Chevrolet has improved the Silverado 1500, with increased payload and towing capacities as well as giving it an improved powertrain and better fuel economy.
The Silverado’s biggest change is in the powertrain. Its 5.3-liter V8 engine is now paired with an 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 eight-speed transmission and the loss of about 300 pounds help the Silverado achieve 17 mpg overall, a 1-mpg gain over the previous truck. We also tested a version equipped with a 3.0-liter six-cylinder diesel engine paired to a 10-speed automatic, which returned an impressive 23 mpg.