Chevy Makes 2 of the 10 Worst Models for Reliability, Consumer Reports Says

Consumer Reports provides in-depth car reviews intended to serve as helpful guides for readers interested in purchasing vehicles. One criterion CR judges in its reviews is a car’s predicted reliability, and the site recently ranked some of the least reliable cars on the market. Two Chevrolet vehicles made the list. These two models might come as a surprise, as outside of reliability, they are generally not considered among the worst Chevy models.

The ’10 Least Reliable Cars’ from Consumer Reports explained

Consumer Reports tracks data about issues that a vehicle model has had in previous years to measure predicted reliability. Consumer Reports states that the survey used to measure reliability includes 17 areas, which cover everything from minor issues a vehicle has to have addressed to major repairs. Each car gets a predicted reliability score in CR’s review, and CR created a list of vehicles with the lowest reliability scores.

This list might surprise some readers, as it includes several vehicles with a generally positive reputation. For example, the Tesla Model Y is a popular electric compact SUV noted for being exceptionally fun to drive. However, it earned a spot on the Consumer Reports list, as its reliability is low. The Ford Mustang is also on the list despite its overall positive reception. Reliability does not mean that a model is bad. It simply means that drivers may be more likely to encounter issues with it.

The Chevy Silverado

A black 2022 Chevrolet Silverado LT full-size pickup truck parked on a dirt plain in the desert
2022 Chevrolet Silverado LT | Chevrolet

Chevrolet’s signature full-sized pickup truck, the Chevy Silverado, made it onto the list with an abysmal Consumer Reports reliability score. Consumer Reports highlighted the Silverado’s engine and transmission as potential problem areas. With issues like this, the Silverado could be an expensive vehicle to own due to the types of repairs and replacements that could be needed.

Reliability issues were Consumer Reports’ biggest complaint with the Silverado, but it did have other negatives as well. In the Consumer Reports overview of the 2022 Silverado, CR gave the truck an average predicted owner satisfaction rating. This category on the review measures how likely an owner would purchase a vehicle again. The Silverado’s reliability issues might contribute to potential owner dissatisfaction.

It isn’t all bad for the Silverado, though. CR notes that it is pretty quiet for a full-sized pickup and has plenty of interior space. The Chevy Silverado is not a bad truck, but it might not be a reliable one.

The Chevrolet Corvette 

The Corvette is one of the most famous sports cars of all time, and with its sleek style and powerful performance, it has a dedicated fan base. Because of this, it might be a surprise that Consumer Reports considers the Corvette unreliable. In terms of minor problem areas, Consumer Reports notes that the paint can be an issue in the Chevy Corvette. On the more serious end of the spectrum, though, CR cites potential engine and drive system problems. 

Despite the low reliability score, the Consumer Reports overview of the 2022 Corvette was otherwise quite positive. This review includes an overwhelmingly positive Road Test, highlighting the Corvette’s stunning acceleration and agile handling. Along with this, the Corvette also received a strong owner satisfaction score.

Buyers who want a Corvette to experience its roaring 495-hp V8 engine will likely not be disappointed. Still, they might have to consider the potential costs of repairing the Corvette in the future. Essentially, the decision to buy a new Corvette will depend on how important the reliability issues listed by Consumer Reports are to a driver. 

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