Are you trying to figure out the most dependable truck to buy today? A prominent owner survey shows which ones have been the most dependable over the past 5 years.

Most dependable trucks

The annual J.D. Power dependability survey collects information from over 30,000 owners on average. It looks at vehicles after three years of ownership.

Survey questions cover: “184 specific problem areas across nine major categories: climate; driving assistance; driving experience; exterior; features/controls/displays; infotainment; interior; powertrain; and seats,” according to their website.

This survey has been conducted for the last 35 years and the results are often a key part of most advertising campaigns for automakers.

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For clarity, J.D. Power is a survey company that uses the results to give out awards. It also sells its data, in the form of reports, to automakers and/or other agencies interested. J.D. Power also conducts surveys on different industries throughout the world.

Here are the survey results broken down by survey year, model year, trucks by segment. As mentioned above, the survey year and model year differ since the survey looks at three-years of ownership. It is also broken down by brand and how many awards each brand has received.

JD Power Dependability Survey Last 5 Years
Survey Year Model Year Category Pickup Truck
2019 2016 Midsize Nissan Frontier
Full-size Toyota Tundra
Heavy-Duty Chevy Silverado HD
2020 2017 Midsize Nissan Frontier
Full-size Ford F-150/Toyota Tundra (TIE)
Heavy-Duty Chevy Silverado HD
2021 2018 Midsize Nissan Frontier
Full-size Toyota Tundra
Heavy-Duty Chevy Silverado HD
2022 2019 Midsize Nissan Frontier
Full-size Toyota Tundra
Heavy-Duty Chevy Silverado HD
2023 2020 Midsize Toyota Tacoma
Full-size GMC Sierra
Heavy-Duty Chevrolet Silverado HD
2024 2021 Midsize Toyota Tacoma
Full-size Toyota Tundra
Heavy-Duty Ford Super Duty
Brand First Place Second Place Third Place
Chevy/GMC 6 11 3
Ford 2 2 2
Honda 2
Nissan 4
Ram 2 2
Toyota 7 1 2

What are the big problems for each truck?

One of the common questions from surveys like this are: what engine, what trim or what transmission is giving the most issues?

Unfortunately, none of the surveys we report on breaks the information into those exact terms.

We do have detailed reports on several trucks from other sources like Consumer Reports: Chevy Silverado 1500, Ford F-150, Ford Ranger, GMC Sierra 1500, Nissan Frontier, Ram 1500, Toyota Tacoma, Toyota Tundra and heavy-duty trucks.

In most cases, the issues these days focus more on the infotainment system, driving assistance issues and general build quality problems rather than major powertrain problems.

The bottom line

The J.D. Power Dependability award is a top honor for automakers and is regularly used in advertising campaigns. It is also a good tool for consumers shopping for a new truck since it covers multiple years of ownership.

I should note there has been some criticism of the results since J.D. Power does sell the results for an undisclosed sum to automakers. This creates questions on if automakers can buy their way into an award. You’ll find this criticism can be rampant depending on whether or not you agree with the survey results.

I’ll say in my years of covering their results, I’ve never seen any proof to this claim.

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