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Top-Rated 2014 Trucks: Performance & Design

Top-Rated 2014 Trucks: Performance & Design

By Jeff Youngs, July 27, 2014

To identify what owners like and do not like about their new vehicles, J.D. Power conducts the annual Automotive Performance, Execution, and Layout (APEAL) Study. The APEAL Study asks the opinions of owners of new cars, trucks, SUVs, and vans in order to determine how gratifying their vehicles are to own, use, and drive after 90 days of ownership.

From this data, J.D. Power formulates Power Circle Ratings that are designed to summarize in a consumer-friendly manner how appealing each make and model is to its owners. Car shoppers who are in the process of selecting a new vehicle and who want an appealing model can use these ratings as a guide.

This year, the findings of the J.D. Power 2014 APEAL Study have determined that the following pickup truck models are the most appealing. Each model, listed below in alphabetical order, receives a Power Circle Rating of 4 or 5 out of a possible 5 for overall appeal.

2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
Chevrolet redesigned its full-size, light-duty pickup truck for 2014. Highlights include more powerful and more fuel-efficient engine selections, inclusion of the latest infotainment and safety technologies, and an emphasis on refinement. New Double Cab and luxurious High Country variants also debuted.

2014 Ford F-150
In its final year prior to a complete redesign for 2015 that will introduce all-aluminum construction to the full-size, light-duty pickup class, the Ford F-150 is the top-ranked model in its segment in terms of overall appeal this year. Few changes were made, aside from the addition of a Tremor sport truck model.

2014 Ford F-Series Super Duty
Just as the Ford F-150 leads the light-duty truck segment, the Ford F-Series Super Duty models rank highest among heavy-duty trucks in terms of overall appeal. For 2014, Ford upgraded the Super Duty's braking system, but otherwise made few changes.

2014 GMC Sierra 1500
Like the Chevy Silverado with which it shares its platform, powertrains, and most of its exterior and interior design, the 2014 GMC Sierra 1500 is completely redesigned. The Sierra ranks second in the Large Light Duty Pickup segment of the 2014 APEAL Study.

2014 Honda Ridgeline
Among midsize pickup trucks, the Honda Ridgeline is the top-ranked model in overall appeal. Designed for weekend-warrior duty, the Ridgeline boasts relatively modest cargo hauling, trailer towing, and off-roading capabilities, but has a number of unique features that make it popular with weekend do-it-yourselfers.

2014 Nissan Frontier
Thanks to traditional body-on-frame construction, the midsize Nissan Frontier is a rugged workhorse. Though aging, it represents value in comparison with the competition. This year, Nissan added a number of new standard features to the Frontier, introduced its NissanConnect Apps technology to the truck, and made other changes in order to enhance its appeal.

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