As in years past, the Silverado is available in several different configurations to suit every need. Produced in 2-wheel- or 4-wheel-drive form, in regular cab, double cab or crew cab, short box or long, there's a Silverado for every buyer.
Interiors include an upright instrument panel and 6-gauge cluster, along with several interior storage solutions. Chevrolet MyLink provides quick and easy connectivity through the latest voice recognition software. The 4.2-inch or 8-inch color touch screen provides Bluetooth hands-free connectivity, twin USB ports and an SD card slot. Cabins are stronger and quieter too, thanks to high-strength steel construction and shear-style body mounts to help tune out noise and vibration. Double cabs and crew cabs utilize hydraulic body mounts to further isolate the cabs.
Beneath the cabin, the Silverado features electric power steering and a tuned suspension with wide wheels, for better handling and a more comfortable ride. Four-wheel disc brakes with Duralife rotors greatly improve brake feel an increase brake life.
Buyers have a choice of three all-aluminum "EcoTec3" engines to power their Silverado. Each features direct injection and variable valve timing, as well as Active Fuel Management cylinder de-activation, allowing the engines to run efficiently on just four cylinders when conditions allow. The base 4.3L V6 provides 285 horsepower and 305 lb-feet of torque. The 5.3L V8 produces 355 horsepower and 383 pound-feet of torque, and the top-of-the-line 6.2L V8 makes 420 horsepower and 460 lb-feet of torque. Silverados equipped with the V6 can tow up to 7,200 pounds, which is tops for any base V6 in the segment. When equipped with the 5.3L V8 and Max Towing Package, Silverados can tow up to 12,500 pounds, which is best in class. A 6-speed automatic transmission is standard in 4.3L and 5.3L Silverados, while an 8-speed automatic is standard when paired with the 6.2L V8, as well as in 5.3L Silverados in LTZ, LTZ/Z71 and "High Country" trims.
The 2018 Silverado comes in several distinct trim levels. Work Trucks include the 4.3L V6, disc brakes, a 40/20/40 front bench seat, power locks and windows, cruise control and a 6-speaker audio system. LS models build on Work Truck features and include remote keyless entry and MyLink, as well as 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot capability. LT models feature the 8-inch color touchscreen, EX-Lift tailgate, 17-inch aluminum wheels and trailering package. LTZ models also feature the larger touchscreen but add the 5.3L V8 standard, leather seating, dual-zone climate control, rear vision camera and 18-inch wheels. Z71 trim on LTZ models comes with enhanced 4-wheel drive off-road capability through monotube shocks, hill descent control, all-terrain tires, fog lamps and a locking rear differential. The Silverado High Country is the top trim and includes chrome side assist steps, 20-inch wheels, a spray-in bedliner, premium perforated heated and vented leather seating, navigation, front and rear park assist and a Bose stereo.
The 2018 Chevy Silverado is available with segment-exclusive safety features such as Forward Collision Alert, Lane Departure Warning with an Active Safety Seat and Front and Rear Park Assist. StabiliTrak with Trailer Sway Control and Hill Start Assist are standard on all Silverados.
The fact that the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 is a more capable truck than the one it replaces shouldn't be a surprise. After all, Chevy knows the guys and gals who buy it demand continuous improvements to better tow and haul things to job sites or around farms in the heartland of America. However, the half-ton pickup's job no longer ends there. It now has to be more efficient, ride better on-road, have a family-friendly interior, and be stylish enough to garner some street cred. Fittingly, those are all things Chevy addressed in the latest Silverado.
Completely changing the appearance of a pickup is a challenge, but Chevrolet deserves credit for trying to liven things up a little bit. The front end is busy with a big grille, split light housings and aero elements mixed in for an interesting look. Some on the Roadshow staff find it OK, while others who believe the truck was beaten badly with an ugly stick. Regardless, on my new-for-2019 RST trim, all of the truck's chrome is replaced by body-color pieces on the bumpers, grille, mirrors and door handles for a slightly more aggressive look that grew on me.
Things on the inside adopt a more evolutionary approach with a layout that will be familiar to owners of the previous model. The interior is built from middle-of-the-road materials that are better than those in the Ford F-150, but falls well short of the finishes in the Ram 1500. Space is plentiful with the backseat gaining 3 inches of legroom to accommodate long-legged passengers in high comfort. Storage isn't a problem, either, with dual glove boxes, a mammoth center console, door pockets and trick seat-back compartments in the rear.
The Good Chevy's new Silverado is more capable, comfortable and it's loaded with updated tech. New Dynamic Fuel Management system for the V8 engines is excellent.
The Bad The truck's new front end is polarizing, and cabin materials are of middle-of-the-road quality.
The Bottom Line That Silverado is a more stylish truck that's at home on the job site and serving the family.
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