2014 to Present: Chevrolet Silverado 1500
Three generations of Silverados have been built. The current Silverado was released in 2014. Three engine choices are available across the model line: a 285-horsepower, 4.3-liter V6; a 355-horsepower, 5.3-liter V8; and a 420-horsepower, 6.2-liter V8. The two smaller engines are paired with a six-speed automatic transmission. The larger engine is mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission.
The base regular cab Silverado W/T is a stripped truck with few amenities beyond the standard all-season tires, heated power-adjustable side mirrors, OnStar, power windows and a 110-volt power outlet. Base models come with front bucket seats and a convertible middle seat position that doubles as a storage compartment. A 6-foot-6-inch box is standard and an 8-foot box is available.
Double and crew cab models add more amenities and trim levels. Exterior upgrades include color-coordinated or chrome clad side mirrors, fog lights, a chrome grille, aluminum-alloy wheels and a spray-on bed liner. All models come with a tilt and lift tailgate and rear bumper corner steps.
Interior amenities bring in an infotainment system, navigation, power accessories, power-adjustable front seats, heated seats, a rear window defogger, under seat storage and a Bose audio sound system. The double cab model features a fold-up rear seat. Access to the rear is narrow and legroom is limited. Furthermore, the seat is not comfortable. Families and work crews will be naturally drawn to the crew cab.
All models have an overhead sunglasses compartment, reading lights, in-door drink holders and storage, and cup holders. The front center compartment contains two USB ports, an auxiliary input and a 12-volt outlet.
Standard safety features include daytime running lights, up to six air bags, stability control and traction control. A lane departure warning system and a rearview camera are available.
The Chevrolet Silverado 1500 and the similar GMC Sierra 1500 compete against full-size trucks like the Ford F-150, Ram 1500, Toyota Tundra and the Nissan Titan. A midsize truck, the Chevrolet Colorado, might also be considered.
In addition to the light-duty Silverado 1500, Chevrolet also offers heavy-duty Silverado 2500 and 3500 models. The Silverado 1500 covers the needs of most truck buyers. The heavy-duty models are the favorite of work crews and outdoors enthusiasts.
Earlier Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Models
The Silverado name was first used as a trim level designation in the 1970s, but it wasn’t until 1999 that it became the official model name for Chevrolet’s large truck line. The previous C/K name had been in use since 1960, and General Motors has been building pickup trucks since 1918.
Earlier models offered 4.8- and 6.0-liter V8 engines and four-speed automatic transmissions. Previous versions of the 4.3-liter V6 were rated at only 195 horsepower.