SUVs and pickup trucks are the talks of the town, and the trend seems to be growing with the passage of time. Initially, it was the US that had the craziest trend of SUVs and pickup trucks, but eventually, the trend is covering the whole world. From America to Asia, people are preferring to buy SUVs, crossovers, and pickup trucks. Companies have responded to this craze by cutting the production of traditional sedans and hatchbacks while increasing the production of larger vehicles.
Pickup trucks were traditionally used by the businesses, farmers, and the people who needed to tow and carry luggage on their rear beds. For the last two decades, people who do not even need to tow anything or use the pickup trucks for their intended purposes are buying them.
The main reason behind this trend is that people like the high seating position of these trucks and that gives them a sense of superiority and a clear view ahead. Although these vehicles consume a lot of fuel and have terrible fuel average the fact that fuel prices are nearly at their record low levels have made these pickup trucks even more appealing to the buyers.
Not every pickup truck is the same, some trucks have certain features that others do not have, while others lack the built quality necessary to ensure the long life of a truck that has to pass the test of going through rough terrains.
Here we will discuss some of the most reliable consumer reported pickup trucks reported by various authentic rating agencies such as J.D Power and Consumer reports.org. These trucks have passed the test of time and continue to prove that they are indestructible:
Toyota Revo also is known as Toyota Hilux Vigo is one of the most reliable pickup trucks in the world, it is literally indestructible. The word Toyota itself is synonymous with excellent built quality and reliability. The Revo comes in the category of small-sized pickup trucks, it is available with a diesel and a petrol engine. The small pickup truck has proven its worth in several countries in rough terrains as well as rally driving. Being a small-sized truck gives it the advantage of having a better fuel economy and easy maneuverability in congested spaces.
The Ford F-150 is the best-selling truck in the United States, and it has been around for quite some time. Apart from the recently introduced Eco-boost engines and the ten-speed automatic transmission, all its other variants have proven their reliability over time. It is one of the most capable pickup truck with a good towing capacity. It is offered in several variants and the price varies across the board. Recently, Ford has been teasing the launch of an all-electric F-150 truck that will be oriented towards the practical capabilities of a traditional truck.
When it comes to pickup trucks, Honda is often ignored because of its traditional bias towards sedans and hatchbacks. But Honda Ridgeline is one of the most underrated pickup trucks that usually don’t get the spotlight it deserves. The truck has consistently scored five-star ratings in terms of reliability and Honda continues to upgrade it with the passage of time. One of its unique features is its front-wheel-drive terrain and the nine-speed automatic gearbox.
Another underrated reliable pickup truck is the ISUZU D-max; the company is renowned for making excellent diesel engines and the D-max is based on the 3.0l turbo diesel engine of ISUZU with a towing capacity of 3.5 tons. The upcoming model of D-max is certainly aggressive looking and has enhanced safety features. It provides all the necessary features that one expects from a pickup truck, the only downside in its current model is its rather boring a low-quality interior.
Yet another Toyota pickup truck that is included in this list is the Toyota Tundra, the truck falls in the category of full-size pickup trucks and is based on the traditional platform of body on frame. The platform gives it solid off-roading capabilities, but rather an uncomfortable rider compared to its competitors. A 5.7l engine mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission drives the rear wheels of the truck and the drivetrain including the truck continues to be the king when it comes to reliability.
You may be surprised to see another pickup truck from Toyota being in this list, but it is true that the Tacoma is one reliable truck out there. The good build quality is evident from the fact that a Tacoma costs quite a bit higher than the Ford Ranger. It also costs more than a Ranger even in the secondhand market. The Tacoma comes with a 2.7l four-cylinder engine producing 159hp and an optional 3.5l V6 engine that pushes out 278hp. Towing capacity varies from 3500lbs to 6800lbs.
Ford ranger is one of the oldest pickup trucks by Ford motor company. The truck is a direct competitor to the Toyota Tacoma but is priced much lower compared to a Tacoma. While they do not last hundreds of thousands of kilometers like the Tacoma, they are pretty reliable when you look at their price. It is offered with a 2.3l turbocharged petrol engine pushing out 270hp and providing a decent towing capacity of 3500lbs. The 1990s Ford Rangers that are well taken care of are still selling at a good price because of their good reputation.
Though the newer Nissan Frontiers are notorious for breaking up over the course of time because of their Jatco transmission, the recent and older Frontiers have a reputation for being solidly built and reliable. People with budget constraints tend to buy the older models of these pickup trucks since they do not cost a fortune to buy and maintain and can be used for lightweight towing. But do not expect the same perks in these older trucks as you would expect from a newer truck.