If you’re looking for your next midsize truck to buy, it’s a tough decision. Many automakers offer excellent models that do the job in several ways. In addition, each of them has its advantages over competitors. For some experts like JD Power, every midsize truck is pretty much the same. So close, in fact, that only three points separate the top and bottom of the schedule. What’s the difference between the best and worst midsize trucks?
JD Power named 4 models the best midsize trucks
The first sign that all midsize trucks are pretty much the same is that JD Power can’t name a single best model. Instead, the Chevrolet Colorado, Ford Ranger, Nissan Frontier, and Jeep Gladiator have the same rating. JDP uses a rating system out of 100 based on what owners like and don’t like, using only VIN certified vehicle owners. Each of these four models scored 83 out of 100, ahead of the rest of the midsize trucks.
Also, we’ve noticed that most people like a few things about these trucks. For example, the Colorado, Ranger and Frontier are distinguished by the power of the car’s engine. Almost every midsize truck uses a four-cylinder base engine with an optional V6 available.
Also, these cars are easy for owners to maneuver and drive. For pickup truck owners, driving trucks in certain road situations can be frustrating. Even navigating parking lots can be difficult for some drivers, so it’s nice that these models don’t suffer from that problem.
2 models compared the worst mid-size truck
Just like the best overall models, the worst of a group of pickups cannot be defined by just one model. Instead, JDP offers the same score for the last-place Honda Ridgeline and Hyundai Santa Cruz. However, they are just a few points short of becoming the best models in their class. With an overall rating of 80 out of 100, the Ridgeline and Santa Cruz fall short. What do owners think is wrong with these models that makes them worse than the competition?
For a Honda pickup, owners don’t like the in-car voice assistant experience. In addition, braking performance can be much better. This is important for truck buyers who find it difficult to drive a larger vehicle for the first time. Owners say the Ridgeline’s braking power and handling are poor. Finally, owners say they don’t like how the pickup feels when it starts. We’re not sure if that means the engine sounds bad, or if it just doesn’t turn over cleanly, but JDP takes points off for it.
Next, the Hyundai Santa Cruz is one of the newest models on the scene. As a result, it has a hard time attracting some buyers who may be afraid to buy a brand new model. Owners who have already purchased it have a few issues, including headlight efficiency, below-average engine sound ratings, and below-average audio ratings.
Medium class trucks
For the rest of the segment, each model is a mid-level model. This includes the Toyota Tacoma, GMC Canyon and Ford Maverick. We found it interesting that the GMC Canyon is rated lower than the Chevy Colorado considering they are almost identical trucks. Although these are mid-range models, they are separated by only one point from the top and two from the bottom, 82 out of 100.
One thing that stands out is that most customers don’t like the car’s engine power for the Tacoma. Considering it’s the most popular midsize truck, it loses out to some of its competitors due to its underpowered engine. On the other hand, owners seem to enjoy the GMC Canyon’s engine power. However, simple things like getting in and out of the front seats are more difficult with the Canyon than with other models.
Finally, the new Ford Maverick is becoming increasingly popular. As a result, owners love its incredible fuel economy, in-car storage space and ease of entry and exit. However, the audio system is bad, the engine sounds terrible, and extraneous noise often seeps into the cabin.
JD Power’s rankings show that every midsize truck is pretty much the same
In summary, every midsize truck is pretty much the same. At this point, every model in this class has so many similarities that they’ve started to blur together. There’s almost always an off-road package or trim, a more powerful optional engine, and similar features and technology. The new Hyundai Santa Cruz and Ford Maverick are slightly smaller than the rest of the segment. Additionally, owners say models like the Chevy Colorado and Ford Ranger are reported to have a powerful engine.
Which of these midsize truck models do you think stands out above the rest? Is the entire vehicle class starting to get mixed up?