Philly Murtha | Aug 01, 2019


More than 1.2 million new pickups were purchased or leased in the U.S. in the first half of 2019 for a variety of uses, including as rugged work trucks, family haulers that tow a boat or trailer or for off-road sport, according to the J.D. Power sales analysis. When shopping for a new Large or Midsize Pickup, new-vehicle quality is a major consideration, as it also is a predictor of long-term durability, according to J.D. Power.

Relying on findings in the J.D. Power Initial Quality StudySM (IQS), an automotive industry benchmark for measuring new-vehicle quality during the first 90 days of ownership, can be useful. Each year, J.D. Power surveys tens of thousands of original buyers and lessees of new cars, trucks, SUVs and vans to identify problems with new-vehicle design and defects or malfunctions.

The 2019 IQS study results are translated into Initial Quality Power Circle ratings expressed in a 1-5-point scale, with 5 being the highest. This buyer’s guide features highest ranking 2019 model-year Midsize and Large Pickups from major brands that receive an overall rating of 4 or 5 out of a possible 5 for initial quality during the first 90 days of ownership in alphabetical order.

2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500

An all-new model debuts with larger dimensions but lower weight. The 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Large LD Pickup features a bold new front end, an expansive cabin and wide bed. Eight trims, including 2 off-road variants and a broad selection of new powertrains are offered, including a turbo 6-cylinder diesel. A power tailgate, more optional advanced safety systems and Trailer Assist apps are also new.

The 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 receives 4 out of a possible 5 points.

2019 Chevrolet Silverado HD

Although sibling Silverado 1500 is redesigned for 2019, the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado HD (2500HD and 3500HD) has few changes. A choice of brawny 6.0-liter V-8s or a 6.6-liter turbodiesel provide capable towing up to 15,400 lbs. Last redone for 2014, the Silverado HD deletes regular cab configuration. A black metallic color with chrome grille and Tribute Edition package with special treatments for the LTZ trim are new. A new Silverado HD debuts for 2020.

The 2019 Chevrolet Silverado HD receives 5 out of a possible 5 points and also earns an Initial Quality award in the Large Heavy Duty (HD) Pickup category.

2019 Ford F-150

For decades, the Ford F-150 has been the best-selling vehicle in the U.S. The 13th generation F-150 launched for 2015. The 2019 Ford F-150, built with lots of aluminum for strength, is offered with multiple engines including twin-turbo V-6s and a new 3.0-liter diesel V-6. Advanced safety systems are updated with standard forward-collision warning and emergency braking and Ford’s F-150 also comes with the Sync 3 infotainment system.

The 2019 Ford F-150 receives 4 out of a possible 5 points.

2019 Ford Ranger

The 2019 Ford Ranger Midsize Pickup returns to the U.S. market after an 8-year hiatus with power from a turbo 2.3-liter 4-cylinder engine partnered with a 10-speed automatic that generates 270 horsepower and 310 lb.-ft. of torque. Safety and Sync 3 touchscreen systems, plus smartphone connectivity are standard in the XLT or higher trims.

The 2019 Ford Ranger receives 5 out of a possible 5 points and merits an Initial Quality award in the Midsize Pickup category.

 2019 Nissan Frontier

Nissan’s second-generation 2019 Frontier Midsize Pickup introduced more than a decade ago, has few changes. It is still powered by a standard V-6 and 5-speed automatic. A revised 7-in. touchscreen display is standard on S and SV trims and a Cayenne Red exterior paint color is new on more trims. Frontier comes equipped with a standard backup camera and rear parking sensors are optional.

The 2019 Nissan Frontier receives 4 out of a possible 5 Power Circles. 

2019 Nissan Titan

Introduced for 2016, the 2019 Nissan Titan Large Light-Duty Pickup features a new 7-in. infotainment system with smartphone connectivity. An upscale audio system is standard on three of five trims and a rear door alert comes standard on King and Crew Cab variants. A standard 390-horsepower, 5.6-liter V-8 paired with a 7-speed automatic provides power and 394 lb.-ft. of thrust to tow 9,000 lbs.

The 2019 Nissan Titan receives 5 out of a possible 5 points and earns an Initial Quality award in the Large Light Duty (LD) Pickup category.

2019 Toyota Tacoma

The most popular midsize truck in the U.S., the 2019 Toyota Tacoma Midsize Pickup sets rugged, off-road credentials and adds a few interior updates to the TRD Pro trim, including a new Desert Air intake option. Two USB ports in the center console are now standard and privacy glass is standard on the base model. All Tacomas with automatics have standard JBL audio systems.

The 2019 Toyota Tacoma receives 4 out of a possible 5 Power Circles.

2019 Toyota Tundra

In 2012, Toyota’s Tundra was set up to tow the Challenger space shuttle across country to LA. Since then, the Texas-built truck, which was last redone for 2014, continues to balances work and play. The 2019 Toyota Tundra brings back the TRD Pro off-road package with revised suspension and new wheels and a SRX appearance package for SR5 trim is new along with optional safety driving systems.

The 2019 Toyota Tundra receives 4 out of a possible 5.

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