Find a truck you’ll want to keep forever
We have all been there. That regret that we develop years later after what was a nice truck at the time, that we ended up selling as a trade-in for something newer not realizing there would come a time when we wished we never had it. to have let go. Especially when the new models just don’t seem to stack up.
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However, perhaps, as the old saw says, “Better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all” can offer some solace as we console ourselves from a bad new truck purchase that left us leaves the bitter taste of dissatisfaction.
Armed with the survey results, CR analysts put the data in their newsletter and here’s what truck buyers recently reported as the most satisfying and least satisfying picks they bought.
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Please note that the pickups are ranked among the most and least satisfying midsize and full-size pickups based on their overall satisfaction rating, along with additional performance ratings for top scores in style, experience ride, comfort, value and in-car ease of use electronics.
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Most Satisfying Midsize Pickup: 2022 Honda Ridgeline
Price range: $37,640 – $45,070
CR MPG: Overall 20 / City 13 / Highway 29 mpg
Rated #1 of 9 Compact Pickup Trucks
With its SUV-like ride and handling experience, it was people’s favorite in terms of overall satisfaction. The Jeep Gladiator came in second but fared better when it comes to its rating in the styling category. Curiously, CR analysts have reported that “…all rated trucks have the lowest owner rating for value. All trucks also received low scores for ease of use of on-board electronics.”
Less satisfying: Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon
Most Satisfying Full-Size Pickup: 2022 Ford F-350
Price range: $37,390 – $89,815
(All other specifications not yet tested by CR)
Not as obvious of a winner as the mid-size truck satisfaction rating results above, CR analysts had this to say about what their survey revealed:
While owners love their heavy-duty F-350, all full-size trucks scored at least an average in overall owner satisfaction. Several trucks are tied for the highest score for comfort, styling and driving experience, and no truck received lower than average ratings. The Chevrolet Silverado 3500HD and its GMC Sierra 3500HD twin far exceeded the usability factor of the on-board electronics; the other trucks were average or worse. And just like in the midsize class, none of the full-size truck owners find them good value for money. All receive well below average ratings except the Ram 1500 Classic, which is simply below average.
Less satisfying: Ram 1500 Classic, GMC Sierra 1500 and Chevrolet Silverado 1500
For additional articles on buying new and used cars and trucks, check out these two select articles: “Chevy Trucks to Buy and Not Buy Explained by a Chevrolet Mechanic” and “Consumer Reports Lists What’s New in Small Pickup Trucks “.
TO BE CONTINUED: Timing chain and timing belt problems and repair demonstrated by mechanics
Timothy Boyer is a Torque News automotive reporter based in Cincinnati. Experienced in early car restorations, he regularly restores older vehicles with engine modifications for better performance. Follow Tim on Twitter at @TimBoyerWrites for daily news on new and used vehicles.
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