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

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Most Dependable Pickups For Last 15 YearsIf 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.

(Note: I miscalculated on the video and correct results are below.)

When it comes to pickups, most buyers really want to know one thing: how dependable will it be. Forecasting future dependability is nearly impossible, however, we can look back at different resources to determine who has historically be dependable.

With this goal in mind and the ready resource of the internet, we looked at the past 15 years of award winners for J.D. Power’s Vehicle Dependability Study.

This study surveys some 80,000 owners and asks questions about problems and if they would purchase the vehicle again.

J.D. Power is a survey company that uses the results to give out awards. It also sells its data, in the form of reports, to automakers and/or other agencies interested. This practice does cause it some criticism with people being upset at selling the data which seems to make them beholden to the automakers who pay the most for the report.

Whether you are a J.D. Power fan or not, the survey results are pretty interesting and speak for themselves.

Please note, you will not find Ram, Dodge Ram or Dodge trucks listed on this report. This isn’t out of any sort of hatred or bias, they simply don’t show up. Plain and simple.

The survey looks back 3 years for past ownership experiences. This is why you will see the 2005 survey, for example, relating to 2002 products.

J.D. Power Vehicle Dependability Survey Results 2005-2019 
Survey YearModel YearCategoryPickup Truck
20052002Mid-SizeChevy S-10
Full-SizeCadillac Escalade EXT
Heavy-DutyChevy Silverado 2500 HD
20062003Mid-SizeFord Ranger
Full-SizeToyota Tundra
Heavy-DutyNo Award
20072004Mid-SizeToyota Tacoma
Full-SizeToyota Tundra
Heavy-DutyNo Award
20082005Mid-SizeFord Ranger
Full-SizeToyota Tundra
Heavy-DutyNo Award
20092006Mid-SizeFord Ranger
Full-SizeToyota Tundra
Heavy-DutyNo Award
20102007Mid-SizeHonda Ridgeline
Full-SizeToyota Tundra
Heavy-DutyNo Award
20112008Mid-SizeToyota Tacoma
Full-SizeToyota Tundra
Heavy-DutyNo Award
20122009Mid-SizeNissan Frontier
Full-SizeToyota Tundra
Heavy-DutyNo Award
20132010Mid-SizeFord Ranger
Full-SizeGMC Sierra 2500 HD
Heavy-DutyNo Award
20142011Mid-SizeHonda Ridgeline
Full-SizeGMC Sierra 1500
Heavy-DutyChevrolet Silverado 2500
20152012Mid-SizeHonda Ridgeline
Full-SizeGMC Sierra 1500
Heavy-DutyGMC Sierra 3500 HD
20162013Mid-SizeNo Award
Full-SizeToyota Tundra
Heavy-DutyChevrolet Silverado 2500 HD
20172014Mid-SizeHonda Ridgeline
Full-SizeFord F-150
Heavy-DutyChevrolet Silverado 2500 HD
20182015Mid-SizeToyota Tacoma
Full-SizeChevrolet Silverado
Heavy-DutyFord F-450 DRW
20192016Mid-SizeNissan Frontier
Full-SizeToyota Tundra
Heavy-DutyChevrolet Silverado 3500 HD

Also, we compiled the list and added up the overall winners by category.

BrandAwards
Toyota 12
Chevrolet/GMC 11
Ford6
Honda4
Nissan2
Mid-Size Pickups
Honda (TIE)4
Ford (TIE)4
Toyota3
Nissan2
Chevrolet/GMC1
Full-Size Pickups
Toyota9
Chevrolet/GMC5
Ford1
Heavy Duty Pickups
Chevrolet/GMC5
Ford1

What do you think? Did you find this information helpful? Comment below.

4 COMMENTS

  1. These ratings rely heavily on Toyota’s past truck models and a Tundra that’s over a decade old. My 3rd gen Tacoma has been one of the worst truck’s I’ve owned in the last 30 years. My neighbor’s half-ton Silverado (2016 I think) has been problem free and has twice as many miles as my Tacoma and my truck is the one that’s left me stranded thanks to a HPFP failure and crank position sensor problems. If anyone would have told me 20 years ago that my Tacoma would be the one with a howling rear diff and my neighbor’s Chevy would have to give me a ride to work, I would have laughed in your face. These days I’m a much more humble and open minded person when it comes to judging brands based on reliability.

  2. We do have an F-150 that we use for off-road driving. Seeing this list makes me want to acquire Toyota Tacoma for our second truck.

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