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Most Dependable Pickups of Last 15 Years – J.D. Power Dependability Survey Results


If you are looking for the most dependable pickup, then we have the data for you. We have compiled the J.D. Power Dependability survey winners into a spreadsheet showing the last 15 years of winners as well as the top truck brand and pickup model per class. The results WILL surprise you and, if you are a loyal fan, probably make you upset.

Before we get into the results, it is important to know how J.D. Power tabulates these results. J.D. Power says: “The study, now in its 30th year, measures the number of problems experienced per 100 vehicles (PP100) during the past 12 months by original owners of three-year-old model-year vehicles. The 2019 study measures problems in model year 2016 vehicles. A lower score reflects higher quality, and the study covers 177 specific problems grouped into eight major vehicle categories.”

We looked at the survey results starting in 2005-2019 to tabulate who was considered the most durable.

Then, we added up the totals to find a winner in each category.

About the Survey

You may still be wondering about the survey results. Here is more about the survey from J.D. Power: The J.D. Power U.S. Vehicle Dependability StudySM (VDS) focuses on problems experienced by original owners of 3-year-old vehicles. Study findings are used extensively by manufacturers worldwide to help them design and build better vehicles—which typically retain higher resale value—and by consumers to help them make more informed choices for both new and used vehicles.

Problem symptoms are evaluated in eight vehicle system categories:

  • Exterior
  • Features/Controls/Displays
  • Seats
  • Interior
  • The Driving Experience
  • Audio/Communication/Entertainment/Navigation
  • HVAC
  • Engine/Transmission

Our Take

While any survey isn’t exactly scientific and they should be taken with a grain of salt as it were, it is important to use them as part of an overall buying decision. They shouldn’t be the end all be all when it comes to purchasing a new pickup and results do vary on new pickups. In other words, lemon cars can still happen.


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