Want a Used Chevy Pickup Truck? Skip These, According to Consumer Reports

The best used pickup trucks combine reliability, style, and affordability. Right now it’s hard to find decent used pickup trucks, but that doesn’t mean that you should settle. Consumer Reports says that there are a few used Chevy pickup trucks to avoid. This is why these trucks are better left off your shopping list.

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Some of the worst used Chevy pickup trucks include the 2017, 2018, and 2019 Colorados

If you want one of the best used Chevy pickup trucks that you can buy, you should probably skip the 2017, 2018, and 2019 Chevy Colorados. Consumer Reports says that the ride in the 2019 Chevy Colorado isn’t great, and its towing ability is subpar. If you’re looking for a pickup that you can use to haul stuff, this probably isn’t it. 

In addition, owner satisfaction in the 2017-2019 Chevrolet Colorados is low. The worst year is 2017, scoring just a 1/5. The 2018 and 2019 Colorados do fare a little bit better, with a 2/5. In addition, all three years get a 1/5 for their reliability. If you want a good used pickup truck, you should probably skip those models.

The 2015, 2017, 2019, and 2020 Chevy Silverado are some of the worst used Chevy pickup trucks

The Chevrolet Silverado may seem like a great pickup truck, but there are four models you should skip. Those include the 2015, 2017, 2019, and 2020 Chevy Silverado 1500s. Each of these four models share a few problems. The 2017 Chevy Silverado 1500, for example, has a reliability rating of 1/5 and an owner satisfaction rating of 3/5. While the 2020 Chevy Silverado 1500 has a more positive owner satisfaction rating, its reliability rating is still just a 1/5.

If you still want a Silverado despite four of the last six models being on the avoid list, look at the 2016 and 2018 Chevy Silverado 1500s, which managed to dodge placement on the list. 

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Chevrolet’s heavy-duty pickup trucks are super appleaing for a lot of reasons. Yet these heavy-duty pickup trucks aren’t much better than their Silverado 1500 counterparts. Both the 2015 Chevy Silverado 2500 HD and the 2017 Chevy Silverado 2500 HD make the list of used pickup trucks to avoid. Neither pickup truck model has a particularly good owner satisfaction rating. Still, the 2015’s owner satisfaction score of 3/5 is slightly better than the 2017’s rating of 2/5, but that’s probably not enough to make you want to buy one. 

Each of these models gets a 1/5 for reliability. Unless you enjoy paying for repairs, it’s probably best to heed the advice of Consumer Reports. 

If you want a good used pickup truck, you do have a lot of options. Unfortunately, none of these particular Chevy trucks are on that list. Yet by doing your research, using Consumer Reports’ ratings in addition to safety ratings from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, you can easily find something that will suit your needs and your budget – without being a total lemon.