In the 2022 JD Power Trucks Rankings for the Best Small and Midsize Trucks, the Jeep Gladiator and Honda Ridgeline have the last result. But hardly. The mid-size pickup market is hot and very competitive. Not many ratings can show how competitive the market is like the new JD Power ratings which show the truck that takes the last place finishes only 3 points off the truck that takes the top spot in the segment.
The Ford Ranger, Toyota Tacoma, Chevrolet Colorado (GMC Canyon), Honda Ridgeline and Jeep Gladiator all end up a few points apart. While the merits of the Ranger, Tacoma, and Colorado/Canyon are well known, what sets them apart from the fourth-ranked Ridgeline and fifth Gladiator?
The 2022 Ford Maverick has not yet been rated, as it is still a new model. JD Power also ranks trucks differently from Consumer Reports.
Things other than a Honda Ridgeline truck let you down
The Honda Ridgeline is unique in the midsize truck space. It is a monocoque truck, which means it is not built on a frame like a conventional truck. Instead, it’s one piece like a car. But that doesn’t mean it isn’t as capable as other trucks. In fact, the Ridgeline excuses itself well for the truck stuff. For JD Power, it was the non-truck stuff that brought down the Ridgeline.
The owners didn’t like the truck’s voice assistant. The truck’s performance (including braking) led to its decline. Nor did the owners score well in the “How does your car feel when you start it” category.
But the Ridgeline has many features that you can’t find in other trucks.
Overall, it took fourth place with 80 points in the JD Power Truck Ranking.
Things in a Jeep That Make Jeep Down in the JD Power Truck Rating
The 2022 Jeep Gladiator also took fourth place in this category with 80 points. Jeep is a traditional Jeep, which means it’s off-road biased with off-road tires, off-road suspension, and doors that pay off. All the things that make a jeep tiring during your commute make it great when you’re on the road.
Not surprisingly, all of these things caused Jeep to drop in the JD Power Trucks ratings. The owners did not like it out loud. Off-road tires, flat glass, and externally hinged doors contribute to a lot of noise. The owners didn’t like the fuel economy either. Jeeps are moulds, and that’s part of their charm, but it’s also part of the penalty you push at the pump. The owners also said that they did not like the way the car was delivered under normal conditions. This isn’t a surprise, either, because Jeeps are designed to shine off-road, not the Starbucks you’ll pass by.
Ford Ranger took first place, but it’s not perfect
How did JD Power rank the trucks? The company surveys the opinions of its owners to ask them about their experiences. Strength rates quality, reliability, driving experience, selling experience, and resale value. The average score is between 70 and 80. A score between 81 and 90 is great. No midsize truck is rated in the best class, the 91-100.
The Ford Ranger scored first, but it wasn’t perfect. It scored 83 in the JD Power truck rating. Owners report liking its handling and fuel economy, but dislike its rear seats and ease of entry into the rear.
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