June 22nd, 2011 by Steve Cypher

If you want durability in a truck look at a 2008 Toyota

Durability

Looking for a reliable truck? Used Toyota trucks from 2008 rank the highest on the J.D Power and Associates vehicle dependability study. The study measures problems experienced during the past 12 months by original owners of three-year old vehicles.

It includes “202 different problem symptoms across power train, body and interior and feature and accessory dependability.” Now personally, I think that’s a lot to cover on any used truck. So it must be good.

Overall durability is determined by the number of problems experienced per 100 vehicles. A lower number of problems results in a higher quality rating for any of the used cars or trucks on the list.

In 2011, overall vehicle problems averaged 151 per 100 vehicles – the lowest problem rate among used trucks since the inception of the study in 1990. In addition, Toyota trucks improved from 170 problems per 100 vehicles in 2009.

In the “Midsize Pickup” category, the 2008 Toyota Tacoma was ranked most dependable, followed by the Honda Ridgeline. No other models in this segment performed above the segment average.

I like the Honda Ridgeline more than I do the Toyota Tacoma, but that’s only from a styling point of view.

Award winning

The 2008 Tundra was the award recipient in the “Large Truck” category. The Dodge Ram 1500 and Ford F-150 were honorable mentions.

Final thoughts

So if you are looking for a durable truck, look for a used Toyota, preferably 2008 Toyota Tundras, because they have the award to back them up from J.D. Power & Associates.


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