Consumer Reports Worst Trucks: 2021 Chevrolet Colorado, GMC Canyon

Why did Consumer Reports dislike the 2021 Chevrolet Colorado and 2021 GMC Canyon so much? It isn’t one major flaw that destined the trucks to this fate, but more of a few small faults that added up. Check out some of the issues for both compact pickup trucks below.

Why did Consumer Reports give the 2021 Chevrolet Colorado a 44?

Consumer Reports didn't love the 2021 Chevrolet Colorado
Consumer Reports didn’t love the 2021 Chevrolet Colorado | Chevrolet

Consumer Reports ranked the best compact pickup trucks in 2021. The 2021 Chevrolet Colorado ranked fifth out of 10 other compact pickup trucks, but the last four were not tested yet. The overall score for this truck was 44, which leaves a lot to be desired. What makes the Chevrolet Colorado worth skipping over?

For the predicted reliability, the Colorado only racked up a score of two out of five. The predicted owner satisfaction received a score of three out of five. For a pickup truck, those scores aren’t enough to overlook. The 2021 Chevrolet Colorado was also missing a lot of safety features buyers might want. Forward collision warning is optional, as is lane departure warning. Things like automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection, and blind-spot warning were not available.

However, Consumer Reports did offer a lot of high notes for the compact pickup truck. It has smaller dimensions and maneuvers more easily. The payload and towing capacity are enough for more drivers, and the handling is pretty agile. The diesel option gets 24 mpg which is pretty fuel-efficient for a truck of this size. It’s also the only compact truck in the U.S. to have a diesel option.

The 2021 GMC Canyon had the same score of 44

The 2021 GMC Canyon had the same predicted reliability score of two out of five. The predicted owner satisfaction received a score of three out of five. Since the 2021 GMC Canyon and 2021 Chevrolet Colorado are similar, the same things apply as above.

What were some of the lows that Consumer Reports gave the compact pickup truck? It was noted that the ride was “stiff and choppy,” which happens with trucks sometimes. The cloth seats were less than comfortable, and the driver’s seat was held in an awkward position. If you go for the 3.6L V6 over the aforementioned diesel, it’s slightly short on torque. If you are looking to tow frequently, this might be an issue.

One of the major drawbacks noted is that there are pretty big incentives on full-size trucks. This might threaten the value proposition for both the Canyon and the Colorado down the line.

Both trucks have a recall from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) pertaining to the seatbelts. In the recall from Dec. 2020, the NHTSA notes that the seat belt assembly might not be properly attached to the vehicle.

What compact pickup truck should you get instead?

This is a fairly short list of trucks, with only six of the 10 actually rated. The top-rated trucks on the list are the 2021 Honda Ridgeline and the 2021 Jeep Gladiator.

The Ridgeline made the list of Most Satisfying New Pickup Trucks – and only six trucks qualified. It scored a four out of five on the predicted reliability. The predicted owner satisfaction was a five out of five. All three of these items combined usually mean the vehicle being described is a pretty solid truck.

In the area of standard safety features, the 2021 Honda Ridgeline has an abundant amount. Forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection, and lane-keeping assist are a few examples. It also has such items as pedestrian detection, rearview camera, traction control, and anti-lock brakes.

So if you are hunting for reliable pickup trucks, Consumer Reports says the Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon might not meet standards. But have no fear, 2022 is going to see some innovating new trucks in all shapes and size, like the 2022 Ford Maverick.

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