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Top-Rated Trucks in the 2017 Initial Quality Study

Top-Rated Trucks in the 2017 Initial Quality Study

By Christian Wardlaw, June 21, 2017

Each year, the J.D. Power Initial Quality StudySM (IQS) measures owner satisfaction with the quality of new vehicles during the first 90 days of ownership. Conducted since 1987, the IQS is a benchmark of new-vehicle quality, and this year more than 77,000 verified original car, truck, SUV, and van owners reported design- and defect-related problems to J.D. Power.

From this research, J.D. Power derives its Power Circle Ratings. The ratings serve as visual summaries of the study’s overall findings, intended for use by consumers while they research and shop for their next new vehicle.

2017 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD photoThis buyer’s guide highlights the top-rated trucks for 2017. Each model earns a Power Circle Rating of 5 out of a possible 5 for initial quality.


 


2017 Chevrolet Silverado HD

Chevrolet’s heavy-duty pickup truck returns for 2017 with a new Duramax turbodiesel engine making 445 horsepower and 910 lb.-ft. of torque. New digital steering assist technology also debuts, and new Teen Driver safety technology is standard equipment. Maximum towing capacity measures 23,300 lbs. when the truck is properly equipped.

The 2017 Chevrolet Silverado HD receives an initial quality Power Circle Rating of 5 out of 5 and is the award recipient in the Large Heavy Duty Pickup segment.

2017 Chevrolet Silverado 1500

Chevrolet’s light-duty pickup truck, the Silverado 1500, receives for the 2017 model year a minor increase in its maximum tow rating to 12,500 lbs., depending upon the configuration. Teen Driver safety technology is standard, and a capless fuel-filler system helps to save time at gas pumps, according to Chevy. A new option for 2017 is an automatic emergency braking system that works at lower vehicle speeds.

The 2017 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 receives an initial quality Power Circle Rating of 5 out of 5 and is the award recipient in the Large Light Duty Pickup segment.

2017 Ford F-Series Super Duty

Ford redesigns the Super Duty lineup for 2017. Equipped with a substantially stronger high-strength steel frame and aluminum body work, the new F-Series Super Duty features improved towing and payload capacities, stronger and more efficient engines, and a long list of safety, infotainment, and convenience technologies that make this heavy-duty pickup truck easier to live with.

The 2017 Ford F-Series Super Duty receives an initial quality Power Circle Rating of 5 out of 5.

2017 Nissan Frontier

It has been more than a decade since the current version of the Nissan Frontier first went on sale. Today, it is the value player in the midsize pickup segment, available with a 4-cylinder or V-6 engine and with rear-wheel or 4-wheel drive. For 2017, Nissan offers a new Work Truck package for the Frontier S, which gets body-color rather than chrome bumpers this year.

The 2017 Nissan Frontier receives an initial quality Power Circle Rating of 5 out of 5 and is the award recipient in the Midsize Pickup segment.

2017 Ram 1500

Aside from rolling out a few special-edition versions of the Ram 1500 and equipping some trim levels with extra standard equipment for 2017, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles makes no changes to its full-size, light-duty Ram 1500 pickup truck. The Ram is overdue for a redesign, which is expected for the 2019 model year.

The 2017 Ram 1500 receives an initial quality Power Circle Rating of 5 out of 5.

2017 Toyota Tundra

Now that the redesigned Nissan Titan lineup is on sale, the Toyota Tundra is officially the oldest full-size pickup truck design in America. It first arrived for 2007 and has seen just one major refresh since then. For 2017, Toyota adds a tow hitch receiver as standard equipment, makes power front bucket seats standard for the Limited trim level, and shuffles paint colors.

The 2017 Toyota Tundra receives an initial quality Power Circle Rating of 5 out of 5.


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