New and Used Chevrolet Silverado 1500 (Chevy): Prices, Photos, Reviews, Specs – The Car Connection

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Chevrolet Silverado 1500

The Chevrolet Silverado 1500 is the bowtie brand’s full-size, light-duty pickup truck. It’s a perennial best-seller, and a relative of the GMC Sierra.

Competition for the Silverado includes the Ram 1500, Ford F-150, Toyota Tundra and Nissan Titan.

Like any good pickup, the Silverado is available in a number of styles and trim levels that range from work trucks to more luxurious options such as the High Country model. As of its redesign for the 2014 model year, the Silverado is stronger, more efficient, and more pleasant to be in and drive than ever.

The 2017 variant’s biggest change is the availability of automatic emergency braking on top-tier models.

The new Chevrolet Silverado 1500

The Chevy Silverado was extensively refreshed for 2014, with an upright, chiseled look inside and out; a stronger yet more fuel-efficient lineup of engines; quieter, more refined cabins; and a noteworthy set of safety and infotainment technology. The beefier visage nods to the looks of Chevy’s HD trucks while adding a luxury-car feature set to the top of the lineup.

Under the hood, the Silverado has been fitted with a new generation of GM V-6 and V-8 engines, all with a common architecture, direct injection, cylinder deactivation, and continuously variable valve timing. Gas mileage, power, and torque are all improved. The base engine is a 285-horsepower, 4.3-liter V-6, the mid-level is a 5.3-liter V-8 good for 355 hp, and the top choice is a 6.2-liter V-8 making 420 hp. All used 6-speed transmissions at the beginning, though the 6.2-liter was upgraded to a new 8-speed auto for 2015, and high-line versions of the 5.3-liter V-8 got it in 2016. The new trucks are truly modern and very competitive with their domestic counterparts.

Chevy has added several active-safety features as options on the latest Silverado, including lane-departure warning and collision warning. For 2016, it also got IntelliBeam headlights and active lane keep. The infotainment system uses Chevy’s latest MyLink software, which can stream audio from Pandora, connect to Bluetooth phones, and accept voice commands or inputs through its 8.0-inch touchscreen. The processor has been upgraded for 2016, and a version with a 7.0-inch touchscreen has been added for lower line models. The extended-cab trucks have switched to front-hinged short doors, with longer doors available and tied to more rear-seat room on crew-cab models. The tailgate is damped for a soft landing when opened, there are lights in the cargo bed, and the rear bumper has small steps integrated into its corners for easier access to cargo.

Updates were few for 2015. In addition to the new transmission, they included available LTE connectivity for OnStar, which could also be used as a wi-fi hotspot. Chevy also offered a Black Out package for WT (work truck) models, which did exactly what you’d expect to the trim and wheels. The Silverado Custom was also added as an LS double cab with 20-inch wheels, chrome bumpers, chrome mirror caps, and a few other dress-up items, creating what can be referred to as a special-value package.

Other 2016 changes include the addition of wireless phone charging for models with front bucket seats, new power-articulating side steps for the High Country, and an available remote locking tailgate.

For 2017, automatic emergency braking was added to top trim levels, and a teen driver safety feature was added to all trims that can notify parents if teens are speeding, driving too far, or triggering automatic safety systems.

The Silverado has been on sale since 1999, when General Motors gave the name to its C/K pickup trucks developed under the code name GMT800. In that first generation, the Silverado carried on with the rugged look and capability that GM’s trucks used to battle the Ford F-150, their sales arch-rival. From the 1999 to the 2006 model year, the Silverado was sold in hundreds of configurations—nearly all of them powered by a V-8 engine teamed to a four-speed automatic transmission. A 5-speed automatic came later, as did GM’s first hybrid—which in this case was a very “mild” hybrid which simply stored some recouped energy to feed electrical systems, including a power point in its pickup bed.

In 2007, GM introduced the first of the “GMT900” trucks—the project was accelerated as GM hoped strong sales would lift it back into profitability. While that didn’t quite pan out, the GMT900s were an instant success, receiving good reviews for their more upscale styling, rich interiors, and improved drivetrains. The Silverado remained one of the best full-size trucks for its seemingly endless variety of configurations: three body styles that offered seating for up to six in front of a bed that came in short and long variants.

This Silverado shared its running gear with many vehicles across the GM brands. The Chevrolet Silverado, Avalanche, Suburban, and Tahoe all were related, as were the heavy-duty versions of the Silverado and Suburban. GMC’s Sierra, Suburban, and Yukon were almost identical to them, spun from the same architecture, as was the Cadillac Escalade. The Hummer H2 was also a distant cousin of these trucks and sport-utility vehicles.

This Silverado also offered a plainer and a quite nice interior design; a choice of four gas engines and a Two-Mode Hybrid model; and rear- or four-wheel drive. The most powerful, 403-hp V-8 Silverado had fuel economy of 12 mpg city, 19 highway, but the Hybrid edition earned ratings of 20 mpg city, 23 highway, according to the EPA. Towing topped out at more than 10,700 pounds. While the Silverado’s rear seats were a little too vertical, the interior was as comfortable as the competitors’, save for the Ram 1500. Advanced features ranged from a trailer-sway mode in the stability-control system, to dealer-installed wireless internet access.

Changes were minimal going through 2013. Powertrain Grade Braking—to improve stability on hills, when towing—was included for 2013 in all models with the 6-speed automatic.

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Overall I’m pleased with the truck. Having owned it for sever months I’ve come to find the stiff suspension is a bit punishing over bad pavement but otherwise smooth on average to good pavement. The 8 speed. Overall I’m pleased with the truck. Having owned it for sever months I’ve come to find the stiff suspension is a bit punishing over bad pavement but otherwise smooth on average to good pavement. The 8 speed transmission can prove quirky at times as well as the AFM but relative to the good gas mileage it routinely gets I feel it’s tolerable. So far no problems in the first 12 months. + More

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For 2016 Chevrolet Silverado 1500

GM knocked it out of the park!

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  • I previously owned a 2007 Silverado Classic and loved it. I was not a fan of the following generation, but with GM’s introduction of the redesigned Silverado’s, they’ve completely knocked it out of the park. I previously owned a 2007 Silverado Classic and loved it. I was not a fan of the following generation, but with GM’s introduction of the redesigned Silverado’s, they’ve completely knocked it out of the park with look and performance. My 2016 Silverado is performs like a dream!

    In my opinion, people tend to overreact to the F150’s aluminum body and twin turbo V6 package, claiming that it is lighter and more fuel efficient. What people don’t realize is the truck will now be required to run premium gas to meet the standards they “say” they put out, making it now less cost-effective. Further, insurance premiums and cost will rise as well due to the cost of maintenance to the aluminum body.

    In conclusion, the F150 does not compare to the Silverado at all. + More

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    2015 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 4WD Crew Cab 143.5″ LT w/2LT

    Excellent truck

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  • My only beef with my truck is there is noise coming from the engine. It sounds like a belt noise. I have had it at my selling dealer 4 times in 21 thousand miles for normal service and have told the service. My only beef with my truck is there is noise coming from the engine. It sounds like a belt noise. I have had it at my selling dealer 4 times in 21 thousand miles for normal service and have told the service writer each time about it. They say they don’t hear anything. The problem with that is they don’t log my complaint in to the records. I figure they will hear the noise after the warranty runs out and the water pump or alt craps out. Otherwise I am very satisfied. The truck has the 5.3 engine with 3.23 gears and is a 4×4 extended cab. In over 23000 miles my truck has given me an average of 18 mpg. Might not sound like much but I have a heavy foot and I don’t baby my truck (I don,t beat it either) I use it as it is intended,On long trips it gets good mileage and is very comfortable + More

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