Consumer Reports isn’t a big fan of trucks, especially the Chevrolet Silverado 1500. In fact, there is only one truck that scored lower than the Chevrolet Silverado 1500 (also known as the GMC Sierra 1500). What happened again this year, and how did other trucks score in comparison?
Consumer Reports didn’t like the 2022 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
The 2022 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 was the only truck on Consumer Reports 10 Least Reliable Cars list. Ideally, a brand-new vehicle will give owners fewer headaches. That was not the case with the Silverado, and the owner reported surveys. The truck scored an 11 out of 100 for overall reliability. It came in sixth out of 20 other full-sized pickups, but only seven new trucks have ratings.
Consumer Reports gave the 2022 Silverado a score of 78 out of 100 on the road test. The predicted reliability came in at one out of five. The predicted owner satisfaction received an average score of three out of five.
Forward collision warning (FCW) and automatic emergency braking (AEB) are standard. Pedestrian detection and lane departure warning (LDW) are also included standard By Chevrolet this year. The higher trim levels also received an upgraded infotainment system, Android Auto, and Apple CarPlay compatibility.
What makes the 2022 Chevrolet Silverado unreliable?
The Consumer Reports Annual Auto Surveys get input from owners of vehicles. Some of the issues reported include the 2022 Chevrolet Silverado engine, drive system, and transmission. Other problem areas were the power equipment and in-car electronics. Since 2014, the Silverado’s reliability history has been deteriorating. With a score of 46 overall, it seems this Chevrolet truck comes with a lot of baggage.
Buyers will likely have fewer issues with a higher-level trim, but Consumer Reports says the interior of the LT trim is “unimpressive.” Adding the Convenience package II gets the infotainment system mentioned above. In addition, it might be worth getting upgraded seats. CR also says the 3.0L diesel looks like a good idea, but it would take more than 10 years to break even.
The Silverado 1500 crew cab received a score of “marginal” from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) passenger-side small overlap front test. It scored “good” in five other tests. The Silverado truck scored four and five stars from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). In other words, the Silverado is safe enough but not the safest.
The 2022 Ram 1500 is a better full-size truck to buy
Only one full-size truck received the coveted “recommended” mark from Consumer Reports so far this year. That truck happens to be the 2022 Ram 1500. It offers average predicted reliability for buyers but above-average predicted owner satisfaction. Out of 100, the 2022 Ram 1500 scored an 83 on the road test.
The reliability history for the Ram 1500 hasn’t changed much over the years. Consumer Reports still recommended the truck, as it is the best out of the available options. “Compared to the competition, the Ram 1500 remains a kinder, gentler pickup truck in this crowded field.” As far as trucks go, Consumer Reports picks the 2022 Ram 1500 over the 2022 Chevrolet Silverado 1500.