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.
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Overall Owner Satisfaction

Consumer Reports’ Annual Owner Satisfaction Survey can improve the chances of finding a compatible car match. How? Our survey data reveals whether, all things considered, owners would buy the same car again. The answer to that question is what determines our owner-satisfaction rating, which is a powerful piece of intel because it predicts how well a particular model will satisfy other owners.

Overall Owner Satisfaction

Owner Satisfaction with:

Driving Experience

Includes acceleration and handling

What Owners Say

"Great acceleration for a truck."

Robert H., MN (2011 Chevrolet Silverado 1500)

"Great acceleration getting on and off highways but it's taken me awhile to get used to the " 4-6-8" cylinder functions."

Walter T., DE (2011 Chevrolet Silverado 1500)

"I find the truck jumps when you accelerate hard and that the rpm's go very high. The acceleration is not smooth"

Randy W., AB (2011 Chevrolet Silverado 1500)

"Slightly clumsy handling and wide turning circle"

Anonymous, WI (2011 Chevrolet Silverado 1500)

"Drives very nicely, quiet and comfortable seating"

Anonymous, SC (2011 Chevrolet Silverado 1500)

"I do like sitting up higher than most of the other cars. The engine is very responsive in acceleration. For a truck it handles real well."

Anonymous, WA (2011 Chevrolet Silverado 1500)

"the 84 engine delivers very good for mileage but noticeably even when towing a horse trailer. It is truly perfected. Jim is come along way since the days of the 864 Cadillac introduced"

Anonymous, NY (2011 Chevrolet Silverado 1500)

"I love the way this truck performs and handles - it is very comfortable and responsive."

Gerald H., NY (2011 Chevrolet Silverado 1500)

"The Chevrolet Silverado 1500 has very good acceleration. It handles very well , With it being a extended cab it is a lot bigger than smaller pickups and sometimes when you are in a parking space the tail will stick out about 10 inches or so you have to be very careful parking. I really like the back up camera and the onstar. I feel safer having the onstar if I am traveling alone."

Anonymous, NY (2011 Chevrolet Silverado 1500)

"Very smooth ride for a truck. Great for pulling our trailer (5200 lb)."

Anonymous, BC (2011 Chevrolet Silverado 1500)

"Good power and nice real engine sound not artificial like Ford. Very good ride and quiet. The AWD option works great in winter."

Greg H., AB (2011 Chevrolet Silverado 1500)

"Drives like a truck and has good control"

Anonymous, KS (2011 Chevrolet Silverado 1500)

"It drives and handles like a big, heavy vehicle. Not so much fun in town or parking, but has an excellent ride on the interstate."

Bruce F., IN (2011 Chevrolet Silverado 1500)

"Lots of power, handles great"

Earl N., KY (2011 Chevrolet Silverado 1500)

"Good towing capability"

Anonymous, PA (2011 Chevrolet Silverado 1500)

"Styling, and ability"

Jim O., IA (2011 Chevrolet Silverado 1500)

"Fits my needs, and does what I demand of it."

Anonymous, CO (2011 Chevrolet Silverado 1500)

"This truck is the best driving vehicle I have ever owned and i have been driving for 42 years."

Anonymous, TN (2011 Chevrolet Silverado 1500)

"Have not had a mechanical problem yet. Milage is good for a full size pickup. Easy to drive."

Anonymous, MN (2011 Chevrolet Silverado 1500)

"Very high quality vehicle. The vehicle has been very dependable and has had no repairs other than routine maintenance. Has quick acceleration and handles well on the highway. Great in the snow. Seats are comfortable. The CRV should be number 1 on CR's ratings."

Victor P., NH (2011 Chevrolet Silverado 1500)

"it drives good , acceleration is good . its not easy to get in or out , since its high from the ground"

Jack O., ON (2011 Chevrolet Silverado 1500)

"Dependable"

Anonymous, IL (2011 Chevrolet Silverado 1500)

"Pulls the 23' travel trailer well"

Anonymous, ON (2011 Chevrolet Silverado 1500)

"Very easy to drive on freeway with ride quality that is better than our car."

Anonymous, CA (2011 Chevrolet Silverado 1500)

"Poor drive train"

Jerry C., FL (2011 Chevrolet Silverado 1500)

"This truck tracks true in all types of weather! I've towed a 28' trailer with this model and the 5.3 L engine handled the load just fine."

Walter T., DE (2011 Chevrolet Silverado 1500)

"smoothness of ride and quietness"

Paul K., WV (2011 Chevrolet Silverado 1500)

"V8 engine very powerful and mileage is impressive when the cylinder deactivation feature is active."

Anonymous, WI (2011 Chevrolet Silverado 1500)

"The 5.3L V-8 has plenty of power and drives very well. but because of the fuel efficiency of shutting 4 cylinders down at times the transmission can seem balky at times. Apparently this is normal, per the owners manual."

Anonymous, WA (2011 Chevrolet Silverado 1500)

"Good acceleration, requires throttle body cleaning every 50-60,000 kms."

Patrick H., ON (2011 Chevrolet Silverado 1500)

"I like everything about the truck. it performs as I expect it to."

David G., WY (2011 Chevrolet Silverado 1500)

"It is very solid on the highway, drives fine around town. Difficult to park since it has a wide turn radius."

Charles M., NC (2011 Chevrolet Silverado 1500)

"The 5.3 Liter engine is peppy and the MPG is respectable."

Franklin R., NE (2011 Chevrolet Silverado 1500)

Comfort

Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride

What Owners Say

"Very comfortable driver seat/position for a 6-foot male."

Anonymous, WI (2011 Chevrolet Silverado 1500)

"Very dependable truck, with satisfying power and comfort"

Frank H., PA (2011 Chevrolet Silverado 1500)

"lots of noise souns windy"

James L., IA (2011 Chevrolet Silverado 1500)

"I love the leather heated seats and it is very comfortable - once I get in it - trucks are higher but we bought nerf bars"

Milton S., MI (2011 Chevrolet Silverado 1500)

"The ride is very good and quiet and the seats are very comfortable."

Anonymous, NM (2011 Chevrolet Silverado 1500)

"Once I changed the factory supplied tires, this truck became a joy to drive. Sure footed in the rain and off road, but still quiet ride with very adequate seat size."

Walter T., DE (2011 Chevrolet Silverado 1500)

"The most uncomfortable seats in any vehicle I've driven. Absolutely terrible."

Steven W., CA (2011 Chevrolet Silverado 1500)

"Seating is great, they are very comfortable however I'm disappointed that the drivers seat seems to start leaning to the left a bit. There is a persistent rattle in the back doors at the door lock lever that I haven't been able to stabilize so I hear it all the time. Aside from that, the truck rides nice."

Jim N., TX (2011 Chevrolet Silverado 1500)

"Seat cushions a bit too long and hard."

Greg H., AB (2011 Chevrolet Silverado 1500)

"I have to use a pillow to feel comfortable while driving. It's not made for short people."

Anonymous, FL (2011 Chevrolet Silverado 1500)

"Leather seats make it a comfortable ride and the heated seats are particularly a plus"

Anonymous, KS (2011 Chevrolet Silverado 1500)

"the truck is very comfortable to drive and ride in."

David G., WY (2011 Chevrolet Silverado 1500)

"Seats on long drive are very hard. Short drives they are okay. Your back will hurt and your bottom will go to sleep. How I overcome this is getting out of the truck and walk around. If you drive greater than a few hours at a time buy something else."

Anonymous, AZ (2011 Chevrolet Silverado 1500)

"The seats are very comfortable"

Michael C., NY (2011 Chevrolet Silverado 1500)

"seats are very comfortable and good visibility"

Anonymous, MN (2011 Chevrolet Silverado 1500)

"very comfortable. very east ride."

Owen P., NV (2011 Chevrolet Silverado 1500)

"I replaced an '02 Silverado with this model. Wonderful upgrade! Rides great and is very comfortable with the pier seats. Wind arms road noise are minimal."

Walter T., DE (2011 Chevrolet Silverado 1500)

"comfort is great but seat cover material is not wearing very well."

Anonymous, IL (2011 Chevrolet Silverado 1500)

"Like sitting in a chair"

Paul K., WV (2011 Chevrolet Silverado 1500)

"The seats (cloth) are extremely comfortable but also supportive at the same time."

Randolph M., FL (2011 Chevrolet Silverado 1500)

"Very comfortable and reliable vehicle, in all kinds of weather and in a variety of challenging road conditions."

Robert S., PA (2011 Chevrolet Silverado 1500)

"The vehicle sounds like you are in a wind tunnel. Shared info with Chevrolet and they said it was a bad door design. Very unhappy with this model. Previously had a 2001 and it was outstanding. Will not purchase a Silverado in the future"

Anonymous, NE (2011 Chevrolet Silverado 1500)

"The seats are not electric. Chevy made them comfortable. I do not know whether all pickups are comfortable."

W F., MD (2011 Chevrolet Silverado 1500)

"There's no mistaking that this is a big, heavy vehicle that is cumbersome in tight quarters like parking lots. On the highway it is smooth as silk and fairly quiet. The long wheelbase help with the comfort factor."

Bruce F., IN (2011 Chevrolet Silverado 1500)

"Seats are incredibly comfortable in this basic truck"

Anonymous, TX (2011 Chevrolet Silverado 1500)

"Comfortable and quiet interior makes it a good vehicle for long trips"

Anonymous, PA (2011 Chevrolet Silverado 1500)

"Very Comfortable.We layaway take this vehicle on long trips in spite of gas milage."

Anonymous, CA (2011 Chevrolet Silverado 1500)

"drivers side arm rest has basically fallen apart"

Denis L., CT (2011 Chevrolet Silverado 1500)

"Seat comfort is good. Can be adjusted to be comfortable for long trips. Ride is good, bumps are handled well. Hardly any outside noise."

Anonymous, CO (2011 Chevrolet Silverado 1500)

"The seat is completely adjustable for myself at 5'8 or one of my sons at 6'1". Adjustable pedal level is the best. We took a 1500 mile 2 day trip and we were able to adjust the seats to remain comfortable."

Anonymous, WA (2011 Chevrolet Silverado 1500)

Value

Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?

What Owners Say

"Sloppy drive train. 3 speed transmission (poor gas mileage). Dents easily. Compared to a dodge this truck is a piece of crap. I try to buy American but their putting out crap!"

Anonymous, FL (2011 Chevrolet Silverado 1500)

"I felt that I paid an excellent price for a full size four wheel drive truck"

Bruce F., IN (2011 Chevrolet Silverado 1500)

"I felt like I got a great value. The engine has been great. I got 132,000 miles out of my brakes. The seats are terrible, the radio is very poor and often the truck surges when breaking."

Steven W., CA (2011 Chevrolet Silverado 1500)

"We got a decent deal"

Milton S., MI (2011 Chevrolet Silverado 1500)

"I wanted a work truck power options, locks, windows, cruise control etc. For the price I have been more than satisfied, all are still working well and I have owned the truck for nearly 7 years."

Anonymous, NY (2011 Chevrolet Silverado 1500)

"although not happy with some issues ,,,this purchase was a good deal"

Denis L., CT (2011 Chevrolet Silverado 1500)

"Very dependable and lowest cost full-size pickup."

Anonymous, WI (2011 Chevrolet Silverado 1500)

"Best bang for your buck. Good performance and handling."

Anonymous, AZ (2011 Chevrolet Silverado 1500)

"It has performed well over the last 7+ years with no major issues. I was offered several incentives at the time of purchase"

Anonymous, PA (2011 Chevrolet Silverado 1500)

"Excellent value for price. Solid, reliable, comfortable performance."

Anonymous, TX (2011 Chevrolet Silverado 1500)

"Very dependable. Not 1 repair needed in eight years."

Robert S., PA (2011 Chevrolet Silverado 1500)

"Worth every penny"

Anonymous, GU (2011 Chevrolet Silverado 1500)

"The truck is 7 years old and still handles trailering with ease. We have not had mamy mechanical issues with the truck."

Michael D., NV (2011 Chevrolet Silverado 1500)

"Been a super truck! Pulls a loaded trailer, handles well even pushing 10k loaded"

Anonymous, PA (2011 Chevrolet Silverado 1500)

"My truck is 7 years old. It still looks brand new and has been very dependable. Maintenance costs has been routine oil changes, grease, tire replacement, etc. No major repairs or maintenance costs."

Victor P., NH (2011 Chevrolet Silverado 1500)

"It does all the things that I use it for well"

Anonymous, ON (2011 Chevrolet Silverado 1500)

"My Silverado is very dependable. With regular maintenance I have not experienced any major expense."

Franklin R., NE (2011 Chevrolet Silverado 1500)

"Already rusting through on box around wheel wells"

Warren B., WI (2011 Chevrolet Silverado 1500)

"I paid less than $16000 (vehicle, tax and title) for a brand new pickup. I try to drive it 200 miles a month. I use it forh kauling mulch and trash. I expect it to last 25 years, like the Toyota pickup it replaced."

W F., MD (2011 Chevrolet Silverado 1500)

"GM had excellent incentives when I purchased the truck therefore I got it at an excellent price. It has held its value very well."

Anonymous, ON (2011 Chevrolet Silverado 1500)

"Clunky 3 speed transmission"

Jerry C., FL (2011 Chevrolet Silverado 1500)

Would you buy this car again?

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Percentage of owners who would definitely purchase that same vehicle again. Owner-satisfaction Ratings are determined by the percentage of those who answered "definitely yes" to the question asked by the Consumer Reports Annual Auto Survey "Considering all factors (price, performance, reliability, comfort, enjoyment, etc.), would you get this car if you had to do it all over again?". If we don’t have sufficient data, a similar model might be used to form the owner-satisfaction score.
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