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If you are getting ready to buy a new truck, and you prize longevity and reliability over brand name, you might be surprised to know full-size trucks aren’t as reliable as the smaller ones. So, we took look at the 2023 Consumer Reports reliability rankings and pulled the top five most reliable 2023 trucks.

All the trucks below got at least 3 out of 5 in terms of predicted reliability, and none got 5 out of 5. The biggest surprise: Only one full-size truck makes the list.

2023 Ford Maverick

Recalls at the time of posting: 1
Base price: $24,190

This compact truck is moving into its second model year, so a lot of the initial kinks are starting to get worked out. We talked about known problems for 2022, which included a damaged fuel tank on some trucks and reports of transmission issues. But overall, for a completely new model this little truck has been relatively problem free. A lot of that is probably due to the fact it’s based on the seasoned Ford Escape platform.

2023 Toyota Tacoma

Recalls at the time of posting: 1
Base price: $29,085

It should come as no surprise to see a Toyota on the top five most reliable 2023 trucks list, especially since this generation of the Taco is nearing the end of its lifecycle. It also tops the most reliable 2023 midsize trucks list. This midsize truck has a cultlike following and very few complaints over the past couple years. Hopefully, the new Tacoma doesn’t take a reliability nosedive when the new generation is introduced for 2024.

2023 Honda Ridgeline

Recalls at the time of posting: 0
Base price: $40,145

Your pickup truck faithful are loathe to call the Ridgeline a truck because of its unibody construction, but sales for this midsize truck are up 40.6% year over year, when pretty much every other midsize truck saw negative change. Built on the same global light truck platform as the Pilot, Ridgeline has a more comfortable and “carlike” ride, which can be appealing for someone who wants a truck but doesn’t need to do a lot of truck things.

2023 Ram 1500

Recalls at the time of posting: 1
Base price: $40,942

The only full-size truck making the top five most reliable 2023 trucks list is the 2023 Ram 1500. Ram has been making huge strides in reliability and has been topping the Consumer Reports reliability rankings for the past couple years. Redesigned in 2019, the Ram 1500 holds its own in the tech arena, and the interior is one of the best you’ll find among full-size trucks.

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2023 Ram 1500 Limited (Image courtesy of Stellantis North America)

2023 Ford Ranger

Recalls at the time of posting: 0
Base price: $29,540

The current generation Ranger has only been available in the U.S. since 2019, but as a global vehicle it has benefited from continuous improvements since its introduction in 2011. So as it enters its last year of the current generation, it rounds out our top five, ranking third among the midsize trucks overall. In addition to zero recalls for this year so far, the Ranger has had few complaints since 2020. While you might be tempted to wait for the 2024 model with new tech and interior, if reliability is your jam, 2023 is the year you want.

The bottom line on most reliable 2023 trucks

As trucks get redesigned, they tend to fall down on predicted reliability because there are usually things that still need to be worked out in the first model year. So, that’s part of the reason we don’t see more full-size trucks on this list – Ram 1500 is the “oldest” truck right now. And while Taco and Ranger are on this list for 2023, we’ll be very curious to see how things shape up for 2024.

We anticipate next year’s list will look a lot different.

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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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