Survey Says

New survey reveals truck owners more likely to give up coffee, alcohol before trucks

Ford commissioned a survey to find out how passionate truck owners are.

Photo courtesy of Ford Motor Company

What makes current truck owners so passionate? What do they want out of their future trucks? Ford recently commissioned a Penn Schoen Burland (PSB) survey of 2,000 current truck owners to find out.

Those surveyed ranged from construction workers to C-Suite executives, and everything in-between. Their ages were widespread as well. Persons aged 18 to 34 made up 27 percent of the respondents. Those over 65 years old and between 35 and 44 represented 17 percent while two decades worth of owners aged 45 to 64 made up the remaining 39 percent, split nearly evenly.

The Great American Truck Survey Photo courtesy of Ford Motor Company

Just 38 percent owned Ford trucks. Fifty-four percent were men and 46 percent were women.

PSB asked respondents which activities they would be willing to give up for a year before they would give up their truck. A whopping 82 percent said that they would give up a streaming service like Netflix, Hulu, or Disney+. Slightly less (79 percent) said they would say goodbye up alcohol while 71 percent would stop drinking coffee.

Less than half would be willing to stop using the phone (47 percent) or eating meat (44 percent). Even less would be willing to give up sex (38 percent).

The Great American Truck Survey Photo courtesy of Ford Motor Company

Of those surveyed, 25 percent said that they had given their truck a name, offering up the examples of Betty, Big Bertha, and Cognito. Fifteen percent of truck drivers have a tattoo of their truck or one related to their truck on their body.

According to the research, 94 percent of truck owners to help others.

Forty percent are excited about the idea of an electric pickup across the U.S. In California, that number is 62 percent.

Buyers are split pretty evenly on why they would purchase an electric pickup. Most (38 percent) want assurances that they won't have to compromise on power, capability, or functionality. Thirty-seven percent say they need enough places to charge and 35 percent say that they'd switch if the electric truck had lower projected maintenance costs.

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The QX60 is all-new for 2022.

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Infiniti has released detailed specs and features for its all-new QX60 SUV. The upscale family hauler will land later this year with a reasonable starting price, updated tech, a nicely appointed cabin, and plenty more. The automaker offers its new SUV in four trims, each of which is available with all-wheel drive: Pure, Luxe, Sensory, and Autograph.

The QX60 is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 that makes 295 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque. Front-wheel drive is standard, but all-wheel drive is available, and all models get a new nine-speed automatic transmission. Infiniti says that the gearbox has a low first gear that helps deliver better acceleration and power off the line, and taller upper gears for smoother cruising on the highway. The revised all-wheel drive system is more responsive and engages more quickly than the system in the previous model.


2022 Infiniti QX60 The QX60 gets leather and several luxury features as standard kit. Infiniti


An upgraded interior is in the cards for the new QX60, as all models now get leather, heated front seats, and a heated steering wheel as standard equipment. Front passengers' backsides are treated to Infiniti's excellent zero-gravity seats and a stiffer second-row seat frame reduces vibration and noise in the cabin. Infiniti says that the cabin itself has more sound-deadening materials and thicker glass in the second row, which together yield a 7 percent improvement in noise on the highway.


2022 Infiniti QX60 A digital gauge cluster comes on all but the base model.Infiniti


A 12.3-inch infotainment touchscreen is standard that runs wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Six USB ports, nine speakers, HD Radio Bluetooth, voice commands, and SiriusXM radio are also standard. All but the base Pure trim level come with a 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster, and the top Autograph model gets a 10.8-inch full-color head-up display and a smart rearview mirror.

The new QX60 goes on sale this fall in the U.S. and Canada. Pricing starts at $47,875 for the base Pure model and tops out at $64,275 for the top Autograph AWD trim.

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Initial quality study

Nissan Maxima earns top spot in J.D. Power study

The Maxima earned the best model score in J.D. Power's 2021 quality study.

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J.D. Power has released the results of its 2021 Initial Quality Study (IQS), and found that the Nissan Maxima achieved the highest score of any single model. The car earned a score of just 85 problems experienced per 100 vehicles (PP100) and Nissan performed well overall in the study. The Maxima entered its sixth generation in 2016 and has remained on sale relatively unchanged since, though Nissan has updated the car with new tech and safety equipment over the years.

Nissan's scores landed it at fourth among mass market brands. The Altima, Maxima, and Murano took the top spots in their respective segments as well. The automaker also took home a top score for its Smyrna Assembly facility in Tennessee, which houses production for the Murano SUV. The six-million square-foot plant earned a gold award for producing vehicles with the fewest defects in the Americas.


2021 Nissan Maxima Infotainment was cited a a major problem area for new car owners.Nissan


Nissan's results are impressive, but Ram has an even bigger reason to celebrate. With a score of 128 PP100, the automaker was the highest-ranking brand in overall quality for the first time ever. Sister company Dodge earned the number-two spot with 139 PP100. Lexus tied with Mitsubishi at number three with a score of 144 PP100, which also made Lexus the highest-ranking premium brand.

J.D. Power surveyed over 110,000 purchasers and lessees of new vehicles for the 2021 study. Owners were asked 223 questions across nine categories on vehicle features, infotainment, seats, and others. On average, scores for the industry as a whole improve by about 3 percent each year, but progress slowed in 2021 to 2 percent. J.D. Power says that infotainment issues were the primary cause of slowing quality improvement levels.


2021 Nissan Maxima Three other Nissan models scored well in the study.Nissan

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