Chevrolet Silverado 1500

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.

Editors' Review

The Chevrolet Silverado is a good truck, yet it's still an underdog in the full-size pickup world. Capable and comfortable as it might be, Chevy just can't compete with the fancy-pants Ram 1500 and do-it-all Ford F-150. But even so, the Silverado's myriad configurations and distinctive design give it some genuine appeal.

The Silverado is available with no fewer than seven engine and transmission combinations, everything from a base 4.3-liter V6 and six-speed automatic to a 6.2-liter V8 with a 10-speed auto. The midrange 5.3-liter V8 is available with 6-, 8- or 10-speed automatics, and there's a 2.7-liter turbo I4 on offer, as well. Beyond the underhood configurations, the Silverado is offered with single-, double- or crew-cab body styles. You can pair those with a 70-inch short bed, 79-inch standard bed or 98-inch long bed. Three axle ratios are offered and you can choose between two- and four-wheel drive.

For this review, I've got what's arguably the best combination of the bunch: a 3.0-liter Duramax turbodiesel I6 with a 10-speed transmission and 4WD. I can't overstate how much I love this engine. Pushing out 277 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque, there's enough oomph to get this full-size pickup off the line quickly. Highway lane-changes are easy-peasy thanks to gobs of midrange torque, and this truck will hum along at highway speeds smoothly and efficiently.

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The Good ~ Smooth diesel engine ~ Lots of trailering tech ~ Plentiful charging options

The Bad ~ Limited driver-assistance tech ~ Lousy interior ~ Last-generation infotainment

The Bottom Line The Chevy Silverado is a good truck trying to compete with great trucks.

Editors' Rating
  • Performance 7.5
  • Features 7.5
  • Design 7.5
  • Media 8.5

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