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Top-Rated 2014 Trucks: Initial Quality

Top-Rated 2014 Trucks: Initial Quality

By Jeff Youngs,

Every year, thousands of new car, truck, SUV, and van buyers, who have owned their new vehicle for at least 90 days, participate in the J.D. Power Initial Quality StudySM (IQS). From the resulting data, Power Circle Ratings are formulated to give auto shoppers a consumer-friendly summary of the IQS information in order to help them make an informed purchase decision.

This Top-Rated 2014 Trucks guide includes those pickups that receive a Power Circle Rating of 4, 4.5, or 5 out of a possible 5 for initial quality.

2014 Chevrolet Silverado HD
Available in heavy-duty 2500 and 3500 series, the Chevy Silverado HD is equipped with a 6.0-liter V-8 or a 6.6-liter turbo-diesel V-8 engine. The smaller engine is available with a bi-fuel option, allowing it to operate on compressed natural gas, but this upgrade is offered only for the 2500-series model. Properly equipped, maximum payload measures 7,222 lbs. and maximum trailer capacity is 18,000 lbs. (23,100 lbs. with fifth-wheel setup). In advance of a complete redesign for 2015, the 2014 Silverado HD lineup dropped the extended-cab body style.

The 2014 Chevrolet Silverado HD receives an Initial Quality Power Circle Rating of 5 out of 5.

2014 Ford F-150
The most popular vehicle in America, the Ford F-150 light-duty pickup is offered with a choice of four engines, three cab styles, and 10 trim levels that provide buyers with everything from a bare-bones work truck to a luxury-lined hauler, with performance and off-road-ready models in between. Maximum towing capacity, when properly outfitted, is 11,200 lbs., while payload capacity tops out at 3,120 lbs. A redesigned 2015 F-150 goes on sale in the fall of 2014, constructed entirely of aluminum.

The 2014 Ford F-150 receives an Initial Quality Power Circle Rating of 5 out of 5.

2014 Ford F-Series Super Duty
If the Ford F-150's towing and payload ratings don't meet your requirements, check out the F-250, F-350, or F-450 Super Duty models. These heavy-duty trucks can handle more weight, with maximum tow capability topping out at 18,500 lbs. (24,700 lbs. with a fifth-wheel hitch) and maximum payload ranging up to 5,880 lbs. Engines include a 6.2-liter V-8 and a 6.7-liter turbo-diesel V-8.

The 2014 Ford F-Series Super Duty receives an Initial Quality Power Circle Rating of 4 out of 5.

2014 GMC Sierra HD
The GMC Sierra 2500HD and 3500HD are essentially the same trucks as the Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD and 3500HD, but are equipped with different styling and available in a more luxurious Denali trim level that adds upscale design and feature details. The engine lineup is the same as the Chevy, too, as are towing and payload ratings.

The 2014 GMC Sierra HD receives an Initial Quality Power Circle Rating of 5 out of 5.

2014 Toyota Tundra
A full-size, light-duty pickup truck, the Toyota Tundra received a thorough cosmetic refresh for the 2014 model year, but structurally and mechanically remains one of the older designs in its segment. Buyers select from a 4.0-liter V-6, 4.8-liter V-8, and a 5.7-liter V-8 engine. The Tundra can tow up to 10,500 lbs.* and haul as much as 2,040 lbs. of payload. Five trim levels are available.

The 2014 Toyota Tundra receives an Initial Quality Power Circle Rating of 4.5 out of 5.

*Toyota is the only truck maker to calculate towing capacity using the new SAE J2807 method.

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