One of the most important products in GM’s portfolio, the Chevrolet Silverado, was significantly updated last year.
The full-size pickup truck has a bolder design, increased payload and towing capacities compared to its predecessor, and wants to lure buyers with a $29,795 starting price. Consumer Reports bought the LT model, which is powered by a 355 hp (360 PS / 264 kW) and 383 lb-ft (518 Nm) of torque 5.3-liter V8 that’s coupled to an eight-speed automatic gearbox.
Equipped with dual-zone climate control, heated front seats, a power-operated sliding rear window and a few other options, CR’s Silverado LT came at a hefty $50,225.
On the go, the V8 offers good throttle response and acceleration. The steering is responsive and, for a vehicle of this segment, has little body lean. Also, the four-wheel drive system now has an Auto mode, so drivers don’t need to worry about having to constantly push buttons. On a side note, if you’re going to take it off the beaten path, make sure that you eschew the basic models, as they don’t have a low-range.
The cabin is not as refined as some of its competitors and the ride isn’t that comfortable either. The reviewer also found the wide cockpit to make some controls hard to reach, including the touchscreen infotainment system. These drawbacks, combined with the lack of some standard advanced safety gear, might make some opt for other trucks.