Highest and Lowest Rated Trucks & SUVs

Best and Worst Used Cars - Car Buying Tips

Dec 17 2006 Before you purchase a used vehicle - pickup truck or SUV - here are the "Best of the Best" that have performed well in road tests and have rated consistently better than average in overall reliability, as well as the "Worst of the Worst" that have had frequent problems with regard to repairs and safety issues and have exhibited several years of poor reliability overall.

Best of the Best - Highly Rated Used SUVs and Trucks
Worst of the Worst - Poorly Rated Used SUVs and Trucks

Dec 17 2006 Highest and Lowest Rated Trucks & SUVs Before you purchase a used vehicle - pickup truck or SUV - here are the "Best of the Best" that have performed well in road tests and have rated consistently better than average in overall reliability, as well as the "Worst of the Worst" that have had frequent problems with regard to repairs and safety issues and have exhibited several years of poor reliability overall.

Dec 17 2006 Here are the best rated used SUVs and Pickup Trucks, recommended by a number of top expert sources. (The worst rated SUVs and Trucks are here.) These are so highly rated, you shouldn't hesitate about buying one of these used vehicles.

Consumer Reports' Good Bets
The following SUVs and trucks have performed well in Consumer Reports tests over the years and have had much-better-than-average reliability for multiple years.

They are listed alphabetically (1997 through 2004 models).

 

  • Acura MDX
  • Honda CR-V
  • Infiniti QX4
  • Lexus RX300
  • Lexus RX330
  • Nissan Pathfinder
  • Subaru Forester
  • Toyota 4Runner
  • Toyota Highlander
  • Toyota Land Cruiser
  • Toyota RAV4
  • Toyota Sequoia
  • Toyota Tundra

Edmunds' Used Car Best Bets
The SUVs and pickup trucks that are included here, earned their top ratings based on overall reliability through the years, as well as performance in crash test ratings. They are listed by vehicle category (1997 through 2002 models).

 

  • Mini-SUV: 1997-2002 Honda CR-V
  • SUV: 1999-2002 Nissan Pathfinder
  • Small Pickup: 1997-2002 Ford Ranger / Mazda B-Series
  • Large Pickup: 1997-2002 Ford F-150

Consumer Reports' Exceptional Used SUVs

  • 1998 Nissan Pathfinder SE
  • 1998 Toyota 4Runner SR5
  • 1998 Subaru Forester L
  • 1998 Toyota RAV4 AWD

    Car Connection's Recommended Used Vehicles
    The Car Connection put together this list of recommended used cars, vehicles that tend to rise to the top after a few years of service.

     

    • Best Used Crossover: Lexus RX300
    • Best Used Small SUV: Subaru Forester
    • Best Used Mid-Size SUV (Traditional): Ford Explorer
    • Best Used Full-Size SUV: GMC Yukon
    • Best Used Small Pickup: Toyota Tacoma
    • Best Used Pickup: Ford F-150

    Good Used SUVs For Your Money
    Kyle Busch is the author of "Drive the Best for the Price: How to Buy a Used Automobile, Sport-Utility Vehicle, or Minivan and Save Money". He has compiled this list of Top Five SUVs worth your consideration.

     

    • Subaru Forester
    • Toyota 4Runner
    • Nissan Pathfinder
    • Ford Explorer
    • Honda CRV
    Dec 17 2006 Top SUVs and Pickup Trucks Here are the best rated used SUVs and Pickup Trucks, recommended by a number of top expert sources. (The worst rated SUVs and Trucks are here.) These are so highly rated, you shouldn't hesitate about buying one of these used vehicles.

    Consumer Reports' Good Bets
    The following SUVs and trucks have performed well in Consumer Reports tests over the years and have had much-better-than-average reliability for multiple years. They are listed alphabetically (1997 through 2004 models).

     

    • Acura MDX
    • Honda CR-V
    • Infiniti QX4
    • Lexus RX300
    • Lexus RX330
    • Nissan Pathfinder
    • Subaru Forester
    • Toyota 4Runner
    • Toyota Highlander
    • Toyota Land Cruiser
    • Toyota RAV4
    • Toyota Sequoia
    • Toyota Tundra

    Edmunds' Used Car Best Bets
    The SUVs and pickup trucks that are included here, earned their top ratings based on overall reliability through the years, as well as performance in crash test ratings. They are listed by vehicle category (1997 through 2002 models).

     

    • Mini-SUV: 1997-2002 Honda CR-V
    • SUV: 1999-2002 Nissan Pathfinder
    • Small Pickup: 1997-2002 Ford Ranger / Mazda B-Series
    • Large Pickup: 1997-2002 Ford F-150

    Consumer Reports' Exceptional Used SUVs

  • 1998 Nissan Pathfinder SE
  • 1998 Toyota 4Runner SR5
  • 1998 Subaru Forester L
  • 1998 Toyota RAV4 AWD

    Car Connection's Recommended Used Vehicles
    The Car Connection put together this list of recommended used cars, vehicles that tend to rise to the top after a few years of service.

     

    • Best Used Crossover: Lexus RX300
    • Best Used Small SUV: Subaru Forester
    • Best Used Mid-Size SUV (Traditional): Ford Explorer
    • Best Used Full-Size SUV: GMC Yukon
    • Best Used Small Pickup: Toyota Tacoma
    • Best Used Pickup: Ford F-150

    Good Used SUVs For Your Money
    Kyle Busch is the author of "Drive the Best for the Price: How to Buy a Used Automobile, Sport-Utility Vehicle, or Minivan and Save Money". He has compiled this list of Top Five SUVs worth your consideration.

     

    • Subaru Forester
    • Toyota 4Runner
    • Nissan Pathfinder
    • Ford Explorer
    • Honda CRV

    Dec 17 2006 Here are the worst rated used SUVs and Pickup Trucks, from top expert sources. (The best rated SUVs and Trucks are here.) These vehicles are so poorly rated, you shouldn't even consider buying one of these used pickup trucks or sport utility vehicles.

    Consumer Reports' Repeat Offenders
    According to Consumer Reports, you should be especially careful when considering these models of used SUVs and trucks.

    They have shown several years of much-worse-than-average overall reliability. They are listed alphabetically (1997 through 2004 models).

     

    • Chevrolet Blazer
    • Chevrolet S-10 (4WD)
    • Chevrolet TrailBlazer
    • Dodge Dakota (4WD)
    • GMC Envoy
    • GMC Jimmy
    • GMC Sonoma (4WD)
    • Jeep Grand Cherokee
    • Land Rover Discovery
    • Lincoln Navigator
    • Mercedes-Benz M-Class
    • Oldsmobile Bravada
    • Pontiac Aztek
    • Saturn Vue

    Dec 17 2006 Don't Buy These Used 4x4 Vehicles Here are the worst rated used SUVs and Pickup Trucks, from top expert sources. (The best rated SUVs and Trucks are here.) These vehicles are so poorly rated, you shouldn't even consider buying one of these used pickup trucks or sport utility vehicles.

    Consumer Reports' Repeat Offenders
    According to Consumer Reports, you should be especially careful when considering these models of used SUVs and trucks. They have shown several years of much-worse-than-average overall reliability. They are listed alphabetically (1997 through 2004 models).

     

    • Chevrolet Blazer
    • Chevrolet S-10 (4WD)
    • Chevrolet TrailBlazer
    • Dodge Dakota (4WD)
    • GMC Envoy
    • GMC Jimmy
    • GMC Sonoma (4WD)
    • Jeep Grand Cherokee
    • Land Rover Discovery
    • Lincoln Navigator
    • Mercedes-Benz M-Class
    • Oldsmobile Bravada
    • Pontiac Aztek
    • Saturn Vue