Pickup trucks are great for carrying things, hauling things, and towing things, and they need to have an almost indestructible engine, drivetrain and transmission. There are several reviews that evaluated trucks to see which ones held up the best as used purchases.
Autobuytel set out to determine which trucks break down most often and which ones don’t. By their measurement standards, they determined that the very best used truck in Orlando to buy is the Honda Ridgeline, which they consider to be the Japanese equivalent of the Chevrolet’s El Camino.
The other nine models they recommend can tow, carry and haul even more things than the Honda Ridgeline, and they have great reviews for dependability of their transmissions, engines, and drivetrains. They include:
- Chevrolet Avalanche, model years 2009-2013
This handsome-looking truck carries 5 or 6 passengers in a crew-cab and has a short-bed pickup truck rear. The back cab wall is removable and the back seats fold down to extend the cargo bed’s length. This truck is a great combo package that offers both the passenger capacity of an SUV and the load capacity of a truck.
- Chevrolet Colorado, model years 2009-2012
This is a small truck that was discontinued in 2012 and reintroduced in 2015 that was quite fuel efficient. A reliable vehicle, it was available in regular, extended and crew-cab sizes with options that could take it off road or keep it street smart. Three different engine sizes offer varying hauling and towing capacity.
- Ford F-150, model years 2005-2014
The four-wheel drive models made before 2010 need to be avoided, but the F-150 otherwise is the best-selling truck in the US because of tis dependability and model choices.
- Ford F-Series Super Duty, model years 2011-2014
This is a heavy duty pickup truck with a PowerStroke turbo-diesel engine that hauls up to 24,500 pounds and tows up to 7,110 pounds.
- GMC Canyon, model years 2009-2012
Like the Chevy Colorado, this is a compact pickup truck that is very mechanically reliable. It has exceptional carrying and towing capabilities.
GMC Sierra, model years 2008-2103
The Sierra’s owners seem happier with this truck than Chevrolet’ Silverado’s owners even though they are mechanically identical. There is even a gas/electric Hybrid model.
- Nissan Frontier, model years 2009-2014
The Frontier is larger than the Colorado and Canyon but smaller than the big trucks. The Frontier’s rugged presence and excellent construction are filled with of power and ability, and have remained unchanged through the 2015 models.
- Toyota Tacoma, model years 2005-2014
Toyota trucks are workhorses, and the Tacoma is no exception. A mid-sized pickup truck, it can carry 1,520 pounds and tow 6,500 pounds.
- Toyota Tundra, model years 2007-2014
The Tundra is Toyota’s third try at building a full size truck, and even though it has not sold well, it is a heavy duty workhorse of a truck and very dependable.
Other reviewers seem to agree with this list, adding:
- 2001 Dodge Ram 2500
- 2005 Dodge Dakota
- 1999 Ford Ranger
With this list in hand, finding a dependable used truck in Orlando will be easy.