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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:

  • Ram 1500
  • Toyota Tundra
  • Ford F-150
  • Nisan Titan
  • GMC Sierra 1500
  • Chevrolet Silverado 1500
  • Ram 1500 Classic

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.

The bottom line on full-size truck reliability

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.

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Jill Ciminillo

Jill Ciminillo is the Managing Editor for Pickup Truck + SUV Talk as well as a Chicago-based automotive writer, YouTube personality and podcast host, with her articles and videos appearing in outlets throughout the U.S. Additionally, she co-hosts a weekly radio show on car stuff for a local Chicago station. Previously, Jill has been the automotive editor for both newspaper and broadcast media conglomerates. She is also a past president for the Midwest Automotive Media Association and has the distinction of being the first female president for that organization. Jill is also currently a juror for the North American Car, Utility and Truck of the Year (NACTOY).

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5 Comments

  1. Bryguy November 24, 2021

    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.

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    1. Anonymous February 5, 2022

      These are for 2022 trucks not 2018 trucks.

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  2. Ric February 20, 2022

    The thing with these stats is it’s assumptions and not reality.

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  3. Floyd March 8, 2022

    Predictive reliability… all of fiats vehicles are at the bottom of the reliability but somehow their truck makes the top of the list?? Sounds like someone’s story is sponsored. I call B.S.!

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  4. Neal W October 2, 2022

    Yeah I can understand that person’s frustration.Nearly all of dodges trucks have a serious recall especially related to the eco diesel engines that’s why they won’t be making them anymore .I could right a book on on the recalls on doges trucks were they could catch fire and fall apart from a bad weld I suggest before buying a vehicle now days research the recalls and reliability.Cars and trucks have got to a point were they are to smart for just anyone to work on and they are not worth the money they want from them.They all drive and get the same gas mileage as they did 20 years ago the only difference 20 years ago most people could work and maintain their on vehicle good luck with that idea today .I hate to say it I would rather take a older model overhaul and stick with it .Cheaper to fix and more reliable .

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