Chevrolet Silverado Rated Top Pickup by Consumer Reports

General Motors Co. (GM)’s redesigned Chevrolet Silverado has received the highest rating from Consumer Reports among all pickups, edging out Chrysler Group LLC’s Ram 1500.

The victory marks Chevrolet’s second top-rating from Consumer Reports in the past two months after the Yonkers, New York-based magazine gave the Impala the highest marks among all sedans, the first time in at least 20 years that a U.S. automaker has outscored all Japanese and European competitor in that segment.

GM, based in Detroit, is bringing out 18 new or refreshed vehicles in the U.S. this year, among the largest waves of new products in the company’s history, that will transform the automaker’s lineup into one of the newest in the industry from one of the oldest. The 2014 Silverado began arriving in showrooms earlier this year.

“For years the Silverado has scored well in our tests, and the redesigned 2014 model is the best yet,” the magazine wrote in the November issue hitting stands Oct. 5 and going online today. “Handling is more carlike than in most trucks, the cabin is very quiet, and it provides impressive towing and payload capabilities.”

The Silverado scored 81, beating the Ram “in several areas important to many pickup owners,” such as has having a significantly larger bed, better fuel efficiency and more payload and towing capacity, Consumer Reports said.

The updated Ram 1500 received a score of 78 and received praise from the magazine as well.

“If you use your truck more for day-to-day driving, the Ram is a nicer place to spend your time” than the Silverado, the magazine wrote. “It rides better and has more comfortable seats, a nicer rear seat, and a slightly friendlier control layout.”

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