The volume model in the Chevy truck line, the Silverado 1500 wears many hats: light-duty hauler, blue-collar commuter, chromed luxury sled, and so on. You can tailor the Silverado to any of these ends without compromising its rugged, all-American character.
What's New for 2016
The Silverado 1500 receives a front-end makeover featuring a resculpted hood, fresh grille, and updated lighting. An eight-speed automatic transmission makes its way into more models. The MyLink infotainment system gets full smartphone integration. Newly available features include lane keeping assist, automatic high beams, and a remote locking tailgate.
Choosing Your Silverado 1500
Like most pickups, the Silverado is available with three cab styles: Regular, Double, and Crew. The Double Cab features a rear seat and narrow rear doors, while the Crew Cab is a bona fide four-door with adult-size legroom in back.
Regular and Double Cabs come with a 6.5-foot bed; an 8-foot bed is optional on the Regular Cab only. As for the Crew Cab, the standard box is slightly shorter than the others at 5.75 feet, but the 6.5-foot bed is available as an upgrade.
The engine roster starts with a 285-horsepower 4.3-liter V6. Beyond that, there are two V8s: a 5.3-liter with 335 horsepower and a 6.2-liter that makes a stout 420 horsepower. A six-speed automatic transmission comes standard with the V6 and 5.3-liter engines. An eight-speed unit is optional for the 5.3-liter and standard with the 6.2-liter.
Four-wheel drive is available across the board. Towing capacity maxes out at 7,600 pounds with the V6, 11,500 with the 5.3-liter, and an even 12,000 pounds with the 6.2-liter.
Like all full-size pickups, the 1500 covers an enormous swath of market territory across its five trim levels:
Available on the LT and above, the Enhanced Driver Alert package provides forward collision alerts, lane keeping assist, automatic high beams, and a vibrating safety alert seat. The LT and LTZ are eligible for the Z71 off-road package, which adds special shock absorbers, a heavy-duty air cleaner, hill descent control, skids plates, and styling tweaks throughout. Power heated towing mirrors are optional for the LS and LT. A rear video entertainment system can be added to the LTZ and High Country.
All things considered, the LT is the most appropriate choice for civilian use and can be equipped up or down to suit your taste. No wonder it's the best-selling Silverado by a mile.
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