Chevy Avalanche, Honda Ridgeline Top Consumer Reports' Recommended List

Chevy Avalanche, Honda Ridgeline Top Consumer Reports' Recommended List
By Dave Lee

The Chevrolet Avalanche earned the highest overall score among new full-size pickups in Consumer Reports' annual list of recommended vehicles.

The full list of recommended full-size trucks is below:

  1. Chevrolet Avalanche
  2. Chevrolet Silverado 1500 5.3-liter V-8
  3. GMC Sierra 1500 5.3-liter V-8
  4. Toyota Tundra 5.7-liter V-8
  5. Ford F-150 V-8
  6. Ram 1500 5.7-liter Hemi V-8

The Ford F-150 with the all-new 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6 is too new to qualify for a recommended rating.

In midsize pickups, Asian brands rule without challenge from American small trucks. The Honda Ridgeline tops this year's list.

The full list of recommended compact and midsize trucks is below:

  1. Honda Ridgeline
  2. Nissan Frontier V-6
  3. Toyota Tacoma V-6

Consumer Reports only recommends vehicles that have performed well in its tests, have at least average predicted reliability based on the Annual Auto Survey, and performed at least adequately if crash-tested or included in a government rollover test.


Not a real pickup truck? Whatttttt?????? Avalanche is a real pickup truck.

It NEVER fails, anytime a GM product wins someting, the anti GM crowd comes out and they say negative things about the vehicle. To anyone who critisizes the Avalanche probably haven't driven one. The Avlanche is built on the Suburban Chassis and has the exact wheel base, 130 inches. The Avlanche is also the best riding truck on the road today because of the Coil over Shock suspension like the half ton Suburban and Tahoe have.

The Avalanche is only 221.3 inches in length and has a 5.3 inch bed with the midgate up and 98.2 inches with the midgate down. It is possible to put a 4' by 8' sheet of plywood in the Avalanche with the tailgate closed and protect your cargo from the elements.

The Avlanche is a versital vehicle and it can carry up to 6 passengers "bench seat" or carry up to 8' of cargo with the midgate down. This is a great vehicle and the only reason you don't see a ton of them on the road is the cost. Avlanche is priced starting at $38,000 for the LS two wheel drive up to $56,000 dollars for a 4wdr LTZ model.

The Avlanche is bar none the most comfortable truck to ride and drive today. This is a great truck! Great job GM!

No the Ram isn't better riding than a Avalanche. You see what I mean, some ignorant person who never drove a Avalanche makes a stupid statement about the Avalanche and has never driven one.

The Avalanche will turn better and ride better because it is a heavier vehicle than the ram who copied GM and is also using coil over shock suspension. Side storage on the ram is nice but also copied from the Avalanche who had this since 2002.

Yes, the Avalanche is still the best riding truck on the road today and that includes the Dodge ram. No Midgate on the ram though so you can't put a 4' by 8' sheet of plywood in the back of the ram with the tailgate closed and keep it dry.

Nice try,but NO CIGAR Spray.

And before anyone says it, I haven't bashed Ford or Dodge at any time and if bashing you mean where I said the duramax beat the powerstroke in the Hurt Locker, that's not bashing, that is factual.

If you like ford or Dodge, than more power to ya, buy the brand you want. I just can't stand the constant gm bashing by many members on this site.

@Bob - the sales thread got closed so you started trolling here.
Number 2 in USA and number 3 in Canada. Wasn't that what you were telling me a while ago.

Appliance Report=
Avalanche #1 full sized truck
Sierra and Silverado #2 and #3

But lets talk about full sized trucks:
Tundra, F150, and Ram.

You mentioned Hurt Locker - August 15.
That is when the results are out.

Guts. Glory. Ram.

Looks like those drunken pot smokers know how to build a truck afterall.

@ Lou We know how to fix em too :)

@ Bob You are the biggest goof there is. Get off your parents computer and goes do your chores son.


Seriously guys.... lol

Also, CR needs to learn how to distinguish trucks. Avalanche isn't a full-on truck. Kinda, but not completely.

And the Ridgeline? That's a truckish- body placed onto Odessy mechanicals. Definitely NOT a truck. Ok for whatever it is, though.

so, a vehicle I can look up on msn dot com that shows no safety crash test data and there is no IIHS test ratings, is top rated?? !! ?? . If you wanna buy a little ute 5 or 6 seater go ahead. I had a Dakota crew cab (no sense beating that dead horse) with a little 5'3" bed I couldn't even fit a go cart in. Not many racecar tires either. That kept me from looking too hard at the Ram or Ford Crewcabs. But with what I bought atleast I had a cab/bed size (actually you can get both big cab and bed with the F-150. sure you have to special order 99% of the time, but atleast its available.) Actually I have a Ram quad, suits my needs, I don't have to fold anything down to fit stuff in the bed, or get the cab nasty from whatever stuff. Rocks for the driveway? Dirt?? Wonder how the people in wet areas like that mess! Not many options either! Hey if it suits you, buy it. But a top pick?? The Ridgeline, well, it's a Ridgeline. A minature Avalanche! Away from the heard alright! Cause it's not meant for moving heavy stuff in this hilly area. I have yet to see one here do any work.

lol, only available with 3.08 gears! Have fun in the hills! I had a lighter ext cab 06 chevy 4x4 310 hp 5.3 4 speed 3.42 gears. This would need2nd and thrid gear at highway speeds. I predict my step bro will make good money off these Avalanches at his Transmission shop! And all so the 4x4 and 4x4 get the same mileage rating. Buzz that engine to 4500!!

oops 4x4 and 4x2

I don't consider either of these two vehicles pickups, thier simply SUV's, or a Crossover with the Ridgeline with an open trunks. A real Pickup has a seperate bed and cab.

I drive my 1/2 around as a daily driver, no I don't need it, but I like driving it. I don't think its really a status symbol, I mean if you live in some Florida communitees your not even allowed to park a pickup in your driveway as its not elite enough.

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