The Silverado had been a good choice for years and the redesigned 2014 model was an even better performer than previous models. Handling is more carlike and the cabin is as quiet as a luxury car's. An assist system makes the tailgate easy to lift and prevents it from dropping open, easing cargo-handling duties. At 16 mpg overall with the 5.3-liter V8, our four-wheel-drive Crew Cab model got impressive fuel economy.
Alerts
There are 15 recalls 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.
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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 had been a good choice for years and the redesigned 2014 model was an even better performer than previous models. Handling is more carlike and the cabin is as quiet as a luxury car's. An assist system makes the tailgate easy to lift and prevents it from dropping open, easing cargo-handling duties. At 16 mpg overall with the 5.3-liter V8, our four-wheel-drive Crew Cab model got impressive fuel economy.

A relatively low ride-height eases access, the dashboard controls are simple to use and the Silverado provides impressive towing and payload capacities.

Seating
3 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
  • 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)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2015 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Body Integrity

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

What Owners Say

Seals and/or weather-stripping

"Water leaking into cab from sun visor area due to leaks at sunroof"

Randolph R., ON (2015 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 High Country 6.2-L V8)
Squeaks or rattles

"Noises over bumps in the road. It was a leaking rt. rear shock"

Anonymous, MA (2015 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LTZ 6.2-L V8)

"right rear seat squeaks"

Anonymous, NY (2015 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LTZ 5.3-L V8)

"Passenger seat. Still attempting to resolve - so far 4 dealer trips"

Anonymous, IN (2015 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 5.3-L V8)

"Left front wheel squeal on hard turn. Not duplicated at dealer"

Anonymous, RI (2015 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LS 4.3-L V6)

"Rattles from the dash area when not on smooth road"

Anonymous, IN (2015 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 4.3-L V6)
Wind noise

"High cross winds cause a whistle in cab"

Anonymous, ND (2015 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LTZ 6.2-L V8)

Transmission Minor

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

What Owners Say

Rough shifting

"Dealer installed a new part in the transmission to illuminate shifting problem"

Jim R., UT (2015 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LTZ 6.2-L V8)

"Hard shifting"

Anonymous, GA (2015 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 High Country 6.2-L V8)

"Transmission is clunky. They tried to reprogram but still disappointing"

Anonymous, TX (2015 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 High Country Unsure)

"Often seems unsure of shifting. Often hear and feel a "clunk" when shifting"

Anonymous, TX (2015 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LTZ 5.3-L V8)

"Dealer said that it was caused by the tolerance buildup in the 6 speed transmission and that there was no problem"

S S., SC (2015 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 5.3-L V8)

"Clanking noise in transmission when shifting at low speeds(in town driving). It is an intermitting problem"

Jeff C., OH (2015 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

Display screen freezes up

"After a phone call hang's up the whole system freezes up and nothing works. I have reported it to the dealer and they told me to make an appointment to bring it in and have it checked out. Well after the vehicle is turned off for 15 to 20 minutes it re-sets and starts working again. Well whats the point of taking it in if they won't look at it at the time I have the problem because, they are just going to say we couldn't duplicate the problem when we checked it out. This has happened 3 time now"

Frederick W., FL (2015 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LTZ 5.3-L V8)

"Display screen randomly freezes displaying a message saying, in effect, "It is dangerous to read this screen while you are driving" The only way to clear the screen is to 1) take your eyes off the road, 2) read the message, 3) locate the screen area where you are directed to clear the message, and 4) reach over and touch the screen to clear the message. So all this before anything else can be done with MyLink, and while your attention is taken off the road. MORE DISTRACTING THAN TEXTING!!!!"

Michael F., WA (2015 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Unsure 5.3-L V8)
Display screen goes blank

"Display screen goes occasionally blank (resets) when on a call using bluetooth"

Chris L., SC (2015 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 5.3-L V8)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

"Died"

Anonymous, TX (2015 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 High Country 6.2-L V8)
Radio

"Display system and radio/HVAC did not initiate twice on start up, I disconeccted battery pawer and system restarted. It went off one while driving in conjuction with instrumentation. I stopped and power cycled key, instruments and radio/displaysystem resterted. This problem was explained at the dealer, I was told there was a PCM? update coming, To my knowledge a update was never installed, thou I have not had the problem recently"

Chuck F., FL (2015 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 WT 4.3-L V6)

"Does not recognize speech well at all. I have given up using this feature"

Karen S., LA (2015 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LTZ 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

"Leak. They said it was lines. Took it back 2x. Extended warranty to pay for it less deductable. Thought service was terrible"

John R., GA (2015 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 5.3-L V8)
Automatic climate control

"As previously stated, the system seems to disregard the temperature set. Will allow air flow from vents that should be closed"

Anonymous, OR (2015 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 5.3-L V8)

"Does not properly cool on hot sunny days"

Anonymous, PA (2015 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LS 5.3-L V8)
Heater system

"Heater control - unable to defog windshield and did not heat the foot area"

Donald L., MI (2015 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 4.3-L V6)

"Heat is set at 70, will fluctuate from 50 to 140 according to the heat sensors placed at the defroster outlets. Goes up and down at will. They are still trying to tepair it"

Anonymous, OR (2015 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

Power steering pumps and hoses

"Pump stopped working while driving. Dealer replaced under warranty"

Anonymous, IN (2015 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LTZ 5.3-L V8)
Shocks or struts

"There is a "thud" noise from the right front wheel area when we go over small bumps"

Anonymous, AR (2015 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 5.3-L V8)
Tie rods

"Dealer diagnosed it during regular check-up"

Douglas M., OH (2015 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 5.3-L V8)

Paint/Trim

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

What Owners Say

Loose interior trim or moldings

"drivers seat rear panel came off as plastic tabs holding it in place broke off. repaired on warranty"

Anonymous, BC (2015 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LTZ 5.3-L V8)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"Mostly there were swirl marks all over the vehicle that needed to be buffed out, there were also orange peel that needed to be addressed, and there were dents in the truck that had to be pulled out and re-painted. Additionally, there were scratch marks on the hood and roof that had to be re-painted as they were unable to buff them out"

Anonymous, CA (2015 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LTZ 6.2-L V8)

"I obtained the additional coat to prevent cracking but have spots on the rear of the vehicle where paint has chipped away"

Anonymous, ON (2015 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 4.3-L V6)

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 injection system

"Check engine light and rough shifting so I took into dealer. Replaced one injector under warranty"

Steve U., TX (2015 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 5.3-L V8)

"Injection pump constantly has loud clicking sound. Chevy said don't worry about it . It's still under warrentee"

Howard S., PA (2015 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 5.3-L V8)
Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

"Engine would not start for a period"

Anonymous, OH (2015 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

Electrical failure

"A/C would fail to operate about once per month. After three trips to dealership, they finally found a computer software problem. Updating the software fixed the problem"

Anonymous, TX (2015 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LTZ 5.3-L V8)
Differential

"They replaced the gears in the diff due to a noise"

Anonymous, MN (2015 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LTZ 6.2-L V8)

"Replaced the entire rear axle drive which includes the differential, axles and housing. Could not solve whine problem by replacing the ring gear and pinion"

Anonymous, SC (2015 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LTZ 6.2-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

Glass defects

"Scathing like nicks"

Jenero A., TN (2015 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LS 4.3-L V6)
Seat belts

"It doesn't retrack back to the right postion the door hits the safty belt buckle"

Jenero A., TN (2015 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LS 4.3-L V6)

Engine Minor

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

What Owners Say

Engine knock or ping

"There's a clattering/clacking noise from the engine heard only when idling and in particular when positioned next to a wall, such as a fast food drive through"

Anonymous, TX (2015 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LTZ 5.3-L V8)
Oil leaks

"Oil leak detected while examine vehicle during oil change, the oil lines running from engine block to the oil cooler in the rad were leaking at a rubber hose to steel line fitting and were repaired under warranty"

Randolph R., ON (2015 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 High Country 6.2-L V8)

Brakes

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

What Owners Say

Premature brake wear

"The brakes recently required replacement. It seems too soon to replace the brake pads"

Anonymous, ON (2015 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 4.3-L V6)

Engine Major

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

What Owners Say

Cylinder head

"Think lifter problem, but has been in shop for 5 days and don't know exactly what is wrong or what it will cost to fix"

Anonymous, MO (2015 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 5.3-L V8)

Engine Cooling

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

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.

Exhaust

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

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

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