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Top-Rated Trucks in the 2018 Initial Quality Study

Top-Rated Trucks in the 2018 Initial Quality Study

By Philly Murtha, June 20, 2018
Each year, the J.D. Power Initial Quality StudySM (IQS) measures customer satisfaction with new-vehicle quality during the first 90 days of ownership. Since the first study was conducted in 1987, the IQS has become the benchmark for evaluating a vehicle’s quality in terms of design and defect problems. This year, more than 75,000 original car, SUV, minivan and pickup truck owners were surveyed after the first 90 days of ownership.

Based on annual IQS research data, J.D. Power has developed Power Circle ratings to summarize overall quality in an easy-to-use graphic that will aid consumers in researching and shopping for their next new vehicle.

This buyer’s guide highlights the top-rated pickup trucks for 2018. Each model earns 5 out of a possible 5 Power Circles for initial quality.

2018 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
Chevrolet’s large light-duty (LD) pickup, the 2018 Silverado 1500, improves towing capacity to a maximum 12,500 lbs. and offers two powerful V-8 engines. The current model includes standard backup camera and a MyLink infotainment system with 7-in. display. A 6-speaker audio system replaces 4-speaker sound. For 2018, a Tire Fill Alert system is added to trucks with tire-pressure monitor. Also, availability of the eAssist mild-hybrid powertrain has been expanded in the lineup. Other 2018 additions include custom trim on Crew Cabs and new colors.

The 2018 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 receives an initial quality Power Circle Rating of 5 out of 5 and earns the award in the Large Light Duty Pickup segment.

2018 Chevrolet Silverado HD
Chevrolet’s 2018 large heavy-duty (HD) pickup truck features the optional Duramax diesel and Cummins transmission powertrain that generates 445 horsepower and 910 lb.-ft. of torque. The 3500 Silverado HD pickup can tow up to 23,300 lbs. All 2018 trucks (2500 and 3500) are equipped with rearview camera and MyLink infotainment system with 7-in. touchscreen and 6-speaker audio system. Tire-pressure monitoring systems include Tire Fill Alert technology. New grilles, graphics and three new colors are added.

The 2018 Chevrolet Silverado HD receives an initial quality Power Circle Rating of 5 out of 5 and is one of two award recipients in the Large HD Pickup Truck segment.

2018 Ford F-Series Super Duty
Last year, Ford redesigned its F-Series Super Duty large heavy-duty pickup truck lineup with a much sturdier steel-frame and lighter aluminum-body. The current 2018 F-Series Super Duty pickups continue to express muscle with optional Power Stroke diesel engine that produces 925 lb.-ft. of torque and towing capability of 32,500 lbs. Automatic emergency braking and tow assist packages, plus advanced safety systems are available on the 2018 Ford F-Series Super Duties along with infotainment, and convenience options. Top-of-the-line trims feature ultra-premium extras.

The 2018 Ford F-Series Super Duty receives an initial quality Power Circle Rating of 5 out of 5 and is one of two models to earn an award in the Large HD Pickup Truck segment.

2018 Nissan Frontier
Although Nissan introduced its Nissan Frontier midsize pickup truck 12 years ago, the 2018 Nissan Frontier features more standard safety and convenience features, including rearview camera, cruise control, 5.0-in. touchscreen infotainment system with Bluetooth and smartphone connectivity. Powered by either a 4-cylinder engine or V-6 with rear-wheel drive (RWD) or optional all-wheel drive (AWD), the V-6 powered Frontier can tow up to 6,500 lbs. Nissan’s Midnight Edition “blackout” appearance package is an available perk for 2018.

The 2018 Nissan Frontier receives an initial quality Power Circle Rating of 5 out of 5 and earns the award in the Midsize Pickup segment.
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