While outselling Ford for many years prior to World War II, GM's entry-level division didn't really hit its stride 'til the mid-'50s, when now-iconic designs were powered by a new, lightweight V8. At that point everyone, including singer Dinah Shore, wanted to see the USA (or, at a minimum, Route 66) in their Chevrolet. With its Corvette Chevy had a performance base, and in the '60s that only grew larger with Super Sport variants of its Chevelle, Camaro and Impala. Like most domestic manufacturers, Chevrolet was caught flat-footed in the aftermath of the first OPEC crisis in 1973, followed by the influx of low-priced, reliable Asian imports.

In the years following GM's 2009 bankruptcy, Chevrolet and its customers have enjoyed a resurgence of consumer-focused product, much better build quality and significantly enhanced performance. Most affordable is arguably a 3-way tie; Chevy's Spark is the smallest and cheapest, but both Sonic and the all-new Cruze are comfortably under $20K. And if seeking a fun-to-drive package, Corvette and Camaro can provide it, starting with the base Camaro at around $25K. As you'd guess, the Silverado pickup is the best seller, while performance variants of the Corvette are the most expensive. Finally, Chevy is keeping the diesel 'flame' relevant with the oil burners under the hood of both its midsize Colorado pickup and (for model year 2018) Cruze, while attracting eco enthusiasts with the all-electric Bolt and plug-in Volt.


2018 Chevrolet Equinox
2018 Chevrolet Equinox
MSRP:
$23,580
Engine:
1.5L I-4
MPG:
N/A
2017 Chevrolet Tahoe
2017 Chevrolet Tahoe
MSRP:
$47,215
Engine:
5.3L V-8
MPG:
16 City / 23 HWY
2017 Chevrolet Suburban
2017 Chevrolet Suburban
MSRP:
$52,915
Engine:
5.3L V-8
MPG:
15 City / 22 HWY
2017 Chevrolet Impala
2017 Chevrolet Impala
MSRP:
$27,500
Engine:
2.5L I-4
MPG:
22 City / 30 HWY
2017 Chevrolet Traverse
2017 Chevrolet Traverse
MSRP:
$28,700
Engine:
3.6L V-6
MPG:
15 City / 22 HWY
2017 Chevrolet Equinox
2017 Chevrolet Equinox
MSRP:
$23,100
Engine:
2.4L I-4
MPG:
21 City / 31 HWY
Chevy Camaro ZL1 1LE is shockingly quick at the Nurburgring

Lots of aero, barely street-legal tires, and high-tech suspension do wonders.
Effortless economy | 2017 Chevrolet Cruze Diesel First Drive

Go about your daily driving with confidence with this capable, fuel-sipping motor.

Its impressive fuel economy figures are a breeze to achieve.
Watch the Chevy Bolt earn IIHS 'Top Safety Pick' crash rating

It falls just short of 'Top Safety Pick +.'

Its headlights are the weak link.
Sponsored

For Sale

2014 Chevrolet Volt
$15,999 / 35,301 miles / CA
2016 Chevrolet Impala
$15,998 / 13,689 miles / CA
2017 Chevrolet Traverse
$26,498 / 14,783 miles / CA
Wagon, Go! | Callaway Corvette SC757 AeroWagen First Drive
We drive the Callaway Corvette SC757 AeroWagen. It's like a Corvette, but faster and more wagon-er.
The right way to order a Camaro | 2017 Chevrolet Camaro 1LE First Drive
We drive the sixth-gen Camaro 1LE, the latest track and handling package available for the SS and now the V6 Camaro. It doesn't disappoint.
The newest old truck | Legacy Chevrolet NAPCO 4x4 Conversion First Drive
We drive Legacy's NAPCO Chevrolet 4x4 Conversion recreation, an old truck with modern components like a GM small-block V8 create motor.
GM recalls 3.6 million vehicles for airbag-software problems

A defect in a module that controls airbags and pretensioners may prevent those features from activating in a crash.
Chevy recalls 317k Sonic, Trax, and Spark over key chime

Don't forget to take your key out of the ignition... duh.

317,572 examples of the Chevy Sonic, Trax, and Spark may fail to warn the driver that the key's still in the ignition ten minutes after parking, increasing the risk of theft – and prompting a recall.
GM seatbelt recall affects over 1m Silverados and Sierras

Seatbelts in Silverados and Sierras could fail. There's also a stop sale on some trucks still at dealers.