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The Silverado and similar GMC Sierra have relatively responsive handling and a roomy cabin that is as quiet as a luxury car's. Cabin access is easy, controls simple, and towing and payload capacities generous. Fuel economy from the 5.3-liter V8 crew cab we tested was 16 mpg overall, but the truck feels sluggish. Other available engines are a 4.3-liter V6 and powerful 6.2-liter V8. Some shortcomings include a jittery ride and front seats that aren't as supportive as those in certain competitors. More versions now get the eight-speed automatic, which should improve engine response. Other changes include available automatic emergency braking and the addition of Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Reliability has remained below average.

See Reliability page for the latest 2017 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 recalls.

Road Test

The Silverado, and its twin the GMC Sierra, has been a good choice for years, and the redesigned 2014 model is an even better performer. With its overhaul, this new model has landed some solid punches in the ongoing pickup wars. Handling is more carl...


  • Impressive fuel economy for a full-size truck
  • Very quiet cabin and relatively responsive handling provide a fairly carlike driving experience


  • Long wet-braking distances
  • Cloth seats are unsupportive

Best Version to Get

As is typical with a pickup truck, you can get the Silverado in a near infinite number of body and powertrain permutations.


3 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
4WD , Rear
  • Basic: 3 year/36,000 miles
  • Powertrain: 5 year/60,000 miles
  • Rust through: 6 year/100,000 miles
  • Roadside aid: 5 year/60,000 miles
Body Styles
extended cab
regular cab
crew cab
Transmissions Available
  • 8-speed Automatic
  • 6-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 4.3-liter V6 (285 hp)
  • 5.3-liter V8 (355 hp)
  • 6.2-liter V8 (420 hp)


Comfort / Convenience
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