The perennial bestseller in the Chevy truck line, the Silverado 1500 can take on more roles than you can count: light-duty hauler, blue-collar commuter, off-road companion, chromed luxury sled, and so on. As its legion of fans have discovered, you can tailor the Silverado to any of these ends without compromising its rugged, all-American character.
What's New for 2017
All models receive a capless fuel filler neck and Teen Driver technology, which allows parents to monitor driving habits. The MyLink infotainment system gains Android Auto functionality. Automatic emergency braking is available for the first time.
Choosing Your Chevrolet 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:
The LT and LTZ are once again 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. 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. We've always viewed the High Country as a way for Chevy fans to move into a luxury truck while staying loyal to the brand they love.
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