2010 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Hybrid

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$38,340

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2010 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Hybrid

Key specs

Base trim shown

Overview

The good:

  • Seamless switching between gas and electric modes
  • Can reach 20 mph in electric mode with 5,000-pound trailer
  • Diesel-like towing performance
  • Great stopping performance with regenerative braking
  • Standard tonneau cover to help highway mileage
  • 21 mpg city is 40 percent better than standard Silverado
  • Estimated cruising range of 500 miles (4x2)

The bad:

  • Only tows 6,100 pounds
  • Only available as crew cab
  • No power outlet in cargo bed

3 trims

Starting msrp listed lowest to highest price

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Our 2010 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Hybrid trim comparison will help you decide.

Notable features

  • 6.0-liter V-8 now compatible with E85
  • Two-mode hybrid drivetrain
  • Electrically variable transmission
  • Low-rolling-resistance tires
  • 42-volt electrically driven power steering

2010 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Hybrid review: Our expert's take

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The verdict:

Versus the competiton:


Truck season began the first weekend of spring with dozens of commercial haulers and privately owned pickups rolling along Furnace Road and easing to a stop at the weigh-and-pay station of the I-95 Resource Recovery Facility in Lorton.

It’s one of those euphemistically named places otherwise known as a dump. But the appellation isn’t all puffery. Trash at the gargantuan facility is sorted by category — construction materials, old electronic equipment, building materials, brush and yard waste. Burnable items are used to help generate electricity. Metals are melted and reformed for other purposes. One person’s yard waste becomes another person’s mulch.

Most of the trucks doing weekend chores were dumping the detritus of a rough winter — broken tree limbs, ruined greenery of various sorts and the remains of tree-shattered rooftops.

It is a seasonal ritual, oddly enjoyable for truck lovers, who often use the occasion to exchange views on truck performance and innovation.

There were a number of pickup trucks at our designated brush and yard waste site, including other Chevrolet Silverado models old and new, Ford F-Series (the best-selling vehicles in the country for 33 years), Dodge Rams, and an occasional Nissan Titan or Toyota Tundra.

My wife, Mary Anne, and I had the only hybrid pickup. After two days of chatter with real truck people, those for whom trucks are a fundamental part of daily life, it was clear to see why.

Truck people don’t like the current generation of hybrid trucks. The first reason is price.

The 2010 Chevrolet Silverado Hybrid crew cab with all-wheel drive, for example, starts at $47,820. The comparable four-wheel-drive, non-hybrid Chevrolet Silverado LTZ starts at $41,775.

Depending on equipment levels, other models in Chevrolet’s 94-member Silverado line, most of them as capable of doing truck stuff as the Silverado Hybrid, start at prices $6,000 to $25,000 lower than their hybrid counterparts.

“No way” was the often-spoken sentiment from dump-site patrons when asked if they would consider buying a hybrid truck. “No way.”

In response, General Motors, maker of the Chevrolet Silverado Hybrid, wisely is rolling out that model as a “limited edition.” Until the company produces a full-size hybrid pickup that offers substantially more for its whopping price premium, it should keep it that way.

That is not to say that the Silverado Hybrid is a bad truck — not at all. It moves from stop to start under electric power at a top speed of 29 mph. Non-hybrid pickups, nearly all of them gas-guzzlers, waste an awful lot of fuel in stop-and-go traffic, revving their big engines only to shut them down after traveling a block or two.

Non-hybrid, gasoline-fueled, full-size pickups get 12 to 15 miles a gallon in the city, regardless of manufacturer. In our possession, the Chevrolet Silverado Hybrid got nearly 22 mpg — good, but not nearly good enough to pay for its price premium.

We drove nearly 600 highway miles in the Silverado Hybrid and loved every mile of our journey. Running at a median highway speed of 75 mph, the truck’s standard 6-liter V-8 engine (332 horsepower, 367 foot-pounds of torque) took over. We moved!

But when highway traffic slowed down, four of the V-8’s cylinders took a rest, thanks to GM’s “active engine management” system. That saved us fuel, giving us a highway mileage of nearly 23 mpg — much better than we’ve gotten in anybody’s full-size, all-wheel-drive pickup.

We liked that. But we aren’t willing to pay a $6,000 to $25,000 premium to get it.

Brown is a special correspondent.

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 5.0
  • Interior design 5.0
  • Performance 5.0
  • Value for the money 5.0
  • Exterior styling 5.0
  • Reliability 5.0

Most recent consumer reviews

5.0

Just bought it, very happy!

This truck meets all my needs in a vehicle and it is comfortable too. I will be taking it on a road trip soon. The family is very excited about the truck. I have plenty of head and leg room which is very nice for me being 6'3".

5.0

Stylish and reliable

An excellent choice for your first truck. Smooth ride, nice stereo sound system. Comfortable cab. All the options you could want. Truck bed holds more than you’d think.

5.0

my first vehicle!

I am more then satisfied with the 2010 Chevy Silverado I drove off the lot with. Its always been my dream truck and i finally got it as my first vehicle! Its great on space and has some custom items im just in love with! The exhaust pipe has a beautiful Roar.Its really not bad on gas at all and it was for sale for an outstanding price! I am more then happy with my purchase. I would most definitely recommend this truck to anyone who likes high,big, and lots of space.

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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
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