For 2015: the new Chevrolet Silverado line of pickup trucks offers a variety of configurations for all customers tastes and requirements. Whether you tow or haul for work or pleasure, the Silverado has always been a fine choice. Need a basic work truck or a loaded family pickup? The Silverado 1500 line offers both V6 and V8 engined two and four-door models. If heavy duty construction, or high load towing is more what you do, the bigger, more powerful Silverado 2500 Heavy duty trucks with mighty V8’s, and the optional Duramax Diesel engines with stronger transmission and rear axles might be more to your liking.
The Silverado comes with a range of the latest six- and eight-cylinder engines, namely: A 4.3L V6, or one of two V8s, either a 5.3L or 6.2L. All of these engine options use cylinder deactivation, direct injection, variable-valve timing, and other technology to be more fuel efficient. All power plants arrive with a 6-speed automatic transmission.
Three different cargo-bed lengths are offered on the Silverado: 5’8”, 6’6”, and 8’’ bed sizes. Our Crew Cab model came with the 6’6” cargo box. GM has improved the pickup box design somewhat, adding a CornerStep bumper plus hand-grip pockets, both of which make climbing up to access cargo easier. Other good ideas are a lighter tailgate that is now rotary damped and easier on the arms and fingers to lift and fold down, and LED lights tucked under the bed rails.
The interior is smart and comfortable and Chevrolet have wisely resisted the temptation to make it too car like in the dash and trim. It a macho truck, even on the inside with a row of professional looking gauges, in the dash and big chunky controls and knob that you can use even with your gloves on. As this is a work truck, there is a lot of useful storage with an optional front centre console with combined compartments, and multiple sockets for laptops, phone chargers and what have you.
Seats are big and comfortable with plenty leg, shoulder and headroom as you would expect in a truck of this size. The comfortable cabin is wide and spacious and very nicely finished with our testers optional heated and cooled leather seats. From the driver’s seat, though, you’ll need to be careful parking in tight, urban parking lots as the new Silverado’s high hood and big read cabin make visibility an issue; however the handy rear camera assist is a godsend!
Safety is excellent too with a blitz of impressive standard equipment helps such as StabiliTrak with Trailer Sway Control, Hill Start Assist, as well as head-curtain side airbags with rollover protection, and an available Lane Departure Warning system keeps the driver alert of lane drifts via a chime or the optional (vibrating) Safety Alert Seat. In addition, bigger spot mirrors help with visibility in blind spots, while other safety features on offer include a camera-based Forward Collision Alert system. Front and rear park assist, and a rear tailgate camera.
This new, award winning Silverado also look good to boot with lashings of chrome. Looks aside this huge beast will get the job done whatever you choose to do!
2015 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Crew cab pickup priced from $43,105.