The Chevy Silverado is designed to offer a smooth ride and confident handling while delivering superior capability and power.Silverado was last redesigned for 2007.As with all full-size pickups, the Silverado is available in a wide range of sizes, engines, and capabilities, so it's of primary importance to analyze your needs and then select the model that best serves those needs.
The base engine is a 4.3-liter V6 (195 hp/260 lb-ft of torque) with a four-speed automatic, offered only on Regular Cabs and 2WD Extended Cab models with the standard bed.The 4.8-liter V8 (302 hp/305 lb-ft of torque) and four-speed automatic are standard on Crew Cab and 4WD Extended Cab models with the standard bed, and on many LT models.
The 5.3-liter V8 (315 hp/338 lb-ft of torque, or 326 hp/348 lb-ft of torque on E85), with active fuel management that shuts off cylinders to save fuel, and iron or aluminum block, is standard on most LTZ models and is matched with a six-speed automatic.
The top engine is a 6.2-liter V8 (403 hp/417 lb-ft of torque) available on Extended Cab and Crew Cab models; it uses the six-speed automatic.(Silverado HD models are covered in a separate New Car Test Drive review.)
XFE (Xtra Fuel Economy) models use a 5.3-liter V8, six-speed automatic and cruising-biased axle ratio of 3.08:1 to increase EPA ratings.XFE versions feature aerodynamic upgrades in the form of a soft bed cover and extended front air dam, plus aluminum wheels (including the spare) and lower front suspension arms, locking rear differential, and low rolling resistance tires.A trailering package is standard so XFE models can tow up to 7,000 pounds.
The Hybrid, available only in the Crew Cab body style, uses a 6.0-liter V8 (332 hp/367 lb-ft of torque), battery pack, and four-speed automatic with two electric motors in it.EPA ratings are 21/22 mpg.Tow ratings are available to 6100 pounds, and maximum payload is in the 1,400-pound range.
For 2011, Silverado gets few changes.The OnStar has been upgraded to 9.0, there have been enhancements to reduce wind noise, and there are a few new color choices.