Trucks & SUVs

GM’s 2021 Truck Lineup Got Crushed in Consumer Report’s Rankings

Truck sales are better than ever, even in spite of the pandemic which is rocking the auto world. It appears that GMC and Chevy vehicles aren’t performing so well, however. In fact, both companies’ trucks rank at the bottom of the pack according to Consumer Reports, and it doesn’t bode well for the future. 

Is the 2021 Chevy Silverado a good truck?

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The Chevy Silverado gets plenty of good press, but that couldn’t save it from having an overall score of 45 from Consumer Reports. With a predicted reliability score of 1 out of 5, that’s not very surprising.

While Chevy has given it a better power train and improved the fuel economy, there are still a lot of issues plaguing it. Its large size makes taking turns a chore, and the front seats aren’t very comfortable.

The back seats are surprisingly roomy, however, so anyone who gets lucky enough to sit in the back will have the best seat in the Silverado.

There are a lot of things the 2021 GMC Sierra could have done better

The GMC Sierra tied with the Chevy Silverado for a score of 45. Like the Silverado, it also got a predicted reliability score of 1 out of 5. 

The interior is what really brought the score down. It’s dull, aged, and uncomfortable. For a truck that costs around $50,000, that’s unacceptable. 

While GMC has made some major strides in trying to update the Sierra, the competition hasn’t slowed down, so it’s not looking good for the Sierra. The 2022 model is already lagging behind the F-150, so it appears that GMC might not have done enough in the eyes of Consumer Reports. 

The 2021 GMC Canyon is far from the best midsize truck

The GMC Canyon came in at the bottom of the compact pickup truck segment with a score of 37. It received a score of 61 on the road test, has a predicted reliability of 2 out of 5, and a predicted owner satisfaction score of 3 out of 5. 

Add in a starting price of $27,595, and the Canyon really doesn’t have much to offer consumers. This is translating into sales. In fact, it is now the worst-selling midsize truck in America.

It appears the competition from other trucks like the Jeep Gladiator and the Ford Ranger are just too much for the Canyon to beat. 

The 2021 Chevrolet Colorado isn’t much better than the Canyon

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The Colorado got a score of 44 out of 100. The only compact pickup truck to perform worse was the GMC Canyon. It doesn’t have a lot of complaints against it, so it’s not a bad truck. It also offers a diesel engine, which is rare for the class.

The problem with the Colorado is the unforgivably rough ride. The seats are extremely stiff, and make long drives torturous. Add in the fact that a fully loaded Colorado costs about the same as a full-size truck, and many consumers are skipping over it for something bigger.

Will GMC and Chevy be able to recover from this?

GMC and Chevy have been through ups and downs over the years, so it’s definitely possible for the companies to recover. Both GMC and Chevy will have to figure out a way to bring its scores up and increase sales, however, and that’s no easy task given the competition in the truck realm.

This probably means improving future models, which means a lot of work and money. Chevy already gave the Colorado a major refresh, which proves that it knows there is a lot of work that needs to be done, and is doing so. Whether that will be enough to draw in new drivers remains unclear, however.