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2018 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 OVERVIEW
The standard-bearer of the Chevrolet truck family, the Silverado 1500 can do almost anything buyers ask of it, from hauling the family boat to conquering the wild to impressing the neighbors. Whether its outfitted for construction sites or boulevards, the Silverado comes off as the quintessential American pickup.
What's New for 2018
Chevrolet's MyLink infotainment system and a rearview camera join the list standard equipment. The fuel-saving eAssist Package is now available on a national basis on LT and LTZ models.
Choosing Your Chevrolet Silverado 1500
As in previous years, the Silverado comes in three cab styles: Regular, Double, and Crew. The Double Cab features a full-width rear seat and narrow rear doors, while the Crew Cab offers four conventional doors and additional rear leg room. The Regular Cab and Double Cab come paired with a 6.5-foot bed. The Crew Cab's standard box is shorter at 5.75 feet; the 6.5-foot bed is a $1,395 option. An 8-foot bed is available with the Regular Cab only for $390.
The base 4.3-liter V6 engine produces 285 horsepower and 305 lb-ft of torque. The available 5.3-liter V8 is good for 335 hp and 383 lb-ft of torque. The top choice, a 6.2-liter V8, lays down an impressive 420 hp and 460 lb-ft of torque. The V6 and 5.3-liter V8 run with a six-speed automatic transmission, while the 6.2-liter gets an eight-speed unit, which is optional with the 5.3-liter. All engines can be paired with four-wheel drive.
The V6 achieves an EPA-estimated 20 miles per gallon in combined city and highway driving, or 19 mpg with four-wheel drive. When paired with the six-speed automatic, the 5.3-liter V8 is rated at 19 mpg combined, or 18 mpg with four-wheel drive. With the eight-speed automatic, ratings for the 5.3-liter are 1 mpg lower. Whether equipped with two- or four-wheel drive, the 6.2-liter V8 returns 17 mpg combined.
The optional eAssist Package for the 5.3-liter V8 includes the eight-speed transmission, engine stop-start, regenerative braking, and a small 13-hp electric motor. This setup increases efficiency to 20 mpg combined with rear-drive, or 18 mpg with four-wheel drive.
Towing capacity reaches 7,600 pounds with the V6, increases to 11,500 with the 5.3-liter, and maxes out at 12,500 when the 6.2-liter does the pulling.
Engine availability, convenience features, and safety technology vary by trim level:
The LTZ and High Country can be equipped with a rear DVD/Blu-Ray entertainment system for $1,620.
Now that the WT comes with MyLink and a rearview camera, it's no longer strictly a workhorse. Even so, the LS and Custom are better suited to a mix of personal and industrial use. The LT remains the best choice for everyday driving, and gives the buyer access to most popular options.
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