Pickup trucks have certainly evolved through the years, coming in bigger and brasher with each succeeding generation. That’s the look of the Silverado 1500 with its bold upright grille dominating its front fascia. Chevrolet takes the usual slab-sided design and embellishes it with chrome on higher trim models. Some models come with running boards, while all models have rear bumper side steps — what a great way to access the bed without having to pull a step down or make the jump up. Our model pick comes with 18-inch machine-finished aluminum wheels, chrome touches and keyless entry.
Where the exterior is bold and overstated, the interior is soothing and quiet. Five adults can fit with ease, but the best seats in the house are up front, thanks to the wide and comfortable bucket seats. Cloth seats are standard; the rear fold-up bench seat features a 40/20/40-split layout with under seat storage.
This Chevy can make a case for the best interior in its class, or at least one with the best center console display and telematics. All driver controls are where you expect them and are easy to read and solidly constructed. The prize, though, is the Chevrolet MyLink audio system with an eight-inch touchscreen. This system includes OnStar, Bluetooth, satellite radio, HD Radio, Apple CarPlay and Android Audio smartphone compatibility, a CD player, six speakers and a WiFi hotspot. Two USB ports and an auxiliary input round out the offerings. You also get power windows and door locks, a manual tilt steering column, air conditioning, and cruise control.