The Least Reliable Chevy Models Feature Many Big Names

Everyone has their own idea of what automotive brands are reliable. Some people think of Toyota and Honda. Meanwhile, others trust good ‘ol American brands like Chevrolet. However, not every Chevy is reliable.

The American automaker’s most reliable models are quite surprising. Unfortunately, you won’t see many noteworthy entries on that list. Instead, some of Chevy’s most popular vehicles are among its least reliable.

Which Chevrolet models will you want to avoid due to dependability concerns? Let’s take a closer look at the data.

How to tell which Chevy cars are the least reliable

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Chevy’s iconic bow-tie logo | Chevrolet

It’s easy to fall in love with a vehicle after taking a test drive. After all, you’ll get a feel for its performance and comfort after a few short minutes. 

However, reliability isn’t as easy to measure, and you might make a risky purchase if you don’t do your research ahead of time.

Thankfully, several outlets provide reliability analysis, and Consumer Reports is among the most trusted sources. This publication collects data from its members on a wide range of new and older models. This information allows Consumer Reports to assess how likely a model is to run into future problems.

Consumer Reports provided predicted reliability scores for Chevy’s 2020 and 2021 lineup. A handful of models earned average ratings of 3/5 or better. However, a handful of Chevrolets stood out with subpar grades.

This iconic Chevrolet vehicle is the brand’s least reliable model

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The 2021 Chevy Silverado on display | Chevrolet

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Truck aficionados are going to want to look away. Consumer Reports only gave a single Chevrolet model its lowest predicted reliability score of 1/5. Unfortunately, it belongs to the beloved 2021 Chevy Silverado 1500.

The publication’s apprehension when it comes to Chevrolet’s truck isn’t entirely unwarranted. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) already recalled the 2021 Silverado 1500 three times.

Additionally, past models had worrisome transmission problems. Many buyers will cross their fingers that Chevrolet addressed this issue for the 2021 model year. However, history has a way of repeating itself.

Consumer Reports analyzed the Silverado 1500 data from the past three model years. It gave the 2021 iteration a 13% reliability rating, indicating that the truck is very likely to experience problems in the future.

Which other Chevy models have low predictive reliability scores?

The unreliable 2021 Chevrolet Camaro parked on a black-top surface.
The 2021 Chevy Camaro | Chevrolet

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There’s a theme among the American manufacturer’s least reliable vehicles. Most are SUVs.

Consumer Reports gave a 2/5 predicted reliability rating to the Chevrolet Blazer, Suburban, Tahoe, Trailblazer, and Traverse. Notably, the forgotten 2021 Chevy Trax and 2021 Chevy Equinox were the only SUVs in the lineup to avoid a low score.

Meanwhile, Chevy’s sports cars also had a poor showing. The Chevrolet Camaro and the Chevrolet Corvette also earned predicted reliability scores of 2/5. 

The Colorado compact truck, Malibu midsize sedan, and Express cargo van also earned the same rating.

Should you avoid Chevrolet vehicles altogether?

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No, you shouldn’t skip past all Chevy models. The iconic American automaker makes a handful of outstanding cars. For example, the Chevy Bolt electric car, Chevy Impala large sedan, and Chevy Equinox compact SUV are among Consumer Reports’ ‘recommended’ vehicles.

Additionally, you might want to take some of this analysis with a grain of salt. Just because Consumer Reports predicts that these models have a higher chance of being unreliable does make that a guarantee.

After all, the Chevy Trailblazer is an all-new model for the 2021 model year. So, the publication doesn’t have too much to go on aside from Chevrolet’s recent reliability history. These are just factors to keep in mind when shopping for your next car, as you may prefer to purchase a model with a better reliability history than these Chevys.