Every inch a modern truck.

The 2016 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 is the traditional rival of Canada's best-selling pickup truck, the Ford F-150. The full-size Chevrolet Silverado 1500 shares all of its mechanical details with the also-popular GMC Sierra, and when their sales are counted together they are near the equal of the Blue Oval's ultra-popular hauler.

It's easy to understand the 2016 Chevrolet Silverado 1500’s appeal. Available in regular, extended, and crew cab body styles, the Silverado can seat as many as six passengers in a surprising show of interior room. Multiple bed lengths, a strong towing capacity, legitimate off-road capability, and a long list of options, special models, and trim levels make the 2016 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 every inch a modern truck. It's also the quietest and smoothest version of the Chevrolet full-size truck to have been built to date, making it an even better choice for anyone seeking a comfortable daily driver.

Pros

  • For 2016 the Silverado's already strong suite of technology features gains Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, each of which enhance smartphone integration with the Chevrolet MyLink infotainment system. This jives with the excellent list of safety features (Safety Alert Seat, forward collision warning, lane departure warning) that come with the truck, with lane departure intervention joining for the first time this model year.
  • The Chevrolet Silverado's base 4.3-litre V6 is a genuinely appealing choice, boasting 285 horsepower and 305 pound-feet of torque to go with a fuel efficiency rating of 13.5 L/100 km city and 10.0 L/100 km highway. A cylinder-deactivation system allows the Silverado's V6 to cruise on four cylinders when under light load, which contributes to that wallet-friendly highway figure.
  • Also in the cards for the Silverado: a 5.3-litre V8 good for 355 hp and 383 lb-ft of torque, and a range-topping 6.2-litre V8 that generates 420 hp and 460 lb-ft of twist. No turbocharging here - just pure big-displacement eight-cylinder power, which helps the Chevrolet better match its advertised fuel consumption in real-world driving. Cylinder deactivation is also standard with each of these engines.
  • If you are looking to head off-road, then consider the Z71 package, which can be ordered alongside low-range four-wheel drive to add considerable all-terrain prowess to the Chevrolet Silverado's skill set. The Z71 package nets you a more rugged suspension setup, skid plates, tow hooks, and a hill descent control system.

Cons

  • Big V8s are still thirsty, as is evidenced by the 6.2-litre mill's efficiency rating of 16.1 L/100 km city and 11.4 l/100 km highway. Driving a large V8 in a heavy truck around town is a tough reminder of the laws of physics in the form of your weekly gas bill.
  • Chevrolet has introduced a High Country trim that's intended to match up with Ford's Platinum model in terms of luxuries. While you do get a number of unique styling cues to go with the High Country model, as well as 20-inch wheels, it's not quite as impressive as Ford's effort, nor does it match Ram's Laramie Limited trim in terms of luxury.
  • You can get an eight-speed automatic transmission with the 6.2-litre V8, as well as a few versions of the 5.3-litre Silverado - but it's not standard across the board, when it really should be. The six-speed used by the V6 and base 5.3-litre trucks comes across as a bit coarse in daily driving.

2016 Chevrolet Silverado 1500

 

ENGINE

4.3-litre V6 / 5.3-litre V8 / 6.2-liter V8

OUTPUT

285 hp / 305 lb-ft & 355 hp / 383 lb-ft & 420 hp / 460 lb-ft

TRANSMISSION

6-speed automatic & 8-speed automatic

0-100 KMH

5.4 Seconds (6.2-liter model)

TOP SPEED

176 km/h

FUEL ECONOMY

13.5 L/100 km City / 10.0 L/100 km Highway &

14.6 L/100 km City / 10.4 L/100 km Highway &

16.1 L/100 km City / 11.4 L/100 km Highway

WEIGHT

2,053 kilograms (4,517 lbs)

SEATING CAPACITY

6

CARGO VOLUME

N/A

BASE PRICE

$29,505

AS-TESTED PRICE

$47,100

 

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