Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Chevy Silverado - a review of what's coming

The Chevrolet Silverado half-ton pickup truck is available in three body styles (regular-, extended- and crew cab) and trim levels ranging from no-frills "Work Truck" to plush LTZ. The most popular trims are the midlevel LS and LT, which provide most features people want as standard, including air-conditioning, full power accessories and a CD player. Notable options include a variety of towing packages, the Z71 Off-Road Package and a navigation system.

Powertrain choices encompass everything from a frugal 4.3-liter 195-horsepower V6 to a muscular 6.2-liter V8 with 403 hp. Most Chevy Silverados, however, will be fitted with either a 295-hp 4.8-liter V8 or a 315-hp 5.3-liter V8. A four-speed automatic transmission with a tow and haul mode is standard on Silverado pickups with the base V6 and 4.8-liter V8. Silverados with the 5.3-liter or 6.2-liter V8 have a six-speed automatic. As expected, one may choose either rear- or four-wheel drive.

Calling cards of the Silverado include strong performance, a refined and quiet ride (even with the heavy-duty towing package) and a comfortable cabin that's admittedly looking a little old compared to newer competitors. A few other downsides we've noted in reviews include minor interior ergonomic issues, an unimpressive base V6 and the hesitant response of the four-speed automatic transmission while downshifting. GM's excellent six-speed automatic, however, is hard to fault with its smooth, on-point performance. If you're looking for a great internet home that is based on nothing but Chevy trucks and your Silverado - go check out www.fullsizechevy.com - they also have reviews on Chevy Silverado parts at www.fullsizechevy.com/chevysilveradoparts


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