Chevrolet
Silverado 1500
2018
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John Diether
Automotive Editor - October 19, 2017

Expert Rating

3.35 (Good)
MPG
17 City / 23 Highway

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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.

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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:

WT

The yeoman of the Silverado line, the WT Regular Cab starts at $29,380 (including a $1,295 destination charge). The Double Cab and Crew Cab are priced from $33,405 and $36,080, respectively. Standard equipment includes air conditioning, cruise control, power locks, a rearview camera, a four-speaker sound system, a 7-inch version of the MyLink infotainment interface, and 17-inch steel wheels. The Double Cab and Crew Cab also get power windows. Interiors carry vinyl seats with cloth inserts and rubber flooring (or full carpeting for $100 extra). The WT Convenience Package ($975) adds tinted windows, power heated side mirrors, keyless entry, a remote locking tailgate, a household-style power outlet, and power windows for the Regular Cab. Chrome front and rear bumpers are available for $200. The $790 Trailering Package adds a hitch receiver, wiring harness, and an automatic locking rear differential. For a different look outside, the Black Out Edition ($1,750) offers matte black trim, 20-inch black wheels, deep-tint rear windows, and body-color fascia trim. The 5.3-liter (with six-speed automatic) costs $1,195, while four-wheel drive adds $3,940.

LS

Priced from $31,405 (Regular), $35,155 (Double), and $37,880 (Crew), the LS comes standard with the contents of the WT's Convenience Package. Additional features include chrome bumpers, Onstar, six audio speakers, satellite radio, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. The Regular Cab and Double Cab get stainless steel wheels, while the Crew Cab carries aluminum wheels. The 5.3-liter V8 and four-wheel drive remain optional. A $1,995 Street Package is available on Double Cab and Crew Cab models equipped with the V8. The bundle includes full carpeting, an all-weather floor liner, a tri-folding box cover, LED box lighting, and a performance exhaust system.

Custom

Available in Double Cab ($35,240) and Crew Cab ($37,965) form, the Custom is equipped like the LS, but with different exterior trim. The Custom receives 20-inch chrome wheels, body-color fascia trim, and front recovery hooks. The Custom Value Package ($950) includes the Trailering Package, a rear-window defogger, carpeting, and a few LS features that aren't standard on the Custom (like the locking tailgate and keyless entry). The Street Package remains available on V8 models. There's also a Rally 1 Edition Package ($1,095) with black wheels and a spray-on bedliner. Another choice is the Black Pack ($3,325) with 22-inch gloss black wheels and black entry steps.

LT

The popular LT trim covers all three cab styles, priced from $35,605, $38,260, and $40,725, respectively. The LT receives an 8-inch version of MyLink, Chevy's EZ Lift & Lower tailgate, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, full cloth seats, and standard carpeting. The optional LT Convenience Package ($1,385) includes a power driver seat, remote start, a rear window defogger, a telescoping steering wheel, and dual-zone automatic climate control (Double and Crew only). The LT Plus Package ($1,040) adds power-adjustable pedals, rear parking sensors, a power-sliding rear window with defogger, and a universal home remote. The All Star Edition and Texas Edition (both $1,495) contain popular features from both packages, plus the Trailering Package and special badging. All Star and Texas models can get a High Desert Package ($6,995) with unique 20-inch wheels, a sport bar with sail panels, a hard bed cover, and lighted side storage boxes.

The Street Package and Black Pack remain available. In addition to the V6 and regular 5.3-liter V8, buyers can select the eAssist 5.3-liter for $2,445. It's available the Crew Cab only.

Four-wheel drive versions of the LT are available in a Z71 subtrim, which runs $1,910 higher. The LT Z71 is designed for off-roading and comes with special shocks, a heavy-duty air cleaner, hill descent control, skid plates, and styling tweaks throughout.

LTZ

The LTZ comes standard with the 5.3-liter V8 in Double ($46,560) and Crew ($45,795) configurations. Buyers can upgrade to the 6.2-liter V8 for $2,695, and the eAssist 5.3-liter remains available on Crew Cabs. The LTZ carries most of the LT's available comfort and convenience features, plus leather seats with front heat and passenger power, full LED exterior lighting, 18-inch bright-finish aluminum wheels, and an abundance of chrome exterior trim. The Trailering Package is also standard. The LTZ Plus Package ($1,195) adds power adjustable pedals, front and rear parking sensors, a heated steering wheel, and a premium Bose sound system. For safety, there's an Enhanced Driver Alert Package ($945) with lane keeping assist, automatic high beams, a vibrating alert in the driver seat, and collision mitigation with automatic braking. Once again, buyers can add the Street Package or Black Pack for further distinction. Navigation is a $495 standalone option. The Z71 subtrim is available on the LTZ as well, starting at $2,710.

High Country

The luxurious High Country (Crew only) starts at $53,095. In addition to all the conveniences available on the LTZ, buyers get an upgraded leather interior, active noise cancellation, ventilated front bucket seats with extra controls, a unique chrome grille, power entry steps, and cargo tie-downs. The 5.3-liter V8 with eight-speed automatic is also standard (eAssist is not available). The 6.2-liter V8 is part of the High County Deluxe Package ($4,230), which also furnishes a sunroof, a hard bed cover, LED box lighting, and 22-inch silver-finish wheels. The High Desert Package is available on models without the Deluxe Package. The 6.2-liter can be added on a standalone basis for $2,495.

The LTZ and High Country can be equipped with a rear DVD/Blu-Ray entertainment system for $1,620.

CarsDirect Tip

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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