Since its founding 107 years ago, Chevrolet has been a leading player in the auto industry. There are few things which are more purely Americana than the curvaceous 1953 Corvette or the fins of a 1958 Bel Air. Today, Chevy is still leading the pack with an innovative lineup that includes sports cars, sedans, SUVs, trucks and everything in between. And those glowing ads don’t lie – Chevy really has won J.D. Power awards for all of the following:
- Quality (2): Awarded to the brand who had the fewest problems reported by 100 car owners during the first 90 days of ownership
- Performance (2): Awarded to the brand with the highest new car owner design and performance ratings after the first 90 days of ownership
- Dependability (4): Awarded to the brand who had the fewest problems reported by 100 car owners during the last 12 months with their 3-year old vehicle
With that in mind, we’ll take a look at the five best-selling Chevrolets on the market today: the Silverado, Equinox, Cruz, Malibu, and Traverse. While these vehicles, which span from full-size pickup to compact commuter, provide a good synopsis of Chevy as a brand, it is important to reach out to a Chevy dealer near you to get a true sense of your next car.
The best-selling Chevy by a wide margin, the 2019 Silverado, is the latest full-generation reboot of the storied pickup. In addition to cosmetic upgrades, interior highlights for 2019 include a heads-up display, bigger cabin with better leg and headroom, a 4G wi-fi hotspot, and Apple CarPlay & Android Auto. Outside, the Silverado now has its strongest bed ever, made with reinforced steel. The new short-bed truck is now larger than the standard bed in many competitors, and all beds include new options like a 120-volt outlet and power tailgate.
Like many modern trucks, the Silverado runs the gamut from the aptly named Work Truck to the luxurious High Country. No matter what trim you opt for, you’ll be getting at least the Chevrolet Infotainment 3 system, which includes a 7” touchscreen, Bluetooth compatibility for two devices, voice commands, and the aforementioned Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. No other competitor offers such a comprehensive technology package on its base model. Move up towards the RST and LTZ trims to unlock features like keyless open and start, advanced trailering features, and chrome grille, bumpers, door handles, and accents. With this redesign, there is truly no truck on the market quite like the Silverado.
SUVs are taking over the American auto industry, and the Equinox is one of the vehicles leading the charge. Sharing much in common with the mid-size Malibu, this five-passenger crossover benefits from the road manners of a car with the space and practicality of an SUV. This combination is best illustrated through the Equinox’s fuel economy and cargo capacity. With the turbo-diesel engine, the Equinox squeezes every last drop of gas to obtain a compact-car-like 39 combined mpg. However, with the second row of seats folded, the Equinox offers a very un-compact-car like 69.3 cubic feet of cargo space.
As a mid-size SUV, the Equinox appeals to customers with children in tow and delivers family-friendly features in spades. In addition to 5-star safety rating from the NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration), this vehicle offers convenience features like a hands-free liftgate and Surround Vision. Surround Vision uses multiple cameras to give the driver a 360-degree view of the SUV through an available 8-inch touchscreen in the center console. For tight parking spaces or driveways filled with playing kids, it gives Equinox drivers extra peace of mind. While looking for a Chevy dealer near you, be sure to check out the 2019 Equinox!
The smallest Chevy on this list hits far above its weight class when it comes to overall quality. The Cruz was designed with urban millennials and suburban commuters in mind. When equipped with the turbo-diesel engine, the Cruz achieves a mind-bending 52 combined miles per gallon, perfect for road warriors and tireless commuters alike. Inside, you’ll find available upgrades like heated front seats, a heated leather-wrapped steering wheel, and ambient lighting. Outside, the Cruz looks nothing like the compact cars of even ten years ago. An angular front end and grille work with aerodynamic styling that fits both the sedan and hatchback body styles. Speaking of the hatchback, fold the second row down and you’ll find over 47 feet of open cargo space.
In addition to all of the tech you’d expect from a new car, the Cruz has a suite of safety features designed to keep drivers, their occupants, and pedestrians safe. Available lane keeping assist provides gentle steering corrections when the Cruz drifts out of its lane unintentionally. When parking, drivers will appreciate rear cross traffic alert for unseen objects on the left and right side of the vehicle. When combined with the rear vision camera and available rear park assist, will make even the most uneasy parkers feel confident in tight lots.
The combination of modern styling, interior entertainment, and parking tech makes the Cruz a winner for anyone.
The mid-size sedan segment seems to be in the middle of an identity crisis at the moment, but the Chevy Malibu is having none of it. This is a car that knows its target audience and caters to their needs. Simply put, the Malibu is a segment leader because it hits all the marks it needs to by packing efficiency, technology, and safety into a handsome package. The refreshed 2019 Malibu makes an impression before you step inside the car. LED daytime running lamps, dual exhaust outlets and LED taillamps add to an already sleek and contemporary body. Under the hood, a customer can choose between two turbo-charged powertrains or opt for the hybrid, which produces an outstanding 49 MPG in the city and 43 MPG on the highway.
Inside, the Malibu contains today’s latest tech, including an available 4G Wi-Fi hotspot, wireless smartphone charging, Chevy’s Infotainment 3 system and Apple CarPlay/Android Auto as standard. Like many of its Chevy brethren, the Malibu offers a full suite of safety features to give drivers peace of mind. Available lane keeping assist, rear cross traffic alert, rear vision camera, and available rear park assist ensure that any journey is equal parts safe and exhilarating.
The Traverse is one of the most capable crossovers available today. The winner of the J.D. Power award for dependability and Parents Magazine + Edmunds 10 Best Family Cars award underscores the brilliance of this SUV. Available with comfortable seating for up to eight and 98.2 feet of cargo space with the third and second-row seats folded, this vehicle fits the bill for both large families and adventurers. In up-trim models, the Traverse spoils those in the front row with leather and an available 8-inch touch screen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Those in the back rows will have a clear view of the world around them with the optional Dual SkyScape two-panel power sunroof.
As a family hauler, the Traverse is filled with smart features that help drivers get the most out of their Chevy. The rear camera mirror allows the rear view mirror to pull double duty as a video screen that provides a view of both the back seat and traffic behind the driver. Add in a hands-free liftgate, Smart Slide seats that provide easy access to the third row, and a hidden compartment below the main storage space to create the complete package. Like most of the other vehicles we’ve covered, the Traverse offers all of these features while receiving a 5-star safety rating from the NHTSA.
These five vehicles are just a sampling of Chevy’s 15+ vehicle line up. For a better understanding of the best vehicles for your needs, make sure to visit a Chevy dealer near you.