10 Most Reliable Used Pickup Trucks In 2024 - SUV VEHICLE

10 Most Reliable Used Pickup Trucks In 2024


When owning a pickup truck, whether that’s because you want a pickup to use off-road, towing, hauling, for work, or just because you like them, the last thing you want is for it to be breaking down all the time instead of trucking on. If you are thinking that your old truck has seen better days and are looking at buying a used pickup truck in 2024, you want to make sure that you find a pickup that is dependable, keeps on the trails, and out of the garage as much as possible. Depending on what kind of trucking you do and how much money you have to spend, it could mean the difference between buying a compact pickup truck, a mid-sized pickup, a full-size pickup truck, an expensive pickup, or a cheap pickup truck.




We have brought you a list of the most reliable used pickup trucks for 2024. We have gathered reliability ratings from JD Power and have included compact trucks, mid-sized trucks, and full-size trucks in our list for you to check out based on their high-reliability rating and what kind of truck you want. Information also includes the yearly average maintenance cost for each pickup listed and the estimated maintenance cost for 10 years of ownership. If you want a look at some other used and reliable pickup trucks worth buying, check out this list by HotCars.

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In compiling this article, we have cross-referenced information about vehicle reliability, maintenance, and pricing from sources like J.D. Power, Kelley Blue Book, Edmunds, RepairPal, Fuel Economy.gov, CarEdge, and Consumer Reports to give you the most up-to-date and accurate information possible. Please note that we have ranked the following models based on most reliable to least reliable.



10 2023 Ford F-150

Reliability Score: 86/100

2023 Ford F-150 in blue Posing on top of rocky terrain
Ford

Continuing its legacy as America’s best-selling truck, the 2023 Ford F-150 is the most reliable used pickup of 2024. Boasting a range of powerful powertrain options, including hybrid variants for improved fuel efficiency. The F-150’s aluminum-alloy body remains lightweight yet durable, enhancing both performance and fuel economy, with the most fuel-economical Ford F-150 achieving an impressive combined MPG of 66MPG and a 300-mile electric range.

Some trims also boast impressive off-road features such as a terrain management system, Trail Turn Assist, locking rear differential, and a four-wheel drive driveline, so it is not just a beastly-looking truck that is good at keeping gas costs down.


Reliability

Though it is this year’s most reliable used pickup truck, the ’23 F-150 has had a total of 6 recalls for reasons which include problems with the rear-axle bolt which could snap, unexpected activation of the electronic parking brake, and a loose bolt in the transmission which could lead to a roll-away.

If you are looking for a used 2023 Ford F-150, be sure to check that the recall reasons have been addressed. Once it has, though the costs may be a little high, it is rated as a sturdy truck to own.

  • Average Yearly Maintenance Cost: $788 (RepairPal)
  • Est. Maintenance Cost During The First 10 Years: $5,436 (CarEdge)
  • Total Recalls: 6
  • Worst ES Year To Buy Used: 2010

9 2023 Jeep Gladiator

Reliability Score: 85/100

2023 Jeep Gladiator in polished silver Navigating through muddy off-road terrain
Jeep 


The 2023 Jeep Gladiator is a brutish-looking pickup truck that boasts a design that blends ruggedness with modern esthetics whilst embodying iconic Jeep styling. The Gladiator’s robust stance and unmistakable seven-slot grille pay homage to Jeep’s heritage as a brand that produces off-roading monsters and useful pickup trucks, whilst the whole design is complemented by rugged fender flares and a variety of roof options, including a removable hardtop or soft top.

Showcasing a versatile bed configuration and available trail-ready features like skid plates and tow hooks, the 2023 Gladiator’s exterior design seamlessly combines form and function for adventure.

Reliability

Though no information on yearly costs and average time spent in the garage exists with Repair Pal, according to the NHTSA, there have been 11 complaints about the Jeep Gladiator, which include complaints about the interior and exterior lighting and electrical system. As the pickup truck is so new, the standard Jeep warrant should apply to have these problems sorted, but always check if that applies to the used Jeep you are looking at.


  • Average Yearly Maintenance Cost: Unpublished
  • Est. Maintenance Cost During The First 10 Years: $6,176 (CarEdge)
  • Total Recalls: 4
  • Worst ES Year To Buy Used: 2020

8 2013 GMC Sierra 1500

Reliability Score: 85/100

2013 GMC Sierra 1500 In silver Posing on off-rad mountainous terrain
GMC Media

Even though it is 11 years old, the 2013 GMC Sierra 1500 is still considered very reliable for its age, making it third position on our list. Boasting a rugged and hardy appearance, the GMC Sierra 1500 is still lauded as, maybe not one of the best off-road pickup trucks, but a great off-road pickup truck that is still capable of towing a massive 10,600 pounds and has a payload capacity of 1,700 pounds.


Though it may not have all the modern tech features of the best pickup trucks of 2024, if it is reliability and a reasonable average used price of $25,575 you are looking for, the 2013 GMC Sierra 1500 is worth looking at.

Reliability

For a truck as old as the 2013 Sierra 1500, you can expect that there are a fair few complaints, 158 complaints in fact, but more worryingly, that should certainly be checked out if you are thinking of buying a used GMC Sierra 1500, is that there have been two investigations regarding safety features.

One investigation, which applies to all models up to 2021, is due to the manufacturer (Takata) of the propellant gas providing gas that, after long exposure to heat, can burn too quickly when ignited and possibly produce a violent reaction of the air-bag when set off, potentially causing serious injury or death. This is the number 1 thing to check out when buying this used truck.

Average Yearly Maintenance Cost:
$727 (RepairPal)

  • Est. Maintenance Cost During The First 10 Years: $3,624 (CarEdge)
  • Total Recalls: 6
  • Worst ES Year To Buy Used: 2005


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7 2018 Chevrolet Silverado 1500

Reliability Score: 84/100

2018 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 in silver Posing in tunnel
Chevrolet Press Room

The 2018 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 is not just a great towing and off-road pickup, but also boasts a modern and feature-packed interior. The featured MyLink infotainment system allows you to use Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and the clear central touchscreen display provides you access to navigation, music, and hands-free calling.

Regarding off-road capabilities, the 2018 Silverado 1500 can be purchased with the Z71 Off-Road Package, which includes features such as off-road-tuned suspension, skid plates, and an automatic locking rear differential. An older version of the Chevrolet Silverado has also been named the highest-mileage pickup truck for 2024, so in terms of longevity, the Silverado can go a long way.


Reliability

Compared to other full-size pickups, the Silverado 1500 has an average yearly cost compared to others in its class and, according to Repair Pal, has a 16% probability of a needed repair being severe. That is a smaller probability than other full-size pickup trucks, which is 18%, but is higher than the average of 12% for all other vehicle types.

The most common problem for the Chevrolet Silverado 1500, which has to be repaired, is the 4WD case position sensor being faulty. This repair, and replacement of the sensor, generally costs between $89 and $112.

  • Average Yearly Maintenance Cost: $714 (RepairPal)
  • Est. Maintenance Cost During The First 10 Years: $5,294 (CarEdge)
  • Total Recalls: 3
  • Worst ES Year To Buy Used: 2014

6 2012 Toyota Tacoma

Reliability Score: 84/100

2012 Toyota Tacoma In black Posing on desert terrain
Toyota


The oldest pickup truck on our list of top 10 reliable pickups for 2024 is the 2012 Toyota Tacoma. Don’t be put off by its age. This is still a very capable mid-sized pickup truck. Boasting a towing capacity of 3,500 pounds and coming equipped with either a super reliable 2.7-liter inline-four or beastly 4.0-liter V-6, the Tacoma is available with plenty of trim options depending on what kind of trucking you want to do.

Also, if you are looking at saving some money on buying a truck this year, the average used price of a 2012 Toyota Tacoma is $22,184. So, it is a reasonably cheap pickup truck with a good reliability rating.

Reliability

With such a low average yearly maintenance cost, and because you can buy one for less than $25,000, whilst still getting a dependable ride and a decent work-rate, the 2012 Toyota Tacoma is a good second-hand truck. There have been 7 recalls though, which have been because of problems such as the accessory hood scoop falling into the road, an incorrect tire information placard being fitted, and the brake actuator failing.


If all of these are seen to, and you have done all the research that you should do before buying a second-hand Toyota, the Tacoma could see you out for a lot of miles.

  • Average Yearly Maintenance Cost: $478 (RepairPal)
  • Est. Maintenance Cost During The First 10 Years: $3,514 (CarEdge)
  • Total Recalls: 7
  • Worst ES Year To Buy Used: 2005

5 2021 Nissan Frontier

Reliability Score: 83/100

2021 Nissan Frontier In gray Posing in desert
Nissan

The 2021 Nissan Frontier boasts a robust 3.8-liter V6 engine which kicks out 310 horsepower and 281 pound-feet of torque, making it ideal for tough mudding and towing. If you are looking for a little more off-road ability, the PRO-4X trim is critics’ top choice. This trim features Bilstein off-road performance shocks, an electronic locking rear differential, and hill descent control, which enhances traction and stability on rough trails.


Its 4WD system, skid plates for under-body protection, and off-road tires further elevate its off-road prowess. With a hardy suspension and advanced technology like the available 360-degree camera system, the 2021 Frontier is lauded as a good off-road mid-sized pickup.

Reliability

The 2021 Nissan Frontier has an average used price of $33,590, so it is a relatively low price for such a new truck, but the best cost statistic is the yearly maintenance cost. At $470, it is way below the average yearly maintenance cost for mid-sized trucks.

According to Repair Pal, owners of Frontiers take their trucks into the garage on average 0.2 times a year for unscheduled maintenance. So a lot lower than the mid-sized truck average of 0.4 times.

  • Average Yearly Maintenance Cost: $470 (RepairPal)
  • Est. Maintenance Cost During The First 10 Years: $4,482 (CarEdge)
  • Total Recalls: 2
  • Worst ES Year To Buy Used: 2005 – 2007

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4 2020 Chevrolet Silverado 1500

Reliability Score: 81/100

2020 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 HD In red Posing in field
Chevrolet Press Room 

Part of a long and successful line of Chevrolet Silverados, the 2020 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 is another reasonably dependable pickup that boasts a rugged yet sophisticated design and a good towing capacity of up to 9,600 pounds. Boasting a bold front grille, which is available in various finishes, it is flanked by stylish LED headlights that offer you improved visibility.

The chiseled body lines and rugged fenders make the Silverado look hardy and tough, which it is. With optional features such as power-retractable side steps and bed-mounted cargo tie-downs, it is not only a good second-hand truck to own, but can also be made very convenient for whatever hauling you need to do with it.


Reliability

According to Consumer Reports, Chevrolet ranks in the bottom third of mainstream auto-maker brands. Despite this, the 2021 Chevrolet Silverado has one of the highest reliability ratings for used trucks this year and boasts a below-average yearly maintenance cost and a reasonable 10-year cost.

There is no information about any recalls for this vehicle, but if you are looking to buy a used Silverado, check that the common problems like the sensor on the 4WD transfer case has either been replaced or isn’t faulty when testing driving it.

  • Average Yearly Maintenance Cost: $652 (RepairPal)
  • Est. Maintenance Cost During The First 10 Years: $7,838 (CarEdge)
  • Total Recalls: Unpublished
  • Worst ES Year To Buy Used: 2014

3 2021 Toyota Tundra

Reliability Score: 81/100

2021 Toyota Tundra Posing in black Posing on country road
Toyota


Toyota does have a great track record for reliability and the 2021 Toyota Tundra is no exception with a high score of 81 out of 100. Boasting convenience features such as a touchscreen display, which is available in sizes up to 8 inches, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and optional features like a premium JBL audio system and a wireless charging pad, the Tundra is marketed as a comfortable, dependable, and easy truck to use.

Standard safety features include lane departure warning and cruise control. The NHTSA has given the 2021 Toyota Tundra a four-star overall safety rating, so you can be assured of a safe and reliable journey for you and whoever you are carrying.

Reliability

With an extremely low estimated 10-year maintenance cost compared to others on this list, the 2021 Tundra is one of the cheaper pickups to own in the long run. It is worth noting though that there have been three recalls for this model because of problems like oil leaking from the power steering and a headlight connector overheating.


  • Average Yearly Maintenance Cost: $606 (RepairPal)
  • Est. Maintenance Cost During The First 10 Years: $3,432 (CarEdge)
  • Total Recalls: 3
  • Worst ES Year To Buy Used: 2012

2 2021 Chevrolet Colorado

Reliability Score: 81/100

2021 Chevrolet Colorado In orange Posing on mountain road towing trailer
Chevrolet Press Room 

The 2021 Chevrolet Colorado is a relatively dependable mid-sized pickup that can be bought with a range of packages and trims, depending on your trucking preference. The Colorado base trim provides a solid foundation with essential features like a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and a rearview camera. Moving up, the LT trim adds upgrades such as an 8-inch touchscreen, 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot, and additional USB ports.


The Z71 trim focuses on off-road capability with features like off-road suspension and automatic locking rear differential. For maximum luxury and tech though, the range-topping ZR2 trim is what you will want to look for as it features an advanced off-road system and a premium audio system.

Reliability

Still sitting below the average yearly cost for mid-sized pickup trucks, the 2021 Colorado is still a relatively cheap truck to maintain. The top-of-the-range trim of the Colorado does have a higher average used price of $42,148, but for that, you do get a more modern truck than the likes of the 2012 Tacoma on our list for the sake of 3 reliability marks. But, it is up to you to decide what is more important.

  • Average Yearly Maintenance Cost: $599 (RepairPal)
  • Est. Maintenance Cost During The First 10 Years: $5,202 (CarEdge)
  • Total Recalls: 1
  • Worst ES Year To Buy Used: 2015

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1 2023 Honda Ridgeline

Reliability Score: 80/100

2023 Honda Ridgeline In gray Posing in snow covered mountain area
Honda

Boasting a 410-mile gas tank range and a combined MPG rating of 21 MPG, the 2023 Honda Ridgeline is by no means the highest-range gas-powered pickup truck, but still offers itself as a fairly economical mid-sized pickup.

The 2023 Honda Ridgeline boasts a 3.4-liter V-6 which can churn out an impressive 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. So, if you are looking for a pickup that can tow a maximum of 5,000 pounds, is comfortable, and is reasonably good on gas, the 2023 Ridgeline could be a good pickup to check out.

Reliability

Also, boasting a low yearly maintenance cost way below the average for similar trucks, and a reasonably low maintenance cost over 10 years, the 2023 Honda Ridgeline could be a cheaper pickup truck to own long term. It does have a higher average used price of $38,448, but it is only a year old.


What is worth looking into though, like the Jeep Gladiator that features on our list, is that it has already had two recalls. One for a loose fastener on the brake booster assembly, and another for an improperly secured ball joint in the steering gearbox. Maybe more worryingly, though it has been rated as one of the most reliable used pickup trucks for 2024, there is also an investigation that is ongoing regarding a failing rearview camera. Again, if you were to buy one and dependent on where from, it should still be covered under warranty. Always check though.

  • Average Yearly Maintenance Cost: $502 (RepairPal)
  • Est. Maintenance Cost During The First 10 Years: $4,458 (CarEdge)
  • Total Recalls: 2
  • Worst ES Year To Buy Used: 2006



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