The 2022 Chevy Silverado Is a Consumer Reports Favorite Pickup Truck But that Doesn’t Mean You Should Buy It

Consumer Reports refuses to let its love for certain cars or pickup trucks cloud its judgment regarding ranking and recommending new models. The 2022 Chevy Silverado 1500 landed an excellent score on the driving portion of the testing. However, that wasn’t enough to overcome the Silverado’s most problematic aspect. The 2022 Chevy Silverado is one of Consumer Reports’ favorite pickup trucks, but that doesn’t mean you should buy one. 

The 2022 Chevy Silverado vs. 2022 Ford F-150
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Consumer Reports loved driving the 2022 Chevy Silverado 1500

Just because a road test goes well doesn’t mean that reviewers should recommend a car. Consumer Reports is the King of this concept. CR scored the 2022 Chevy Silverado so highly on the road test that it tied for third place with the 2022 Ford Maverick and its platform-mate 2022 GMC Sierra 1500

Despite the successful road test, the 2022 Silverado landed at the bottom of the list in the overall score. Why? 

How reliable is the 2022 Chevy Silverado 1500?

A silver 2022 Chevy Silverado driving down the road.
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According to Consumer Reports, the Silverado is one of the least reliable pickup trucks on the market. This is strange because, typically, on CR, the testers don’t care for the loud and stiff ride of pickup trucks paired with the poor fuel economy. Reliability is rarely the problem. However, with the 2022 Silverado, they didn’t have many issues with the interior or the ride comfort. The reliability, or lack of, is what sank this ship. 

In Consumer Reports’ own words: “We expect the 2022 Silverado 1500 will be much less reliable than the average new car. This prediction is based on data from 2019, 2020, and 2021 models.”

What’s the problem with the new Silverados?

As with most full-size pickup trucks, the 2022 Chevrolet Silverado offers several engine options. The base model comes with the strong turbocharged 2.7-liter four-cylinder making 310 hp. The other options include the 3.0-liter six-cylinder turbodiesel (277 hp), a 5.3-liter V8 (355 hp), and the beefy 6.2-liter V8 (420 hp). 

Unfortunately, these engines seem to be where many of the model’s problems come from. Consumer Reports testing and research show that the engines and transmissions are one of the main problem areas. However, the Silverado’s poor reliability isn’t just the driveline. 

Over the years, the model struggled with braking, electrical, engine, transmission, fuel system problems, and more. However, the 2022 model has yet to show many of these issues outside of some engine trouble. 

Should you buy a 2022 Silverado 1500? 

According to Consumer Reports, you shouldn’t. Despite how much they enjoyed driving the huge pickup truck, the lack of reliability should be a deterrent until the model fixes its issues. The good news is that the ’22 model did see a pile of updates, and maybe they will prove helpful for reliability. 

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