When Ford wanted to make a compact pickup truck, they chose to take an SUV and turn it into a truck by adding a flatbed in the back. Simply taking the Explorer’s cargo and putting a small bed in it instead isn’t that much of a good idea. Instead of copying an existing model, it would have been much better if the automaker had designed a new model from the ground up.
Ford’s Explorer Sport Trac lacks a lot of the quality that you’d find in some of the auto maker’s better pickups, and it also costs quite a bit of money. Instead of going for the Ford Explorer Sport Trac, we recommend that you get the much larger and more reliable F-150 which is known as one of the best pickup trucks of all time.
The 2005 Toyota Tundra Had an Awful Engine
The Toyota Tundra is an example of what happens when a model that is initially considered to be horrible manages to stick in the market just long enough for its maker to pull it up by its bootstraps and update it accordingly. Originally launched in 2000, the Tundra was considered as a sort of joke in the pickup truck category and couldn’t really compete with its largest rivals. It only got worse for the weak pickup truck in subsequent years, culminating in the horrible 2005 Tundra, which is considered one of Toyota’s worst trucks to date.
Fortunately for the company, they eventually decided to pick things up a notch, likely due to the embarrassment of the executives when they had to show the poor performance and sales figures of the car to their shareholders. Two years after the release of the abysmal 2005 Tundra, Toyota came out with the 2007 version of the truck and really managed to get their act together. The new truck was faster, more reliable, and overall much more competitive, taking it from a semi-joke to one of the most popular trucks on the market.
The 2006 Honda Ridgeline Was a Huge Disappointment
Honda raised many eyebrows when it first unveiled its Ridgeline model. This brand's new truck was the company's first attempt at finding its way into the pickup market. It was a great-looking pickup that followed Honda’s build to the letter and was instantly recognizable as part of the automaker's lineup. If that’s not enough, this truck was no quick cash grab either, as the Ridgeline took about four years and tens of millions of dollars to research and produce. In fact, it was built from the ground up, and unlike the Ford Courier, it wasn't just a copied version of one of their competitor's vehicles.
Despite all the love, effort, and cash that went into the making of the Ridgeline, it just couldn't live up to its expectations and received extremely poor reviews. One reviewer commented: “The Ridgeline can’t really do what most people who like trucks need it to do. Sure, some homeowners and weekend warriors may actually need a 10,000-lb towing capacity, but the Honda Ridgeline is probably just right for most.” It was also called the “anti-truck” by another reviewer.
The Chevrolet Avalanche Got Drivers Fined With Speeding Tickets
Pickup truck enthusiasts and consumers were extremely excited when Chevrolet, the American automaker, finally revealed its newest pickup truck — the Avalanche back in 2001. This was supposed to be the next big thing from Chevrolet, and Americans everywhere thought that this was going to be their next pickup truck. If the hype was so big, how is it that the truck was discontinued in 2013, just two generations later, and that you can only buy this one on a used truck list nowadays?
The reason for this sudden twist in events for the Avalanche was that the truck suffered from horrible speedometer issues, causing people to get pulled over because the monitor was showing the wrong speed. The Avalanche was criticized by customers for having transmission failures and quickly guzzling up the truck's oil. While it might have been worth a fix, the Avalanche name became tarnished, making it better for the company to just let go of the truck instead of trying to fix it. Two of America’s most popular pickup trucks are next on this list, as they suffered from terrible reliability issues in their early days.
The F-250 and F-350 Had Their Fair Share of Problems Too
The 2000s were a tough time for Ford. As the United State’s leading car manufacturer, especially in the pickup category, they knew that competition was coming from left and right, which forced them to do whatever it takes to stay on top. Unfortunately, this rush to being first place did take its toll in various years throughout the decade, which caused the F-250 and F-350 to also be riddled with a myriad of issues. The worst years in terms of problems for these vehicles were 2006, 2008, and 2011. Luckily the automaker got its act together by the time the new decade rolled in.
These versions of the F-150 and F-250 suffered from frequent engine failures, which cause the trucks to stop working either mid-drive or right before starting up the vehicle. Other issues included weird shaky suspension, which caused customers to return their trucks to Ford in a sort of silent recall. The F-250 also had a few problems specific to it, such as breaking prematurely and accelerating for no reason while driving.