The choice for best full-size pickup is not as clear as it was three years ago, when the Chevrolet Silverado and the GMC Sierra appeared to be the leaders of the pack. Since then, Ford has introduced an all-new F-150, Dodge has re-engineered the Ram, Toyota has added a Crew Cab model to its Tundra line, and Nissan has rolled out the appropriately named Titan. There isn’t a dog among them. All are superb in their own way.
Yet Silverado still rides as well or better than any of them, and it handles well. It’s quick and it’s comfortable. Boxed and hydroformed frame rails give Silverado a strong, rigid platform. It is, as the advertising tagline says, like a rock. Silverado’s interior was significantly updated in 2003, and so was its electrical system. Quadrasteer, GM’s heavy-duty four-wheel-steering, is available for a number of different models, improving maneuverability in tight quarters or when pulling a trailer. Heated seats, a Bose stereo, XM Satellite Radio and other options make long days spent in a Silverado comfortable and enjoyable.
Moving up to LS trim adds a long list of comforts and appointments, including power windows, locks and mirrors; upgraded audio and upholstery; and the 4.8-liter V8 with automatic transmission. LS Crew Cabs come with the 5.3-liter V8 and automatic. Silverado LT is downright luxurious, with leather upholstery, automatic climate control, Bose audio, and a new version of the OnStar telematics system. The 5.3-liter V8 is standard on all LT models.
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