car that made the SUV popular. The new 2017 version has a V6 engine that can produce up to 365 hp.
It can also seat 7 comfortably. The base trim starts at $32,985. The interior is also class-leading for a car that's built for performance and reliability. There's a central touchscreen that's ergonomically arranged with a dashboard that's soft-touch plastic. The doors sound nice and solid when they're shut.
17 Toyota Sequoia Limited
The name might not be popular, but the Toyota Sequoia is one of the most reliable trucks to have been produced by the Japanese car manufacturer. The car was introduced in 2010 and was targeting the American market, as the main plant was at Princeton, Indiana.
The Sequoia was meant to fill the gap between the Toyota Land Cruizer and the Toyota 4Runner. The Sequoia is currently the largest truck being produced by Toyota in North America and Canada.
The Sequoia shares a lot of parts with the Toyota Tundra pickup, which is also a reliable truck produced by Toyota. Even if you buy a 2010 model, you can be sure of a getting a reliable truck that'll last for a long time.
16 Toyota Tundra
The Sequoia borrowed the chassis and the dashboard from the Tundra, which is a statement of stellar workmanship and engineering. The Tundra was among the first full-size pickups to be built in America by a Japanese car manufacturer.
The first generation had a 3.4-liter V6 engine, which was similar to that found in the Toyota T100 and the Tacoma. It could produce up to 282 hp and came in a 5-speed manual or a 4-speed automatic transmission.
It had a 3-style body chassis. Customers could choose a 2-door regular cabin, a 4-door access cab, and the 4-door double cab. The car is still running up to today, with some owners recording 325,000 miles for a car that was produced between 2001 and 2007.
15 Chevrolet Silverado
The Chevrolet Silverado has been in production since 1998 and shares a lot mechanically with the GMC Sierra. The first generation of the Silverado did look good to the eye despite it being designed for reliability. Most of the Silverados that were produced can easily go more than 200,000 miles in their lifetime.
If you're looking for a 2nd-hand Silverado, then I would recommend the 2006 model, which was the last year for the car to be produced. It will be very difficult getting a Silverado with low mileage because it's been 11 years since the last unit. The heavy-duty light truck produced between 2000 and 2007 has a 6.0-liter Vortec V8 engine and can produce 348 hp at 5,200 rpm.
14 GMC Sierra
The GMC Sierra can be seen as a more upmarket version of the Chevrolet Silverado. If you look beneath, you'll find that the two trims share a lot in terms of performance and reliability. The CMC Sierra makes up a chunk of the number of vehicles still on the road with 200,000+ miles in odometer reading. The newer models are definitely going to last longer, given the advancements in automobile technology.
The new model boasts of a V6 engine with 285 hp for the base trim and a V8 engine with 420 hp for the upgraded trim.
There's no big difference between the Chevrolet Silverado and the GMC Sierra other than the outward fascia. Getting a new GMC Sierra will cost you upwards of $30,000 for a base trim.
13 Dodge Durango
The first generations of the Dodge Durango also happen to be the most reliable. The car was first introduced to the market in 1997, and the first generation was produced up to 2003. The first-generation models are still alive up to this day and require little repair and maintenance.
When it was first launched, the Dodge Durango had a 3.9-liter Magnum V6 engine. The 7-seater could tow 7,500 lbs, which was excellent for an SUV at that time. There have been a couple of changes over the years as you'd expect in a vehicle manufacturer.
The new 2018 Dodge Durango has a starting price of $29,995, which is a bargain, given the power and reliability you'll be getting. A new one can probably go for 20 years, judging by the history of the vehicle.
12 Ford Expedition
More than 3% of the surviving cars on the road are Ford Expeditions. The Expedition competes with the GMC and the Sierra when it comes to cargo capacity. It's also one of Ford's longest-lasting production cars, as it's still being produced today since 1997.
The entire production cycle has been derived from the F-150, from its body parts to its mechanical components. There hasn't been a lot of tweaking in the reliability department, but the truck does get an exterior facelift with the launch of every new model.
There are some Ford Expedition models that offered 9 passenger seats, which hasn't been possible for the majority of car manufactures up to now. The ControTrac system is one of the new features introduced in the Ford Expedition, and it provides better handling and stability on rough terrains.
11 Toyota Tacoma
The list wouldn't be complete without the inclusion of the Toyota Tacoma. The Toyota Sequoia shares a lot of mechanical and chassis components with Tacoma, and that's why it's also a reliable vehicle.
The Toyota Tacoma has been manufactured in the US by the Japanese company since 1995 and is one of their best-selling trucks in North America.
The Tacoma was first introduced to the US market in 1995 and was meant to replace the Toyota Hilux. The first model to be ever produced featured a 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine, which could produce up to 142 hp. The 200,000-mile target isn't an issue for the Toyota Tacoma. There are some that have already passed the 300,000-mile milestone, and the trucks continue to be sturdy and reliable on the road.
10 Toyota 4Runner
The Toyota 4Runner, popularly known as the "Toyota Surf," has been in production since 1984. It's one of Toyota's longest-lasting production compact SUVs. The Toyota 4Runner was voted as one the longest-lasting vehicles by Iseecars.com in 2016.
The platform has been borrowed from the Tacoma. Getting a 4Runner will save you the hassle of going to the mechanic from time to time. The newer models look better and offer much more when it comes to performance. What remains to be seen is whether they'll last as long as the first generation.
The 2017 model has a base price of $35,605. It has a 4.0-liter V6 engine that produces 270 hp. It has a top speed of 114 mph and can go from 0 to 60 in 7.5 seconds.
9 Ram 1500
Any Ram truck is a good truck, and the 1500 is no different, except it lasts longer than the other models. The Ram 1500 was the predecessor of the 2500 and was in production from 1993 to 2001. What makes it such a reliable truck is the built quality and the longevity.
There are owners who claim to have managed 400,000 miles, the vehicles still working like a charm.
The company resurrected the Ram 1500, and the 2019 version is everything you'd ever want in a truck. The interior is that of a high-end luxury car, and you can buy the Ram 1500 specifically for daily driving. The price starts at $28,490 for a basic trim. It comes with a 5.7-liter V8 with a total output of 395 hp.
8 Jeep Grand Cherokee
Anyone who's owned a Jeep Grand Cherokee knows how reliable it is. The car has been produced since 1993 and is one of America's best vehicles of all time. Jeep Grand Cherokee owners are always boasting of the mileage they've covered with ridiculously low maintenance costs.
There are new models of the vehicle every year, and the one thing that Jeep has made a constant and a priority is reliability.
The first model that was released was available in 3 different trims. To be on the safe side in terms of mileage, it's recommended you buy from the 3rd generation going upwards. Jeep owners take pride in the mileage of their vehicles. If you have the money, you can go for a brand-new Jeep Cherokee, which could probably last your lifetime.
7 Ford Ranger
If we've learned anything from the list so far, it's that you can never go wrong with Ford if you're looking for a long-lasting vehicle. The First Ford Ranger American model was introduced in 1983. What makes the Ford Ranger unique is that for 29 straight years, the car has had the same chassis design. Ford must've found something that worked and decided to stick with it for over 3 generations. The Ford Ranger took a Hiatus in 2012 and is scheduled to return in 2019 with a more powerful truck.
The 2007 to 2012 trims would be ideal if you're looking for a second-hand car that'll be good for the next 10 years. Maintenance costs are low, and you won't need another vehicle for a long time to come.
6 Toyota Hilux
My first memories of a truck involved the Toyota Hilux. For a millennial born in the '90s, there aren't so many cars they can identify with. The Hilux was popular not only in the United States but also in Asia and Africa. One of the main reasons it was adored all over the world is the simple built quality and the reliability. You could choose either a chassis cab or a pickup, but most people choose the latter. The first generation was produced between 1968 and 1972 and was assembled in Tokyo Japan.
The latest truck represents the 8th generation of the Toyota Hilux that's been manufactured to be the toughest mass-production car in the world. Toyota has made it more comfortable, but the toughness and reliability still endure.
5 Jeep Cherokee
The Jeep Cherokee had to be on the list; it was just a question of which number. The one that truly stands out is the Jeep Cherokee XJ, which was produced between 1983 to 2001. Anyone who bought the Cherokee during this period knew what they were getting. Most of the trucks are still running today, with some reaching 300,000 and counting with very little repair and maintenance going on. The car has since evolved from being a compact SUV to being a full crossover SUV.
The ruggedness has still been maintained even with the new trims, which have more power under the hood. The base price for the 2019 model will start at $25,190. The V6 engine produces 271 hp, and the car has a top speed of 119 mph.
4 Honda Ridgeline
The Honda Ridgeline has been described as a lifestyle pickup and is produced by the American subsidiary of Honda. Honda isn't known to produce trucks. The Ridgeline was their second attempt at the vertical. The other truck Honda has produced is the Honda Acty mini-truck. Honda deserves praise because they did a superb job with the Ridgeline. In fact, it's been one of the most reliable trucks ever since it was launched in 2012.
The 2012 Honda Ridgeline is the perfect choice if you're not able to afford a new one and want a truck that will grow old with you. The new model has a 3.5 V6 powertrain and is available in 6 different trims. The 2018 model is ranked number 1 in the compact-pickup-truck segment, according to Car News.
3 Nissan Frontier
The Nissan Frontier has had a successful stint in Europe and Asia for almost 2 decades now. There were two generations available when it first launched in 1997. There were the D40 and the D22, which was targeting the American market. However, the D22 was never sold in Japan after 2002.
When you compare it with other vehicles on the list, you'll find it's slightly bigger than the GMC and smaller than the Toyota Tacoma. There was a complete redesign in 2005, but the 4-wheel still came as an option, which infuriated a lot of people who wanted to buy the Nissan Frontier.
It came with a 2.5 four-cylinder engine, which had an output of 154 hp. The truck is able to tow up to 6,500 pounds. The Nissan Frontier should be one of your top considerations if you're looking for a used truck to buy.
2 Chevrolet Colorado
The Chevrolet brand, on its own, has won numerous awards for dependability. There's nothing as embarrassing and as stressful as your car breaking down in the middle of the highway. The Chevrolet Colorado is one of the few vehicles that'll never let you down. It's named after the state of Colorado, which is a sign of what to expect.
The first generation was produced in 2003, and the majority of the vehicles are still running, some reporting over 300,000 miles.
The car was discontinued in 2012, as there was no longer an interest in small trucks, but it made a comeback in 2015. A used Colorado is a good bargain, given that the company is still producing the mid-size truck.
1 Chevrolet Avalanche
The Chevrolet Avalanche was discontinued in 2013 but still remains one of the most reliable trucks ever built. The car is based on the same platform as the Chevy Suburban. The car is unique in the sense that the cab wall can be removed and the rear seats folded to provide extra cargo space.
The Avalanche has a 5.3L V8 engine, which can produce up to 320 hp. The 2013 model can manage a payload of 1,231 lb and can tow up to 8,000 lbs. If you want a truck with passenger capacity and with the practicality of an SUV, the Chevrolet Avalanche is your best bet. Look for a 2009-2013 Avalanche. They don't cost a fortune, and you'll be buying reliability and longevity combined.
Sources: wikipedia.org; fueleconomy.gov; caranddriver.com