Despite national gas prices still hovering at about $3.50 per gallon, pickup trucks still remain some of the most popular vehicles on the roads. The two top selling cars in America in 2011 were the Ford F-150 and Chevrolet Silverado. Helped by incentives, sales for the Ram pickup increased 46.8% in January 2012 compared to one-year prior.
While pickup owners seek cargo hauling and towing prowess, they also want interior room, amenities, truck safety, and dependability, as a truck is only good if it provides reliable transportation for years to come.
J.D. Power and Associates has released their vehicle dependability study of three-year old cars, meaning 2009 models. The survey conducted polled over 31,000 original owners of 2009 car models.
Despite its recall problems in recent years, Toyota still ranked number one overall in vehicle dependability. The automakers’ other brands – Lexus and Scion – also were in the top 5 in the study, an impressive feat for the Japanese automaker.
Top Reliability Pickups
According to J.D. Power and Associates, the most reliable trucks of 2009 were:
– Chevrolet Silverado L, large pickup
– GMC Sierra HD, large pickup
– Ford Ranger, midsize pickup
– Honda Ridgeline, midsize pickup
– Nissan Frontier, midsize pickup
– Toyota Tundra, large pickup
Toyota had the overall most reliable truck in the full-size pickup class in the Toyota Tundra. The Nissan Frontier was the most reliable truck in the midsize pickup class. Chrysler, which included Jeep and Dodge (their pickups are now sold under the “Ram” brand) finished at the bottom of the overall dependability list.
Three years is a lot of time in the automotive marketplace. Models change quickly and for many models, quality has improved. For example, a new generation Chevrolet Silverado debuts for the 2013 model year. Other models are discontinued as trends and buyer interests change.
After a 30 year run, the Ford Ranger is no longer being produced for the U.S. market. According to the Motor Trend, Ford sold about 350,000 Ranger’s more than a decade ago, whereas sales in 2011 dipped to 55,000. Thus, Ford has decided to shift its pickup sales focus in the U.S. entirely to large models. A new version of the Ranger will be sold in international markets.