Saturday, November 1, 2014


The Chevrolet Silverado 1500 comes standard with a V6 engine that reviewers say provides ample power for towing light trailers and day-to-day driving. For those with greater towing and hauling demands, most recommend stepping up to one of the optional V8s, which improve the Silverado’s acceleration and make it better-suited to hauling and towing heavier loads. 

A six-speed automatic transmission is standard, and while reviewers say it has no inherent flaws, most wish that Chevrolet gave this redesigned truck an eight-speed transmission, which they think would improve acceleration and fuel economy. 

he Silverado achieves up to an EPA-estimated 18/24 mpg city/highway, which is good for the class. Test drivers report that the Silverado has one of the most comfortable rides in the segment, and that it delivers refined handling. They think that its steering is precise and well-weighted and its brakes are strong.

The steering assist has been changed from engine-driven hydraulic to electric, a common switch these days that cuts noise and saves fuel but sometimes rules out snowplow use. Brakes have returned to all-disc as they were in 2005, and the Z71 suspension option continues, including monotube shocks.

The biggest mechanical changes are under the hood with a trio of EcoTec3 engines. A 4.3-liter V-6 will likely be standard across the board, a 5.3-liter V-8 is optional, and a 6.2-liter V-8 is available on longer cabs. All are paired to a six-speed automatic transmission.

The new Silverado’s dynamics are a matter of record with us; its ride is exceptionally smooth, the serenity augmented by exceptionally low interior noise levels. The driver can summon V-8 rumble from the engine by pressing resolutely on the go pedal, which causes valves to open in the exhaust—we have thorough experience with this—but engine sounds are all but absent in routine operation. We’re impressed by the absolutely seamless operation of the cylinder deactivation. The only clue that it’s working is the little readout at the bottom of the instrument binnacle.

Finally, the new interior is an area where many experts and observers thought the Silverado needed the most work. Show models suggest improvements in both materials and fit and finish, with familiar parts limited to a couple of switches, logos and the shift lever.

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