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2016 Vehicle Dependability Study: Trucks

2016 Vehicle Dependability Study: Trucks

By Christian Wardlaw, February 26, 2016
The J.D. Power Vehicle Dependability StudySM (VDS) is published each year, summarizing the findings of a survey of original owners of 3-year-old vehicles. Owners tell J.D. Power what has gone right and what has gone wrong with their vehicles, reporting any design- and defect-related problems they experienced during the third year of ownership.

From this information, J.D. Power calculates Power Circle Ratings. These ratings give consumers an easily understood visual representation of a model’s performance relative to its competitors. Consumers can reference these ratings when researching a vehicle purchase.

This buyer’s guide highlights the top-rated 2013 light- and heavy-duty pickup trucks that receive a Power Circle Rating of 4 or 5 out of a possible 5 for vehicle dependability after 3 years of ownership.


2013 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD/3500HD
Designed for towing heavy trailers and hauling heavy loads, the 2013 Silverado Heavy Duty came in 2500- and 3500-series models. In 2013, aside from a couple of new paint color choices, the Silverado HD was offered with a new bi-fuel compressed natural gas powertrain.

The 2013 Chevrolet Silverado HD receives a Vehicle Dependability Power Circle Rating of 5 out of 5 and receives a dependability award in the Large Heavy Duty Pickup segment.


2013 GMC Sierra 1500
GMC’s full-size, light-duty Sierra pickup entered its final year of production in advance of a complete redesign with few changes. Two new colors debuted, and the transmission gained powertrain grade-braking capability.

The 2013 GMC Sierra 1500 receives a Vehicle Dependability Power Circle Rating of 4 out of 5.


2013 Toyota Tundra
Full-sized and fully capable when compared with other full-size pickup trucks, the Toyota Tundra leads the Large Light Duty Pickup segment in terms of dependability in the 2016 VDS. In 2013, new luxury-themed Platinum and off-road-ready TRD Rock Warrior variants debuted, and a Chrome package dressed up certain versions in combination with three different wheel designs.

The 2013 Toyota Tundra receives a Vehicle Dependability Power Circle Rating of 5 out of 5 and receives a dependability award in the Large Light Duty Pickup segment.

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