Vincentric Reveals Best Trucks for Commercial Fleets

Vincentric 2018 Fleet Best 1 II

The 13th annual Vincentric Best Fleet Value in America awards have been handed out and the Ford F-Series won two of the four pickup truck categories for 2018.

An automotive research firm, Vincentric looks at vehicle cost of ownership by collecting data and studying vehicles in eight key cost factors over several years. Those factors are depreciation, fees and taxes, financing, fuel, insurance, maintenance, opportunity costs and normal repairs.

Commercial fleet vehicles were evaluated in all 50 states and Washington, D.C., using 20 different ownership/mileage scenarios along with trim level, cab configuration and driveline setup. The winners proved to be the least costly vehicles to own in their respective pickup truck class. Among the full-size van winners, both the Ford Transit and GMC Express diesel won five of the six categories. 

Here are the 2018 best fleet pickup trucks by category:

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2018 Transit-low-roof-passenger-van T-150 II

 

Comments

As similar as 3/4 and 1 ton trucks are to each other the difference in cost between Ford and GMC (and presumably Chevy) must be really close for one to win the 3/4 ton category and the other to win the 1 ton category.

Agree Walt. The difference between diesel F250s and F350s are springs. Gassers it’s spings and transmission. The rears might be different - someone will correct me I’m sure.

I'm interested in whether we'll see any changes in this next year's report. I'm seeing a number of Nissan Titans entering commercial and government agency service, which suggest that buy-in price is low enough to make them appealing, at least for fleet testing.

Note that the military used to purchase vehicles and put aside an equivalent amount for maintenance, selling those that use up their reserve as surplus. Back '76 when I joined the USAF, my first duty base had a brand-new 4x4 F-150 crew cab for the shop I worked in, operating next to a '63 Chevy Step Van 4x4. The Ford was sold as surplus the very next year while the Chevy stayed on long after I left for another assignment.

Now, that's not throwing aspersions on today's Fords, only pointing out that sometimes it's the old-school trucks that may be the more reliable ones.

Such a strange mixed bag.

Walt makes my point exactly. Since the story doesn't tell us whether it's a 3/4 ton gasser vs. a diesel 1-ton, we can only guess why Vincentric would pick GM for the little brother and Ford for the 1 ton.

The biggest mystery is the Toyota. If they were buying used Tacoma's I'd get it. It's not my personal favorite but the Tacoma is well known for its low maintenance cost over time. The new purchase price of the Tacoma is another thing, however.

I wonder if they even evaluated a Frontier. Around my area I see Frontiers in commercial trim a lot, along with a ton of old Rangers. Not that many Toyotas.

@ papjim,

Just stop with your blind hatred for Toyota! You and some others on here sound like typical fake media!

Toyota Tacoma's are solid trucks and many reports indicate this from many sources, so just accept it and move on!

As similar as 3/4 and 1 ton trucks are I would rather see the class divided by gas vs diesel for each brand than the minuscule differences from the weight category.

Looks like Al is adopting other IDs again

Why would they pick the SR5 when the work truck trim is the SR with utility package?

Looks like papjim is on the cocaine again.

Tacoma resale value probably put them on top. In my experience toyotas are overvalued and overpriced. They are good trucks, but if you won't be taking advantage of the great resale value down the road then you can get better bang for your buck elsewhere. Toyotas aren't worth it for me because I use my trucks until they are basically ruined and worthless, so I don't get to take advantage of the resale value down the road. I think in 5 to 10 years toyota resale value will really even out with the other trucks as people start to realize they aren't really much more reliable than the other brands any more. It seems the colorado is a pretty solid design and the global ranger reputation precedes its coming to america.

Not surprised by Toyota. They almost always win the longevity contest. In fleets though it is a bit weird.

-CT

This is a highly flawed study. No RAM trucks were selected as finalists in any of the categories? The evaluators certainly do not have any sense or good taste.

-HR

"Back '76 when I joined the USAF, my first duty base had a brand-new 4x4 F-150 crew cab for the shop I worked in, operating next to a '63 Chevy Step Van 4x4. The Ford was sold as surplus the very next year while the Chevy stayed on long after I left for another assignment.

Now, that's not throwing aspersions on today's Fords, only pointing out that sometimes it's the old-school trucks that may be the more reliable ones.

Posted by: Vulpine"

Are you suggesting that the military makes decisions that make sense? My brother got a van for his Boy Scout troop cheap from the Navy. There wasn't much competition on the bid on it because the description implied that it was junk. In reality it had just been pretty much overhauled and had a box of parts in it that was worth more than he had to pay. He heard later that a captain was very upset that he didn't win the auction after writing that description of it. I had a friend that bought a tandem axle C70 off of the Air Force for $1200. When he picked it up he found that it had 2 brand new batteries and 6 brand new tires, the other 4 weren't bad either. I would bet that just those parts cost the Air Force over $3,000. It might be interesting to find out who bought that one year old Ford and for how much money. I would be that they got a steal, maybe literally.

It's a mixed bag because things like insurance and financing incentives were considered.

Ford wins again !
I am so proud I own a Ford F-150
That means I'm a winner too !

The F-150 taking the 1/2-ton category isn't surprising. Ford is extremely aggressive in the fleet truck market. It's the biggest reason for their big sales increase over the last two years. The bigger volume Ford dealers always seem to be overflowing with used fleet trucks. F-150 XL/XLT's, black trim, white paint, 50/50 steel wheels or cheaper alloy wheels.

Ford wins again !
I am so proud I own a Ford F-150
That means I'm a winner too !

Posted by: Ecoboost Rules | Apr 30, 2018 4:11:19 PM

To start with just the fact you own a Ford makes you a LOOSER.
HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

@Grnzel

Are you sure the F250 and F350 gas trucks have a different transmission? I haven't checked in a while, I'd just be surprised at that.

@ beebe,

Nice try, but the Toyota is better overall than the government Colorado!

That is why the market values the Tacoma much higher than the Colorado and research like this chooses the Tacoma has lower costs over time than the Colorado!

The Colorado does not have the reputation to overtake the Tacoma!

@oxi - Colorado is new to market therefore it still needs to build its reputation. On the other hand, the "new" Tacoma Atkinson cycle engine has been panned and so has the truck. You can't rest on your reputation and there is plenty of evidence that Toyota is doing just that.



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