Most Reliable Pickup Truck Revealed, as Well as the Worst

The most – and least – reliable pickup truck has been revealed by Warrantywise, using data from its comprehensive Reliability Index.

With over 12,000 light commercial vehicles covered by one of its warranties, Warrantywise is the UK’s leading extended vehicle warranty provider for vehicles over three years old. And with so many vehicles on its books, it has a clear view of what goes wrong and where, with each model evaluated on aspects such as frequency of claims, labour required and the average cost of repairs.

Scooping the top spot as the most reliable pick-up truck is the iconic Toyota Hilux, which saw a repair rate of just 10%. It was also the second cheapest truck to repair, with an average bill of £942.

At the other end of the table, with a weighty repair rate of 31%, the Ford Ranger is the least reliable pickup truck – and the least reliable LCV overall. The Nissan Navara places fourth, which saw one-in-four vehicles require work.

The Ford Ranger is the least reliable pickup truck
The Ford Ranger was the least reliable vehicle in the Warrantywise Reliability Index

The Mitsubishi L200 presented the highest average repair bill, at a staggering £1,211. By contrast, repairs on a Volkswagen Amarok averaged just £734, a figure users would have to cover themselves if not for the extended warranty.

The Isuzu D-Max, Mercedes-Benz X-Class and SsangYong Musso don’t appear on the report as there are too few covered for reliable statistical analysis. 

Lawrence Whittaker, CEO of Warrantywise, said: “Vehicle reliability and overall value for money is critically important for business owners across the country, many of whom depend on their pickup truck to carry equipment, deliver goods and reach their customers on time. The logical drive to save on overheads has seen more and more drivers drawn to attractive, used vehicle offers.

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 “Many, however, naturally have concerns about how the vehicle was treated by its previous owner and could find themselves both off the road and shouldering a hefty repair bill if it develops a fault outside of its manufacturer warranty. A Warrantywise extended warranty can offer the peace of mind for small, independent tradespeople who need their van to perform faultlessly.”

Pickup Truck Reliability: Warrantywise Ranking

PosMakeModelReliability Score
1ToyotaHilux64.97
2VolkswagenAmarok44.28
3MitsubishiL20037.95
4NissanNavara37.88
5FordRanger32.40

Pickup Truck Reliability: Average Repair Bills

PosMakeModelAvg Repair Cost
1VolkswagenAmarok£734.81
2ToyotaHilux£942.74
3FordRanger£955.00
4NissanNavara£1,204.74
5MitsubishiL200£1,211.75

All Warrantywise data based on a minimum sample size of 100 vehicles per make and per model, and relates to repairs between 01/01/2018 and 30/04/2020. The results do not represent the reliability of new vehicles as the pickup trucks Warrantywise has on cover are all over three years old.