Consumer Reports works hard to provide unbiased research and ratings on every car on the market. When it comes to the best-selling 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500, Consumer Reports has mixed feelings. Here’s what you need to know about the vehicle, its reliability, and how it ranks.
Consumer Reports ratings
The 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 received a right-down-the-middle overall score of 58 from Consumer Reports. Worst of all, the Silverado 1500’s fuel economy score is an astonishingly low one out of five. Considering that the Silverado 1500 gets an estimated 17 MPG average, this low score isn’t shocking.
The full-size pickup received a decent predicted owner satisfaction score of four out of five, based on what owners have been happiest with. With a total of 100 points possible in each category, Consumer Reports predicts satisfaction with the driving experience at a 77, comfort at a 76, value at a 63, and styling at a 85.
Consumer Reports rated the 2019 Silverado 1500 with a low predicted reliability score of two out of five. From the 2000 model year to 2013, Consumer Reports only gave an average reliability rating to the truck, with many years following 2013 falling to worse-than-average ratings.
In fact, the 2017 Silverado 1500 received the worst Consumer Reports reliability ratings of all. Though its engine doesn’t seem to be a problem over the years, Silverado drivers have had issues with its suspension, drive system, brakes, power equipment, and in-car electronics.
The 2019 Chevy Silverado’s road test
The Silverado received average and low scores in many areas from Consumer Reports. Its road test, however, helped save the truck’s overall score with a decent mark of 76 out of 100. The Silverado 1500’s braking and transmission both received scores of four out of five, as did its acceleration, hitting 60 miles per hour in 6.9 seconds.
But the truck’s emergency handling abilities and suspension/comfort of the ride received average scores. Its interior fit and finish, as well as its front-seat comfort also got average scores of three out of five. What scored the highest on Consumer Reports’ road test is the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado’s rear seat comfort and trunk/cargo area.
How Consumer Reports really feels about the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
When it comes down to the details, Consumer Reports believes “Chevrolet has improved the Silverado 1500.” The 2019 model comes with better payload and towing capacities than before, with an improved truck bed. Even so, its interior design and comfort level lags when compared to the competition.
The road test proved that Chevrolet made a good choice when it upgraded the Silverado’s powertrain. Acceleration is quicker, throttle response is better, and its lighter build improves the Silverado’s lackluster fuel economy.
What Consumer Reports found to be the worst part of the drive was its stiff and uncomfortable ride. Though engine and cabin noise were minimal, driving on rough roads feels choppy. Where the Silverado 1500 lacks in front-seat comfort, it makes up for in roominess in the back seat.
When compared to its competitors, safety equipment is behind for its time. Advanced safety equipment, like automatic emergency braking, is only available on high-end trims. For its price, Consumer Reports wouldn’t define the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 as a bargain.