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The Best Truck To Buy 2017

Built to work hard and play hard, pickup trucks need to be reliable. Based on data provided by thousands of new- and used-vehicle owners, J.D. Power can help you to determine which trucks are most likely to run for a long time without any trouble.Taking into account survey responses related to quality and dependability, our Power Circle Ratings for reliability represent a prediction of which pickups are most likely to prove trouble-free over time. According to these ratings, the trucks in this guide, listed in alphabetical order, are expected to deliver the best reliability.Remember, though, that a rating is valid when compared to direct competitors in the same segment, and not across all pickup truck segments.

the best truck to buy 2017

Equipped with a new turbodiesel engine option that makes more horsepower than the competition, the Silverado HD lineup might fall a bit short in terms of towing and hauling capability but makes up for it with segment-leading reliability ratings. A wide variety of cab styles, trim packages, and equipment levels ensure that you can find a Silverado HD to meet just about any requirement.The 2017 Silverado HD receives an overall predicted reliability Power Circle Rating of 5 out of 5.

Completely redesigned for the 2017 model year, the Ford F-Series Super Duty might not lead the heavy-duty pickup segment with regard to reliability, but in terms of engineering, capability, and technology, it sets the standard. Nearly the entire frame is composed of high-strength steel, while the body is military-grade aluminum. Plus, Ford says it can tow and haul more weight than any of its competitors.The 2017 F-Series Super Duty receives an overall predicted reliability Power Circle Rating of 4 out of 5.

Equipped with rugged good looks and available in an upscale Denali trim level, the GMC Sierra 1500 is a reliable choice in a light-duty, full-size pickup truck. In crew cab format, it also tows more weight than the competition, according to GMC. For the 2017 model year, the Sierra gains standard Teen Driver technology and available low-speed automatic emergency braking in order to improve safety.The 2017 Sierra 1500 receives an overall predicted reliability Power Circle Rating of 4 out of 5.

Returning to the Honda lineup after a brief hiatus, the 2017 Ridgeline is a midsize crew-cab pickup truck based on the same platform as the Pilot SUV. It offers space for 5 passengers, locking in-bed trunk with a drain plug, dual-action tailgate that swings to the side or folds down for loading, and a bed-mounted audio system that turns the Ridgeline into a tailgate party boombox. A V-6 engine is standard, powering the front or all four wheels.The 2017 Ridgeline receives an overall predicted reliability Power Circle Rating of 4.5 out of 5.

Considering that the Nissan Frontier is essentially the same truck that it was a decade ago, it is natural to expect it to be reliable. The oldest and most basic of midsize trucks, the Frontier is relatively unrefined, but the price is nice and they last for a long time.The 2017 Frontier receives an overall predicted reliability Power Circle Rating of 4 out of 5.

Consumer Reports gave every Chevy pickup truck it tested just 1 out of 5 for predicted reliability. The 2017 Chevy Colorado is a popular used pickup truck. However, the 2017 Chevy Colorado also had a recall for problems with its fuel pump/fuel system.

It also scored only 1 out of 5 for predicted consumer satisfaction. In addition, J.D. Power also ranked the 2017 Chevy Colorado a little lower than other trucks. In its J.D. Power Review, this compact pickup truck earned just average quality and reliability ratings.

The 2017 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 and 2500 HD were tested by Consumer Reports as well. These Chevy pickup trucks also scored only 1 out 5 for predicted reliability. That said, U.S. News and World Report actually recommends the 2017 Chevrolet Silverado as one of the best used pickup trucks of 2017. Still, Consumer Reports ranks them as the least reliable 2017 pickup trucks.

Consumer Reports did give the 2017 Chevrolet Silverado a 4 out of 5 for a good driving experience. But this truck has dealt with 6 recalls. The recalled problems include braking issues and problems with the suspension.

The 2017 GMC Canyon also earned just 1 out of 5 for predicted reliability from Consumer Reports. All GM trucks seem to get virtually the same verdict from Consumer Reports, regardless of whether they are Chevrolet or GMC models. So, as far as these reviews are concerned, the 2017 GMC Canyon and Chevy Colorado are essentially the same truck with the same problems.

For the full-size segment, the 2017 GMC Sierra 1500 and 2017 GMC Sierra 2500HD both received only 1 out of 5 for predicted reliability as well. But what about the other critics? Like its corporate cousin, the 2017 GMC Sierra 1500 also made the U.S. News and World Report best 2017 full-size trucks list.

The 2017 GMC Sierra 1500 also ranked pretty low for reliability from J.D. Power. This is also one of the least reliable 2017 pickup trucks on the J.D. Power platform. The 2500HD model only received an average reliability rating from J.D. Power but earned a good score overall. The 2017 GMC Sierra 2500HD notably received very high marks for its high resale value. That means it may prove more difficult to find one of these used pickup trucks for cheap.

The 2017 Ford F-150 and F-250 also received only 1 out of 5 for predicted reliability. The 2017 Ford F-150 has had 13 recalls. On its list of problem areas, Consumer Reports shows issues with the brakes, engine, and foundation components.

Like the 2017 Ford F-150 and F-250, the 2017 Ram 2500 also ranked just 1 out of 5 for predicted reliability. Consumer Reports shows this truck has dealt with 10 recalled issues. Problem areas for the Ram 2500 are the engine major and transmission both major and minor.

For the 2017 model year, Nissan adds an all-new TITAN half-ton pickup, powered by Nissan's new 390-horsepower 5.6-liter Endurance V8 engine, to the expanding TITAN XD lineup. TITAN XD is currently offered in a Crew Cab body with a choice of a powerful Cummins 5.0L V8 Turbo Diesel or the Endurance V8. New TITAN XD and TITAN Single Cabs, the first single cab variants in TITAN history, join the lineup in late fall. A King Cab body configuration, along with a V6 engine, will follow at a later date.

About Nissan Motor Co. Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., Japan's second-largest automotive company, is headquartered in Yokohama, Japan, and is part of the Renault-Nissan Alliance. Operating with more than 247,500 employees globally, Nissan sold 5.32 million vehicles and generated revenue of 11.38 trillion yen (USD 103.6 billion) in fiscal year 2014. Nissan delivers a comprehensive range of more than 60 models under the Nissan, Infiniti and Datsun brands. Nissan leads the world in zero-emission mobility, dominated by sales of the LEAF, the first mass-market, pure-electric vehicle. It is the best-selling EV in history with almost 50% share of the zero-emission vehicle segment. For more information on our products, services and commitment to sustainable mobility, visit our website at

* "Claim based on years/mileage (whichever occurs first) covered under the respective 2017 New Vehicle Limited Warranty basic coverage. Comparison based on Ward's 2016 Large Pickup Segmentation and Small Pickup Segmentation v. 2017 TITAN and TITAN XD. Comparison based on publicly available information on manufacturers' website. Claim current at the time of printing. Nissan's New Vehicle Limited Warranty basic coverage excludes tires, powertrain coverage, corrosion coverage and federal and California emission performance and defect coverage (applicable coverage is provided under other separate warranties). The powertrain coverage is 5 years or 100,000 miles (whichever occurs first). Other general exclusions and terms and conditions also apply. For complete information concerning coverage, conditions and exclusions, see your Nissan dealer and read the actual New Vehicle Limited Warranty booklet."

Surprisingly, the three-quarter-ton pickup truck segment doesn't get a lot of respect. Half tons are the biggest-selling truck segment in the industry, and one-ton pickups are depicted as the strongest work beasts on the planet. However, the three-quarter-ton pickup is often the ignored player on the dealer lot. That's what prompted us to shine the spotlight on this segment to see which one has the best combination of brains and brawn.

For our 2017 3/4-Ton Premium Truck Challenge, we assembled four top-end crew-cab pickups equipped with four-wheel drive, as many towing features as possible and their torque-biased turbo-diesel engine option.

For this Challenge, we put the competitors through 21 empirical tests (many of which were conducted empty, loaded or towing a gooseneck trailer) and awarded unweighted points, with the winner in each category getting a score of 100, while the others received the appropriate portion of that score based on their performance. The rest of the points were distributed by our five expert judges, each of whom awarded 1 to 10 points in 10 subjective categories. A total of 3,100 points were possible; however, no truck achieved that score.

Bottom line: There is value here, but you need to be clear about the trade-offs. If you need a stronger half ton, this is a great truck, but it shouldn't be playing in the same sandbox as the big boys.

So, while the bones of this truck are solid and meant to carry heavy loads, all of the judges believed the trade-off was overly biased in the wrong direction. This meant that no other competitor had a higher GVWR or bumper tow rating, and it came close to winning the gross combined weight rating category.

Other areas where the Chevy stood out included best payload capacity (beating the Ram by 40 pounds and the 2017 Ford Super Duty F-250 by 100 pounds), the most aggressive look of the bunch (thank you, Midnight Edition) and a reasonable price for its content and capability. When looking at scoring in empirical testing, the Chevy took first place by almost 30 points. Unfortunately, its interior looks and feels like the oldest of the group, which cost it significant points in subjective judges' scoring. 041b061a72


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