Chevrolet
Silverado 1500
2013
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CarsDirect Staff
December 22, 2012

Expert Rating

4.7 (Excellent)
MPG
14 City / 20 Highway

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2013 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 OVERVIEW

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.

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