3/4 Front Glamour 2013 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Hybrid

Expert's Rating

4.4Excellent

MPG 20 City / 23 Highway
Pros
  • Powerful engine for a hybrid
  • Good fuel economy for a truck
  • Tonneau top comes standard
Cons
  • Lower towing capacity than other trucks
  • Limited cab options
  • No AC outlet in truck bed
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Output from modern V6s nears the power of this V8 hybrid and -- in some cases -- exceeds its highway mpg. This means that the Silverado Hybrid needs more than good fuel economy to draw in customers.

Introduction

The Chevrolet truck has a long and storied history that traces back to its first pickup in 1918, and the lineup has seen many changes since then. The three most notable are the introductions of the C/K models in 1962; their replacement in the 1999 model year; and the Silverado 1500 Hybrid in 2005.

For 2013, the Silverado 1500 Hybrid carries over with no changes from 2012. This pickup comes in only two trim levels: 1HY and 2HY. The 1HY acts as the base model and includes basic features like cloth seating, power windows and manually-adjustable seating. The 2HY makes a huge step up from its base model with leather seating, power-adjustable seats and a Bose premium audio system.



Both trim levels use a hybrid drive system that produces 379 horsepower with a 6-liter V-8 engine and a pair of 60 kW motors housed in the automatic transmission. The setup nets this pickup 20 mpg city and 23 mpg highway. This hybrid Silverado is less robust than most full-size pickups, though, and can tow only 6,100 pounds.

Which Style To Buy?

2013 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Hybrid
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2013 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Hybrid 1HY

Recommended for: Buyers who want the utility of a truck with reduced gas consumption

The 1HY is the base model in the Silverado 1500 Hybrid lineup and includes: four-wheel regenerative disc brakes to produce electricity while braking; a soft tonneau cover; chrome bumpers; 18-inch chromed aluminum wheels; an EZ-Lift tailgate; an AM/FM/CD/MP3/SiriusXM audio system with six speakers; dual-zone automatic climate control; and premium cloth seats.

2013 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Hybrid
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2013 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Hybrid 2HY

Recommended for: Buyers who want premium features in their hybrid truck

The 2HY adds: bed-rail protectors; a hard-vinyl tonneau cover; auto-dimming side-view mirrors; a Bose premium audio system with AM/FM/CD/DVD/MP3/SiriusXM capabilities, an 80 GB hard drive, seven speakers and a USB port; a navigation system; six-way power bucket seats; and a rearview camera.

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