Not a Single Chevy Truck Is Recommended by Consumer Reports

Consumer Reports have tested many 2022 model pickup trucks, and this year they recommend three of them, which is one more than they did last year. Out of all the ones they liked the best, none came from the Chevrolet production line. Which pickups did they evaluate from this automaker, and which Chevy trucks are waiting to get tested?

Consumer Reports have not tested all Chevy pickup trucks

A silver Chevy truck in front of a Chevrolet dealership.
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While a few trucks went through Consumer Reports rigorous testing, many haven’t been evaluated yet, including some of its heavy-duty trucks. One is the Silverado 2500HD, which Chevy sells for $38,000 to $67,000, depending on the trim and packages. 

Even though Consumer Reports hasn’t tested the model yet, some truck owners reported an excellent driving experience and a decent comfort level. Plus, they’re also pleased with the styling of the vehicle. But, when it comes to value, very few felt they were getting what they wanted in their pickup for the price they paid for it. 

According to Consumer Reports, the Silverado 3500HD hasn’t been evaluated either. However, survey data shows that owners were disappointed in the truck as far as value is concerned. Despite that, 74 percent reported they would repurchase the pickup down the road. 

Based on previous models, predicted reliability has a rating of three out of five, lower than the 2500HD truck, with a four out of five. The last truck that hasn’t been tested yet is the Silverado EV model. The electrified pickup was only recently introduced at the Consumer Electronics Show held in Las Vegas. 

Consumer Reports hasn’t been able to test it out, but they have reported their impressions on it. If GM’s specs are accurate, it could be a good competitor with its frunk option and bed storage.

Which Chevy pickup trucks did Consumer Reports test?

Out of the five pickup trucks in Chevy’s lineup, the only ones the Consumer Reports editors got their hands on were the Colorado and the Silverado 1500 models. When looking at the results of the Colorado’s evaluation, it’s not surprising to see it didn’t make the list of recommended trucks. 

It has an overall score of 45 out of 100, including a poor predicted reliability score of 2 out of 5 and an equally disappointing predicted owner satisfaction rating of 1 out of 5. The road test was a little better, but not by much. Chevy’s Colorado model only received a 61 out of 100 rating for a rough performance from the engine’s torque and jostling ride. 

The Silverado 1500 fared slightly better, with an overall score of 46 out of 100. However, it outperformed the Colorado in the road test with a 78 out of 100, and better predicted owner satisfaction ratings. Predicted reliability fell to 1 out of 5 as the lowest possible score. Its combination of the 5.3-liter V8 engine and eight-speed transmission was a well-needed improvement but couldn’t carry it far enough. 

What pickup trucks did Consumer Reports recommend this year?

On the recommended vehicle list from Consumer Reports, three pickups are mentioned. Honda’s Ridgeline is the first one. This compact truck received an overall score of 82 out of 100 possible points. Its road test rating was the highest in its class at 83 out of 100, and it also has the highest owner satisfaction score of 5 out of 5. However, sales aren’t reflecting the same popularity among its critics. 

The second recommended one is also a compact pickup, the Ford Ranger, with an overall rating of 62 out of 100. Other trucks in this class have better road-test scores, fuel economy ratings, and braking performance, but the Ranger scored better with a 4 out of 5 predicted reliability rating. 

The last truck recommended by Consumer Reports is the Ram 1500 from the full-size pickup truck class. Rival pickups have better mileage, acceleration times, and braking performance, but the Ram, the highest-rated truck, received a score of 83 for the road test, which is one of the reasons it got an overall rating of 75 out of 100 points. 

Chevy has its fair share of trucks on the market, but this year out of the ones tested, none have performed well enough to get the recommendation Consumer Reports hands out to the ones they like the best. Maybe, with improvements, they’ll have one next time. 

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