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2011’s Top 10 Most Dependable Large Pickup Trucks

Toyota Tundra

Toyota Tundra

Available in two- and four wheel drive, the Tundra comes away with this year’s J.D. Power and Associates award for dependability. The Tundra is available in three cab sizes: Regular, Double, and CrewMax. The Regular and Double cab models come with either a 6’6” or 8’ bed length, while the CrewMax is limited to a 5’6” bed. The Tundra has three engine options as well: a 270-hp, 4.0L V-6, a 310-hp, 4.6L V-8, and a 381-hp, 5.7L V-8 gas engine.

Ford F-150 Light Duty

Ford F-150 Light Duty

The Ford F-150 Light Duty Pickup parks itself at number two on our list. Available in two- and four-wheel drive, and in a Regular Cab, SuperCab, or SuperCrew cab style, this truck also has three bed sizes: 5’6”, 6’6”, and 8’. The four available engines for the F-150 are the 302-hp, 3.7L V-6, the 360-hp, 5.0L V-8, the 365-hp, 3.5L V-6 EcoBoost, and the 411-hp, 6.2L V-8 only available on the Raptor models.

Chevrolet Silverado 2500/3500 HD

Chevrolet Silverado 2500/3500 HD

Available in two- or four-wheel drive, the Silverado Heavy Duty lands at number 3. With cab sizes available in Regular, Extended, and Crew, and a 6’6” or 8’ bed, the Silverado is the highest ranking Heavy Duty truck on our list. The 2500 comes with a 335-hp, 6.6L V-8 Diesel, a 360-hp, 6.0L E85 Gas, or a 397-hp, 6.6L V-8 Diesel engine, while the 3500 comes with a 322-hp, 6.0L V-8 Gas, a 335-hp, 6.6L V-8 Diesel, or a 397-hp, 6.6L V-8 Diesel engine.

Ram 1500

Ram 1500

Coming in at number four is the Ram 1500 light duty pickup truck, available in two- or four-wheel drive, in Regular, Quad, or Crew Cab, and with a 5’7”, 6’4”, or 8’ bed. The engines available for the Ram 1500 are the 215-hp, 3.7L V-6 Gas, the 310-hp, 4.7L V-8 E85, and the 390-hp, 5.7L V-8 Gas engines.

Chevrolet Silverado 1500

Chevrolet Silverado 1500

Like it’s Heavy Duty brothers, the Silverado Light Duty pickup comes in two- or four-wheel drive, with a Regular, Extended, or Crew Cab, and with a 5’9”, 6’6”, or 8’ bed. It also sports a 195-hp, 4.3L V-6, a 302-hp, 4.8L V-8, a 315-hp (gas) or 326-hp (E85), 5.3L V-8, or a 403-hp, 6.2L V-8 engine underneath its hood.

GMC Sierra 1500

GMC Sierra

The GMC Sierra Light Duty pickup is at number six on our list, boasting the same specs as the Silverado Light Duty above, with GMC styling, and select interior upgrades.

GMC Sierra 2500/3500 HD

GMC Sierra 2500/3500 HD

The GMC Heavy Duty pickups also share specs with their cousins from Chevrolet, but with the unique GMC styling and upgrades. The 2500/3500 HD trucks come in at number seven on our list.

Ram 2500/3500 HD

Ram 2500/3500 HD

The Ram Heavy duty trucks take the eighth spot with available two- and –four-wheel drive, Regular, Crew, and Mega Cabs, and 6’4” and 8’ beds. The 2500 offers a 350-hp, 6.7L I-6 Diesel engine, or a 383-hp, 5.7L V-8 gas engine, while the 3500 is only available with a diesel engine.

Nissan Titan

Nissan Titan

Filling in the ninth spot is the Nissan Titan, sporting two- and four-wheel drive, a King and Crew Cab, and a long and short bed for each model. The driving force of this full-sized pickup truck is a 317-hp, 5.6L V-8 for flexible E85 or regular gas.

Chevrolet Avalanche

Chevrolet Avalanche

The Chevrolet Avalanche brings up the rear with available two- and four-wheel drive, but no choice of cab size or bed size, as all models are Crew Cab with a 5’3” bed that can expand to 8’ by folding down the second row of seats. The engine is also limited to only a 320-hp, 5.3L V-8 E85 model.

These ratings are based upon the J.D. Power and Associates 2011 Vehicle Dependability Study of Large Pickups. For more information on this study please visit their site at J.D. Power and Associates.

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