The Silverado is an easy truck to live with, thanks to its comfortable ride and reasonable floor height. Access is fairly easy, as is cargo loading. The truck also offers generous towing and payload capacity. A six-speed automatic transmission aids acceleration and fuel economy, while selectable full-time four-wheel drive adds safety in slippery conditions.

Road Test Results

Performance
Acceleration Acceleration Acceleration tests are conducted on a smooth, flat pavement straightaway at the track. Time, speed, and distance measurements are taken with a precise GPS-based device that’s hooked to a data-logging computer.
0 to 60 mph 0 to 60 mph (sec.) The time in seconds that a vehicle takes to reach 60 mph from a standstill with the engine idling.
Transmission Transmission Transmission performance is determined by shifting smoothness, response, shifter action, and clutch actuation for manual transmissions.
Fuel Economy Fuel Economy We perform our own fuel-economy tests, independent of the government's often-quoted EPA figures and the manufacturers' claims. Using a precise fuel-flow measuring device spliced into the fuel line, we run two separate circuits to represent city and highway consumption.
CR's Overall Mileage CR's Overall Mileage CR's overall mileage is a composite of measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course and highway cruising; and CR's 150-mile test trip of mixed driving, if tested. In recent road tests, we've discontinued the 150-mile trip test.
CR's City Mileage CR's City Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course.
CR's Highway Mileage CR's Highway Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed highway cruising.
Annual Fuel Cost Annual Fuel Cost The cost and amount of fuel used in 12,000 miles and is calculated from CR's overall mileage.
Braking Braking The braking rating is a composite of wet and dry stopping distances and pedal feel. Braking distance is from 60 mph, with no wheels locked.
Emergency Handling Emergency Handling Several factors go into the rating, including the avoidance maneuver speed and confidence, as well as how the vehicle behaves when pushed to its limit,
Comfort / Convenience
Ride Ride Our expert judgment of how well the suspension isolates and absorbs road imperfections and how steady it keeps the body on various road surfaces.
Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
Trunk/Cargo Area Trunk/Cargo Area Our rating is based on the amount of luggage or cargo space that a vehicle has in the trunk or cargo area.

Owner Reports

Worse Better
Reliability History Reliability History The reliability charts are based on responses on hundreds of thousands of vehicles from our latest Annual Auto Survey. Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. The results are presented relative to the average model that year. Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems. Based on this data and further analysis, we predict reliability for the latest year. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
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Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
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Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
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Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
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Owner Satisfaction Owner Satisfaction To learn about satisfaction, CR has collected survey data from our annual survey on more than half a million vehicles. Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? In addition, respondents also rate their cars in six categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Driving Experience Driving Experience Includes acceleration and handling
Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
Safety Equipment
ABS standard. ESC and head protection air bags available from 2007; standard from 2010. Side air bags standard from 2010.
Road Test

The Silverado is an easy truck to live with, thanks to its comfortable ride and reasonable floor height. Access is fairly easy, as is cargo loading. The truck also offers generous towing and payload capacity. A six-speed automatic transmission aids acceleration and fuel economy, while selectable full-time four-wheel drive adds safety in slippery conditions. While side- and curtain-airbags are standard, IIHS side-crash test results are disappointing. A hybrid Silverado was offered as well. Test results also apply to the GMC Sierra.

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
4WD , Rear
Warranty

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

Read more about extended warranties
Body Styles
extended cab
regular cab
crew cab
Transmissions Available
  • 6-speed Automatic
  • CVT
  • 4-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 4.3-liter V6 (195 hp)
  • 4.8-liter V8 (295 hp)
  • 5.3-liter V8 (315 hp)
  • 6-liter V8 hybrid (332 hp)
  • 6-liter V8 (367 hp)
  • 6.2-liter V8 (403 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2009 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

Loose exterior trim or moldings

"The body molding on both rear doors came loose. I have repaired the problem myself with double-stick tape and so far it has remained fixed"

Bill W., TX (2009 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 5.3-L V8)

"Psassenger door trim front fell off"

Anonymous, OH (2009 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 5.3-L V8)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"molding is fading on side where sun shines the most"

Anonymous, NC (2009 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 5.3-L V8)
Rust

"Rust is growing extensively above the rear driver side wheel well"

Anonymous, ND (2009 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 5.3-L V8)

"over the rear wheels rust spots"

Anonymous, ON (2009 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 5.3-L V8)

"Rust spots appearing along tailgate; top of roof/cabin, under door handles, and along door bottom edges. Seems like a paint problem, as the color (Diamond White) was new to trucks that year (2009)"

E K., AB (2009 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LTZ 5.3-L V8)

"seems like they have a problem above the back wheels with rust"

Anonymous, IL (2009 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 5.3-L V8)

"rust over rear wheel wells. seems to be a problem with this brand of truck because I see a lot of rust over the wheels on other trucks"

Anonymous, NE (2009 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LTZ 5.3-L V8)

"Road salt gets in above the rear wheel wells and in the rocker panels and rusts them prematurely. I live in Portland , Maine"

Thomas C., ME (2009 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LTZ 5.3-L V8)

"Paint bubbling and rusting on both rear fenders"

Anonymous, NH (2009 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Unsure 5.3-L V8)

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

Body control module

"The electrical problems involved every system in the truck. The main fuse block melted down. The dealership replaced the fuse block but had no explanation for the failure. My experience with this dealership is abominable. I'm not clueless on these issues, I'm a retired mechanic"

Anonymous, NY (2009 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 5.3-L V8)

"Intermittently works"

Matthew P., OK (2009 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LS 4.8-L V8)

"Intermittently working on all dash guages"

Matthew P., OK (2009 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LS 4.8-L V8)
Headlights

"Headlights flicker during any road conditions. Electrical issue but can't find source"

Anonymous, RI (2009 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LTZ Unsure)

"Interior lights will not come on when doors are opened"

Joseph P., TX (2009 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Unsure 5.3-L V8)

"When a code light is on there could be 10 or 12 causes for just one code no. They seem not to effect anything and will cause the remote starter not to work"

William T., FL (2009 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 5.3-L V8)
Tire pressure monitor

"Tire pressure sensors quit working"

Anonymous, TN (2009 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LS 6.2-L V8)

"At least one of them monitors have failed"

Brett C., UT (2009 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Unsure Unsure)

"Ck. engine light came on a number of times for different codes then goes back off. When a code is showing the remote starter does not work. Had 3 day time driving light to go out. But over all I like my truck"

William T., FL (2009 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 5.3-L V8)

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

What Owners Say

"Service Airbag Light Comes on then goes out. Front Wheel Bearing needed replaced"

William H., PA (2009 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LTZ 5.3-L V8)

"Left front wheel bearing had to be replaced"

Karl K., DE (2009 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 5.3-L V8)

"Light comes on each time truck is moved est. cost to repair is between $900.00 and $1300.00 Genera Motors should have a recall on this problem"

Anonymous, NC (2009 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 5.3-L V8)
Electrical failure

"The dealer said that there was a short under the fuse block in engine compartment that caused the vehicle to drain battery overnight. I did not see a section to cover the gas petal electronic sending unit also failed. Repaired the short and replaced the sending unit and recal the computer to fix"

Anonymous, TX (2009 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LS 5.3-L V8)

"Traction control light would come on and a message that the Traction Control was not on. Upon servicing the truck the mechanic's diagnostic computer would not talk to the truck computer concerning this. There were loose relays in the fuse box that faced down towards the ground"

Anonymous, LA (2009 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 5.3-L V8)

"Doesn't work"

Anonymous, TX (2009 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LTZ 4.3-L V6)

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

"The alignment was sufficiently improper to take 2mm extra of the inside portion of front tires?, despite regular rotation"

Steve S., MB (2009 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 5.3-L V8)
Power steering leaks

"Power steering hose leaked and had to be replaced"

Anonymous, MB (2009 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LS 4.8-L V8)
Tie rods

"Alignment problems"

Anonymous, WA (2009 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 4.8-L V8)

"I've replace both front wheel bearing and hub assemblies since new. I can count on one hand how many I"ve replaced in my LIFETIME including these two"

Robert L., MN (2009 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 5.3-L V8)

"From what I can tell of its previous owner, and my own driving, the truck has been driven very responsibly. However both front wheel bearings failed. This has been a common issue with all my previous? GM vehicles"

Steve S., MB (2009 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 5.3-L V8)

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

Air or water leaks

"The shark fin antenna started leaking water and had to be replaced"

Anonymous, KS (2009 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 5.3-L V8)

"A rattle in the right rear door. Can't seem to be able to find"

Anonymous, WA (2009 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LTZ 5.3-L V8)

"Front passenger window when going up/down near the top of being closed has a high-pitched screech like sand rubbing on it"

G G., WA (2009 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 5.3-L V8)
Wind noise

"At highway speeds the cab air noise causes problems with talking"

Anonymous, WA (2009 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LTZ 5.3-L V8)

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

What Owners Say

"engine light goes on"

Stephen J., WI (2009 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Unsure Unsure)
Fuel pump

"Fuel pump control module was replaced"

Anonymous, WI (2009 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LTZ 5.3-L V8)
Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

"Mass Air Flow sensor failed at just over 100,000 miles"

Anonymous, MI (2009 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 5.3-L V8)

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

Master cylinder

"The booster failed and was causing the brakes to run out of fluid"

Anonymous, TX (2009 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LTZ 4.3-L V6)
Parking brake

"parking brake light kept coming on randomly and beeping. Turns out the brake fluid was low even though through the brake filler looked full. Because the container was stained at a higher level than it was actually"

Anonymous, LA (2009 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 5.3-L V8)
Squeaking

"The brake pad are the original ones, and being it has 158,000 miles on it, they are worn. Considering this is average wear and I might add that is is exceptional for that many miles. They were replaced and the rotors were also, but rotors weren't that bad, just wanted to replace them with the new brakes. I maintain my vehicles myself"

Rena E., NC (2009 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LS 5.3-L V8)

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

What Owners Say

Seat controls - movement

"lumbar support on driver side does not work any longer"

Anonymous, NE (2009 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LTZ 5.3-L V8)
Windows

"rear windows would go down but not up"

Anonymous, ON (2009 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 5.3-L V8)

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

What Owners Say

Engine rebuild or replacement

"Valve train noise, failed lifter damaged the cam shaft and metal debris through out the lubracation system. Had to replace the engine and radiator due to build in engine oil cooler"

Mark B., MI (2009 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 5.3-L V8)

"Oil pump failed and I had to drive to a safe location. Engine replaced with a GM remanufactured engine"

Michael H., LA (2009 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 5.3-L V8)

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

What Owners Say

"They cant find the draw that drains battery. Have to replace battery every two years. Jump start necessary if sits idle for 2 days"

Joe H., FL (2009 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 WT 4.3-L V6)

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

"Stopped working"

Anonymous, TX (2009 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 5.3-L V8)

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

What Owners Say

Transmission leaks

"Transmission lines had to be replaced"

Anonymous, MB (2009 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LS 4.8-L V8)

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Automatic climate control

"System will get stuck where the heat on the driver side is blowing hot air while the cab is already too hot. Then the pssseneger side will blow freezing cold air in the winter"

Anonymous, ND (2009 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 5.3-L V8)

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

What Owners Say

Engine mounts

"Engine light keeps turning on. Mechanic fixed an O ring a few times. Light is on again"

Melissa M., MA (2009 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Unsure Unsure)

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

What Owners Say

Overheating

"Truck sensors have.been replaced twice. Radiator replaced, computer says its.overheating and shuts.down air conditoning"

Joe H., FL (2009 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 WT 4.3-L V6)

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

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