By Dave Lee
The 2011 Ford F-150 won first place in the annual J.D. Power and Associates Initial Quality Study in the Large Pickup category.
The new-owner survey measures both design-related problems and defects in the first 90 days of vehicle ownership. Overall, the industry average for initial quality is 107 problems per 100 vehicles in 2011. J.D. Power says that newly introduced cars and trucks have 10% more problems than they did last year.
Across the board, almost all the leading models in the study have been on the market in their current design for a few years. In the 2009 study (the year the F-150 was redesigned), the F-150 tied with the Toyota Tundra for the highest initial quality in a large pickup.
The other trucks named in the Large Pickup category are the Tundra and Chevrolet Avalanche. The 2011 Honda Ridgeline took home the award for highest initial quality in the Midsize Pickup category. In the 2010 study, the Avalanche and the GMC Sierra 1500 tied for the top spot.