I was a little let down with by choice to exclude the proximity sensing key and push start technology in the Silverado. Having become so accustomed, it felt odd not having it. However, once the big doors swung open a very nicely appointed cabin awaits. Large captain seats with extra-resilient foam offer much longer lasting comfort for those long road trips. Leather materials are used all along the dash and doors, attention to detail with neat stitching all around. It is a noticeable difference from previous generations. Not only is the cabin comfortable, beautifully appointed, it is also very quiet. Chevy used triple-sealed inlaid doors, more aerodynamic windshield angles and a tuned exhaust system to further help reduce noise. The controls are easy to use and convenient, the main operations are controlled from a central 8-inch touch screen display, compatible with 4G LTE on board and wireless charging capabilities. While your phone and other applications can be controlled from the steering wheel to avoid ever having to take your attention off the road ahead of you. Overall, the instrument panel is easy to use and familiarize yourself with, the Silverado is loaded with technology that makes everyday life that much easier.
Chevrolet is known for their proven performance. The Silverado is available in both a V6 and V8. The latest EcoTec3 engine is designed to deliver powerful capability with impressive fuel efficiency. Chevrolet has combined three leading technologies including Active Fuel Management, Direct Injection and Continuously Variable Valve Timing to deliver performance you can rely on. Our tester had a 5.3L EcoTec3 V8 producing 355HP and 383 lb-ft. of torque. Chevrolet also introduced a new 8-speed automatic transmission with 2 overdrive gears for towing/hauling cargo. This truck was incredibly smooth in the city and on the highway for that matter, shifting was almost seamless and it felt more like a luxury car to drive than a truck. Overall the V8 is powerful enough to get you moving and can tow up-to 7200 LBS GVWR all while being the most fuel efficient V8 pickup we have tested yet.
The LTZ Z71 package is considered to be the off-road model of the Silverado, thanks to additions like the Rancho shocks that have been tuned for off-road driving, 18” wheels with the all-terrain tires, off-road jounce bumpers, automatic locking rear differential, hill decent control and transfer case shield this particular Silverado will be more than confident and capable if you decide to take it off the path unpaved. That being said however, the truck did not lack or feel out of place when it came to the road, the suspension and tires were not over aggressive and still gave you the comfort and reliability for everyday use.
The new design provides a very fresh and appealing look. The front end is aggressive and muscular looking, the hood and body fascia are nicely sculpted to give it more flare. The new LED lights and accents add further to the overall look. Our tester came equipped with 18inch rims, which is a must for such a big and menacing looking truck.
The truck bed itself had a few great features like the EZ-lift and lower tailgate that made it a breeze to pick up the heavy tailgate and let it come down slowly with its own power. Another great feature I particularly liked was the fact it had come with a sprayed bed liner, this made the bed much more rugged and it felt like it had more strength to withstand scratches and dings from whatever you need to load into it.
Loaded with safety feature such as six standard airbags, enhanced driver alert package which includes forward collision alert, lane keep assist, lane departure warning, and safety alert driver’s seat which vibrates to notify you of any upcoming alerts. Chevrolet went one step further by using high-strength steel cage to ensure the occupants safety in the event of a collision. Lastly available is the OnStar automatic crash response system that alerts and dispatches emergency crews on your behalf.