Durability depends on a number of variables, some of which are out of the hands of manufacturers. Maintenance and use are controlled by owners and are probably the biggest factors in how long a truck will last. A well-cared-for pickup might last for decades and hundreds of thousands of miles — we’ve all seen farm trucks from the 1950s that are still in daily use with no issues. A truck that’s abused and neglected can fail at any time — just ask the parent of any teenaged driver.
But there are design and engineering differences between new light-duty pickup trucks that promise exceptional durability, as predicted by studies of initial quality and reliability. With those caveats in mind, we’ve examined the available data and manufacturer’s claims to come up with this list of 10 of the longest-lasting trucks, presented here in alphabetical order by brand.