If you ask most people to name the most reliable used full-size pickup trucks available, your answer boils down to brand loyalty. But Patterson Truck Stop is a truck dealership located in Texas that offers all makes. When Patterson’s truck specialist ranked the most reliable used full-size trucks of the past decade, they zeroed in on specific makes and models, each for a specific reason. These are the five most reliable used full-size pickup trucks of the last decade.
2013 ram 1500
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If you’re thinking about pickup trucks that are a full decade old, you’d have a hard time doing better than the Ram 1500. This full-size pickup won MotorTrend’s Truck of the Year award. Additionally, it was rated “Most Improved” in JD Power’s 2013 Reliability Ratings, with its score jumping an unprecedented 30%. According to the Patterson Truck Stop According to insiders, the major upgrades to the 2013 Ram 1500 include an all-new base engine, the 305-horsepower 3.6-liter “Pentastar” V6. In addition, it received a new eight-speed ZF automatic transmission for the V6 and HEMI V8 engines. It even received new projection headlights and an improved infotainment system. The result is an especially reliable full-size used pickup truck.
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2007-2012 Toyota tundra
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Toyota just introduced an all-new full-size Tundra pickup truck for the 2022 model year. This is good news for used truck buyers, as it makes old second-gen Tundras depreciate even faster. The 2007-2012 Tundra is an especially good deal, as these model years are undervalued now, but they won the JD Power Reliability Award. If you find a used Toyota with a 5.7-liter V8, you’ll get a six-speed automatic, a powertrain that proved so reliable in used trucks that Toyota continued to offer it through 2021.
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2015 Ford F-150
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Ford shocked the trucking world when it announced it would build every 2015 F-150 with aluminum body panels instead of stealing. Experts at Patterson Truck Stop point out that this choice shaves 700 pounds off the weight of the vehicle. The resulting truck was better at accelerating, stopping, driving and carrying large payloads. This even made possible an efficient 2.7-litre EcoBoost V6 engine. Aluminum panels dented more easily than steel panels. What’s more, if a previous owner had bolted steel replacement parts to the aluminum panels, they were at risk of corroding in the salty northern climates. Both the risk and reward of buying a 2015 Ford F-150 are high, so it may be worth having it inspected by an experienced mechanic before you invest.
2007-2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
In 2007, MotorTrend named the all-new Chevrolet Silverado 1500 its “Truck of the Year.” Since those days, the dependable Silverado has kept going. What is the secret why this used truck is so reliable? Instead of turbochargers or mild hybrid systems, most Silverados of this era shipped with one of several single pushrod V8s (options ranged from 4.8 liters to 6.2 liters).
2014-2017 GMC Sierra 1500
Because the GMC Sierra 1500 is mechanically identical to the Chevrolet Silverado 1500, you can’t go wrong with any used version of this half-ton made between 2007 and 2017. That said, the GMC Sierra earned some of the highest marks for quality since. 2014 thru 2017. This is because the GMC Sierra is technically a higher trim level version of the Silverado. This “professional grade” full-size pickup comes with more standard features. It costs a bit more when new, but often fetches the same price as the Silverado on the used market.
Read about the most often overlooked used truck options below or watch an explanation of which used trucks are the most reliable in the video below:
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