Each year around this time, J.D. Power and IntelliChoice reveal respective winners in two very different categories. The J.D. Power Vehicle Dependability Study rates the reliability of 3-year-old vehicles as they compare to direct competitors in their segment. Winners this year are all 2010 models, so in some cases the vehicles are no longer produced. The study analyzes 18 vehicle categories of which only two are pickups.
The IntelliChoice Best Overall Value of the Year award, on the other hand, predicts which current-model vehicles will be the least expensive to own and operate over five years. So winners of this award are all 2013 models. This award evaluates 29 vehicle categories — only one of which is pickup trucks, and that just seems wrong to us.
We like both of these awards in theory because they rely on mountains of data and provide information for those in the market for new or used vehicles. Of course, we recommend taking these awards with a healthy dose of caution; determining the quality of a new or used pickup truck depends on many variables such as maintenance records, structural abuse, overall mileage and more.
The winner of the 2013 J.D. Power Dependability Study in the compact/midsize pickup truck segment was the 2010 Ford Ranger, with the Ram Dakota finishing second and the Honda Ridgeline third.
In the full-size pickup truck class, J.D. Power’s top pick was the 2010 GMC Sierra HD (2500/3500), with the light-duty GMC Sierra 1500 finishing second and the Chevy Avalanche finishing third.
IntelliChoice called the 2013 Toyota Tundra CrewMax four-door the best overall value for any pickup truck, predicting it will cost less to own and operate during the next five years of its life.