The Chevrolet Silverado (and the GMC Sierra) are still the best in terms of ride quality. Those who value a smooth-riding truck with a low load height should take a good hard look at a two-wheel-drive Silverado. And those who value style could do worse. Silverado’s aggressive looks draw the eye. This truck is not the wallflower it was a couple of years ago.
Silverado got an edgy new look last year, along with significant interior improvements and an all-new electrical system designed to improve reliability by drastically reducing the number of wires running all over the place. It’s all be streamlined.
Like all full-size pickups, the Chevy Silverado is available in a vast array of configurations: two-wheel drive and four-wheel-drive; regular cabs, extended cabs, and crew cabs; short beds (6-1/2-foot) and long beds (8-foot). Three trim levels are available: base, LS, and LT, plus a sporty SS. Full-width Fleetside beds are standard, but retro Sportside beds are offered for selected models. Silverado is available in several load ranges, of course, but this review focuses on the 1500 series. The 1500 series offers actual payload ratings ranging from 1475 to 2123 pounds. Silverado 1500 models are available with a 4.3-liter V6, 4.8-liter V8, or 5.3-liter V8.
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