Top-Rated 2018 Trucks in Performance and Design

Christian Wardlaw | Jul 25, 2018

When the economy roars, sales of trucks soar. Based on the results of the J.D. Power 2018 U.S. Automotive Performance, Execution and Layout (APEAL) Study,SM which measures owner satisfaction with vehicle design, features, and performance, truck buyers are happy with many models on the market.

Based on the data collected by the study, J.D. Power creates Power Circle Ratings in order to give consumers a visual summary of the results. This, in turn, helps consumers to choose the right vehicle for their needs. This year, numerous full-size models rate high enough for inclusion in this guide, but just one midsize truck made the cut.

2018 Ford F-150 front quarter right photo Listed below in alphabetical order, you’ll find the top-rated trucks in the 2018 U.S. APEAL Study. Each model receives a Power Circle Rating of 4 or 5 out of a possible 5 for overall appeal.

2018 Chevrolet Silverado 1500

Though the Silverado 1500 is in its final year of production before a redesigned model arrives, Chevrolet isn’t standing still. For 2018, a light-electrified eAssist V-8 is available nationwide, adding 2 mpg to fuel-economy ratings. A reversing camera and MyLink are standard on all trims, a new Custom trim debuts for the crew-cab body style, and a Centennial Edition is available.

The 2018 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 receives an overall APEAL Power Circle Rating of 5 out of 5.

2018 Ford F-150

Ford gives the best-selling F-150 a refresh for the 2018 model year. The big news is under the hood, where new V-6, turbocharged V-6, and turbodiesel V-6 engines debut. The V-8 is also updated, and all but the base V-6 engine include a new 10-speed automatic transmission. New infotainment and safety technology is also available, and Ford has updated the F-150’s styling and interior for 2018.

The 2018 Ford F-150 receives an overall APEAL Power Circle Rating of 5 out of 5, and is the award recipient in the Large Light Duty Pickup segment.

2018 Ford F-Series Super Duty

In its second year after a complete redesign for 2017, the Ford F-Series Super Duty adds a plush new Limited trim level that starts at more than $80,000. A rear-drive F-450 Crew Cab with dual rear wheels and an 8-foot bed is also new for 2018, perfect for towing up to 34,000 lbs. It starts in the mid-$50,000 range. All Ford Super Duty models have a standard reversing camera for 2018.

The 2018 Ford F-Series Super Duty receives an overall APEAL Power Circle Rating of 5 out of 5.

2018 GMC Sierra Heavy Duty

Though the GMC Sierra HD is an older design and the truck cannot tow or haul as much weight as its competition, buyers nevertheless love this truck. It helps that it looks just like a big rig, especially in upscale Denali trim. Value is a big part of this equation, too, as the Sierra delivers more equipment at a lower price in exchange for its lesser capabilities.

The 2018 GMC Sierra HD receives an overall APEAL Power Circle Rating of 5 out of 5, and is the award recipient in the Large Heavy Duty Pickup segment.

2018 GMC Sierra 1500

A redesigned GMC Sierra arrives for 2019. In the meantime, the base version of the 2018 Sierra 1500 gets a new standard infotainment system with a reversing camera. An upgraded tire-pressure monitoring system is also available, and the SLT crew cab is available with an eAssist mild-hybrid version of the 5.3-liter V-8 engine that makes the truck more powerful and fuel-efficient.

The 2018 GMC Sierra 1500 receives an overall APEAL Power Circle Rating of 5 out of 5.

2018 Honda Ridgeline

In its second year since returning to the Honda lineup, the Ridgeline adds a couple of new paint colors for the Sport trim level. Based on the same platform as the Pilot SUV, the Ridgeline offers room for five people, a practical cargo bed with useful exclusive storage and tailgate functions, and lots of thoughtful details that make it perfect for weekend do-it-yourselfers.

The 2018 Honda Ridgeline receives an overall APEAL Power Circle Rating of 5 out of 5, and is the award recipient in the Midsize Pickup segment.

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