Whenever we do our full-size truck reliability reports, we always take Consumer Reports rankings into consideration. Its member surveys are quite detailed, get more than 300,000 responses and cover between 200 to 300 samples for each model year.
So, as we launch into the 2022 model year, CR’s newest predictive reliability reports are available, and there are two big surprises.
First, Toyota Tundra is knocked off the top of its list.
According to Jake Fisher, senior director of auto testing at Consumer Reports, the 2022 Tundra gets a pretty big redesign, and new redesigns tend to hurt reliability. So, instead of being at the top of the list, Tundra tumbles down a slot.
So, who’s the new top dog? Ram 1500. Yep, that’s the other big surprise here, because Stellantis (formerly known as Fiat Chrysler Automobiles) vehicles tend to fall at the bottom of the reliability heap, and Ram itself as a brand for 2022 drops 12 spots from last year’s survey.
Yet the Ram 1500 seems to be the shining star for the brand this year, as it makes CR’s recommended list. In fact, it’s the only recommended full-size truck for 2022.
Taking into consideration predictive reliability scores as well as CR’s overall scores, the full-size truck reliability rankings look like this:
What I find interesting is even with its ground-up redesign, Tundra still gets a fairly high predictive reliability rating comparatively speaking. It just doesn’t get a perfect score like it has in past years.
Otherwise, this list looks remarkably similar to last year’s rankings.
Right down to the fact GMC Sierra 1500 and Chevy Silverado 1500 make CR’s least reliable list with persistent engine, drivetrain, transmission and electronics problems.
As new and used truck prices continue to skyrocket amid supply chain issues and vehicle shortages, reliability becomes even more important.
“Buying a reliable vehicle can help ensure that you’ll be able to hit the road when you need to, and not worry about getting stuck waiting on parts for repairs,” Fisher said.
While we know this survey won’t sway the brand loyalists, we always encourage new truck shoppers to do their research and make decisions with their head, not their hearts.
My daughter and her husband have a 2018 ram eco diesel. It won’t hold a charge and battery dieing. They paid $4000 for extended warranty and the dealer tells them no appointments until Jan. And nothing they can do. Just stay home and forget about making a living. Ridiculous and they are above Toyota lol.