The Chevrolet Silverado Hybrid is a half-ton pickup that achieves better overall fuel economy than a gas-powered Silverado, but it can still pull a 6,100-pound trailer. Available exclusively in the crew-cab body style, the Silverado Hybrid is expected to use one-quarter less gas than a regular Silverado.
New for 2011
The Silverado Hybrid gets GM's OnStar 9.0 telematics system that GM says provides better voice recognition. GM also said they have worked to cut down on the amount of wind noise occupants hear.
In passing, the Silverado Hybrid doesn't look much different from its gas-only sibling. Hybrid badges on the front fenders and the tailgate are standard. Exterior features include:
- Low-rolling-resistance tires
- 18-inch wheels
- Deeper front air dam than regular Silverado
- Standard tonneau cover
Depending on the Silverado Hybrid's seating configuration, the crew cab can seat five or six people. Interior features include:
- Gauge tracks optimal fuel economy
- Hybrid badge on tachometer
- Optional navigation system
Under the Hood
The Silverado Hybrid's 6.0-liter V-8 teams with GM's Electrically Variable Transmission, which integrates two electric motors into the transmission housing. Those motors are powered by a 300-volt hybrid battery pack under the backseat. With this system, the truck can accelerate on electric power alone like the Toyota Prius and other hybrids.
The rear-wheel-drive Silverado Hybrid can tow up to 6,100 pounds, while the four-wheel-drive model can pull 5,900 pounds. Both figures trail the maximum ratings of the regular crew cab by significant margins (more than 10,000 pounds).
Additional energy-saving measures include:
- Cylinder deactivation
- Regenerative braking
Standard safety features include:
- Antilock brakes
- Electronic stability system
- Side curtain airbags
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