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3/4 Front Glamour 2013 Chevrolet Silverado 1500

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Expert's Rating

4.7Excellent

MPG 14 City / 20 Highway
Pros
  • Power, quality and comfort
  • Solid towing capacity
  • Lots of engine options
  • Lots of airbags
Cons
  • Fuel economy not the best
  • No diesel engine option

Introduction

The Chevrolet Silverado has been a venerable pickup truck option for several decades. In the ongoing comfort and power wars with competitors, it has kept up with the times, although with more focus on power and space than perhaps style. The Silverado remains one of the best options for those who work in less than ideal locations, with more than a foot of ground clearance that is best in class.

In addition, its engines are at or near the top of the class, especially the V6 and V8 models. Seating is a strong suit, as up to six occupants can ride in comfort in some of the four-door cabs. The rest of the interior is well thought out, and there are a number of storage options. Occupants hopefully won't need it, but standard side and side-curtain airbags will help protect them in accidents. While there is no diesel V8, the Chevrolet Silverado 1500 makes up for it thanks to a number of towing packages, including sway control.

Options packages can provide rear parking sensors and backup cameras, helpful for those towing. Other amenities are more for creature comforts, including CD/MP3 stereos with USB connection, Bose speakers and even OnStar navigation. Heated mirrors improve visibility even in colder climates, and seats can be heated and provide lumbar support. Getting in and out is easy, thanks to rear doors that have extended dimensions as well as remote keyless entry and engine start.

While many of the packages include more powerful engines and interior amenities, the Z71 package is a strong option for those who love off-roading or a stiffer ride thanks to upgraded suspension parts and skid plates. The Chevrolet Silverado 1500 won't be the only option on full-size truck buyers' lists, though. The Toyota Tundra has powerful V8 engines, but fuel economy can suffer and the price is substantially higher. The Ram 1500 is also a powerful truck, but the Silverado has a nicer interior and is safer in crash tests. The Ford F-150 has a good ride for many owners, but suffers from fuel economy issues like the Toyota Tundra. Finally, the Nissan Titan has better brakes for towing, as well as standard auxiliary jacks and power windows. However, it's thousands of dollars more expensive than a similar Silverado 1500. Buyers who are considering the Chevrolet Silverado 1500 have a number of trim lines to consider, and each fit a different need.

Which Style To Buy?

2013 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
Starting price
$12,983

2013 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LS

Recommended for: Power options and interior amenities with a V8

The Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LS offers a number of minor tweaks to the work truck that make it a nicer place to sit and drive. Side mirrors are heated and the suspension has been upgraded for towing heavier vehicles. The base engine of the Silverado 1500 LS is a 4.8-liter V8 putting out 302 horsepower and 305 lb.-ft of torque. Inside, OnStar navigation service is available with the CD/MP3 player. Hot days won't affect passengers in the back, thanks to tinted glass. In addition, wheels and bumpers are chrome for a classy look, as is the mesh grille.

2013 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
Starting price
$12,983

2013 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT

Recommended for: Bigger engines, more creature comforts for drivers

The LT adds an upgraded cloth split-bench seat with a fold-down center armrest, lockable underseat storage and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. A Vortec 5.3-liter V8 and six-speed transmission are available with an extended cab and long box; 4x4 models have an Autotrac active transfer case.

2013 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
Starting price
$12,983

2013 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LTZ

Recommended for: Luxurious interior for those who still need cargo space

The 2013 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LTZ works to make life more comfortable for the driver. Little touches like auto-dimming rearview mirrors make night driving a breeze, while Bluetooth connectivity enables much safer phone calls. Seats are heated, with leather and also offer lumbar support. Both sides of the cabin can pick their own temperature with the automatic function. Silverado 1500 LTZ occupants will also enjoy music, even from portable media devices thanks to USB connectivity and Bose stereo speakers. Looking at it from the outside, the body-colored trim and mirrors offer a nice touch before the driver takes advantage of the remote start feature.

2013 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
Starting price
$12,983

2013 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Work Truck

Recommended for: No frills but comfortable with good power

The Chevrolet Silverado 1500 work truck comes in a number of variants, including regular, extended and crew cab variants. The extended cab can also be equipped with a long box for extra cargo carrying capacity. The base model comes with a 195-horsepower V6, while two V8 options are also available. There is a 4x4 transfer case for off-road work, and towing is easier with trailer sway control and hill start assist. In addition, those who work construction will appreciate the dual glove boxes and flip-up rear bench seats for more room. Two-row Silverado 1500s also have split seats for more versatility.

2013 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
Starting price
$12,983

2013 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Xtra Fuel Economy

Recommended for: Highway haulers who need to tow

The 2013 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 XTRA Fuel Economy is likely to appeal to construction managers and other supervisors, as its only available with a short box, although it has seating for six, better even than the more upmarket LTZ trim package. The Silverado 1500 XFE also pampers drivers with a leather steering wheel and controls for the stereo. Hands-free cell phone service is provided, as is tire-pressure monitoring for safety. The fuel economy is 22 MPG on the highway. The Silverado 1500 XFE is also well-optioned for towing, with wired harnesses and transmission fluid cooler and rear-window defogger.

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