6 Most Reliable Certified Pre-Owned Trucks

Christian Wardlaw | Nov 01, 2018

Booming truck sales accompany booming economies, and both are on fire as 2018 draws to a close. However, smart truck buyers know that no matter how great the country is doing economically, it is still wiser from an overall cost perspective to get a used truck than it is a brand-new one, which will depreciate the moment you drive it off the lot.

Smart truck buyers also know that it’s best to choose the most reliable used model in order to save even more money over the long run, and that a certified pre-owned (CPO) truck that has been fully inspected and reconditioned is just like buying a new one, but at a much bigger discount.

2015 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 High Country
2015 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 High Country

The question, then, is which pickups are the most reliable?

To answer that question, look no further than J.D. Power vehicle dependability data, which measures original-owner satisfaction with the reliability of 3-year-old vehicles. Based on the latest research, these are the certified pre-owned trucks that are likely to prove most dependable over time.

2015 Chevrolet Silverado 1500

In 2015, the Chevy Silverado 1500 came in three cab styles with three engine choices and two bed lengths. The trim lineup included Work Truck, LS, LT, LTZ, and High Country, and a Z71 off-roading package was offered with LT and LTZ trim.

That year, Chevrolet improved the infotainment system with text-messaging support and a 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot, offered a spray-in bedliner option, and matched the largest V-8 engine option to a new 8-speed automatic transmission.

2015 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD/3500HD

Like the light-duty Silverado 1500, the Silverado Heavy Duty (HD) pickups are available in multiple cab styles, with varying bed lengths, and in several trim levels. The difference here is that they tow and haul more weight thanks to gas, turbodiesel, and compressed natural gas V-8 engines.

For 2015, the Silverado HD trucks were redesigned, adopting exterior and interior styling similar to that of the Silverado 1500. Payload and towing capacity increased, and the Silverado HD gained new infotainment and collision-avoidance technologies.

2015 Ford F-150

Ford completely redesigned the F-150 for the 2015 model year, switching the truck from steel to aluminum body panels and lightening the vehicles by hundreds of pounds in the process. New twin-turbocharged V-6 engines supplemented traditional V-6 and V-8 choices, too, and the F-150 received lots of new technology to go along with the advanced engineering.

Three cab styles, two bed lengths, and five trim levels were available, along with an optional 4-wheel-drive system.

2015 Ford F-250/F-350/F-450 Super Duty

By 2015, the foundational engineering underpinning the Ford F-Series Super Duty trucks was nearing two decades of age—plenty of time for the company to work out all of the kinks.

Like the Silverado HD, the F-Series Super Duty came with a gas, turbodiesel, or a compressed natural gas V-8 engine. Five trim levels, three cab styles, and two bed lengths were available, with 4-wheel drive an available option. For 2015, Ford upgraded the 6.7-liter turbodiesel engine and strengthened the chassis for improved towing capacity.

2015 Nissan Frontier

By 2015, the Nissan Frontier had gone a decade without a complete redesign (and the 2019 model is still the same truck!). Offered only with extended and crew cab styles, a long or short cargo bed, and a 4-cylinder or a V-6 engine, the simple Frontier is a durable midsize pickup, but lags the competition in terms of crash test scores.

Minimal changes accompanied the 2015 Frontier, the most significant being broader availability of NissanConnect Bluetooth smartphone pairing.

2015 Toyota Tacoma

In 2015, the rugged and dependable Tacoma pickup entered its final year before a completely redesigned version arrived for the 2016 model year. The regular cab version was dropped that year, leaving extended and crew cab styles, two cargo bed lengths, and a 4-cylinder or a V-6 engine.

To send the Tacoma off in style, Toyota introduced the TRD Pro Series trim for 2015. Designed for baja-style off-roading, it came with unique styling and mechanical upgrades.

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