The Chevy Silverado 1500 Crew Cab made the cut even though Toyota’s Tundra scored better on the performance scorecard. What made the Silverado pick-up stand up as compared to the powerful Tundra? Reliability. The redesigned Tundra from Toyota outscored the Silverado in the performance test but the first year reliability of the 4WD V8 version of the Tundra scored below average. ESC is a standard on all the crew-cab models, so the presence of this feature help makes the Silverado score better on the scorecard of CR. The Silverado pick-ups that are available in the market may fetch anywhere from $27,000 to $39,000.
The GMC’s Sierra Crew Cab actually shared the honors with the Silveradp 1500 since these two vehicles share the same design and construction. CR noted the improvement on the new Silverado and added that;
It achieves a nice balance between work attributes and livability, including a generous payload rating, a comfortable ride, improved interior quality and steering feel and easy access.
Thanks to the Silverado, another American brand cracked the Consumer Reports listing after a two year absence.
I already did a write-up about the vehicles that made the cut and made Consumer Reports proud. And it is my intention for the rest of the week to take note of these vehicles and cite some of their strengths and features so that their citations can be best understood. It was already mentioned that Hyundai sent two in the list, Chevy has one and Japanese car manufacturers headed by Honda and Toyota dominated the list. All these vehicles need to meet stringent requirements in terms of road-test performance, reliability and safety. Also Consumer Reports added another metric for which they can based their ratings- the provision of the Electronic Stability Control or the ESC either as a standard equipment or as a readily available option. These are Consumer Reports’ criteria in choosing the best in the segment.
On to my next focus. A US company entry- the Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Crew Cab as this years ‘pick-up’ truck.