2016 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Review: The Chevy Workhorse

Jan 09, 2017 10:03 AM EST | BC Tabotabo

The Chevrolet Bolt and Camaro get all the hype and attention, but the real show stealer is the Chevrolet Silverado 1500. Equipped with powerful and fuel-efficient engines and an impressive interior, this pickup truck is the Chevy superstar.

Pros. The 2016 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 has quick acceleration and strong towing and hauling abilities. This is because there is a V8 engine under its hood. It has very comfortable front seats for long drives as well as a pleasingly quiet cabin even at highway speeds.

Cons. The Silverado's ride quality is not as smooth as most competing pickup trucks. Its impressive V8 engine eight-speed automatic transmission is only available for the higher, more expensive models.

What's New? The Chevy pickup truck got a revision in its front-end styling, including a new grille design and LED lighting. There are now two available touchscreens inside that boast quicker response times. These are equipped with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration.

Safety-wise the pickup now packs an Enhanced Driver Alert package which adds a lane departure intervention system. There is also an eight-speed automatic transmission with a 5.3-liter V8 model.

Models and Features. 2016 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 has three cab styles: two-door regular, four-door extended ("Double"), and crew cab. The regular cab seats three and has 6-foot-6 and 8-foot beds. The extended and crew cab can seat six and has a 6-foot-6 or 5-foot-8 bed.

The pickup comes in six models: The Work Truck (WT), LS, LT, LTZ, Silverado Custom, and High County. The WT comes with 17-inch steel wheels, LED daytime running lights, xenon headlights, power door locks, and vinyl seating. There are several packages and upgrades available for tech and comfort enhancements.

The LS adds a stainless steel exterior, power and heated mirrors, and an upgraded infotainment system. The Silverado Custom is very similar to the LS but with special exterior trim and 20-inch alloy wheels.

The LT offers an "E-Z" lift/lower tailgate, body-colored door handles and mirrors, and cloth upholstery. It also has an upgraded driver information display and more tech upgrades. The LTZ has a 5.3-liter V8 engine, chrome trim, and other off-road features.

The top-of-the-line High Country has the complete works including a unique grille, 20-inch chrome wheels, and front and rear parking sensors. It also has cargo box tie-downs, a fancy Bose audio system, a navigation system, and ventilated bucket seats and other comfort and tech features.

Pricing. The Basic Work Truck 2dr Regular Cab LB (4.3L 6cyl 6A) has an MSRP of $29,930. The Well-Equipped LT 2dr Regular Cab LB (4.3L 6cyl 6A) has an MSRP of $38,360. The Fully-Loaded Z71 LT 2dr Regular Cab LB (4.3L 6cyl 6A) has an MSRP of $44,095.

Verdict. The Chevrolet Silverado 1500 is a real workhorse. It has power-packed options and is a really great pickup truck for both highway and off-road driving.

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