Consumer Reports is one of the most trusted sources for reviewing, well, everything. There are specific criteria by which CR judges its options when it comes to pickup trucks. For the 2022 model year, Chevy trucks failed to impress Consumer Reports. What’s wrong with Chevy’s mid-size and full-size models, and why aren’t they good enough? We looked at the Chevy Silverado 2022 and Chevy Colorado 2022 reviews to find out.
Where do Chevy trucks rank with Consumer Reports?
First, the 2022 Chevy Silverado is in fifth place in the full-size pickup truck segment. Since it’s one of the most popular models in the US, along with the Ram 1500 and Ford F-150, we thought it might be in the top three for quality. However, that’s a long way from those models and the Ford F-250 and Nissan Titan. Consumer Reports only ranks its corporate equivalent, the GMC Sierra 1500, and the Ram 1500 Classic behind it.
Furthermore, in the compact category, Chevy offers the Colorado. Even worse than its big brother, the 2022 Chevy Colorado is ranked seventh out of eight options. Of course, that doesn’t include the company’s equivalent, GMC Canyon, with which it shares the overall score. Only the pricey Jeep Gladiator is behind the Chevy compact truck. Newer models like the Ford Maverick and Hyundai Santa Cruz even move up the ranks with old leaders like the Toyota Tacoma, Honda Ridgeline, Ford Ranger, and Nissan Frontier.
Things Consumer Reports disliked about the 2022 Chevy Silverado
Overall, the CR gives the Silverado 46 out of 100. Most notably, it loses a lot of points for predicted reliability, which is based on the previous year’s model. For every model year since the Silverado’s initial production, reliability has been below average or very poor. In recent years, it has gotten worse. Since 2015, the Silverado has had a “worse” reliability score, the lowest possible than the CR.
In addition, the owner’s satisfaction is also not good. CR took the time to poll many previous year model owners and check if they would repurchase the model. Most people give a “no” answer, which is why owner satisfaction is consistently low for this full size truck. Finally, the fuel economy is very poor, receiving a score of 1 out of 5 possible points. The 2022 Chevy Silverado gets 11 city and 24 mpg highway.
Things Consumer Reports disliked about the 2022 Chevy Colorado
On the other hand, the compact Colorado has a slightly lower score of 45 out of 100. It’s better than the Silverado in terms of reliability, but barely. The area with the lowest ratings was customer satisfaction, which indicates that the owner refuses to repurchase the model. Historically, reliability and customer satisfaction have been issues, so CR recommends avoiding Chevy Colorado ownership in the long term.
Furthermore, publications indicated that the journey was “stiff and choppy” within Colorado. With other options like the Honda Ridgeline offering luxurious interiors and a smooth ride, it’s hard to make an argument for buying a Chevy compact truck. Also, CR doesn’t like the Colorado’s 3.6-liter V6 engine, which it says is “short on torque.”
Chevy trucks don’t impress the experts.
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Regardless of the size of the pickup truck you want to buy, Consumer Reports isn’t impressed with Chevy’s offerings. For full-size models, classic, trusted and high-end options like the Ram 1500, Ford F-150, and even the Nissan Titan offer even more options. There are so many better options in the mid-range or compact segment that we can’t list them all. Consumer Reports loves the underrated Honda Ridgeline for its luxurious interior and smooth ride, beating the competition. In short, Chevy trucks of all sizes failed to impress Consumer Reports and previous owners.
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