The base price of our test truck was $18,191. Options included the automatic transmission, 4.8-liter V-8, chrome grille, tinted glass, styled wheels, heavy-duty suspension, 3.73 rear axle ratio and color-keyed carpet. The sticker price was $22,441. Warranty
Three years or 36,000 miles. Point: The 2003 Silverado gets a major front-end redesign, with a grille and headlights that bear a strong family resemblance to the Avalanche. The throttle is electronic, the brakes have been improved and new entertainment options abound. The basic, regular-cab Sportside is reasonably priced. Counterpoint: The downside to a basic model like the test vehicle is a modest equipment list, bench seat, manual windows and no cassette or CD player. SPECIFICATIONS:
Engine: 4.8-liter, 270-hp V-8
Transmission: automatic Two-wheel drive
Wheelbase: 119 inches
Curb weight: 4,142 lbs.
Base price: $18,191
As driven: $22,441
Mpg rating: 15 city, 19 hwy.