Critics Unimpressed with Chevy Silverado. No Surprise Here!
Consumer Reports thinks the new Silverado is ‘stiff’ and ‘uncomfortable.’ Shocked? We didn’t think so.
Ford’s F-Series has been the best-selling truck in America for longer than some of our editors here at Ford truck Enthusiasts have been alive. That’s no small feat, considering that it’s faced some pretty tough competition over the years.
In particular, Chevrolet’s Silverado has always nipped at the heels of the mighty Ford F-Series, but it’s never quite managed to overtake it in sales. Chevrolet hopes to change that with the redesigned 2019 Silverado, but Consumer Reports has a thing or two to say about that.
Consumer Reports may be considered a dull publication by some enthusiasts, but it provides valuable data for millions of American car and truck buyers every year. Recently, they got their hands on a 2019 Chevy Silverado for testing. While they’ve made strides over the previous generation truck, apparently Chevrolet still has a long way to go to beat Ford.
First off, we’ll start with some positives. If you’ve rented or borrowed a Silverado within the last few years, you might have noticed the sluggish performance of the V8 engine and a slow-shifting transmission. Consumer Reports says that performance is a lot better with the new 355-horse 5.3 liter V8, and the 8-speed transmission is much more responsive.
“Responsive” is also how Consumer Reports describes the handling of the new Chevy pickup, but that comes at the cost of ride quality, which they describe as “stiff” and “uncomfortable.” While someone replacing a 10-year-old truck will likely be satisfied, anybody who’s spent time in a newer truck will be disappointed.
That theme, apparently, continues into the interior, with fit and finish that apparently qualifies as just good enough. Even the new infotainment system lags behind Ford’s in terms of features and usability.
To sum it up, Consumer Reports said that “The new Silverado takes some steps forward and a few too many steps backward.” Looks like the Ford F-Series remains king of the hill for another year.