2006 Chevrolet Silverado 1500Change Vehicle
of the 2006 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 base trim shown
From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team
- Performance with gasoline V-8
- Instrument layout
- Solid construction
- Smooth operation of hybrid powertrain
- Ride comfort
- Fuel economy
- Half- , three-quarter- and one-ton capacities
- Heavy-duty versions available
- RWD or 4WD
- V-6, V-8 and diesel V-8 engines
- New six-speed automatic for HD diesel models
- Gasoline/electric hybrid model
A hybrid-powertrain version of the Chevrolet Silverado full-size pickup truck became available to retail customers in select states in the 2005 model year and goes on sale nationally for 2006. Chevrolet also added a high-output 310-horsepower, 5.3-liter V-8 for 2005, which is available on the four-wheel-drive 1500 extended-cab model.
Light-duty 2006 models get a fresh front end with a power dome hood. A new VortecMAX Performance Package that includes a 345-hp V-8 can enhance towing capabilities. Quadrasteer four-wheel steering is no longer offered.
Engine choices include a 4.3-liter V-6 and four V-8s. GMC's similar Sierra pickup uses comparable powertrains.
The Silverado 1500 provides a half-ton rating, the 2500HD has a three-quarter-ton rating, and the 3500 features a one-ton rating. A 1500HD model also is available, though only in Crew Cab form. Heavier-duty models can be equipped with a Duramax diesel V-8 or a big-block 8.1-liter gasoline V-8.
One 1500-series model, the Silverado SS (Super Sport) performance truck, features a high-performance chassis, 20-inch tires and high-output 345-hp, 6.0-liter V-8. A lowered ride height and what Chevrolet calls a "trim, aggressive stance" differentiate the SS from other models in the lineup. A two-wheel-drive SS joined the four-wheel-drive version in mid-2005.
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