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 carlike than in most others. The cabin is as quiet as a luxury car's.
Alerts
There are 10 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

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, 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 carlike than in most others. 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. And at 16 mpg overall with a 5.3-liter V8, our four-wheel-drive Crew Cab model got impressive fuel economy.

In addition, 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 2016 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

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

"One Sensor started to give false warnings, and was replaced under warranty"

Anonymous, AB (2016 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LTZ 5.3-L V8)

"Sensors give false indications after washing with HP hose"

Chris S., AB (2016 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LTZ 5.3-L V8)
Display screen freezes up

"warranty replaced unit and it froze leaving dealership"

Rob E., WA (2016 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 5.3-L V8)
Display screen goes blank

"Display screen the the cluster worked on delivery, the following day it did not work on startup but came to life after a few minutes. Replaced under warranty"

Chris S., AB (2016 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LTZ 5.3-L V8)

"screen goes blank"

Anonymous, TX (2016 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 5.3-L V8)
External music device interface (e.g., smart phone, MP3 player)

"Very unreliable"

Anonymous, MT (2016 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 5.3-L V8)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

"On-Star module failed and had to be replaced"

Richard S., PA (2016 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 5.3-L V8)

"We were on a trip to Alabama recently. The navigation system went blank. We could not enter it manually and when OnStar sent the map data to us it did not appear on the screen"

Anonymous, IL (2016 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LTZ 6.2-L V8)
Phone pairing (e.g., Bluetooth)

"If I am out of my truck for more than one day, I have to reconnect the Bluetooth for my phone every time"

Dennis K., FL (2016 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 6.2-L V8)

"Inside the center console of the vehicle, there is a 12v outlet as well as 2 USB ports that will charge your phone and connect your phone to the vehicle's MyLink system. However, within about 3 months of owning the pickup, the USB ports in the center console did not worked at all"

Jackson P., ND (2016 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 5.3-L V8)

"SiriusXM radio goes off and on. Dealer tried to fix twice but could not locate problem. Said was provider. Never a problem in wife's vehicle"

Gary S., TX (2016 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LTZ 5.3-L V8)

"radio goes off, lights on display go off. radio remains on even after key is removed from the ignition"

Anonymous, TX (2016 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 5.3-L V8)
Voice control commands

"The microphone had to be replaced under warranty"

Terry M., IN (2016 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 5.3-L V8)

"The computer does not recognize or find the address or point of interest requested. often responds with something unrelated. Typing in navigation does not work. It does not allow all addresses on a street. You can only select what it offers"

Anonymous, IL (2016 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LTZ 6.2-L V8)

"It does not understand and coms back with really odd options after speaking"

Gary S., TX (2016 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LTZ 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

Coolers and lines

"The truck leaked transmission fluid from fitting and line to cooler. When it failed t was on the road and a good amount of fluid was lost Took a short time to fix but with the fluid being so low i worry about the transmission holding up"

John R., CO (2016 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LTZ 5.3-L V8)
Rough shifting

"Vibration not down shiftin properly bought truck a week ago with 3000 miles . As a certified pre owned . Have not brought it back yet"

Neil B., MA (2016 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Custom 5.3-L V8)

"Shifting is anything but smooth"

Anonymous, CA (2016 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 5.3-L V8)

"Excessive clunk going into Drive!"

Ralph B., ON (2016 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 5.3-L V8)

"Shifts are hard and sudden under low speeds with clunking noise but does not throw a check engine code. The NHTSA #10081880 and Manufacturer Communication #16NA019. This is very common but many dealers will ignore with the response of "The vehicle is operating as intended""

Anonymous, FL (2016 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 High Country 5.3-L V8)

"Shift points were inconsistent, shifting late at high rpm and sometimes a hard clunking shift when it did shift"

Anonymous, MD (2016 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 5.3-L V8)

"Transmission is absolutely terrible. The 6-Speed is rough and clunky. Makes terrible noises and rough shifts almost every time I drive it. I have owned a 2014 & 2015 Ram and I will never again buy a silverado"

Anonymous, IL (2016 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

"I have the towing mirrors. They both leaked water into the top amber lens"

Rick C., MI (2016 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LTZ 5.3-L V8)

"Has to do with wind noise over55 mph"

Anonymous, NY (2016 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 5.3-L V8)

"Rattle around windshield in certain conditions. Dealer has not be able to find noise"

Anonymous, MI (2016 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 5.3-L V8)

"Dash and door rattles. Driver's seat felt like it was loose"

Horace T., TN (2016 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 5.3-L V8)
Wind noise

"Told the dealer I had a wind noise on a back door & they said it was a different area, which I believe it wasn't"

Anonymous, NY (2016 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

"The truck looks good when new however now the chrome is flacking off and the trim is bubbled"

John R., CO (2016 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LTZ 5.3-L V8)

"chrome paint peeling off of running boards"

Anonymous, ON (2016 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 5.3-L V8)
Rust

"The Running boards chrome was coming off...lots"

Dave K., ON (2016 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

"Truck vibrates terribly when stressed while towing. Even without towing you notice it in the Upper RPMs"

Anonymous, IL (2016 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 5.3-L V8)
4WD/AWD components

"4WD locked up while in auto mode. Would not release, even when turned to 2WD mode"

Anonymous, WI (2016 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 5.3-L V8)
Transfer case

"A constant clicking noise regardless of drive selected/ 2WD or 4WD. Chevy mechanic told me the noise is due to a change in the type of drive chain in the transfer case"

Anonymous, MD (2016 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 5.3-L V8)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

Muffler

"back pressure flapper built into the muffler was making a noise"

Jeremy H., NC (2016 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 5.3-L V8)
Pipes

"The flapper valve was making noise"

Louise M., PA (2016 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 High Country 5.3-L V8)

Engine Minor

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

What Owners Say

Engine computer

"Check engine light came on in cold weather"

Anonymous, WI (2016 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 5.3-L V8)
Oil leaks

"Oil leak out of rear main seal big repair covered by warranty yet makes me feel uneasy"

John R., CO (2016 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LTZ 6.2-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

"the control was stuck on high heat took 14 days to get part then a day to fix it"

John R., CO (2016 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LTZ 6.2-L V8)

"A/C comes on at all times even in the winter when your trying to heat cabin or defrost windshield it always comes on... Do Not Like this"

Anonymous, CT (2016 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Custom 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 pump

"the fuel pump in the gas tank failed, but the second pump at least enabled me to still drive the vehicle until dealer repaired it"

Gene C., MI (2016 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

Wheel balance

"Dealer can never seem to get the tires balanced. Truck vibrates"

Marvland B., TX (2016 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 High Country 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

Headlights

"Headlight lenses clouded-over in 1st month. Plus each lens has 3 distinct circles burned into the lens from the LED's"

Rick C., MI (2016 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LTZ 5.3-L V8)

Brakes

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

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.

Engine Cooling

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

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

Engine Major

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

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