Chevrolet has improved the Silverado 1500, with increased payload and towing capacities, plus a deeper bed versus the previous model. But the redesign doesn’t match the fancy cabin or comfortable ride of some competitors. The Silverado’s biggest change is in the powertrain.
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Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Road Test

Chevrolet has improved the Silverado 1500, with increased payload and towing capacities, plus a deeper bed versus the previous model. But the redesign doesn’t match the fancy cabin or comfortable ride of some competitors.

The Silverado’s biggest change is in the powertrain. Its 5.3-liter V8 engine can now be paired with a new eight-speed automatic transmission, and the combination provides better throttle response and quicker acceleration, answering one of our chief criticisms of the dull, flat-footed previous generation. The new eight-speed automatic transmission and the loss of about 300 pounds help the Silverado achieve 17 mpg overall, a 1-mpg gain over the previous truck.

Drivers can’t escape the Silverado’s huge size when taking corners, but for a full-sized pickup truck it has responsive steering and little body lean. But the Silverado’s ride is stiff, choppy, and uncomfortable, even by pickup-truck standards, and especially so when the bed is empty. Road and engine noise are impressively muted, though. The optional power-opening tailgate is a nice touch; high-end trims have one that can even be closed remotely. We recommend adding running boards because it’s a tall climb up into the spacious cab.

Best Version to Get
For the best balance of features, performance, and price, we think the LT trim with the optional Convenience package II (upgraded infotainment system) is the best starting point. We recommend the Safety package, which, on most trims, includes blind spot warning with rear cross traffic warning. But...
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