The Pickup Trucks With the Worst Reliability Ratings for 2019

When you go into a dealership looking for a new truck, there’s plenty a salesman can tell you about a particular model.  He’ll have the horsepower numbers on every 2019 Ford F-150, the towing capacities of the new Ram 1500, and pricing for each Chevy Silverado trim. Those things are undisputed.

Yet no salesman will pull out details from thousands of owners on how that truck performed over the past year. For that type of inside information, you have turn to Consumer Reports reliability ratings. Every year, these rankings offer the type of insight you just can’t find anywhere else.

For 2019, the automaker asked over 500,000 owners how their vehicles fared in everyday use. That feedback, combined with performance from previous years, makes up the latest rankings for pickups. Here are the seven models that scored the worst in reliability following the latest survey.

7. Chevrolet Colorado

2019 Chevrolet Colorado | General Motors

  • Reliability: Below average
  • Trouble spots: Transmission, fuel system

When the Chevy Colorado reappeared for 2015, owners reported issues with the climate system, suspension, and fuel system. In the following years, some of those problems have lingered. Hence Colorado’s below-average reliability prediction for 2019.

For 2017 and 2018, this model was among the very worst pickup trucks for reliability. It only improved slightly for the coming year.

6. GMC Canyon

2019 GMC Canyon | General Motors

  • Reliability: Below average
  • Trouble spots: Fuel system and transmission

As the Chevy Colorado goes, so goes the GMC Canyon. This more upscale GM truck also comes off of two years with the poorest reliability ratings a pickup could get. With that recent past, it was almost a given Consumer Reports would rate it below average for 2019.

In the past few years, owners have reported trouble with the transmission, fuel system, and cabin electronics. But that’s only naming issues that were widespread. If you check on Canyon’s reliability page from 2018, you find trouble in nearly all of the 17 areas considered in the Consumer Reports survey.

5. Nissan Titan

2019 Nissan Titan | Nissan

  • Reliability: Below average
  • Trouble spots: Engine (minor), body integrity

After its 2017 redesign, the Nissan Titan got solid road-test scores from Consumer Reports testers. However, this model never inspired confidence on the reliability front.

Problem areas included auxiliary engine components (belts, pulleys, mounts) and body integrity (leaks, cracks). These issues kept Titan down among the worst pickups following the latest survey.

On a scale of 1-100, Titan’s predicted reliability for 2019 was 28%. Stacked against the competition, that put Nissan’s truck well behind Ford and Ram 2500 models and completely out of Toyota Tundra’s league.

4. Toyota Tacoma

2019 Toyota Tacoma | Toyota

  • Reliability: Below average
  • Trouble spots: Transmission (minor), drive system

As the compact pickup from the industry’s most reliable mainstream brand, Tacoma ought to be a safe bet for 2019. However, Consumer Reports surveys revealed multiple problems since the 2016 redesign. Now in its fourth year, Tacoma landed its second consecutive below-average rating after two years among the worst small pickups.

Among the issues reported, transmission trouble might be the most worrisome for truck buyers. (Rough shifting and a slipping transmission fall under this category.) Meanwhile, drivetrain issues were also noteworthy.

3. Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD

2018 Silverado 2500 HD White LTZ Custom Sport Crew Cab towing John Deere Compact Track Loader with a Big Tex Trailer. Towing 11,485 pounds (total weight of trailer and equipment combined).

Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD | General Motors

  • Reliability: Poor
  • Trouble spots: Powertrain, cabin electronics, fit and finish

When you land among the vehicles ranking worst for reliability, it’s officially a bad year. That’s where the Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD found itself following the 2019 survey. Problems turned up everywhere.

At the risk of simplifying what is a long list, we’ll just say fuel system and body integrity issues prompted the most negative feedback from owners. Meanwhile, transmission and drive system issues should also not be ignored.

2. GMC Sierra 2500HD

2019 GMC Sierra 2500HD | General Motors

  • Reliability: Poor
  • Trouble spots: Body integrity, transmission, fuel system

As the GMC counterpart to the Silverado, the Sierra 2500HD shares the strengths and weaknesses of its counterpart. Owners have reported a number of issues with these models in recent years. Among them, trouble with the fuel system, minor transmission components, and body integrity stand out.

The latest poor predicted reliability rating from Consumer Reports makes four straight years for the Sierra 2500HD. Overall, its score (16%) was one of the year’s very worst.

1. Ram 3500

2018 Ram 3500 Heavy Duty Night | Ram

  • Reliability: The worst
  • Trouble spots: Suspension, transmission, fuel system, steering, engine

Out of all the cars and trucks on the U.S. market, Consumer Reports named the Ram 3500 the least reliable vehicle you can buy. Though the list of problems with this truck is lengthy, we’ll do out best to mention them here.

On the mechanical front, owners reported trouble with the suspension, steering, fuel system, and transmission. As for fit and finish, body integrity represented another sore spot for the Ram 3500.

Though this is a powerful truck built solely for work, consumers may want to consider the other options out there with the same capability. At the very least, you should go into the purchase expecting some trouble — and visits to the service center — for as long as you own it.

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