Chevy, GMC Dominate J.D. Power Truck Reliability Forecast
Tundra, Super Duty Also Among Highest-Rated
The Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra may not be the newest and sexiest trucks on the road, with Ford stealing the thunder for the past few model years with the new F-150 for 2015 and the 2017 Super Duty rolling into dealerships right now. However, J.D. Power is predicting GM fullsize trucks will hold up for the long haul, based on surveys of new and used truck buyers. The Power Circle Ratings, which synthesizes data from the company’s Vehicle Dependability Study (VDS) and Initial Quality Study (IQS) gave GM trucks three out of the five spots among the top trucks. The winners for GM were the 2016 Chevrolet Silverado Heavy Duty, the Silverado 1500, and the GMC Sierra 1500. The 2016 Ford Super Duty and the 2016 Toyota Tundra were also predicted to have good long-term reliability.
Both the Silverado 1500 and Heavy Duty received an overall predicted reliability score of 4.5 out of 5. All the other models on the list received a score of 4 out of 5. The Ford Super Duty is all-new for the 2017 model year, and it’s not unusual for an all-new model to have a higher than usual number of defects or problems, hence the shopworn adage of buyers waiting for manufacturers to “work the bugs out” in the first model year.
Source: J.D. Power