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Built for the toughest jobs.

Most Reliable Trucks | CarMax

Does your to-do list warrant a mighty pickup to get your jobs done? Whether for home, work, the farm, or campsite, a truck is a motivated companion.

Most Reliable Trucks: RepairPal | CarMax

To help you on your search, we've compiled this list of the 12 most reliable trucks for 2020 shoppers, based on RepairPal reliability ratings. RepairPal's ratings are based on the actual cost, frequency, and severity of unscheduled repairs and maintenance on make/model data for select 2010–2019 vehicles. The reliability of a specific vehicle may vary depending on its maintenance and driving history, model year, trim, and features.1 To determine these rankings, each year RepairPal examines repair tickets from over 2,000 auto repair shops in the U.S. Each vehicle’s dependability is rated by averaging data from millions of actual auto shop invoices. While repair cost plays a part in the rating, having a higher average cost does not necessarily mean a vehicle is less reliable. For example, parts and labor for a luxury vehicle may be more expensive, but if the severity of the repair and number of trips to the shop are minimal, that can positively impact a car’s reliability rating. This list shows a snapshot of RepairPal’s highest rated trucks, while many other trucks are also highly rated as reliable.

Read on to see if your favorite truck made the list, or discover a few new ideas to take along on your truck shopping trip.

  1. Ford F-150
  2. Toyota Tundra
  3. Chevrolet Silverado 1500
  4. GMC Sierra 1500
  5. Nissan Titan
  6. Toyota Tacoma
  7. Ram 1500
  8. Honda Ridgeline
  9. Chevrolet Colorado
  10. Ford Ranger
  11. GMC Canyon
  12. Nissan Frontier



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Ford F-150

Most Reliable Trucks: Ford F150 | CarMax

Whether you need a hard-working half-ton or a family-friendly pickup, the Ford F-150 offers a multitude of configurations. The 2017–2019 models feature a plethora of engines and three cabs (Regular, SuperCab, and SuperCrew), along with three box lengths (5.5 feet, 6.5 feet, and 8 feet) and seven trims. If you haul heavy loads, the 2017–2019 F-150 with the 375-hp turbocharged 3.5L V6 packs a punch with an estimated towing capacity of 13,200 lbs., when properly equipped.2 Standard features on the base 2017–2019 XL start with:

  • 17-inch steel wheels
  • Manual-folding sideview mirrors
  • Vinyl flooring
  • 4.2-inch display in center stack

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Toyota Tundra

Most Reliable Trucks: Toyota Tundra | CarMax

Craving V8 power? The Toyota Tundra will satiate your hunger with two potent engines. The 2017–2019 Tundra SR and SR5 trims feature a 310-hp 4.6L V8 with 327 lb-ft of torque, while higher trims use a 381-hp 5.7L V8 with 401 lb-ft of torque. When properly equipped on 2017–2019 models, the 5.7L V8 can tow an estimated 10,200 lbs.2 If you like to off-road, the 2019 Tundra TRD Pro's 2.5-inch FOX® Internal Bypass shocks and two extra inches of front lift are designed to make easy work of rugged terrain. Prefer premium features? Check out the 2017–2019 Limited with:

  • 20-inch alloy wheels
  • Power sliding rear window
  • Leather upholstery
  • Entune™ audio system with navigation

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Chevrolet Silverado 1500

Most Reliable Trucks: Chevrolet Silverado 1500 | CarMax

Do you care about interior space as much as you do capability? The 2017–2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500's crew cab includes full-size rear doors and 40.9 inches of rear-seat legroom on 2017–2018 models, so your passengers can get in and ride comfortably. Opt for the available 420-hp 6.2L V8 (2017–2018 LTZ and High Country trims) and you'll be able to tow an estimated 12,500 lbs, when properly equipped.2 Bed choices include a standard 6.5-foot bed on 2017–2019 models, or there's an available eight-foot bed for longer loads. Standard features on the 2017–2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LTZ include:

  • 18-inch aluminum wheels
  • Heavy-duty automatic locking rear differential
  • LED foglamps
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control

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GMC Sierra 1500

Most Reliable Trucks: GMC Sierra 1500 | CarMax

The GMC Sierra 1500 is a tireless workhorse that just saw a redesign in 2019. The fourth-generation (2019 and newer) ushers in more engine options, including a 310-hp 2.7L turbocharged four-cylinder and a 277-hp 3.0L turbodiesel V6. Base 2017–2019 Sierra 1500s start with a standard 285-hp 4.3L V6 that can tow an estimated 7,600 lbs. when properly equipped.2 With its compliant ride and quiet cabin, the Sierra 1500 makes a great daily driver. Standard features on the 2017–2019 SLT include:

  • 18-inch aluminum wheels
  • LED taillamps
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Eight-inch touchscreen display

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Nissan Titan

Most Reliable Trucks: Nissan Titan | CarMax

At number eight on RepairPal’s list of most reliable truck ratings is the Nissan Titan. Sporting an upscale interior, a well-balanced ride, and a 390-hp 5.6L V8, the 2017–2019 Nissan Titan deserves a coveted spot in your driveway. This half-ton offers numerous configurations with five trim levels, three bed lengths, and three cab styles for 2017–2019 models. There's even a PRO-4X trim on 2017–2019 Titans that comes standard with 4x4, Hill Descent Control, and Bilstein® mono-tube shocks for off-road confidence. Prefer sticking to main roads? Check out the 2017–2019 SL, which includes:

  • 20-inch aluminum-alloy wheels
  • Running boards
  • Utili-track® Bed Channel System
  • Leather upholstery

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Toyota Tacoma

Most Reliable Trucks: Toyota Tacoma | CarMax

The Toyota Tacoma is a compact truck built for fun. All 2017–2019 models have a strong foundation with high-strength steel in the frame and hot-stamped, ultra-high-strength steel in the body. A double-wishbone coil-spring front suspension and a leaf spring rear suspension with staggered outboard-mounted gas shocks (2017–2019 models) help the Tacoma glide on- and off-road. Engines include a 159-hp 2.7L four-cylinder on the 2017–2019 SR and SR5 or a 278-hp 3.5L V6 on higher trims. The base 2017–2019 SR comes standard with:

  • 16-inch steel wheels
  • Sliding rear window
  • Fabric-trimmed seats
  • Bluetooth® connectivity

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Ram 1500

Most Reliable Trucks: Ram 1500 | CarMax

The Ram 1500 is an excellent choice if you want a truck with a cushioned ride. 2017–2019 models come standard with a five-link coil-spring rear suspension system with twin-tube shocks and there's an available self-leveling air suspension system for added dampening. All 2017–2019 Ram 1500s start with a 305-hp 3.6L V6 at the base level, but higher trims offer a 395-hp 5.7L V8 that can tow an estimated 12,750 lbs. when properly equipped (2019 models).2 Standard features on the 2017–2019 Laramie include:

  • LED tail-lamps
  • Leather upholstery
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • 10-speaker audio system

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Honda Ridgeline

Most Reliable Trucks: Honda Ridgeline | CarMax

RepairPal ranked the Honda Ridgeline as the fifth most reliable truck on its list. Love to tailgate? The Honda Ridgeline does too. 2017–2019 RTL-E and higher trims come standard with a Bluetooth-enabled truck bed audio system so you can enjoy your tunes before the game. A standard dual-action tailgate swings to the side or lowers for easy access and there's a lockable In-Bed Trunk® to secure your belongings (2017–2019 models). Power flows from 280-hp 3.5L V6 on all 2017–2019 Ridgelines, while the unibody construction and fully independent suspension ensure a well-balanced ride. Other standard features on the 2017–2019 Honda Ridgeline RTL-E include:

  • 18-inch alloy wheels
  • Driver seat with two-position memory
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Blind-spot information system with cross-traffic monitor

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Chevrolet Colorado

Most Reliable Trucks: Chevrolet Colorado | CarMax

The Chevrolet Colorado is a midsize truck that's easy to maneuver through busy cities and construction sites. 2017–2019 models offer extended-cab and crew-cab body styles with two bed lengths (short and long) so you can carry what you need to. If you're conscious about your gas mileage, 2017–2019 LT and higher trims offer an available Duramax® 2.8L turbocharged four-cylinder diesel that returns an EPA-estimated 30 mpg highway.3 It's not short on muscle either. When properly equipped, the 2017–2019 2.8L can tow an estimated 7,700 lbs.2 Standard features on the Chevrolet Colorado LT include (2017–2019 models):

  • 17-inch metallic-painted cast-aluminum wheels
  • Power-adjustable manual-folding sideview mirrors
  • Cruise control

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Ford  Ranger

Most Reliable Trucks: Ford Ranger XL | CarMax

Returning in 2019, the Ford Ranger is a small pickup with a big personality. The 2019 offers SuperCab and SuperCrew styles, three trim levels (XL, XLT, Lariat), and many driver-assist features. All 2019 Rangers use a 270-hp turbocharged 2.3L four-cylinder with 310 lb-ft of torque. When properly equipped, the 2.3L can tow an estimated 7,500 lbs. and carry an estimated payload capacity of 1,860 lbs.2 If you like to get dirty, the FX4 Off-Road package is a must-have with an electronic-locking rear axle, terrain management system, and crawl control. Standard features on the 2019 Ford Ranger XL include:

  • 16-inch silver steel wheels
  • Black front tow hooks (4x4 models)
  • Rearview monitor with hitch assist
  • SYNC® infotainment system with 4.2-inch display

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GMC Canyon

Most Reliable Trucks: GMC Canyon SLE | CarMax

The GMC Canyon has an agile body that can handle the city and off-beaten path. With two- and four-passenger extended-cab options and a five-seat crew-cab, the 2017–2019 Canyon can carry your team or family. If you need to pull a boat, the 2017–2019 Canyon's available 2.8L four-cylinder turbo-diesel (SLE and higher trims) can tow an estimated 7,700 lbs., when properly equipped.2 An optional EZ-Lift and Lower tailgate (2017–2019 SLE and higher trims) also makes loading fishing gear easy. Standard features on the 2017–2019 GMC Canyon SLT include:

  • 18-inch aluminum wheels
  • Leather-appointed front buckets seats
  • Four-way power-adjustable front seats
  • Heated front seats

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Nissan Frontier

Most Reliable Trucks: Nissan Frontier | CarMax

Leading RepairPal’s ranking list of the most reliable trucks is the Nissan Frontier. For around home or the shop, the Nissan Frontier is a midsize pickup with a strong worth ethic. 2017-2019 models are available in a four-door crew cab or extended cab with five-foot and 6.1-foot box lengths. A 152-hp 2.5L four-cylinder comes standard on S and SV (2017-2019 models) or there's a 261-hp 4.0L V6 on higher trims. With an estimated 6,710-lb. towing capacity on 2017-2018 models, when properly equipped, the 4.0L can pull your toys, too.2 All 2017-2019 Frontiers also include an independent double-wishbone front suspension and multi-leaf rear suspension for a supple ride. Standard features on the 2017-2019 Nissan Frontier SL include:

  • 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels
  • Utili-track Bed Channel System
  • Factory-applied spray-on bedliner
  • 5.8-inch touchscreen display with navigation

So which truck model grabs your attention? With so many capable options featured on RepairPal’s list, there's a truck to suit just about any type of job. Take a few models for a test drive, and you’re sure to find your perfect truck for the long haul.

1RepairPal Reliability Ratings are provided by RepairPal and CarMax is not responsible for their accuracy. These ratings are based on RepairPal Reliability data as of 09/01/2020. Learn more at www.carmax.com/repairpal-reliability.
2Various factors may impact towing capacity, including weight of passengers, cargo, and options/accessories.
3Fuel economy figures are based on EPA estimates for when vehicle sold as new. Fuel economy may vary for reasons like driving conditions and vehicle history. Unless specified, figures are for vehicles equipped with an automatic transmission. See fueleconomy.gov. 
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