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The 2019 Chevy Colorado is the Most Unreliable Truck

The 2019 Chevy Colorado ranks as the most unreliable truck. What’s up with that? The Chevy Colorado has been turning things around the past few years, or at least that’s what we thought. Let’s put on our detective hats and see what’s up with the 2019 Chevy Colorado. 

Is the 2019 Chevy Colorado a good truck? 

Yes, the 2019 Chevy Colorado is a good truck. However, the U.S. News ranked it as an incredibly unreliable option due to its low predicted reliability ratings. The below-average predicted reliability rating held this truck back from ranking much higher on lists. 

A black Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 on display at an auto show
A Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 on display | Raymond Boyd/Getty Images

The 2019 Chevy Colorado has a reliability rating of 2 ½ out of five stars from J.D. Power and part of the reason for ranking so poorly is because the predicted reliability rating is based on previous model years. 

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Looking back to the history of the Chevy Colorado, it didn’t have a very good reputation until it was discontinued in 2010. These problems could be haunting the truck, even though it was revived in 2015 with a total redesign. 

But after digging a little deeper with the help of Consumer Reports we found that the 2015 Colorado launched with a few potential problems that plagued previous drivers. Some issues continued through the 2018 Chevy Colorado model too. 

Chevy Colorado problems 

Consumer Reports bases reliability ratings on consumers or actual drivers. When Chevy Colorado drivers were surveyed, they found 17 potential trouble areas that could affect the 2019 model. 

2020 Chevrolet Colorado off-roading on dirt road ZR2 off-roading in dirt
2020 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 | Chevrolet

One of the biggest issues that occurred mainly on the 2015 Chevy Colorado includes transmission issues. The transmission seemed to be prone to slipping, and had a delay. Some drivers had to really mash the gas pedal to finally get the truck to pull forward. It still took about 10 seconds to do so. 

Some drivers were able to have their Chevy Colorado transmission problems fixed by reflashing it. Others had to replace their transmission. Even though there were six recalls for the 2015 Chevy Colorado, none of them were for the transmission issues. 

2019 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison off-roading over rocks
Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison | Chevrolet

If you skip ahead to the 2018 Chevy Colorado, less transmission issues have been reported. But other issues such as body problems that allow water to leak in and drivetrain vibrations have occurred. But the major issues seemed to be getting better overtime. 

Is the 2019 Chevy Colorado reliable? 

According to Consumer Reports, there are even less transmission problems reported with the 2019 Chevy Colorado, showing it’s been improving. Also, the issues such as rough shifts may be corrected with a system reflash instead of a physical repair. 

2020 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 parked in dirt after off-roading
2020 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 | Chevrolet

Buying a used Chevy Colorado may feel risky, but it still has the best towing for it’s class, a smooth ride, quiet cabin, power engines, and more. Just be sure to research your 2019 used Chevy Colorado options for reports of vehicle problems before going in. 

However, the 2020 Chevy Colorado has an even lower reliability than the 2019 model, even though it’s outperforming the Ford Ranger and Honda Ridgeline in a variety of areas. Research for potential problem areas is still being performed, so it may be worth waiting for more driver reviews to come out before making a decision.