Customer Request:

What pickup box Accessory Power Outlet power rating meets customer expectations on a mid-size truck?

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AutoKnowledge Response:

We created a saved workspace looking into Accessory Power Outlet feedback in Mid Pickups and investigated NHTSA complaints, recalls, and investigations to see if there were any relevant entries.

The workspace contains verbatims, data, images, and documents pertaining to Accessory Power Outlets (APOs).


We tried several iterations of search terms through JD Power verbatims coming from 2014-2019 Mid Pickups but did not find any comments directly related to Accessory Power Outlet power ratings not meeting customer expectations. There were, however, a few comments about APOs, good or bad:

GMC Canyon 19 Crew Cab
    • IQS4 FCD55: Power Plug/Cigarette Lighter - DTU/Poor Location - The actual location itself is not inconvenient. However, at night it is difficult to see. I wish it was backlit. An additional outlet would be nice. A 110V outlet would have been nice also.
    • APEAL Verbatim - Exterior Styling and Appearance: Anything else (good or bad): Its a 2019 vehicle and very little change to tailgate or front lights. Tailgate could have been like a larger truck. Very little led lights throughout vehicle interior and exterior. I would like to have had more sensors like lane warning lights on mirrors, a garage opener, AC outlet inside the cabin, etc. For being a Canyon Denali version (top of the line) very limited comfort features vehicle only has the name!
Honda Ridgeline
    • APEAL Verbatim - Exterior Styling and Appearance: Anything else (good or bad): I am a Woman 5'0' I choose this truck 4 times (2006,2008, and 2013 and 2019) because I own a pool service business and it low to the ground and has a back AC. I can put power tools in trunk bed for safety and the tailgate swings open to save my shoulders stress getting my equipment in and out.
    • APEAL Verbatim - Exterior Styling and Appearance: Anything else (good or bad): I like the storage trunk, the 110 power outlet, and external audio speakers that happen to sound pretty good in the truck bed.
    • APEAL Verbatim - Exterior Styling and Appearance: Anything else (good or bad): We love the two-way tailgate, truck bed trunk, and 120V outlet.
Toyota Tacoma
    • Radio volume knob needs to extend out further, difficult to use without accidentally using the touchscreen. Park brake could be moved to a foot control to gain some additional storage space. Would also recommend 120v outlet in the cab, not just the bed

In addition, there was information on APO power ratings and media review excerpts about APOs for Mid Pickups:

Honda Ridgeline - 400 watt AC power outlet

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The Ridgeline may be the best-in-class tailgate vehicle. If you want to run an appliance, say a blender or a TV, you can use the available 400-watt AC power outlet in the bed. Just make sure you're using a device or an extension cord with two prongs.

- Kelley Blue Book

The Ridgeline's bed, 5 feet wide and 5-feet-4-inches long, also includes a lockable in-bed composite trunk with a drain plug that can double as an icebox and a 400-watt AC power port for recharging power tools or powering game-day electronics.

Automotive News

Toyota Tacoma - 400 watt AC power outlet

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There is but one item that is not standard across the board. It comes standard on TRD and above, but is not available on the SR or SR5: Power outlet -- This 120-volt, 400-watt outlet has the capacity necessary to power cordless drill recharging equipment, work lights or a portable camping fridge. The passenger-side storage bin shrinks to make room, but it's a good trade.

Edmunds

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While the vehicle is being driven the maximum capacity of the power outlet is always 120 V AC/100 W. When the vehicle is stationary the maximum capacity of the power outlet varies depending on the following conditions:
    • The maximum capacity is 120 V AC/100 W when the following conditions apply:
      • Vehicles with an automatic transmission
        • The shift lever is moved to any positions other than P and N.
      • Vehicles with a manual transmission
        • The clutch pedal is depressed.
    • The maximum capacity is 120 V AC/400 W when the following conditions apply:
      • Vehicles with an automatic transmission
        • The shift lever is in P or N.
      • Vehicles with a manual transmission
        • The shift lever is in N and the clutch pedal is not depressed.
      • The maximum capacity of 400 W can only be restored by turning the power outlet main switch off and then on again under the conditions described above."

Owners Manual

Note: it seems the Ford Ranger, Chevrolet Colorado, and GMC Canyon only offer an APO somewhere in the cab, not the bed, and these are only rated for 150 watts.


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