The Most Reliable Pickup Trucks in 2019 Consumer Reports Rankings

When you look at the most reliable vehicles since 2010, you won’t find pickup trucks represented much at all. The majority of the list is made up of small-to-midsize cars and SUVs, with the lion’s share built by Japanese automakers.

Pickup trucks have many more moving parts, go through more daily abuse, and cover more miles than those vehicles. As a result, you have more areas for criticism (e.g., towing packages) than you find in the average car. Looking back over the pickups rated most reliable over this decade, you find a mix of midsize, heavy-duty, and popular full-size models.

In the latest Consumer Reports survey of truck owners, there was a similar breakdown of the best among this vehicle type. These six pickups ranked highest in reliability for 2019. Included with each model are any areas where they showed weakness.

6. Ford F-150

2019 Ford F-150 Lariat | Ford

  • Reliability rating: Average
  • Biggest weaknesses: Power equipment, cabin electronics

Since the 2015 redesign, F-150 has mostly lived up to its “Ford Tough” billing. Among other things, that serves as an endorsement for the aluminum content in this vehicle. Powertrain, climate, suspension, and brake functions have been excellent, according to feedback from owners.

The only flaws reported in recent years were minor issues with power equipment (windows, locks, etc.) and in-car electronics (e.g., infotainment). Overall, Consumer Reports predicted average reliability for the 2019 F-150, which is good enough to rank it among the best.

5. Honda Ridgeline

2019 Honda Ridgeline | Honda

  • Reliability rating: Average
  • Biggest weaknesses: Climate system

From 2010-15, Honda Ridgeline ranked as the most reliable truck outside of full-size models. (It scored above average every year.) Since then, this model has rated average, though feedback has not identified a significant number of trouble spots.

According to owner feedback, some issues with the climate system were the most notable complaints of recent years. Overall, Ridgeline has ranked among most satisfying vehicles for owners, so it’s clear this model has met the expectations of buyers.

4. Nissan Frontier

2019 Nissan Frontier | Nissan

  • Reliability rating: Average
  • Biggest weaknesses: Body integrity, fuel system

Looking back over the decade, Nissan Frontier has posted as many strong reliability ratings as any compact or midsize truck. The only complaints from owners have centered around body integrity and the fuel system. Meanwhile, it remains the lowest-priced model on the market.

Since the Frontier hasn’t seen a redesign in over a decade, there’s no reason to expect its dependability to slip much for 2019. As a result, Consumer Reports predicted average reliability for this year’s model.

3. Ram 2500

2500 Laramie Longhorn “Ram Rodeo” Edition | Ram

  • Reliability rating: Average
  • Biggest weaknesses: Suspension, body integrity, cabin electronics

There are a few reasons for caution with Ram heavy-duty trucks. For starters, the 3500 edition ranked as the least reliable vehicle on sale in America for 2019. (Problems with the transmission, fuel system, drive system, and suspension prompted bad feedback.)

However, owners of the Ram 2500 edition told a different tale in recent years. The only issues centered around suspension and body integrity (2017 models). That feedback made Consumer Reports predict solid (average) reliability for 2019. That’s far better than the rating for any GM model.

2. Ford F-250

2019 Ford F-250 Lariat | Ford

  • Reliability rating: Average
  • Biggest weaknesses: Power equipment, in-car electronics, suspension

In the full-size pickup segment, average reliability ranks you among the best. That’s how Ford F-250 got near the top of the list for 2019. Predicted performance was slightly better than Ram 2500 and the F-150 for the upcoming year.

As far as problems go, owners cited some issues with cabin electronics, power functions, and suspension. (Cushy rides rarely come standard with heavy-duty trucks.) Overall, the consistency of F-250 throughout the decade earned it this rating for 2019.

1. Toyota Tundra

2019 Toyota Tundra | Toyota

  • Reliability rating: Above average
  • Biggest weaknesses: Cabin electronics

There’s only one pickup that consistently rates above average for reliability, and it’s the Toyota Tundra. This model has been that way the entire decade, which made it easy for Consumer Reports to predict another strong year in 2019.

However, that’s not to say it’s the best truck (far from it, in fact). Compared to the competition, Tundra ranked below-average for fuel economy. Meanwhile, its road-test score was way behind that of the Ford F-150 and Ram 1500.

But we’re strictly talking reliability here, and Tundra is in a class by itself. That’s at least one reason why it had such low depreciation over the years.

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