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Chevrolet Silverado 1500
Chevrolet Silverado 1500 is a competitive full-size pick-up truck that offers a myriad of choices for drivetrain, body configuration and trim levels. Chevrolet Silverado 1500 offers responsive handling and a smooth ride.
The Chevrolet Silverado has been a pillar in the full-sized pick-up truck category since 1999. It has been a tough competitor that has held its own against other brands for almost two decades. The Chevrolet Silverado has come a long way from its humble beginning as a reliable work truck.
Today's Chevrolet Silverado 1500 is available in a wide variety of body styles, powertrains and trim levels. While the traditional work truck is still available, more gratifying models now exist. Buyers can choose between LS, LT, LTZ trim levels, regular, double or crew cabs, various bed lengths and two-wheel or four-wheel drive options. The choices are seemingly endless.
Whether you require a vehicle for your daily commute or you need to tow large or heavy cargo, the Chevrolet Silverado 1500 offers the flexibility to cover your needs.
The 2016 release of this pick-up truck has a fresh face with its new grille, headlights, hood and tail lights. Inside, the dashboard touchscreens provide quick response times and, thanks to the remarkable Smartphone integration technologies of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, drivers of the Chevrolet Silverado 1500 experience fewer distractions so they can stay focused on the road.
Chevrolet Silverado 1500's beauty isn't just on the surface. For the first time ever, a new eight-speed automatic transmission with 5.3-liter engine is available. An Enhanced Driver Alert Package that includes a lane-departure intervention system has also been introduced to improve the driver experience.
The revised front-end styling of Chevrolet Silverado 1500includes thin, projector-beam headlights that are standard on all models. The luxury trim level models include LED lights instead. The front-end appears lower and wider now that the stacked headlights have been phased out. The grille design varies depending on trim level.
The 2016 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 has an imposing profile with a sharp bluff-faced look in front. The contoured dual-dome hood, plus the chiseling on the sheet metal give it a squared off appearance. While the body shape remains consistent, each trim level seems to have a personality of its own. The LTZ is the cool kid on the block with its chrome details, whereas the Z71 provides a sporty facade and the leather-clad High Country offers undeniable luxury.
Power and Performance:
While other full-size pickup trucks in the market are moving toward downsizing and turbo-charging engines, GM is sticking with what works for a classic truck: big-displacement engines that offer maximum power. While its main concept may not be innovation, there have been indications of some modernization under the hood over the last few years - including direct injection, cylinder deactivation, aluminum blocks/heads and continuously variable valve timing.
Engine configuration is as follows:
|4.3-liter V6 Flex-Fuel||5.3-liter V8 Flex-Fuel||6.2-liter V8 Flex-Fuel (4WD)|
|285 horsepower @ 5,300 rpm||355 horsepower @ 5,600 rpm||420 horsepower @ 5,600 rpm|
|305 lb-ft of torque @ 3,500 rpm||383 lb-ft of torque @ 4,100 rpm||460 lb-ft of torque @ 4,100 rpm|
|EPA city/highway fuel economy:|
|15.8 L/100 kms (city)11.9 L/100 kms (highway)||14.7 L/100 kms (city)11.8 L/100 kms (highway)||18.1L/100 kms (city)13.8 L/100 kms (highway)|
Chevrolet Silverado 1500 has electric power steering - an improvement over the former hydraulic setup. Four-wheel disc brakes with Duralife rotor design are also standard across all models. Stiff front coil springs, two-stage leaf springs, twin-tube valving for the front and rear shocks all contribute to superior control. With everything it has under the hood and in the lower chassis, Chevrolet Silverado 1500 offers a well-tuned ride with responsive handling.
Interiors and Special Features:
Chevrolet Silverado 1500 offers several layouts fit for every need. What is common among all versions is the use of high-quality materials, comfortable seating, ample storage in the form of numerous bins, cubbies and cup holders, as well as entertainment features that are appreciated during a long drive. Crew Cab models provide a spacious interior with large rear doors and a pushed back B-pillar for easy entry and exit. Double cabs also offer plenty of rear legroom and are easy to get in and out of via the front-hinged rear doors. Chevrolet Silverado 1500 has shear-style body mounts between the cab and the frame and triple door seals for improved noise reduction allowing for an even more enjoyable ride.
The Chevrolet Silverado 1500's safety features are sure to make drivers and passengers feel more confident on the road. Standard safety equipment includes; StabiliTrak with trailer sway control, hill start assist, head-curtain side airbags with rollover protection. With the exception of the basic work truck, OnStar is standard on all models. OnStar features automatic crash notification, roadside assistance, remote door unlocking and a stolen vehicle locator.
Optional safety features for LTZ and High Country models include; a lane departure warning system, safety alert seat, forward collision alert system, front and rear park assist, tailgate-mounted rear camera, lane keep assist and IntelliBeam (intelligent high-beam headlights).
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) gave the 2016 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 a five-star overall rating. It also scored five stars in the frontal and side crash tests and a four star rating in rollover testing. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) gives the truck a top score of "Good" for moderate overlap front crash test.
Overall, Chevrolet Silverado 1500 is a very capable full-size pick-up with various configurations that can satisfy virtually anyone looking for a high performance, reliable truck.