2017 Chevrolet Silverado 1500

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2017 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
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2017 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 review: Our expert's take

By Joe Bruzek

The verdict: The 2016 Chevrolet Silverado exudes a good, old-fashioned trucklike attitude with its bold presence, but it isn't the least bit outdated, with highly competitive capabilities and the latest multimedia technology.

Versus the competition: A 2016 Chevrolet Silverado with the optional 6.2-liter V-8 and eight-speed automatic transmission is a nearly unstoppable combination in overall performance against the most powerful half-tons the other guys have to offer.

Editor’s note: This review was written in March 2016 about the 2016 Silverado. The 2017 now offers low-speed automatic braking with forward collision warning, but little else of substance has changed with this year’s model. To see what’s new for 2017, click here, or check out a side-by-side comparison of the two model years.

With its latest update, the 2016 Chevrolet Silverado adds a few features on the inside and under the hood to keep the full-size, half-ton truck up to date in a constantly changing segment. For 2016, the Silverado’s styling is mildly updated, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are added, and an optional eight-speed automatic transmission previously teamed only with the 6.2-liter V-8 now comes with the 5.3-liter V-8 on some trim levels. The base engine is a 4.3-liter V-6.

Silverado trim levels start with the Work Truck and progress to the LS, LT, LTZ and top-of-the-line High Country. Cab configurations include regular and extended (double) cabs as well as a crew cab with four full-size doors. Cargo box lengths are 6 feet 6 inches or 8 feet on regular cabs, 6 feet 6 inches on the double cab; and a choice of 5 feet 8 inches, or 6 feet 6 inches on the crew cab.

Exterior & Styling

The Silverado’s bulging fenders and bolder, in-your-face front-end styling for 2016 create one of the most aggressive appearances in the half-ton game. The 2016’s new hood, made of aluminum, is designed more like a raised cowl-induction hood from a 1960s muscle car than anything you’d find on a pickup truck. From behind the wheel, the tall, carved hood makes you feel like you’re driving a substantial piece of hardware.

The 2016’s new look is more than just a makeover as Chevrolet added xenon high-intensity-discharge projector headlights and LED daytime running lights as standard equipment, while full-blown LED headlights are standard on LTZ and High Country trim levels.

Speaking of the most-expensive High Country trim level, that’s the only one where you’ll find power retractable running boards for an extra $995. Otherwise, fixed running boards are available in squared or round tubing forms on the WT, LS, LT and LTZ trims for $630 to $700 depending on the shape. Either way, they’re a must-have feature for stepping into the towering Silverado without ripping your pants wide open.

How It Drives

Up until 2016, an eight-speed automatic transmission was teamed only with the more-powerful 420-horsepower, 6.2-liter V-8, which proved an unbeatable combination stuffed in a Silverado during our 2015 Light-Duty V-8 Challenge. The related GMC Sierra took top spot in our 2016 Texas Truck Showdown: Max Towing tests in part because of how well the eight-speed harnessed the 6.2-liter’s big power. Now the eight-speed joins the smaller, 355-hp, 5.3-liter V-8 for 2016 and makes a sizable impact on drivability. Don’t get too excited, however, because the transmission is available with the 5.3-liter only on LTZ and High Country trim levels. To get the eight-speed, you’ll need the Z71 off-road model like we tested where the transmission is grouped with Z71 equipment, or step up to the High Country where it’s standard or equip an LTZ with the Max Trailering Package. All other 2016 Silverado 1500s with the 5.3-liter retain the six-speed automatic transmission.

Splurging for the Silverado LTZ with the 5.3-liter and eight-speed transmission is an easy decision if you need to haul a full box of payload and are torn between a six-speed trim level and the LTZ or High Country. With the eight-speed, the short 4.56 1st gear ratio combined with the standard 3.42 axle ratio gives the 2016 Silverado unbelievable pop from a standstill when loaded with 1,750 pounds of payload. The truck jumps away from a stoplight as if there’s nothing in the bed. Every gear ratio through 6th is shorter (numerically higher) than in the six-speed transmission, while 7th and 8th are overdrive gears to keep engine speed low during highway cruising.

The combo’s responsiveness when towing or empty is extremely respectable: Though there are eight gears, the Silverado always seems to pick the right one in normal drive mode and the Tow/Haul mode. The lightest touch of the accelerator at cruising speeds results in a downshift and immediate acceleration. Keep the accelerator pinned and the gears whizz by with little drop in engine speed between shifts. The eight-speed transmission seems to squeeze every last bit of usable horsepower and torque out of the little 5.3-liter.

Towing a 10,100-pound trailer with the Max Trailering Package ($925) stretches the acceleration capabilities of the 5.3-liter and eight-speed pretty thin, however, as noted by judges in our 2016 Texas Truck Showdown: Max Towing where the Silverado 5.3-liter faced competition from Ford, GMC, Ram and Toyota. It still put up decent acceleration times for being at a power and torque disadvantage from the rest of the field. It’s worth noting the Silverado was lighter than the others except for the F-150. The max tow rating of that Silverado was 11,000 pounds.

For a non-performance pickup truck, the Silverado with the 6.2-liter can best be described as a rocket ship, hot rod, fast, stupid fast, etc. Even the Ford F-150 with a potent turbocharged 3.5-liter V-6 EcoBoost can’t match the acceleration or responsiveness of a 6.2-liter-equipped Silverado. We tested these two engines at the same time while collecting data for two previous Challenges, and the results back up that statement. An empty 6.2-liter Silverado crew cab ran zero-to-60 mph in 5.92 seconds, with the quarter-mile coming up in 14.3 seconds at 97.6 mph while an empty Ford 3.5-liter EcoBoost crew cab did 60 mph in 6.22 seconds and the quarter-mile in 14.8 seconds at 94.1 mph.

Fuel economy for the 5.3-liter and eight-speed is rated slightly worse than the six-speed in EPA estimates, probably because eight-speed trim levels include only the heavy crew-cab LTZ and High Country. Comparing fuel economy of rear-wheel-drive trucks, a 5.3-liter with the six-speed transmission is rated at 16/23/19 mpg city/highway/combined, a 5.3-liter with the eight-speed gets 16/22/18 mpg and the top-dog 6.2-liter with the eight-speed is 15/21/17 mpg — a marginal difference among the three. Ford has the Chevrolet licked in fuel economy with EPA ratings of 18/24/21 mpg with the midtier 2.7-liter V-6 EcoBoost falling between the 5.0-liter V-8’s lackluster 14/20/16 mpg ratings and the 3.5-liter EcoBoost’s 16/22/18 mpg ratings, which matches the Silverado’s 5.3-liter and eight-speed but with a lot more kick, plus availability in trim levels other than the most expensive.

Our 5.3-liter LTZ with Z71 off-road equipment had an old-school trucklike ride, which is to say not very pleasant, with harsh suspension thwacks over big bumps and expansion joints. The Z71 comes with monotube shock absorbers, automatic locking rear differential, transfer case shielding and hill descent control; a locking rear differential is part of the Max Trailering Package. Ford’s 2015 F-150 redesign raised the bar big time, with ride quality and maneuverability approaching crossover or SUV refinement. The Silverado mostly drives like a truck even without the Z71 suspension, albeit a very refined one, and I’m not sure that’s a bad thing when combined with the truck’s finely tuned steering, brake and accelerator responsiveness. The F-150 doesn’t quite have that rough-and-tough trucklike attitude anymore, though it’s definitely the more pleasant truck to drive in the city.


The Silverado’s interior leans more toward utilitarian than flashy even though it has many of the same features as a Ram 1500 or Ford F-150, such as a heated steering wheel, heated and ventilated front seats, power adjustable pedals and more. The top of the Silverado trim range doesn’t have touches that scream high quality or luxury the way an F-150 Platinum or Ram Longhorn do, and that’s notable when these trucks can easily crest the $50,000 mark — like our 5.3-liter LTZ crew cab’s $52,585 retail price (includes destination fee).

Controls are all laid out nicely, especially the trailer brake controller that’s out in the open within easy reach and not tucked away or hidden behind the steering wheel like in other half-tons. It’s part of the Max Trailering Package or a stand-alone option for $275.

Front-seat comfort is great with the optional leather seats, providing a tall seating position and commanding view of the road. The standard side mirrors are small for the truck’s size, so the truck feels even larger and less negotiable while changing lanes. Optional huge, retractable trailering mirrors  fix the issue, providing a proper view, but the option also requires the Max Trailering Package as a prerequisite.

Backseat comfort isn’t lacking in any of the full-size crew-cab trucks. The Silverado’s is plenty comfortable with a good seating position and thigh support, though those looking for max room and a flat cargo floor should check out the limousine backseats in the F-150 and Tundra.

Ergonomics & Electronics

The Silverado is a mecca of in-car tech with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, 4G LTE in-car Wi-Fi and an insane number of ways to charge devices big and small. Perhaps most notable are optional Apple CarPlay and Android Auto that join the party for 2016, simplifying smartphone integration with the Silverado’s 7- or 8-inch touch-screens, mirroring numerous smartphone applications including navigation.

I used CarPlay with an iPhone 6 in the Silverado without issue, though some editors encountered problems in our Silverado test truck, so bring your iPhone on the test drive. All that’s required to take advantage of CarPlay is to plug the phone’s charge cable into any one of the multiple USB outlets, follow the prompts on the phone and hit the CarPlay icon on the touch-screen. And that’s it. There aren’t any complicated phone pairing procedures or extra apps required to use the painlessly easy Bluetooth and voice-to-text functions. CarPlay also mirrors Apple Maps to the truck’s touch-screen, but without the intuitive pinch and zoom functions you get on the phone.

An entire truckload of your phone-happy friends won’t have any problems finding juice with up to five USB ports, a household AC outlet, two 12-volt outlets and a wireless charging pad for compatible phones all within arm’s reach of the driver’s seat. In-car Wi-Fi was certainly gimmicky at first, but now 4G LTE speeds make the technology more usable. A strong antenna on top of the truck receives data in areas where a phone comes up short. Internet connectivity is provided through 4G LTE with a Wi-Fi hot spot; it’s optional on WT trims and standard on all others. A subscription is required after the three-month or 3-gigabyte trial expires, whichever comes first, and monthly plans range from $15 to $50 a month.


All Silverado cab styles test well in National Highway Traffic Safety Administration crash testing, scoring five out of five stars in overall, frontal and side tests. NHTSA rates the Silverado’s risk of rollover at four out of five stars. Ford’s F-150 gets an overall rating of five stars across all cab configurations; the Ram 1500 and Tundra get four stars. At time of publication, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety had not fully crash-tested the Silverado, but it scored the agency’s best rating of good in the moderate overlap front crash test.

An Enhanced Driver Alert Package offered on most trim levels and cab styles includes a lane departure warning system, forward collision alert (without autonomous braking), front and rear park assist, and a few other features. Missing from the Silverado altogether is a blind spot monitoring system that could have made negotiating hairy lane changes easier. The Ford F-150 and Toyota Tundra offer this feature.

Click here to see how well child-safety seats fit in the Silverado.

Cargo & Towing

Crew-cab Silverados offer a 5-foot-8-inch or 6-foot-6-inch box with a maximum width of 5.4 feet at the box’s floor. Numerous niceties in the cargo box make using the Silverado as a hauler a painless experience. Those include the soft-closing EZ Lift-and-Lower tailgate on the LT, LTZ and High Country, which you can whip open and walk away from without the tailgate bouncing open. The tailgate is also power- and remote-lockable on those trim levels, and available on the WT and LS.

Other cargo box options include a factory spray-in bedliner as a $495 stand-alone option or lumped into the $795 Cargo Convenience Package that includes four cargo hooks rated to hold 250 pounds each. A standard single light illuminates the box, but LED lights under the box rails are available for $125.

Those looking for maximum payload should go after a Silverado 5.3-liter crew cab with the Max Trailering Package, two-wheel drive and the 5-foot, 8-inch cargo box, which maxes out payload capacity at 2,160 pounds. The lowest payload rating is 1,650 pounds in the crew cab 4×4 with the 6.2-liter and 6-foot, 6-inch cargo box.

On the inside, the Silverado’s flip-up rear seat is painless to use and only requires a good tug to pull up from the floor and a good push to put it back in place. The wide, expansive Silverado interior has no shortage of cargo space for personal items. Tablets or small laptops fit in the deep and wide center console.

Value in Its Class

The Silverado crew cab we tested with 5.3-liter engine, eight-speed transmission, Z71 off-road equipment and four-wheel drive racked up a bill of $52,585, which seems pricey if you haven’t shopped for a truck in a while, but it doesn’t take much to hit $50,000 on a new Silverado if you want goods like the eight-speed automatic transmission or the 6.2-liter.

Roughly $50,000 is where you’re going to be on any full-size truck equipped with options such as leather heated and cooled seats, four-wheel drive, spray-in bedliner, advanced multimedia system, remote start and the hauling capabilities of a Silverado 1500.

Limiting the 5.3-liter and eight-speed automatic combination to higher trim levels means the 6.2-liter V-8 is within reach by a few grand, and without a considerable loss in fuel economy. The 5.3-liter and eight-speed are available only on LTZ and High Country trim levels, just like the 6.2-liter, so for an extra $2,695 the 6.2-liter isn’t a bad deal. Cargo and trailers feel lighter when being hauled by the beastly 6.2-liter compared with not only the 5.3-liter, but also the most potent engines in other half-tons.

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.8
  • Interior design 4.7
  • Performance 4.7
  • Value for the money 4.5
  • Exterior styling 4.9
  • Reliability 4.7

Most recent consumer reviews


Such a disappointment

Bought this truck new in 2017. It was fine for over 3 years and about 100,000 miles (90% interstate). Then things started happening. The Active Fuel Management system, is garbage. It is used to limit the power of an 8-cylinder engine and increase its fuel economy. The system itself is activated when the engine reaches certain perimeters, such as a cruising highway speed. This allows an 8-cylinder engine to run on only four cylinders. I didn't know all the trouble these systems were having. This fuel management system along with cheap lifters and other parts, are a time bomb. I was driving along and everything went crazy. All the engine lights came on, serious smoke from the exhaust and under the hood, and loud knocking. I was able to get it to a shop. Bent lifters and other broken parts. $4400 engine rebuild. Of course, out of warranty. Come to find out, GM knows all about it and has been sued. But still, no recall or even admitting they have faulty products. They even have a service bulletin for their service departments telling how to fix it. GM's stance, if it happens out of warranty you have to pay and get it repaired at a dealership. Then if it happens a second time, GM will pay for it. Gee, thanks GM! I had the truck back about a month and the transmission went out. Another issue GM is aware of and is in the middle of a lawsuit over. Out of warranty, and another $4000. All this was before the truck had 105k miles on it. These 2 repairs would have been double the price at the dealership. And all the while I kept getting emails from Asheville Chevrolet about trading it and getting a new truck. I responded and told them to remove my address and why I will never buy another GM product. The sales manager did respond and asked me about the issues. He asked if I wanted the service manager to contact me to discuss things. I said yes I did. I wouldn't mind talking to him and seeing what Asheville Chevrolet's opinion is. A week or so later the sales manager emailed me again and said that since I didn't get the dealership to do the repairs, there is nothing they can do. His idea was for me to bring it in and trade for a new one. Obviously that's not happening. And of course, I have never heard a word from Asheville Chevrolet's service (or lack of) manager. The Apple car play has never fully worked. I plug in my phone and it will connect about 1/2 the time. I've used 3 different phones and about a dozen different cords. Doesn't help. And now, the check engine light is on with a P0440 emission code. Haven't gotten it looked at yet. The air conditioner is not blowing cold air either. I had it charged with coolant and it evidently has a leak. I am getting these issues fixed and unloading this piece of s___ as fast as I can. I have never been more disgusted with a company or vehicle. Maybe mine is just a bad one? Nope. I know of 3 other 2017's that friends or coworkers own that have had or are having transmission issues. One of them had his truck get stuck in 4 cylinder mode going up a hill on a 5 lane interstate! Slowed him down to about 15 miles an hour before he could get off the road. While another one has had the lifters bent and engine rebuilt also. I have made it my goal to talk anyone that will listen out of buying a GM product. If I know of anyone in the market for a car or truck, I tell them my story and they are horrified. In the last 10 months, I've been able to change 6 different peoples minds and they have bought other brands. I get satisfaction out of knowing they are driving by the Chevrolet dealership to buy something else. Here's an idea GM. Shut down Buick and scale back on all the stupid marketing you do. Put that $$ into making a decent product. I know every automaker is pretty much crooked and tries to screw over the consumer. But GM takes it to another level. You've been warned. Learn from my mistakes and problems. Take your hard earned $$ elsewhere.


Love it but the transmission…

The truck is beautiful, but at 100k miles the transmission went out. Researching the truck, it seems to be a very common issue. The transmission had to be replaced and the transmission shop had 11 of them in the parking lot. They told me it is a very common problem with the vehicle. Love the truck, but will need a transmission every 100k miles


It’s awesome

It is great for hauling stuff and love the 4wheel drive in the winter time. Would not want anything else to drive around town in

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