While the Detroit "Big Three" are surprisingly under-represented, Toyota dominates the list with six of the 14 top picks.
With the average new-vehicle ownership period now extending to around 6.5 years, long-term reliability is – or at least should be – among a car or truck buyer’s major concerns. These 14 pickups, SUVs, and minivans, then, received perfect scores for powertrain reliability in the latest JD Power U.S. Vehicle Dependability Study, which is based on over 35,000 surveys conducted among original owners of three-year-old cars. Click here for details on our methodology.
Toyota/Lexus dominates the trucks list, placing more than half (seven) of the 13 models cited. Unfortunately, all the Toyotas get lower marks for feature/accessory reliability, which should come as no surprise to anyone that’s driven a recent vintage model with the manufacturer’s difficult to master and often just plain balky touchscreen infotainment system. Still, that’s of relatively minor concern, compared to where the proverbial rubber meets the road, and that’s a vehicle’s major mechanical components.