The 20 Most Dependable Trucks

Hummer H3T

2009 Hummer H3T

Hummer vehicles are known for their impressive capabilities and, in the case of the Hummer H3T, their dependability. The H3T only had two model years, 2009 and 2010, but this was enough to make an impact and earn a reputation for reliability. The reliability ratings for 2010 were average while those for 2009 were above average. In addition, there were minimal recalls.

This pickup truck has the boxy styling of the other Hummer model, ensuring you are noticed whenever you hit the road in the H3T. It also has good manners on the road and excellent off-road manners. The only difference between the 2009 and 2010 models was the addition of flex-fuel capability if you went for the 5.3-liter V8 engine. This means that both model years deliver similar features and dependability.

Speaking of engines, most H3Ts run on a 3.7-liter inline 5-cylinder engine for 241 pound-feet of torque and 239 horsepower. It also has your choice of a 5-speed manual or a 4-speed automatic transmission. Use it tow as much as 4,400 pounds. The H3T Alpha uses a 5.3-liter V8 instead, upping output to 320 pound-feet and 300 horsepower and working with the manual transmission. This engine can tow 5,900 pounds.

The Hummer H3T has a similar number of trim levels as the average pickup truck, with five main trims. All H3Ts come with a 5-foot truck bed that has built-in storage boxes for added convenience. It comes with a crew cab that has four doors for easy access.

All H3Ts got air conditioning, full skid plates, 16-inch steel wheels, cruise control, Bluetooth, OnStar telematics, full power accessories, and keyless entry. They also offered six speakers and satellite radio. If your idea of dependability involves plenty of off-roading, look for an H3T Adventure, which has a shorter-geared transfer case designed to enhance descending and climbing hills. It also has an off-road suspension, 33-inch off-road tires, and locking differentials in the front and rear.

Other available features on the H3T include alloy wheels, leather upholstery, Monsoon audio, and a six-CD changer. You also can find one with heated power front seats, oversized floor mats, chrome exterior trim, a power sunroof, a rearview camera, and navigation. While the interior of the H3T is not the prettiest, particularly compared with the stylish exterior, it is made from high-quality, durable materials. Right from its release, it was clear that while the competitors may have more refined interiors, the H3T went with build quality, something that translates into durability.

Ram Power Wagon

2018 Ram Power Wagon

The Ram Power Wagon, a Ram 2500 model, is a unique truck with a strong reputation for dependability. This is likely the only three-quarter-ton pickup on the market that can tackle off-roading with ease while still maintaining practicality and comfort. Although most Power Wagons are highly reliable, owners frequently suggest that you opt for a model from 2009 or more recently since the quality improved when Fiat entered the equation.

If you take the time to compare model years, you will notice that Ram added the coil spring rear suspension in 2014, as well as a new suspension in front. This improves the performance off-road but does reduce the payload slightly compared to a different Ram 2500 trim. 2014 also saw the 5.7-liter Hemi and 4:56 gearing replaced with a 6.4-liter engine and 4:10 gearing.

Moving to the latest model year, you will notice that it can tow as much as 9,910 pounds and is ready to take you off the beaten path. The Ram Power Wagon has an impressive 14.3 inches for its ground clearance, which translates into the ability to ford as much as 30 inches of water. You can also lower the suspension to make it easier to get in and out of this pickup without sacrificing ground clearance. The Ram Power Wagon also has skid plates, Bilstein shocks, an anti-roll bar in front, locking differentials in the front and rear, electronic sway bar disconnect, and a 12,000-pound Warn winch to help get you out of any sticky situations.

Long-term reviews of this auto are excellent, praising its ability to make road bumps seem insignificant. Drivers love the 410 horsepower 6.4-liter V8 engine that makes it simple to pass slow traffic, even with the heavy weight of this pickup. The 6-speed automatic transmission works well, downshifting whenever you need it to. Those with experience behind the wheel note that the Ram Power Wagon truly excels on trails, even after it has already accumulated plenty of miles.

To top it all off, the Ram Power Wagon sits higher up in the Ram 2500 lineup. This means you get plenty of features, such as heated front seats, a heated steering wheel, and access to the 8.4-inch infotainment system. The latest model year also comes standard with a rearview camera. If you get the infotainment screen, you can even get a cargo-area camera.

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