Consumer Reports Names Chevrolet Silverado as a Top Pick for 2010

Consumer Reports Names Chevrolet Silverado as a Top Pick for 2010

Consumer Reports has selected the Chevrolet Silverado full-size truck as its Top Pick honoree among all 2010 pickups. Top Picks are the best all-around vehicles in their categories and must meet CR's road test, reliability and safety requirements.

"The Silverado 1500 ($37,235) returns to the top of the list after a year off," the magazine said. "The crew-cab 4WD model is a well-rounded pickup with a roomy cabin, generous payload capacity, decent ride quality, available full-time 4WD, and, on higher-end models, very good interior fit and finish. The GMC Sierra is a twin of the Silverado. Reliability has been average."

The Silverado was one of two domestic vehicles chosen in the 10 categories that make up CR's Top Picks.

In earning the award, the Silverado replaces the Chevrolet Avalanche, last year's pickup truck Top Pick.

Comments

Bob - don't brag too much. Even the Chinese don't want to be seen driving around in government motor products. Bye Bye Hummer. HA HA HA HA . LMFAO

lou,
we are talking about trucks.

Also your links are outdated.

Lou,

The entire Ford line-up is above the industry average.

Gee this is a tough crowd. First of all Consumer Reports posts the best all around PROVEN package. The Silverado has proven to be durable, efficient, reliable, is the cheapest in class and has close to the best resale value. For proof look at the other cars that made the list, very few of them are what we enthusiasts would call the best. They all are near or at the top of the class and have qualities that every American wants in a vehicle. Not every American needs the best payload but every American does need the lowest base price. I understand Ford/Dodge/Other owners will take any shot to throw GM under the bus but actually read the full article. The other cars on the list are not cars that I would choose, but I can see why someone else would choose them or why you would recommend them to someone else.

Also, Toyota is no longer on the CR best buy list so throw the assumption that CR doesn't know anything out the window. They have taken into account the new happenings in the world and have reacted. They don't make the facts, they just report them.

Finally, everyone needs to take a chill pill. It's a good thing when a domestic gets on this list. CR has been notorious about putting only foreign cars on their top pick list. Check past years if you don't believe me. The fact that an American brand has been able to crack it's way into this list is great. Would you have rather seen the Ridgeline in this spot?

@Lex - was I bashing Chev? I was trying to post some information to counter all the bashing. The facts speak for themselves.
I could not find specific data on pickups other than F150, Ridgeline, and Tacoma are slightly better when it comes to quality.
My data was per brand or nameplate.
I am less inclined to buy a vehicle from a company with a poor history of quality control even though one model may rate well.
All of the pickups rate around average in quality.
170 problems per 100 vehicles is not something to pat oneself on the back about. That means in 3 years any truck owner will have 5 visits to the repair shop.
My links are out of date? We are 7 odd weeks into 2010. My statistics are from 2009.
If someone posted credible information, I would be inclined to change my mind.
My preference for Ford comes from all the information out there: Improved quality with all of their products, good rating for the F150 in tests, and a company that has made sound financial decisions. The only negative for the F150 is that it's not very pretty. I wouldn't buy a Ford SuperDuty. Dodge would be my first choice in that segment.
I'm happy that Chev Silverado got the recommendation it recieved from CR. Good for them.

"If someone posted credible information, I would be inclined to change my mind". - Lou

Evidently Lex can not do so. Ha! LMAO!!!

@ Frank -

Lied? No, it's competent in an avoidance maneuver. It's a safe vehicle.

Take your fanboi hat off and grow up.

frank, you said you were done, why are you still here?

Lou, Im not trying to say that GM has no flaws, but the fullsize trucks proved to be reliable. Here is a link of 10 most unrealible vehicles of 2009

http://blog.buyingadvice.com/2009/11/10-most-unreliable-cars-of-2009.html

Dodge with cummins is a great truck, Duramax also proved really reliable, and with Allison and 2011 upgrades, 2011 GM HD will be my first choice.

@Lex - I like the Sierra but GM's problems moved it to second place on my preference list. I also like the option of a 6.5 ft. box in a crewcab. I'm not ruling out any brand because the quality, fit, and finish between the domestics are close. It boils down to personal preference. I doubt one could go wrong with any of the current 1/2 tons.

Sure is funny how many ford crybabies there are, and no the ford "f" series is not the best selling because we don't count f450 thru 950, semi's are not pick ups even though you ford rubes can't tell the difference. Yes, GM has the best selling pick up trucks for 23 years running. As for longer lasting, chevy has outlasted fords for years, my GMC 1999 Sierra has had one mechanical problem in 11 years, a new U joint, it gets 15mpg in the city and 17mpg on the highway and it also still gets compliments. It's a shame so many babies drive fords, fords are very good trucks as are dodges, the biggest problem with ford trucks is the ignorant rednecks that drive them, rubes. Get over it GM trucks are better than fords.

@TJ - the term "redneck" is now used as a slur or insult. If you look at the history of the word - it comes from men who worked outside doing heavy manual labor. Their skin got red/sunburned from the constant exposure to the sun. Wasn't North America built by laboring "Rednecks".
Men doing heavy manual labor driving Fords - sounds like a pretty good endorsement of Ford to me!
I see signs of ignorance from owners of every brand. Your post proves my point.

Lou, so what is your #1 halfton pickup? and HD?
and your wrong about "rednecks" actually most rednecks are proud to be "Rednecks" and history is that they are rebels, "redneck" means that they wore a red bandana on their neck. look it up.

"@ Frank -

Lied? No, it's competent in an avoidance maneuver. It's a safe vehicle.

Take your fanboi hat off and grow up". - JLinkov

JLinkov,

Even If I did grow up and throw out the fanboism out the window it still does not change my perception I have for their company. They are getting what they deserve and I'm looking forward to their downward spiral.

"It's a safe vehicle", such a clever deception.

You're such a TOOL!!!!!!

It's my opinion. If you don't like it you can get you're purse and leave.


I'm a Dodge man myself and I'm just surprised CR picked an American truck over Toyota.

lex - there are several historic explanations for rednecks. The most common is the one refering to men who labor outdoors and develope a red leathery neck. There is the rebel history, and the term tracing back to Scotland, and/or Ireland. There is a religious twist to in in some references.
Take your pick as to explanations. Regardless of origin, it was/is a slur that started more with the "upper class" looking down upon another group of people. That could be working men, men of poor education, Southern men, rebels, or what have you. Take your pick. It's one group thinking they are superior to another group.

@Lex- You asked about what I drive - I currently drive a GMC 1/2 ton van.

Lou,
I asked you what is your "top pick" pickup?

@Lex - This is my (far from) humble opinion.
1/2 tons = #1 Ford F150, #2 GM Sierra, #3 Dodge Ram, #4 Chev Silverado, #5 Toyota Tundra, #6 Nissan Titan .
The Detroit trucks are very close in quality, fit, and finish. The F150 gives me more options, and I like the fact that they are on the right track financially. I like the looks of the GM much better than the Chev. The bumper looks like an afterthought on the Chev. I don't like the Dodge dealership in my town. I would of rated it higher, if it wasn't for that fact. The Tundra has a bad reputation. All my friends who own them love them.(Mind you, that can be said for any brand of truck my friends own).
Heavy Duty = (diesels) #1 Dodge Ram, #2 GM/Chev, #3 Ford. The Cummins is the most proven engine of the bunch. I'll wait to see how the new Ford 6.7 hold up before I adjust my opinion. I don't need a HD so I follow them more out of curiosity and entertainment.
Compact(crewcab) - #1.Toyota Tacoma, #2. Honda RidgeLine, #3. Nissan Frontier,#4. GM/Chev Colorado/Canyon ,. Ranger doesn't have a crewcab. The SportTrac box is useless. The Colorado/Canyon trucks have a poor reputation for quality. The Tacoma, despite all of Toyota's problems is the best compact. The Ridgeline by many opinions isn't really a truck, but it does have a good reputation for reliability.

Lou,
So this list of yours must be by looks? Yeah GM used to offer 1500 HD crew cab with 6.5 bed. So GM is second because of what problems?

HD's Cummins is a great engine, but 6.7 is not as good as 5.9 was, yet. So this makes Duramax #1.

Small trucks: I did owned a 05 Colorado once, extended cab 3.5 4x4 z71. I also owned a 01 Ranger 4.0 4x4 supercab. personally I liked Colorado's drive much better while also felt more powerful, neither of the trucks gave me any problems, I know that Colorado was fifth unrliable last year, I'm wondering why and which engine?

@Lex - My listing isn't totally on looks. The Sierra, and Ram are much better looking trucks than the Ford. The Ford rates slightly better in relation to reliability. I don't see any new Sierra/Silverado's with 6.5 boxs. I'm looking at new trucks.
The GM Corp. problems I refer to are bailouts, and hit and miss quality. Some products are good and some are not. The list I posted of brand ratings would bear that fact out. The GM dealer in my town was closed due to GM's downsizing. It affects my confidence in a product if I don't trust their stability.
The Cummins diesel does not require DEF. It is a proven design. I'd rate it #1 with the GM diesel a close 2nd. It's not really important to me as as to how they rate because I don't need a HD pickup.
I probably would get by just fine with a compact but the Tacoma and Ridgeline cost almost as much as a 1/2 ton. You can get any Detroit pickup with huge discounts that make the purchase comparable to the Tacoma or Ridgeline. The quality of the Colorado/Canyon makes me nervous. The Ranger doesn't come in a crewcab. I had a Ranger Extended cab but I couldn't fit booster seets in it. I traded it on the Chev van because I got a great trade in .

Lou, Although F150 is a great truck, but it's not as good as GM, more issues, rattles after few years, handling becomes loose, more engine problems. GM even keep their value longer. Now as far as the bail out, I would be more confident buying GM, why? because gov put money in GM and they wont let it go down, If we get hit by another wave of economic crisis then ford will go down.

Also f150 looks better then Ram half ton, although Ram HD looks rather tough. So does DEF makes engine less reliable? still Duramax is #1 now, untill proven by someone else.

I know that GM don't offer half ton crewcab 6.5 bed now, but last gen they did.

I bet it dont get 1200-1300kms a tank

Highest Towing Capacity = Ford "or so they say"
Highest Payload Capacity = Ford ???
Strongest Frame = Ford
Highest Safety Rating = Ford
Most likely to leave you strandeded =FoundOnRoadDead
Interior Quality = Ford
Fuel Economy = Chevy
most cup holders =FORD
cheapest looking = FORD

@Lex -
Ford F series : best resale of any full size.
Toyota Tacoma : best compact truck resale value.
Toyota : best resale value as a corporate average.
Lexus : best luxury brand resale.
The only vehicle GM makes that was tops in resale was the new Camaro.
These stats are from Kelly Blue Book.

@Lou
Different company rates them differenly
http://autos.com/autos/trucks/fullsize_trucks/resale

Thanks for the link. It's good to look at as much information as possible. My link was 2009.

Cameron: In the real world, there is a big difference between getting a loan, and accepting hand-outs. Ford filled out a credit app, were approved and provided many items as collateral. As for GM, they came if with their hand out straight out of bankruptcy and we as US citizens are paying for something we may not have approved of.
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Bob: Can you provide us some stats on your best selling 1/2 ton Silverado? Otherwise, we'll take your statement as opinion rather than fact. Thanks! Also, the fact is Ford didn't need to take a bailout to stay in business, GM did. End of story.
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Per Lex "Frank, I'm talking about dependability, reliability, and quality."

Well I have a hard time believing much of what CR has to say on those matters, as we all see the wringer Toyota is being put through for their problems and CR loves Yota. And CR automatically recommended the '07 Tundra and Camry, only to pull back their auto recommendations.

Lex: And it's good to know you know a person who knows a person who does XYZ. But here in the internet world, that is all a biased opinion or fantasy.
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Mrpushrod: Canceled my CR subscription back in the mid-90s. Too much rubbish, and opinions rather than factual evidence to support their claims.

"Lex: And it's good to know you know a person who knows a person who does XYZ."

Justin,
Did I say that? Read my post again. In fact I haul heavy loads on my 1 ton often, not full time but often. Thats how I have buddies in the industry that i talk to all the time. Knowing the trucks they drive and problems they have I know exactly where these trucks stand, so don't try to tell me about XYZ.

I have a question. I am in the market to buy a pickup. I have been looking at Dodge, Ford and Chevy pickups and LOVE the appointments and bling that Ram brings to the line....cannot decide if I need a four wheel drive since there is NOT much snow in Plano (suburb of Dallas)...this really will be for city driving. I need some advice from all of you truck owners. I bought a Lincoln Mark LT three years ago for my son who was just finishing college. Now it is time for me to have a pickup. I am used to driving Lincolns with their smooth ride. Any ideas? Will be checking back to see your comments.
Thanks a bunch....Carole in Plano

I own both a powerstroke and a duramax. I use these truck equally and all that I can say is that after a couple of years driving them my ford diesel lost lots of it's power. I could barely pull an empty hay wagon with it! But my duramax, on the other hand pulls a full hay wagon and I sometimes forget that it's there. I love both of these trucks but I got to say that the chevy really is a more reliable truck

@Joe,

What year Powerstroke do you have? I bet your comparing a "99 7.3 to a 05 6.6L Duramax.

Don't BS now or we'll flag you as a TROLL!!!

FORD FOREVER HERE

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I own one of these pieces of junk!!! Nothing but problems since day ONE! The dealer sucks big time. I have been to the shop for repairs thirty one times ........ It cuts front tires off in ten K. It burns oil. Gm says one liter every 3000 km is fine! One brake pad worn out in thirty thousand. The other three like new. Explain that gm lovers! No they were no seized! Just gm junk.... Truck of the year. Yea right! I have owned gms all my life(56) years. I am not happy!

What a breath of fresh air to see this article resurrected again. At least some publication out there has an idea OF WHAT A REAL TRUCK SHOULD BE. I applaud Consumer Reports for this. The Silverado has content that A REAL TRUCK was meant to have. No MONEY GRABBING special option packages to line the pockets of white collar coporate excecutives here.

In1992 I needed a truck for my business. A friend of mine (a lawyer) at GM suggested to me if I was going to load the truck I had better get a Ford 250. I used same for almost 13 years then got a GMC and I'm sorry I did. I have owned mostly GM vehicles most of my life and presently have two Buicks one is a GN. My latest vehicle is a 2012 F 150 and I like driving it the most of all. I cancelled my subscription to Consumers Reports because I believe most of their reporting is purely subjective and not of th real world.

In1992 I needed a truck for my business. A friend of mine (a lawyer) at GM suggested to me if I was going to load the truck I had better get a Ford 250. I used same for almost 13 years then got a GMC and I'm sorry I did. I have owned mostly GM vehicles most of my life and presently have two Buicks one is a GN. My latest vehicle is a 2012 F 150 and I like driving it the most of all. I cancelled my subscription to Consumers Reports because I believe most of their reporting is purely subjective and not of th real world.

In1992 I needed a truck for my business. A friend of mine (a lawyer) at GM suggested to me if I was going to load the truck I had better get a Ford 250. I used same for almost 13 years then got a GMC and I'm sorry I did. I have owned mostly GM vehicles most of my life and presently have two Buicks one is a GN. My latest vehicle is a 2012 F 150 and I like driving it the most of all. I cancelled my subscription to Consumers Reports because I believe most of their reporting is purely subjective and not of th real world.



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