When you’re buying vehicles for your construction fleet, reliability has to be the most important factor of the vehicle you are looking at. Future contracts can be won and lost, based on the simple fact that you turn up on time and get the job done.
While fuel economy and performance can come into the equation, that vehicle needs to stay on the road for your business to thrive. Not to mention the vehicle has to be strong and equipped enough to put up with the job’s needs. In this article, we’ll be discussing the five most reliable options for your construction company, and the vehicles to make the cut are the Chevrolet Silverado, the Dodge Ram 3500, the Nissan Titan XD, the Ford F-150 and the GMC Sierra 2500HD.
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At the top of many buyers’ lists is the Chevy Silverado. The 3500HD model is the one that is widely recommended for handling the toughest jobs, and its major selling points lie in its powerful engine and huge frame.
It can tow up to 36,000 pounds thanks to its unique trailer technology. The Silverado 3500HD also features a spacious interior, so it’s perfect for carrying more of your work crew. The truck performs best when it’s linked to certain upgrades, and it’s worth considering TIS offroad wheels when working in remote locations.
In summary, the Chevvy Silverado is the tough workhorse needed to tackle the most challenging of jobs.
Dodge Ram 3500
Many of the original Dodge Ram vehicles are still on the road, long after the company split in 2009. The brand name has made a welcome return, and the 2023 Dodge Ram release is earning plenty of praise.
Of the new Dodge Ram models on the market, the 3500 can tow significantly more than its stable mates, the 1500 and the 2500. It’s the heavy-duty option of the range and is therefore far more reliable in terms of the tougher jobs.
Buyers who choose to take the optional Cummins turbo diesel option should find that they have far more power at their disposal, while the new Allison transmission offers a smooth ride.
Nissan Titan XD
Of the many options available from Asia, the Nissan Titan XD is one of the most popular choices for construction businesses. Of all the vehicles produced in Japan, this is widely considered to be the most durable and, therefore, the most reliable.
The recommendation is to go for the XD variant as this is the most powerful and versatile truck in the range. The latest model comes with a new twin turbo engine, which is designed to deliver far more power and torque than previous models.
The Nissan Titan XD could also be a great choice for those companies with larger construction crews. With more space in the cab, it can accommodate more workers for those extensive jobs.
The Ford F-150 ticks all the usual boxes. It is powerful, has an excellent towing capacity of 14,000 pounds, and it has a spacious cabin that can seat up to six people.
Ford’s popular truck also comes with additional key features that may not be found elsewhere. It is equipped with adaptive cruise control and lane keeping assistance, that can help to reduce accidents, while increasing the time that the vehicle stays on the road.
GMC Sierra 2500HD
General Motors have a number of contenders, but we eventually settled on the Sierra 2500HD. With its 6.6-liter V8 engine, it has more power than most, and it’s said that it can handle any construction job.
That’s a bold claim, but there is serious power and potential here, and it’s matched with impressive levels of luxury.
Reliability comes in many forms. Construction businesses want their vehicles to perform, but they also want them to stay on the road. All of the trucks on this list have good records in that respect and, while there will never be any cast iron guarantees, it’s less likely that these models will suffer from mechanical breakdown. Obviously, it also depends on the driver and how they care for the vehicle.
All of the vehicles discussed in this article will suit your needs and are already well-established and well known within the industry. Obviously, you can always customize your truck to stand out from everyone else’s.
Remember to consider upgrades and to carry out your own maintenance, to help these trucks performing at their best. The ways to do this are to regularly clean the vehicle as this will ensure your vehicle does not rust as quickly and ensure the paint isn’t damaged. Another critical factor is to place rubber car mats in the vehicle as debris on the shoes can wear down the flooring of the vehicle, especially in the driver’s seat.