• (5.0) 2 reviews
  • MSRP: $11,494–$22,666
  • Body Style: Truck
  • Combined MPG: 20-21
  • Engine: 332-hp, 6.0-liter V-8 (gas hybrid)
  • Drivetrain: 4x2
  • Towing Capacity: 6,100 lbs.
2009 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Hybrid

Our Take on the Latest Model 2009 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Hybrid

What We Don't Like

  • Can only tow 6,100 pounds
  • Only available as crew cab
  • No power outlet in cargo bed
  • Multiple gigantic badges

Notable Features

  • Two-mode hybrid drivetrain
  • Electrically variable transmission
  • Low-rolling-resistance tires
  • 42-volt electrically driven power steering

2009 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Hybrid Reviews

Vehicle Overview
For 2009, the Chevrolet Silverado full-size pickup truck is now offered with GM's two-mode hybrid system. Available exclusively in the crew-cab body style, the Silverado Hybrid is expected to use one-quarter less gas than a regular Silverado. The truck hits dealerships in late fall 2008, and competitors include the Dodge Ram, Ford F-150 and Toyota Tundra.

In passing, the Silverado Hybrid doesn't look much different than its gas-only sibling. Look closer, though, and you'll see a number of exterior changes to the truck. First of all, the thing is plastered with special graphics: "Hybrid" is spelled out on the windshield, rear window and on both sides of the truck. It also gets hybrid badges on the front fenders and the tailgate.

In terms of more substantial changes, the truck rides on low-rolling resistance tires that are wrapped around 18-inch aluminum wheels. To improve aerodynamics, the front air dam is deeper and the truck comes with a tonneau cover.

Depending on the Silverado Hybrid's seating configuration, the crew cab can seat five or six people. Minor changes to the instrument cluster include another hybrid badge on the tachometer and the addition of a gauge that tracks optimal fuel economy. A navigation system is available.

Under the Hood
The Silverado Hybrid's 6.0-liter V-8 teams with GM's Electrically Variable Transmission (EVT), 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 gains a driving characteristic -- the ability to accelerate on electric power alone -- that you might normally associate with a hybrid like the Toyota Prius.

Additional energy-saving measures include cylinder deactivation and regenerative braking. 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 (10,200 and 10,500 pounds, respectively).

Standard safety features include antilock brakes and an electronic stability system. Side curtain airbags are optional.

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Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.


Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

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Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

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Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

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