Most Reliable Trucks for 2023
Dependable trucks for all seasons.
The humble pickup truck has become an icon of American car culture, and it's really not hard to see why. Need a vehicle that can haul heavy loads day in, day out? Get yourself a truck. Need to tackle tough outdoor jobs in all weather and seasons? Get yourself a truck. Need something that can accompany you on any number of outdoor adventures, with room for all your camping equipment and the off-road capabilities to handle the roads less traveled with ease? Guess what—you'll need a truck.
With so many used trucks available on the market, you might be wondering which one is the ideal choice for you and your lifestyle. So to help out in your search, we've compiled this list of the top 7 most reliable used trucks for 2023 shoppers based on trucks with the highest reliability ratings from our partners at RepairPal.
Most Reliable Trucks
1. Toyota Tacoma
For the ultimate example of a truck that can handle pretty much anything you throw at it, look no further than the ultra-versatile Toyota Tacoma. For everyday practicality, 2016-2021 models offer a 2.7L four-cylinder engine as standard, and in 2WD configuration, it can achieve an EPA-estimated 23 mpg on the highway.2 For the tough jobs, pick the 3.5L V6 engine, which in 2WD configuration is capable of a maximum estimated towing capacity of 6,800 lbs when properly equipped.1
For 2018-2021 models, even the base SR trim packs in features like forward collision warning, automatic high beams, and adaptive cruise control as standard, whereas the luxury-orientated Limited trim includes leather upholstery, a sunroof, and a JBL® sound system. However, if you're hungry for adventure, take your pick from the TRD Sport, TRD Off-Road, and TRD Pro trims — all of which are focused purely on off-road performance.
Read more on RepairPal’s breakdown of the cost, frequency, and severity of repairs on the Toyota Tacoma.
2. GMC Canyon
The GMC Canyon is a great choice for when you have to tackle the tough jobs on the ranch in the afternoon, then cruise into the city for a night out in the evening. 2017-2020 models offer a choice of three engine options, including a 2.8L turbodiesel engine that provides strong pulling power with a maximum estimated towing capacity of 7,700 lbs when properly equipped.1 It also manages to achieve an EPA-estimated 30 mpg on the highway, making it incredibly practical.2
If you're after maximum comfort and style, pick the premium Denali trim on 2017-2020 models to get heated and ventilated front seats, a Bose® sound system, and special chrome 20-inch wheels. If you want to take your GMC Canyon off-road, pick the All-Terrain package available on 2015-2020 models, which includes special 17-inch wheels, hill descent control, and a rear-locking differential.
Read more on RepairPal’s breakdown of the cost, frequency, and severity of repairs on the GMC Canyon.
3. Nissan Frontier
If you're looking for a midsize truck that can handle a bit of everything, take a look at the Nissan Frontier. For carrying people and precious cargo, there's a choice of King Cab or crew cab configurations, and either a five-foot or 6.1-foot bed on 2017-2020 models. Need to tow your cargo instead? No problem. 2017-2019 models equipped with the 4.0L V6 engine or 2020-2021 models with the standard 3.8L V6 engine (both in two-wheel-drive configuration) can offer a maximum estimated towing capacity of 6,720 lbs when properly equipped.1
When you just want to head out on an adventure, there's the off-road focused PRO-4X trim available on models spanning as far back as 2009 right up to 2020, which includes features like off-road shocks, a locking rear differential, and skid plates.
Read more on RepairPal’s breakdown of the cost, frequency, and severity of repairs on the Nissan Frontier.
4. Honda Ridgeline
The 2017-2021 Honda Ridgeline is powered by a 3.5L V6 engine, which manages to be both powerful yet frugal: 280 horsepower and capable of an EPA-estimated 26 mpg on the highway.2 All-wheel drive is available as an option on all 2017-2020 models and standard on 2021 and newer Ridgeline models, giving you extra agility on rough terrain or slippery roads.
Additionally, you'll love the Honda Ridgeline's well-stacked feature list. On 2020 and newer models, even the base Sport trim includes creature comforts like tri-zone automatic climate control, Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ compatibility, and the Honda Sensing® driver convenience suite.
Read more on RepairPal’s breakdown of the cost, frequency, and severity of repairs on the Honda Ridgeline.
5. Ford Ranger
Like the Chevrolet Colorado, the Ford Ranger is a midsize truck that uses its smaller size to its advantage. The 2.3L four-cylinder EcoBoost® engine under the hood of all 2019-2021 models puts out 269 horsepower, and can not only achieve an EPA-estimated 26 mpg on the highway, but when combined with the available Trailer Tow package it even has an estimated maximum towing capacity of up to 7,500 lbs, when properly equipped.1,2
When you want to go on adventures far off the beaten track, the 2019-2021 Ford Ranger has several off-road-focused feature packages available. These include the FX4 Off-Road Package, which adds enhanced shocks and suspension, an electronic locking rear differential, and low-speed crawl control. Additionally, 2021 models add the Tremor trim level, with underbody protection and extra recovery hooks.
Read more on RepairPal’s breakdown of the cost, frequency, and severity of repairs on the Ford Ranger.
6. Chevrolet Colorado
Want the power and versatility of a full-size truck, but in a slightly smaller package? Take a look at the Chevrolet Colorado. This midsize truck is ideal for navigating busy city traffic, while still offering a lot of the benefits of its bigger cousins. 2017-2020 models have a choice of three engine options available, each with their own strengths. The standard 2.5L four-cylinder engine, producing 200 horsepower, can achieve an EPA-estimated 26 mpg on the highway in 2WD configuration.2
For maximum pulling power, though, the 2017-2020 models also offer a 2.8L Duramax® diesel engine, packing 369 lb-ft of torque and upping that maximum estimated towing capacity to 7,700 lbs when properly equipped.1
Read more on RepairPal’s breakdown of the cost, frequency, and severity of repairs on the Chevrolet Colorado.
7. Nissan Titan
If you're looking for a truck that fits the "powerful workhorse" criteria, the Nissan Titan could be a compelling choice for you. Under the hood of all 2017-2020 Titans is a 5.6L V8 engine, paired to a seven-speed automatic transmission (nine-speed on 2020 models) and with an output of 390 horsepower and 394 lb-ft of torque (400 hp and 410 lb-ft of torque on 2020 and newer models). All of this gives the Nissan Titan plenty of pulling power — 2020 and newer models have a maximum estimated towing capacity of around 9,300 lbs with the V8 engine when properly equipped.1
And with a roomy interior with 41.8 inches of front seat legroom and 24.8 inches of rear seat legroom on King Cab models, plus a host of driver convenience features like blind-spot monitoring and lane departure warning included as standard on 2020 and newer models, the Nissan Titan is a worthy choice for a hard-working daily driver.
Read more on RepairPal’s breakdown of the cost, frequency, and severity of repairs on the Nissan Titan.
No matter what you are looking for in your next used truck, be it a full-size powerhouse, a rugged utility vehicle, an off-road king, or even a mix of all of the above, there's one that is perfect for you and your lifestyle just waiting to be found.
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RepairPal Reliability Ratings
For this article we've pulled the top 7 most reliable trucks—in order—according to RepairPal rankings. RepairPal Reliability Ratings are based on the actual cost, frequency, and severity of unscheduled repairs and maintenance on make/model data for select 2006-2020 vehicles. The reliability of a specific vehicle may vary depending on its maintenance and driving history, model year, trim, and features. RepairPal Reliability Ratings are provided by RepairPal and CarMax is not responsible for their accuracy. These ratings and rankings are based on RepairPal Reliability data as of 3/21/2023. Learn more about RepairPal reliability ratings.