Compared to many other American car manufacturers, Chevrolet has a relatively clean record in this recent decade (2009 to 2019). However, this doesn't mean their company is without blemishes. In reality, Chevy has had their fair share of failures.
Like mentioned above, Chevrolet has improved recently, especially with their Corvette and Malibu models. They do a pretty good job of learning from their mistakes, but occasionally slip up as time goes on. To illustrate some of the times Chevy fell short, here are ten of Chevrolet's most disappointing vehicles of the decade...
10 2015-'16 Chevrolet Silverado Diesel
Unlike what many Ford fanboys may say about Chevy, Chevrolet actually manages to make decent trucks. Where they fall short, though, is in one of the truck community's most loved categories: diesel.
In this particular instance we have the 2015 to 2016 Silverado Diesel. More specifically, the 2500HD. In short, the diesel system was less than desirable, as many had fuel system issues, a need for constant repairs, and an excessive price compared to other brand's models.
9 2009 Chevrolet Trailblazer
Although Chevrolet's new Trailblazer is a pretty good SUV, this wasn't always the case. In fact, Chevrolet's earlier Trailblazer (2002 to 2009) was seen by many as simply unequal to the competition.
The big issue for the Trailblazer was its chassis. Instead of using a completely new setup, Chevy borrowed a lot from their truck models. Due to this, the car felt more like a truck than a sports utility vehicle. The Trailblazer also had a very uncomfortable ride quality and low power when contrasted with competing cars. Thankfully, it seems Chevy has learned their lesson.
8 2016 Chevrolet Colorado Diesel
As stated previously with the Silverado Diesel, Chevrolet doesn't have their diesel-fuel system down pat just yet. For further evidence of this, observe another diesel failure by Chevy: the 2016 Colorado Diesel.
The Colorado is, essentially, a compact version of the standard Silverado, but with a different look and price point. The Diesel, however, wasn't great for emissions. The Colorado also had a terrible fuel-economy; even though it was a diesel.
With all of this in mind, it's probably best to avoid diesel Chevrolet cars in general (unless they're popular overseas).
7 2012 Chevrolet Cruze
Don't let the looks fool you, the 2011 to 2013 Chevrolet Cruzes may appear to be the older year Malibus, but shares very little in common with it in actuality. Sadly, the Chevrolet Cruze suffered a low point, just like the Trailblazer.
The worst thing about the 2011 to 2013 Cruze is that it was a mechanical nightmare for countless owners. Most of the car was made out of plastics and cheap material, which lead to less-than-decent reliability. The Cruze was also a boring looking car; barely inciting any emotions other than boredom.
6 Chevrolet Captiva
Compared to other vehicles on this list, the Captiva is far less prominent in the minds of American consumers. That is, of course, because of its exclusivity in foreign markets like Europe, Asia, Korea, and so on.
The purpose of the Chevrolet Captiva was to make an affordable SUV, however, they may have took that philosophy a little too far. The Captiva is cheap (Which is great for affordability), but made with equally (If not more so) cheap parts and engineering. To add to this, it had a poor M.P.G. for the price-point.
Somehow, though, the Captiva is still produced for foreign markets, although occasionally re-branded under different manufacturers.
5 2018 Chevrolet Volt
For quite some time, the Chevrolet Volt was one of the most popular contenders with the likes of Toyota and their Prius. However, as more and more carmakers moved towards electric/hybrid vehicles, the Volt became less and less desirable.
The Volt had two huge issues: Reliability and competition. The Volt was way too much of a problem for several owners who found themselves paying ludicrous sums of cash for basic repairs. Along with that, the 2018 Volt didn't look or perform as well as BMW's i8 and i3.
4 2018 Chevrolet Equinox
The 2018 Chevrolet Equinox isn't like most of the other vehicles in this article. It didn't suffer from awful reliability or an excessive M.S.R.P., rather the main problem was its hideous appearance that was despised by nearly everyone.
According to a The Truth About Cars article, the chief engineer of G.M. said "What we have on paper we felt was not going to win” in regards to the Equinox. It was just too bulky and square to inspire anyone to purchase it. Needless to say, the 2018 Equinox was a chapter in Chevy's SUV category that they would rather forget
3 Chevrolet Trax
Similar to the Chevrolet Captiva, the Chevrolet Trax also has a few alter-egos. Most American consumers will recognize the Trax as the standard Chevrolet crossover: a compact sports utility vehicle with a decent fuel economy.
The problem with the Trax isn't fuel economy or modern amenities. Instead, it's the severe lack of power. To add to that, the Trax is far too small to be an effective SUV, as the interior isn't very accommodating. This problem leads to several more, particularly ride quality and comfort, which are also absent in the Trax.
2 2009 Chevrolet Uplander
Before, and after, the 2000's recession, Chevrolet was in a sticky situation. Their cars were sub-par and constantly receiving bad reviews. Perhaps the best example of this is Chevrolet's 2009 Uplander.
The Uplander is like a normal van, except horribly ugly and cheap in every aspect. The poorly built 3.9-liter V6 provided nothing in terms of power (When talking about power/weight ratio). And, once again, the Uplander was an uncomfortable mess just like the Trax.
All in all, the Uplander is what happens when car manufacturers stop caring about quality and focus on making cheap vehicles that increase profit margins, instead.
1 Chevrolet Sonic
To fight back against the likes of Toyota, Honda, and Nissan for compact sedans/hatchbacks, Chevrolet would throw their own car into the ring. Unfortunately for them, it wouldn't be as beloved by the car community as others.
Their project was called the Sonic, and it is like the Prius of the Chevrolet lineup (And not in a good way). Yes, the car is affordable (Around $15,000), but you get what you pay for. That means you get an equally as cheap build, interior, exterior, and everything else. Sure you can save money with the Sonic, but you'll probably be stuck on the side of the road when your not cramped inside the minuscule cabin.