Gone are the days when you could buy a cheap little car for $4,000. Even when you knew it would fall apart in a few years, it had to be comforting for folks to know they had so little to lose. These days, even the most disposable vehicles on the U.S. market cost $12,000. If you adjust for inflation, the prices are still way above what they were a few decades back.
Automakers will argue their products are also better. Considering they were still putting death traps on the road in the ’90s, it’s hard to argue. However, we’d love to hear the argument for a glorified Chevy SUV costing $75,000 or a slow half-car that costs $15,000. Those are tough sells, indeed.
The same goes for pickup trucks. While there are workhorses that deliver incredible value for years on the job, some take way too long to become worth the money. Here are the seven most overpriced trucks on the U.S. market.
1. Ram 2500
Following the Volkswagen Dieselgate scandal, you have to keep an eye out for inconsistencies in claimed fuel economy and real-world performance. So the EPA investigation into Ram heavy-duty trucks and the class-action lawsuit alleging 25% drops in fuel economy should be red flags. (Ask any VW diesel owner why.) Of course, the terrible reliability ratings from Consumer Reports might grab your attention as well, especially if you’re paying $42,740 to start on a Ram 2500 turbo diesel.
Next: Ford also makes the list.