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.
Alerts
There is 1 recall on this vehicle. Learn More.

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

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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.
Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
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.

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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 (302 hp)
  • 5.3-liter V8 (315 hp)
  • 6-liter V8 hybrid (332 hp)
  • 6.2-liter V8 (403 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2010 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Engine Minor

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

What Owners Say

“Engine light on dash came on, and truck ran roughly. took to Chevrolet dealer in South Burlington Vermont. Dealer stated the engine computer was malfunctioning, cost was about $350 to fix, dealer said not covered by warranty”

John H., FL (2010 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 5.3-L V8)

“When engine is cold the knock is quite loud. Disappears when engine is warm”

Paul W., NH (2010 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 6.2-L V8)
Oil leaks

“Transmission fluid started leaking from a line coming off the transmission cooling radiator”

John O., NJ (2010 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 5.3-L V8)

“leaking seals on the front differential”

Anonymous, ON (2010 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

“In the Winter the door lock and windows freeze up. Entry becomes difficult. The dealer has tried to fix it several times, but to no avail”

Alan B., OH (2010 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 WT 4.3-L V6)

“Car is noisy. Rubber seals are already deterioatunf. have to slam the doors har to close tight. All weather stripping is deterioating and rear door latch came unblted. had to tighten and readjust door”

Richard K., TX (2010 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LS 5.3-L V8)

“Truck seems to have multiple issues and is now rusting, seems like a lemon vehicle”

Michele W., MN (2010 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 5.3-L V8)

“Truck box moves making scraping sound”

Anonymous, AB (2010 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 WT 4.3-L V6)

Paint/Trim

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

What Owners Say

“Door Trim coming loose. Rubber inset on the chrome tube step has broken off”

Richard N., AZ (2010 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LTZ 5.3-L V8)

“door molding on passenger side came loose”

Anonymous, OH (2010 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 5.3-L V8)
Loose interior trim or moldings

“The dashboard cracked and needs to be replaced”

Richard N., AZ (2010 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

Fuel cap

“The check engine light kept coming on every few days. They check several things finally went and got a new OEM gas cap, that was the solution”

Diane T., OH (2010 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 5.3-L V8)
Fuel injection system

“The check engine light came on took it to the dealer. I was told there was nothing wrong couldn't duplicate the problem. So they charged me 96 dollars for looking at it. I took it to an independent shop. They said it has a bad Throttle Body, I was skeptical. They were sure, replaced it problem solved”

Diane T., OH (2010 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 5.3-L V8)

“Check engine light is on and I had it checked and it is an emission sensor that does nothing”

Mike B., LA (2010 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LTZ 5.3-L V8)

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

Backup or other camera/sensors

“System failed”

Anonymous, WI (2010 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LTZ 5.3-L V8)

“Sometimes the backup camera works, sometimes it doesn't”

Paul W., NH (2010 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 6.2-L V8)
Steering wheel controls

“cruse control failed after 4 years. replaced cruse off switch on brake pedal to repair”

Richard K., TX (2010 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LS 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

Electrical failure

“The speed control resistor went out again. Replaced fan motor as well just in case it might have played a role in it”

Anonymous, TX (2010 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Unsure 5.3-L V8)
Traction control

“The traction control is tied to the ABS system, so when the ABS fails, so does the traction control”

Anonymous, AR (2010 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 WT 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

“At 30000 miles I had to have the camshaft replaced. Original quote by GM $7900.00. After I escalated to a supervisor they did it for $1400.00. I was told by the GM Shop that it was defective but because it was out of 3 year time limit I had to pay something. I think GM was wrong and I doubt that I will ever buy another GM product”

Paul J., CA (2010 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 5.3-L V8)

“5.3 engine has a problem getting enough oil to camshaft,causing premature wear on camshaft,leading to failure. Mine went bad at 95000 miles,dealer would do nothing.GM fianly paid 45% percent of cost.still cost me $2200.00 and I'retired on fixed income!Allways maintained it,and had everything done at dealer.They told me stuff happens and they owe me nothing!!After much research,found out this is a common problem with 2007 to 2010 chevy 5.3 engines.Seems to be related to small oiling holes,in the”

Wendall W., WI (2010 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 5.3-L V8)

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

Alignment

“Already part of ball joint issue response”

Maurice W., WI (2010 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 4.8-L V8)
Ball joints

“Had inside wear on both front tires. Took it to chevy dealer a all they did was an alignment. They said it i had to get a new bracket it would cost over $700 and then another $925 for 4 new tires. Went for 2nd opinion at a local gsrage, 69$ for alugnment and if i needed new brackets it would be another $200. During their work found serious play in ball joints. After their repairs i still got out for less than the chevy dealer wanted for just replacing the bracket and tires”

Maurice W., WI (2010 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 4.8-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

Remote engine starter

“You have to be within 70 feet of the truck for the remote start to work. I have replaced the battery in the sending unit”

Anonymous, MN (2010 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LTZ 5.3-L V8)
Warning lights

“Basically the battery needed to be replaced (original) and the battery cables. I was told the cables carry a lot of electronic transmission wires in addition to the normal battery cables. Cost me $1,050 at dealer”

Jerry M., TX (2010 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LTZ 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

“window control on driver side will not respond to front passenger window”

Anonymous, OH (2010 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

“without warning, they failed and put the truck in an "engine on reduced power" mode. Engine would not respond to any throttle input. Problem disappeared after two failures, but now it's just an erratic ABS failure that does not reduce engine power”

Anonymous, AR (2010 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 WT 5.3-L V8)

Climate System

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

What Owners Say

Refrigerant leaks

“the O rings in the pipe joints are leaking. Keep adding refrigerant. Will have to spend probably $250-300 to fix it”

Anonymous, DE (2010 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

Transmission Minor

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

Engine Cooling

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

Exhaust

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

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