Vincentric announced its 2015 Best Value Awards, and the overall winner for Best Value Truck Brand is Chevrolet, winning three of the six main pickup categories.
Vincentric is an automotive data compilation and analysis firm that measures the cost of ownership during the first five years of a pickup truck's life.
Vincentric's scoring system measured ownership costs for 2015 models in eight different categories across nine different ownership scenarios. The company then compared the ownership costs for each model against its expected costs, based on the vehicle's segment. Winning vehicles had the lowest expected relative ownership costs versus their segment’s expected costs.
In the midsize segment, the Toyota Tacoma won, mostly because it is the vehicle likely to depreciate the least during five years. In the half-ton segment, the Ram 1500 just nosed ahead of the Tundra and the Ford F-150. We broke down the heavy-duty category by gas and diesel engines in the 2500 and 3500 segments. The Chevrolet Silverado 2500 and 3500 dominated, giving up the one-ton gas segment to its sibling GMC.
Winners By Category
Midsize: Toyota Tacoma
Half-ton: Ram 1500
Three-quarter-ton gas: Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD
Three-quarter-ton diesel: Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD
One-ton gas: GMC Sierra 3500 HD
One-ton diesel: Chevrolet Silverado 3500 HD
To read the full press release, click here.
Editor’s note: This post was updated on March 27 to clarify Vincentric’s methodology for determining its awards.