What's the best all-around pickup truck sold in the U.S.?
If you ask the folks at Consumer Reports, they will tell you it's the 2012 Chevrolet Avalanche, offering the best mix of on- and off-road capability and practical and stylish looks, and it offers several clever problem-solving features that put it ahead of its competitors.
"The Avalanche provides the best combination of utility and versatility of any pickup CR has tested. Its unified bed and cab help give it a steady, comfortable ride, and the cabin is quiet," Consumer Reports says.
In its annual Top Picks announcement, Consumer Reports identifies 10 categories designed to encompass the consumer sales spectrum. Those categories include Family Sedan, Sporty Car, Small SUV, Affordable Family Sedan, Family Hauler, Sports Sedan, Green Car, Small Car, Pickup Truck, and Family SUV. To see the full press release and the category winners, click here.
Consumer Reports’ Top Picks are the best all-around models in the 10 categories, chosen from more than 275 vehicles the publication has recently tested. Top Pick models must meet CR’s stringent criteria in three areas: road test, reliability and safety. They must rank at or near the top of their category on overall road test scores; they must have earned an average or better predicted-reliability Rating based on problems Consumer Reports subscribers reported on 1.3 million vehicles in the latest survey; and they must perform well if included in crash or rollover tests by the government or the insurance industry.