Trucks & SUVs

Consumer Reports Only Recommended 1 Chevy SUV for 2021

When you’re in the market for a sport utility vehicle, you’ll find that Chevy’s SUVs dominate the market with a large number of them available. However, only one of them is recommended to consumers. 

Consumer Reports lists out each SUV that Chevy produces and shows how well each one scored with their testing. Which one did they recommend others buy from that bunch?

Which Chevy SUV does Consumer Reports recommend?

On the Consumer Reports list, there are eight SUVs total in the Chevy lineup. Out of those eight, only one wasn’t scored because CR hasn’t tested the Chevy Bolt EUV, which is its electric SUV

From the remaining seven, overall scores range from 48 to 74 points out of a possible 100. The worst one on the list goes to the Chevy Trax, which also has one of the worst owner satisfaction scores of the bunch. Owners just didn’t care for many aspects of it, including its value, and comfort level. Most reviewers weren’t impressed with it either. 

Some of the SUVs in Chevy’s lineup had decent road test scores, but they failed in predicted reliability ratings. So, with that said, which one did Consumer Reports like out of the bunch?

Well, the only one to score consistently with average or above-average ratings is the Chevy Equinox. 

What do they like about the 2021 Chevy Equinox?

The Equinox isn’t exactly an outstanding performer in the Chevy SUV lineup, but it was still recommended by Consumer Reports. There were a few areas that they liked and that gave it enough of an edge to score high on their list. 

One thing that set it apart from others was its average predicted reliability rating. There haven’t been as many issues to deal with as most of the other SUVs on the list. Actually, there haven’t been as many serious issues since 2013. After that model year, it steadily improved. 

It also stands apart with its fuel economy ratings. Driving on city roads gets an estimated 17 mpg. But, when you take it out on the highway, you can get a whopping 34 mpg, which is pretty good, considering most of Chevy’s other SUVs get less than 30 mpg. 

It also has above-average braking, smooth transmission, and ride comfort as well. Its interior is pretty average though as well as the cargo storage area. All in all, Consumer Reports recommends it because it outperforms its sibling SUVs. 

Did any other Chevy SUVs score well?

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The two SUVs that come fairly close to the Equinox on their list, are the Traverse, which scored a 69, and the Blazer, which got a 67. The Traverse rated pretty high on the road test with a score of 95.

Consumer Reports liked its roominess, comfort level, as well as its refinement for a three-row SUV. The V6 engine is powerful enough to get an acceleration time of 7.3 seconds for a 0 to 60 run, which makes it fun to drive. 

However, the Traverse had a few drawbacks that kept it from being recommended. The two biggest areas that it failed in were the fuel economy ratings, and predicted reliability. 

When it comes to driving on city roads, the Traverse can only get an estimated 14 mpg. When you travel onto the highway, you get a somewhat respectable 28 mpg. As for reliability, this Chevy SUV saw too many problems with its suspension, climate system, and transmission. 

The Chevy Blazer also performed well on the road test, getting an overall score of 83. It performed well with its smooth transmission, and its 6.4 second acceleration time. It also impressed them with its braking as well as its interior fit and finish. 

But, it also failed in a couple of areas. Like the Traverse, it’s predicted reliability falls short. Owner satisfaction is pretty average, but the area that many drivers had problems with is its value. The cost of the Blazer is just too high for what you actually get out of it. 

Chevy has an impressive lineup of SUVs on the list, but not all of them are up to par with what Consumer Reports wants. The Equinox, however, proves to be a likely candidate for those looking for a reliable and roomy SUV to purchase.