Ranking 83 Chevrolet Generations by Reliability

Each model can be grouped into generations – a collection of years where the cars are continuously produced and very few, if any, changes are made. Once something major is changed, say a brand new engine, automakers typically desigate a new generation.

Sorting models by their generation gives us a clearer roadmap of potential problems. If a problem trend pops up in the first year of a generation, you can bet on it showing up in future generation years too.

Is our generation data perfect? Nah. Truth is manufacturers don't always make it clear when a new generation begins. And because they hate clarity, they'll even let certain generations last longer in different countries. When in doubt, we stick with data about US models.

In other words, we do our best to keep our generation data as accurate as possible so we can predict problems and help you out. Use it as a guide for making your decisions. Or don't (but you really should).

Rank Model Years Reliability PainRank (?)
83rd Cruze Gen 1 2011—2015
42.28
82nd Impala Gen 8 2000—2005
40.64
81st Silverado Gen 2 2007—2012
36.03
80th Equinox Gen 1 2005—2009
35.68
79th Malibu Gen 6 2004—2007
35.6
78th Malibu Gen 7 2008—2012
35.1
77th Silverado Gen 1 1999—2006
34.57
76th Trailblazer Gen 1 2002—2009
32.49
75th Equinox Gen 2 2010—2017
32.01
74th Cobalt Gen 1 2005—2010
31.18
73rd Impala Gen 9 2006—2013
28.39
72nd Malibu Gen 5 1997—2003
26.24
71st Silverado 1500 Gen 2 2012—2014
23.29
70th Aveo Gen 1 2004—2011
21.01
69th Silverado 1500 Gen 3 2015—2017
20.28
68th Traverse Gen 1 2009—2017
19.1
67th Avalanche Gen 1 2002—2006
18.61
66th HHR Gen 1 2006—2011
18.55
65th Malibu Gen 8 2013—2015
17.47
64th Spark Gen 3 2013—2015
17.02
63rd Sonic Gen 1 2012—2016
15.34
62nd Cavalier Gen 3 1995—2005
13.92
61st Camaro Gen 5 2010—2015
13.74
60th Uplander Gen 1 2005—2009
13.63
59th Colorado Gen 2 2015—2018
13.57
58th Tahoe Gen 2 2000—2006
13.19
57th Tahoe Gen 4 2015—2018
12.52
56th Suburban Gen 12 2015—2017
11.92
55th Avalanche Gen 2 2007—2013
11.75
54th Monte Carlo Gen 6 2000—2007
11.53
53rd Suburban Gen 10 2000—2006
11.27
52nd Blazer Gen 2 1995—2005
10.93
51st Colorado Gen 1 2004—2012
10.05
50th Suburban Gen 11 2007—2014
10.01
49th Impala Gen 10 2014—2018
9.9
48th Volt Gen 2 2016—2017
9.33
47th Malibu Gen 9 2016—2018
9.26
46th Tahoe Gen 3 2007—2014
8.74
45th Equinox Gen 3 2018—2018
7.97
44th Camaro Gen 6 2016—2017
6.71
43rd Prizm Gen 3 1998—2002
6.28
42nd Silverado 2500 Gen 1 1999—2006
6.01
41st Traverse Gen 2 2018—2018
5.32
40th Volt Gen 1 2011—2015
4.83
39th Corvette Gen 6 2005—2013
4.74
38th Tahoe Gen 1 1995—1999
4.5
37th Cruze Gen 2 2016—2018
4.35
36th Corvette Gen 7 2014—2017
4.09
35th Lumina Gen 2 1995—2001
3.86
34th Silverado 2500 Gen 3 2014—2017
3.7
33rd Corvette Gen 5 1997—2004
3.25
32nd Silverado 2500 Gen 2 2007—2013
3.06
31st Malibu Maxx Gen 1 2004—2007
2.86
30th Camaro Gen 4 1993—2002
2.56
29th Suburban Gen 9 1992—1999
2.52
28th Silverado 3500 Gen 2 2007—2013
2.51
27th SSR Gen 1 2003—2006
2.49
26th Monte Carlo Gen 5 1995—1999
2.43
25th Spark Gen 4 2016—2017
2.18
24th Tahoe Hybrid Gen 3 2008—2013
1.97
23rd Lumina Gen 1 1990—1994
1.88
22nd Cavalier Gen 2 1988—1994
1.83
21st Express Gen 1 1996—2017
1.57
20th Silverado 1500 Hybrid Gen 2 2009—2013
1.53
19th Spark EV Gen 1 2014—2016
1.44
18th Blazer Gen 1 1985—1994
1.31
17th City Express Gen 1 2015—2016
1.1
16th Malibu Hybrid Gen 9 2016—2018
1.06
15th Bolt Gen 1 2017—2017
1.05
14th Silverado 3500 Gen 3 2014—2017
0.92
13th Corvette Gen 4 1984—1996
0.86
12th SS Gen 1 2014—2017
0.68
11th Silverado 3500 Gen 1 1999—2006
0.58
10th Camaro Gen 3 1982—1992
0.57
9th Silverado 1500 Hybrid Gen 1 2005—2006
0.56
8th Corvette Gen 3 1979—1981
0.53
7th Impala Gen 7 1994—1996
0.42
6th Cavalier Gen 1 1984—1987
0.36
5th Camaro Gen 2 1978—1978
0.25
4th Monte Carlo Gen 4 1981—1985
0.22
3rd Suburban Gen 8 1990—1991
0.21
2nd Malibu Hybrid Gen 7 2008—2009
0.12
1st Malibu Gen 4 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).