2018 Vehicle Dependability Study:Most Dependable Trucks

Christian Wardlaw | Feb 14, 2018

The annual J.D. Power Vehicle Dependability Study (VDS) measures what has gone right and gone wrong with 3-year-old vehicles, according to the people who have owned them since they were new. After surveying thousands of original vehicle owners, J.D. Power gathers and analyzes the data, and reports its findings in the annual VDS.

In order to assist consumers who are researching used vehicles, J.D. Power creates Power Circle Ratings based on this information.  These visual representations of the study’s findings allow used-vehicle shoppers to understand how dependable different makes and models are, according to the VDS. In turn, consumers can make more informed decisions about what to buy.

2015 Ford F-Series Super Duty photoThis Most Dependable Pickups guide includes those 2015 model-year vehicles that receive a Power Circle Rating of 4 or 5 out of a possible 5 for vehicle dependability after three years of ownership. They are listed in alphabetical order.

2015 Chevrolet Silverado 1500

Offered in regular, extended, and crew cab body styles with a choice between six trim levels and between a V6 and two V8 engines, the 2015 Silverado 1500 is Chevy’s full-size, light-duty pickup truck. It was redesigned for the 2014 model year, so changes for 2015 were minor. The optional 6.2-liter V8 came with a new 8-speed automatic transmission, new Rally Edition trims debuted, and Chevrolet upgraded the MyLink infotainment and OnStar subscription service offerings. Maximum trailering capacity jumped to 12,000 pounds when properly equipped.

The 2015 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 receives a Vehicle Dependability Power Circle Rating of 5 out of 5, and receives an award in the Large Light Duty Pickup category.

2015 Chevrolet Silverado Heavy Duty

Chevrolet redesigned the Silverado Heavy Duty for the 2015 model year, improving the truck’s architectural strength, upgrading both towing and payload capacity, expanding cab offerings, and installing a more comfortable and quieter cabin with controls designed for use while wearing gloves. Modern infotainment and safety systems also debuted, and Chevy supplied a choice between a gas V8, a compressed natural gas V8, and a turbocharged diesel V8.

The 2015 Chevrolet Silverado Heavy Duty receives a Vehicle Dependability Power Circle Rating of 4 out of 5.

2015 Ford F-150

Ford made pickup truck history with the redesigned 2015 F-150, which employed a traditional steel frame but switched to aluminum bodywork in a bid to cut weight and improve fuel economy. Three cab styles, three bed lengths, and five trim levels allowed buyers to create everything from a basic work truck to a plush luxury hauler. Turbocharged V6 engines also complemented a normally aspirated V6 and a traditional V8. Maximum tow capacity measures 12,200 pounds, according to Ford.

The 2015 Ford F-150 receives a Vehicle Dependability Power Circle Rating of 4 out of 5.

2015 Ford F-Series Super Duty

When the 2015 Ford F-Series Super Duty lineup went on sale, the company was putting the finishing engineering touches on a redesigned version of the truck, so changes amounted to durability and power upgrades for the optional 6.7-liter turbo-diesel V8 engine. Ford also offered a new High Capacity Tow Package with a GCWR of 35,000 pounds for the F-350, and endowed the towing and payload hauling champ, the F-450, with bigger brakes and more robust steering, suspension and transmission components.

The 2015 Ford F-Series Super Duty receives a Vehicle Dependability Power Circle Rating of 5 out of 5, and receives an award in the Large Heavy Duty Pickup category.

2015 Nissan Frontier

When you build the same exact truck for a decade, chances are that you’ve worked out the bugs. That’s why it comes as no surprise to learn that the 2015 Nissan Frontier is one of the most dependable pickup trucks you can buy. Offered in extended and crew cab styles, with a 4-cylinder or a V6 engine, and a manual or automatic transmission, the Frontier covers the basics on a budget. In 2015, selected models gained standard equipment to help simplify build configurations.

The 2015 Nissan Frontier receives a Vehicle Dependability Power Circle Rating of 5 out of 5.

2015 Toyota Tacoma

Toyota is legendary for building dependable trucks, and in its last year before a complete redesign, the 2015 Tacoma is no exception to the rule. For 2015, Toyota cancelled the regular cab style, and added an option package to delete the rear seats in the extended cab model. The big news, though, was the debut of the TRD Pro edition, an off-road-ready, Baja-style truck.

The 2015 Toyota Tacoma receives a Vehicle Dependability Power Circle Rating of 5 out of 5, and receives an award in the Midsize Pickup category.

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