Chevy Trucks Fail to Impress Consumer Reports

Consumer Reports is one of the most trusted sources for reviewing, well, everything. There are specific criteria on which CR judges its options when it comes to pickup trucks. For the 2022 model year, Chevy trucks fail to impress Consumer Reports. What’s wrong with Chevy‘s midsize and full-size models, and why aren’t they good enough? We look at the 2022 Chevy Silverado and 2022 Chevy Colorado reviews to find out.

Where do Chevy trucks rank with Consumer Reports?

Here's a blue 2022 Chevy Silverado 1500 pickup truck splashing through a shallow creek.
2022 Chevy Silverado 1500 | Chevrolet

Firstly, 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 U.S., along with the Ram 1500 and Ford F-150, we’d think it might make the top three for quality. However, it falls short of those models and the Ford F-250 and Nissan Titan. Consumer Reports only ranked its corporate equivalent, the GMC Sierra 1500, and the Ram 1500 Classic behind it.

Next, 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’s not counting its corporate equivalent, the GMC Canyon, with which it shares an overall score. Only the overpriced Jeep Gladiator is behind Chevy’s compact truck. New models like the Ford Maverick and Hyundai Santa Cruz even jumped ahead in the rankings with longtime leaders like the Toyota Tacoma, Honda Ridgeline, Ford Ranger, and Nissan Frontier.

Things Consumer Reports doesn’t like about the 2022 Chevy Silverado

Overall, CR gave the Silverado a 46 out of 100. Most notably, it loses many points for predicted reliability, which is based on previous model years. For every model year since the Silverado’s initial production, it’s been below average or very bad in terms of reliability. In recent years, that’s gotten even worse. Since 2015, the Silverado has a “worse” reliability score, the lowest possible from CR.

Additionally, owner satisfaction isn’t great either. CR takes the time to poll lots of previous model year owners and check whether they’d repurchase the model. Most people give a resounding “no” answer, resulting in low owner satisfaction being consistently low for this full-size truck. Finally, fuel economy is abysmal, receiving a score of 1 out of 5 possible points. The 2022 Chevy Silverado gets 11 city and 24 highway mpg.

Things Consumer Reports doesn’t like about the 2022 Chevy Colorado

The 2022 Chevy Colorado on the road
2022 Chevy Colorado | Chevrolet

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. Its lowest ranked area is customer satisfaction, which points to owners refusing to rebuy the model. Historically, reliability and customer satisfaction have been an issue, so CR recommends avoiding long-term ownership of the Chevy Colorado.

Next, the publication points out that the ride is “stiff and choppy” inside the Colorado. With other options like the Honda Ridgeline offering luxurious interiors and smooth rides, it’s hard to make an argument for buying Chevy’s compact truck. Additionally, 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

2022 Chevy Silverado LT full-size pickup truck parked on a grass field near forest mountains
2022 Chevy Silverado LT | Chevrolet

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Regardless of which size pickup truck you want to buy, Consumer Reports isn’t impressed by the Chevy offerings. For full-size models, classic, trustworthy, upscale options like the Ram 1500, Ford F-150, and even the Nissan Titan bring more to the table. There are so many better options in the midsize or compact segment we can’t list them all. Consumer Reports loves the underrated Honda Ridgeline for its luxurious interior and smooth ride, crushing the competition. In short, Chevy trucks of all sizes fail to impress Consumer Reports and previous owners alike.