Top-Rated Trucks in the 2016 U.S. APEAL Study
After pickup truck buyers have owned their new vehicle for 90 days, J.D. Power asks them questions related to their satisfaction with the design, layout, feature content, and performance of their trucks. This information is compiled into the annual J.D. Power Automotive Performance, Execution and Layout (APEAL) Study.SM From this research, Power Circle Ratings are calculated, designed to help buyers choose the right truck for their needs.
This buyer’s guide highlights the top-rated 2016 trucks from the 2016 U.S. APEAL Study. Each model receives a Power Circle Rating of 4 or 5 out of a possible 5 for overall appeal.
2016 Chevrolet Colorado
An optional turbocharged, diesel 4-cylinder engine joins the Colorado lineup for 2016, giving this truck a distinct towing advantage over its midsize competitors at 7,700 lbs. Gasoline 4-cylinder and V-6 engines continue, and the Colorado is offered in extended and crew cab styles with rear-wheel or 4-wheel drive. Work Truck (WT), LT, and Z71 trim levels are available.
The 2016 Chevrolet Colorado receives an overall appeal Power Circle Rating of 5 out of 5 and is the award recipient in the Midsize Pickup segment.
2016 Chevrolet Silverado HD
Available in 2500HD and 3500HD series, the Chevrolet Silverado HD lineup of heavy-duty trucks is extensive. Offered with three cab styles in four trim levels, the Silverado HD comes with a gasoline or a turbodiesel V-8 engine. When properly equipped, maximum payload capacity measures 7,153 lbs., while maximum trailer capacity is 23,200 lbs.
The 2016 Chevrolet Silverado HD receives an overall appeal Power Circle Rating of 4 out of 5.
2016 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
Chevrolet’s refreshed Silverado 1500 light-duty (LD) pickup truck is available in regular, extended, and crew cab styles with three bed lengths, three engine choices, and five trim levels ranging from the Work Truck (WT) to the luxurious High Country. When properly equipped, it tows up to 12,000 lbs. and manages 2,140 lbs. of payload.
The 2016 Chevrolet Silverado LD receives an overall appeal Power Circle Rating of 4 out of 5.
2016 GMC Sierra HD
Boxy and brash, the GMC Sierra HD is the company’s heavy-duty pickup truck, offered in 2500HD and 3500HD model series. Multiple cab style, box length, and rear-axle configurations are available, all with a choice between a gasoline V-8 engine and a turbocharged, diesel V-8 engine. Buyers choose between standard, SLE, SLT, and luxurious Denali trim levels, and a properly equipped Sierra HD can tow up to 23,200 lbs. and carry as much as 6,111 lbs. of payload.
The 2016 GMC Sierra HD receives an overall appeal Power Circle Rating of 5 out of 5 and is the award recipient in the Large Heavy Duty Pickup segment.
2016 GMC Sierra 1500
GMC’s light-duty (LD) pickup, the Sierra 1500, is available in three cab styles, three cargo bed lengths, and four trim levels, with a choice between a V-6 and two V-8 engines. Equip one properly and it will haul 2,140 lbs. of payload and tow up to 12,000 lbs. of trailer.
The 2016 GMC Sierra LD receives an overall appeal Power Circle Rating of 4 out of 5.
2016 Nissan Titan
New from the ground up, the redesigned Nissan Titan debuted in XD format for the 2016 model year, providing greater capabilities over a standard half-ton truck. Available with a choice between a gasoline V-8 and a turbocharged diesel V-8, the Titan XD features a crew cab body style and is offered in S, SV, SL, PRO-4X, and Platinum Reserve trim. Maximum towing capacity measures 12,314 lbs., and the Titan XD can tackle a 2,594-lb. payload.
The 2016 Nissan Titan receives an overall appeal Power Circle Rating of 5 out of 5 and is the award recipient in the Large Light Duty Pickup segment.