2016 Vehicle Dependability Study:Trucks

Christian Wardlaw | Feb 26, 2016
The J.D. Power Vehicle Dependability StudySM (VDS) is published each year, summarizing the findings of a survey of original owners of 3-year-old vehicles. Owners tell J.D. Power what has gone right and what has gone wrong with their vehicles, reporting any design- and defect-related problems they experienced during the third year of ownership.

From this information, J.D. Power calculates Power Circle Ratings. These ratings give consumers an easily understood visual representation of a model’s performance relative to its competitors. Consumers can reference these ratings when researching a vehicle purchase.

This buyer’s guide highlights the top-rated 2013 light- and heavy-duty pickup trucks that receive a Power Circle Rating of 4 or 5 out of a possible 5 for vehicle dependability after 3 years of ownership.


2013 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD LTZ Crew Cab photo2013 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD/3500HDDesigned for towing heavy trailers and hauling heavy loads, the 2013 Silverado Heavy Duty came in 2500- and 3500-series models. In 2013, aside from a couple of new paint color choices, the Silverado HD was offered with a new bi-fuel compressed natural gas powertrain.

The 2013 Chevrolet Silverado HD receives a Vehicle Dependability Power Circle Rating of 5 out of 5 and receives a dependability award in the Large Heavy Duty Pickup segment.


2013 GMC Sierra 1500 SLE photo2013 GMC Sierra 1500GMC’s full-size, light-duty Sierra pickup entered its final year of production in advance of a complete redesign with few changes. Two new colors debuted, and the transmission gained powertrain grade-braking capability.

The 2013 GMC Sierra 1500 receives a Vehicle Dependability Power Circle Rating of 4 out of 5.


2013 Toyota Tundra Platinum CrewMax photo2013 Toyota TundraFull-sized and fully capable when compared with other full-size pickup trucks, the Toyota Tundra leads the Large Light Duty Pickup segment in terms of dependability in the 2016 VDS. In 2013, new luxury-themed Platinum and off-road-ready TRD Rock Warrior variants debuted, and a Chrome package dressed up certain versions in combination with three different wheel designs.

The 2013 Toyota Tundra receives a Vehicle Dependability Power Circle Rating of 5 out of 5 and receives a dependability award in the Large Light Duty Pickup segment.

Explore car shopping guides
10 Most Popular Midsize SUVs and Crossovers
10 Most Popular Midsize SUVs and Crossovers
Families flock to midsize SUVs for their seating capacity, cargo capability, and available all-wheel-drive systems. This guide provides an overview of the 10 most popular, non-luxury midsize SUVs and crossovers in America.
Read the full review
Warning Signs You Need New Brakes
Warning Signs You Need New Brakes
They may not be something you think about very often, but your vehicle's brakes are one feature that should always be in top working condition. Let's look at how to know when you need new brakes.Look, listenThere are two ways to check for brake wear on disc brakes: by looking and by listening. First, check for wear by looking at your brake pads through the spaces between the wheel's spokes. The outside pad will be pressed against a metal rotor. Generally, there should be at least 1/4 inch of pad. If you see less than 1/4 inch of pad, you may want to have your brake pads inspected or replaced.
Read the full review
Most Reliable Crossovers and SUVs in 2017
Most Reliable Crossovers and SUVs in 2017
According to J.D. Power, these are the crossovers and SUVs that are expected to provide the best reliability over time.
Read the full review
Read all articles
New Car Preview
2020 Hyundai Sonata Preview
Most Dependable
2019 Vehicle Dependability: Most Dependable Family SUVs
Most Popular
10 Most Popular Compact SUVs and Crossovers
New Model Update
New for 2019: Land Rover
New Car Preview
2020 Toyota Corolla Preview
More related
Compare 0 of 3