2013 Chevrolet Silverado 1500

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$23,590

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2013 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
2013 Chevrolet Silverado 1500

Key specs

Base trim shown.

Overview

The good:

  • Overall range of power, looks, utility and comfort
  • Excellent towing manners, plenty of pulling power
  • Standard side curtain, side-impact airbags
  • Available 6.2-liter V-8

The bad:

  • 6.2-liter V-8 fuel economy
  • Interior fit, finish and features lag behind Ram and Ford pickups
  • Diesel V-8 not offered on light-duty trucks
  • Lacking a strong entry-level, fuel-efficient V-6

5 trims

Starting msrp listed lowest to highest price.

Wondering which trim is right for you?

Our 2013 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 trim comparison will help you decide.

Notable features

  • Gas, diesel or CNG drivetrains
  • Available navigation radio
  • Available dealer-installed Wi-Fi system
  • Available heated and cooled seats
  • Available hybrid version

2013 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Review: Our expert's take

Vehicle Overview

The Chevrolet Silverado shares its GMT900 platform with the GMC Sierra 1500, but there are some styling and interior differences to appeal to shoppers with different tastes. Competitors include the Ram 1500 and Ford F-150.

The Silverado comes in regular, extended and crew-cab versions. Standard (6-foot, 6-inch) and long (8-foot) cargo beds are available on regular and extended cabs, while the crew cab gets a short (5-foot, 9-inch) bed. All configurations are available in two- or four-wheel drive.

There are four trim levels: WT, LS, LT and LTZ. The popular Z71 off-road model comes with upgraded shocks, skid plates and special badging. Most V-8 models are rated to tow around 9,000 pounds, but some models manage more than 10,500 pounds with an enhanced trailering package.

For truck buyers who need to tow more than 20,000 pounds, there are the 2500HD and 3500HD heavy-duty versions of the Silverado that are available with a 6.6-liter Duramax diesel engine.

The 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. It’s covered separately in the Cars.com Research section.

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New for 2013
Light-duty Silverados with the six-speed automatic transmission have engine braking on grades without having to use the Tow/Haul mode. In addition, the 2500HD model can have a 6.0-liter V-8 that runs on compressed natural gas or gasoline.
Exterior
While GM is trying to differentiate the Silverado and Sierra, their common silhouette is hard to overcome, even with unique front fenders, grille, bumpers, headlamps, cargo box and taillamps. There’s also still a strong family resemblance with the Chevy Tahoe/Suburban. Exterior features include:

  • Wide rear-door opening on extended-cab models to load passengers, cargo
  • Available 17-, 18- and 20-inch wheels
  • Available EZ Lift tailgate
  • Available fog lamps
  • Available power sunroof

Interior
The Silverado offers two distinct interiors. Interiors of the WT, LS and LT are more work-oriented while the LTZ draws inspiration from the SUV lineup. Besides interior fabrics and colors, the dashboards are different. The easiest way to tell the difference is that work trucks have two glove boxes and LTZs have one. The work trucks come standard with vinyl seating; cloth or leather is available. The LTZ can have heated and cooled front seats, a Bose stereo and a larger center console.

With the available dealer-installed Wi-Fi system, the Silverado can be even more of a mobile office. The split-bench rear seat in crew cabs can be folded to expand load space. Interior features include:

  • Standard air conditioning
  • Standard AM/FM stereo; CD stereo available
  • Standard tilt steering wheel; available steering-wheel audio controls
  • Available power-sliding rear window
  • Available integrated trailer brake controls

Under the Hood
Mechanical features include:

  • 195-horsepower, 4.3-liter V-6 with iron block and cylinder heads, cam-in-block, two valves per cylinder and 260 pounds-feet of torque
  • 302-hp, 4.8-liter V-8 with iron block and aluminum cylinder heads, cam-in-block, two valves per cylinder and 305 pounds-feet of torque
  • Flex-fuel 315-hp (gas) or 326-hp (E85), 5.3-liter V-8 with aluminum block and cylinder heads, cam-in-block, two valves per cylinder and 335 pounds-feet of torque (gas), 348 pounds-feet of torque (E85)
  • Flex-fuel 403-hp, 6.2-liter V-8 with aluminum block and cylinder heads, cam-in-block and two valves per cylinder that makes 417 pounds-feet of torque
  • Four- or six-speed automatic transmission

Safety
GM’s electronic stability system includes rollover mitigation technology. Roof-mounted side curtain and seat-mounted side-impact airbags are standard on half-ton models. GM says its seat belt pretensioners activate during rear-end impacts. Safety features include:

  • Four-wheel antilock brakes
  • Traction control
  • Available OnStar alerts authorities after a crash
  • Trailer-sway control and hill start assist
  • Available rear parking sensors
  • Available backup camera 

Silverado 2500HD and 3500HD
The heavy-duty Silverado’s trailer hitch receiver enables conventional towing of 18,000 pounds when properly equipped. A strengthened cargo box, revised shocks and beefier rear springs give the 3500HD the ability to tow up to 23,100 pounds with a fifth-wheel trailer. Payload capacity is an impressive 7,222 pounds.

For the 2500HD and 3500HD, buyers can choose a 6.0-liter gas V-8 engine or a 6.6-liter Duramax diesel V-8 engine. With a 36-gallon fuel tank and the diesel engine, the heavy-duty Silverado can travel up to 680 miles, according to Chevrolet. An available smart exhaust brake provides greater control on downward grades and reduced brake pad wear.

The Z71 Off-Road Appearance Package includes a body-colored grille surround with chrome mesh inserts, body-colored bumpers and 18-inch polished aluminum wheels. Additional heavy-duty Silverado features include:

  • Regular, extended or crew-cab body styles
  • Rear- or four-wheel drive
  • Standard or long bed
  • Fully boxed high-strength-steel frame
  • Available dealer-installed Wi-Fi system brings internet access to the Silverado
  • Trailer-sway control and hill start assist   Back to top

 

 

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.6
  • Interior design 4.4
  • Performance 4.5
  • Value for the money 4.3
  • Exterior styling 4.5
  • Reliability 4.5

Most recent consumer reviews

2.6

My last Chevy

This car was JUNK! I owned 4 Chevy trucks and this was my last .Briuhht it home only 8 miles on it and next day smelled coolant and low and behold the heater core was bad and they ruined the interior and I demanded a new new but no go and it took 6 months to get all the interior fixed and it was a freaking rattle trap.They fact I couldn’t get a new truck was it for me.

2.7

Never had an expensive vehicle rust completely out

Vehicle was taken very good care of and still totally rusted the whole frame out and turned into a worthless piece of junk with $13,000.00 still owed on it.

5.0

Purchased New Dec. 2012, Have 238,000 miles

This has been the most reliable vehicle I have ever owned. Purchased new Dec 2012. As of April 2021, I have over 238,000 miles! Outside of scheduled maintenance, I have replaced front and rear factory brakes at 200,000 miles - I was down to 15 Percent on Front, 8 Percent rear. I replaced both Front hubs at 210,000 miles. I follow the maintenance as outlined in owners manual. This has been a very good reliable truck. Cant' say it enough. I have the 4.8L V8 engine, 4x4 Reg Cab Short Box. LS trim. Body / Paint /Trim still look Great, People comment all the time, Drive Tran and Engine still run strong. Getting Same MPG (18) that I got from the first Tank of Gas. I use Truck for commuting back forth to work, driving off road (weekly) fire trails, farm pastures, dirt roads as well as interstate.

See all 118 consumer reviews

Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs by Chevrolet
Certified pre-owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
5 model years or newer/up to 75,000 miles
Basic warranty terms
12 months/12,000 miles bumper-to-bumper original warranty, then may continue to 6 years/100,000 miles limited (depending on variables)
Powertrain
6 years/100,000 miles
Dealer certification required
172-point inspection
Roadside assistance
Yes
View all cpo program details

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