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Ranking 84 Chevrolet Generations by Reliability

Sorting models by their generation gives us a clearer picture of common problems across a group of similar vehicles. From there, we can assign scores to each generation to give you a basic picture of which to consider and those to avoid. The higher the score, the faster you should run away.

Rank Model Generation Years PainRank (?)
84th Cruze 1st Gen 2011–2015 41.7
83rd Impala 8th Gen 2000–2005 40.65
82nd Silverado 1st Gen 1999–2006 35.84
81st Equinox 1st Gen 2005–2009 35.71
80th Malibu 6th Gen 2004–2007 35.65
79th Silverado 2nd Gen 2007–2012 35.6
78th Malibu 7th Gen 2008–2012 34.23
77th Equinox 2nd Gen 2010–2017 33.04
76th Trailblazer 1st Gen 2002–2009 32.45
75th Cobalt 1st Gen 2005–2010 31.17
74th Impala 9th Gen 2006–2013 28.21
73rd Malibu 5th Gen 1997–2003 26.24
72nd Silverado 1500 2nd Gen 2012–2014 23.29
71st Aveo 1st Gen 2004–2011 20.93
70th Silverado 1500 3rd Gen 2015–2017 19.62
69th Traverse 1st Gen 2009–2017 18.7
68th Avalanche 1st Gen 2002–2006 18.57
67th HHR 1st Gen 2006–2011 18.45
66th Malibu 8th Gen 2013–2015 17.46
65th Spark 3rd Gen 2013–2015 16.81
64th Sonic 1st Gen 2012–2016 15.24
63rd Cavalier 3rd Gen 1995–2005 13.92
62nd Malibu 9th Gen 2016–2018 13.7
61st Colorado 2nd Gen 2015–2018 13.65
60th Camaro 5th Gen 2010–2015 13.64
59th Uplander 1st Gen 2005–2009 13.63
58th Tahoe 2nd Gen 2000–2006 13.06
57th Tahoe 4th Gen 2015–2018 12.42
56th Avalanche 2nd Gen 2007–2013 11.55
55th Monte Carlo 6th Gen 2000–2007 11.53
54th Suburban 10th Gen 2000–2006 11.27
53rd Blazer 2nd Gen 1995–2005 10.92
52nd Suburban 12th Gen 2015–2017 10.61
51st Colorado 1st Gen 2004–2012 10.04
50th Suburban 11th Gen 2007–2014 9.95
49th Impala 10th Gen 2014–2018 9.77
48th Volt 2nd Gen 2016–2017 9.33
47th Tahoe 3rd Gen 2007–2014 8.78
46th Equinox 3rd Gen 2018–2018 7.97
45th Corvette Stingray 1st Gen 2014–2014 7.93
44th Camaro 6th Gen 2016–2017 6.71
43rd Prizm 3rd Gen 1998–2002 6.28
42nd Silverado 2500 1st Gen 1999–2006 6.01
41st Volt 1st Gen 2011–2015 4.83
40th Corvette 6th Gen 2005–2013 4.63
39th Cruze 2nd Gen 2016–2018 4.61
38th Tahoe 1st Gen 1995–1999 4.5
37th Traverse 2nd Gen 2018–2018 4.4
36th Corvette 7th Gen 2014–2017 3.95
35th Lumina 2nd Gen 1995–2001 3.86
34th Silverado 2500 3rd Gen 2014–2017 3.7
33rd Corvette 5th Gen 1997–2004 3.25
32nd Malibu Hybrid 9th Gen 2016–2016 3.18
31st Silverado 2500 2nd Gen 2007–2013 3.06
30th Malibu Maxx 1st Gen 2004–2007 2.86
29th Camaro 4th Gen 1993–2002 2.56
28th Suburban 9th Gen 1992–1999 2.52
27th Silverado 3500 2nd Gen 2007–2013 2.51
26th SSR 1st Gen 2003–2006 2.49
25th Monte Carlo 5th Gen 1995–1999 2.43
24th Spark 4th Gen 2016–2017 2.18
23rd Tahoe Hybrid 3rd Gen 2008–2013 1.97
22nd Lumina 1st Gen 1990–1994 1.88
21st Cavalier 2nd Gen 1988–1994 1.83
20th Express 1st Gen 1996–2017 1.57
19th Silverado 1500 Hybrid 2nd Gen 2009–2013 1.53
18th Spark EV 1st Gen 2014–2016 1.44
17th Blazer 1st Gen 1985–1994 1.31
16th City Express 1st Gen 2015–2016 1.1
15th Bolt 1st Gen 2017–2017 1.05
14th Silverado 3500 3rd Gen 2014–2017 0.92
13th Corvette 4th Gen 1984–1996 0.86
12th SS 1st Gen 2014–2017 0.68
11th Silverado 3500 1st Gen 1999–2006 0.58
10th Camaro 3rd Gen 1982–1992 0.57
9th Silverado 1500 Hybrid 1st Gen 2005–2006 0.56
8th Corvette 3rd Gen 1979–1981 0.53
7th Impala 7th Gen 1994–1996 0.42
6th Cavalier 1st Gen 1984–1987 0.36
5th Camaro 2nd Gen 1978–1978 0.25
4th Monte Carlo 4th Gen 1981–1985 0.22
3rd Suburban 8th Gen 1990–1991 0.21
2nd Malibu Hybrid 7th Gen 2008–2009 0.12
1st Malibu 4th Gen 1979–1983 0.08

Answers to the most frequently asked questions

What Are Vehicle Generations?

Generations are groups of model years where the vehicles are continuously produced, use similar engineering, and share features. Generational data is not always cut-and-dry – manufacturers might not always release generation information, some generations might last longer in different countries, and various trim levels and model variants can make the whole thing confusing. We do our best but make no guarantees about our generation data. When in doubt, we stick with data about US models.

Why Are Some Vehicles Missing a 1st / 2nd / 3rd Generation?

You might notice that some of our data starts at generation 5, 6, etc. So what happened to the older generations? One of two things. 1. some models have been around a long time and we don’t have any complaint or NHTSA data about them. 2. some new models share the same platform as existing models, so we typically tie them together. For instance, a new hybrid vehicle might be introduced during the 5th generation of its non-hybrid counterpart. We’ll typically start the hybrid’s generation at 5, unless it’s otherwise noted.

What is PainRank™? Where Does it Come From?

PainRank™ is a CarComplaints.com algorithm that uses complaint data from owners (the average mileage of failures, the cost to make repairs, etc), relative complaints analysis, sales numbers, NHTSA data, & owners’ own vehicle rankings to come up with a number representing how much pain a car inflicts on its owners. The higher the PainRank™ score, the more painful a car is to own (typically).