2011 Chevrolet Silverado 1500

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Key Specs

of the 2011 Chevrolet Silverado 1500. Base trim shown.

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Overall range of power, looks, utility and comfort
  • Excellent towing manners, plenty of pulling power
  • Standard side curtain, side-impact airbags
  • 6.2-liter V-8

The Bad

  • 6.2-liter V-8 fuel economy
  • Interior fit, finish and features lag behind Ram and Ford full-size pickups
  • Expected diesel V-8 indefinitely postponed
  • Lacking a strong entry-level, fuel-efficient V-6
2011 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 exterior side view

Notable Features of the 2011 Chevrolet Silverado 1500

  • OnStar 9.0
  • Enhancements to reduce wind noise
  • Steel Green Metallic replaces Carbon Flash Metallic exterior color
  • Victory Red and Magna Steel Metallic to be offered as special model/promotional colors

2011 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview

The Chevrolet Silverado shares its GMT900 platform with the GMC Sierra 1500, but there are some styling and interior differences to appeal to shoppers with different tastes.

The Silverado comes in regular, extended and crew-cab versions. Standard (6-foot, 6-inch) and long (8-foot) cargo beds are available on regular and extended cabs, while the crew cab gets a short (5-foot, 9-inch) bed. All configurations are available in two- or four-wheel drive.

There are four trim levels: WT, LS, LT and LTZ. The popular Z71 off-road model returns with upgraded shocks, skid plates and special badging. Most V-8 models are rated to tow around 9,000 pounds, but some models manage more than 10,500 pounds with an enhanced trailering package. The Silverado doesn't offer fancy luxury packages, but rather provides an outstanding foundation to tackle tough chores.


New for 2011
There are only minor changes for the 2011 Chevy half-ton pickup. The Silverado gets the latest OnStar 9.0 system, revised exterior color offerings and insulating enhancements that help reduce wind noise.

Exterior
While GM is trying to differentiate the Silverado and Sierra, their common silhouette is hard to overcome, even with unique front fenders, grille, bumpers, headlamps, cargo box and taillamps. There's also still a strong family resemblance with the Chevy Tahoe/Suburban. Exterior features include:

  • Wide rear-door opening on extended-cab models to load passengers, cargo
  • LT has chrome bumper; LTZ get...
Vehicle Overview

The Chevrolet Silverado shares its GMT900 platform with the GMC Sierra 1500, but there are some styling and interior differences to appeal to shoppers with different tastes.

The Silverado comes in regular, extended and crew-cab versions. Standard (6-foot, 6-inch) and long (8-foot) cargo beds are available on regular and extended cabs, while the crew cab gets a short (5-foot, 9-inch) bed. All configurations are available in two- or four-wheel drive.

There are four trim levels: WT, LS, LT and LTZ. The popular Z71 off-road model returns with upgraded shocks, skid plates and special badging. Most V-8 models are rated to tow around 9,000 pounds, but some models manage more than 10,500 pounds with an enhanced trailering package. The Silverado doesn't offer fancy luxury packages, but rather provides an outstanding foundation to tackle tough chores.


New for 2011
There are only minor changes for the 2011 Chevy half-ton pickup. The Silverado gets the latest OnStar 9.0 system, revised exterior color offerings and insulating enhancements that help reduce wind noise.

Exterior
While GM is trying to differentiate the Silverado and Sierra, their common silhouette is hard to overcome, even with unique front fenders, grille, bumpers, headlamps, cargo box and taillamps. There's also still a strong family resemblance with the Chevy Tahoe/Suburban. Exterior features include:

  • Wide rear-door opening on extended-cab models to load passengers, cargo
  • LT has chrome bumper; LTZ gets body-colored bumper
  • 17-, 18- and 20-inch wheels available
  • EZ Lift tailgate available

Interior
The Silverado offers two distinct interiors. The WT, LS and LT get interiors that are more work-oriented, while the LTZ draws inspiration from the SUV lineup. Besides interior fabrics and colors, the dash layouts are different, and the work trucks have larger controls. The easiest way to tell the difference is that work trucks have two glove boxes and LTZs have one. The Silverado cab is spacious and well-organized. The work trucks come standard with cloth seating; leather is available on the LT. The LTZ gets heated leather seats, wood trim, a Bose sound system and a larger center console. The split-bench rear seat in crew cabs can be folded to expand load space. Interior features include:

  • Available power-sliding rear window
  • Available moonroof
  • Available navigation system on LTZ, LT
  • Integrated trailer brake controls

Under the Hood
Mechanical features include:

  • 195-horsepower, 4.3-liter V-6 with iron block and cylinder heads, cam-in-block, two valves per cylinder and 260 pounds-feet of torque
  • 302-hp, 4.8-liter V-8 with iron block and aluminum cylinder heads, cam-in-block, two valves per cylinder and 305 pounds-feet of torque
  • Flex-fuel 315-hp (gas) or 326-hp (E85), 5.3-liter V-8 with aluminum block and cylinder heads, cam-in-block, two valves per cylinder and 338 pounds-feet of torque (gas), 350 pounds-feet of torque (E85)
  • Flex-fuel 403-hp, 6.2-liter V-8 with aluminum block and cylinder heads, cam-in-block and two valves per cylinder that makes 417 pounds-feet of torque
  • Four- or six-speed automatic

Safety
GM's electronic stability system includes rollover mitigation technology. It's standard on all V-8 models. Roof-mounted side curtain and seat-mounted side-impact airbags are now standard on all half-ton models. GM says its seat belt pretensioners activate during rear-end impacts. Safety features include:

  • Four-wheel antilock brakes
  • Traction control
  • OnStar alerts authorities after a crash
  • Latch child-seat anchors
  • Available ultrasonic rear parking assist

Of Interest to Truck Owners

  • Maximum gross vehicle weight rating: 7,000 pounds (4x4 crew cab, extended cab)
  • Maximum payload capacity: 1,924 pounds (4x2 crew-cab short box)
  • Maximum towing capacity: 10,700 pounds (4x2 extended cab with enhanced trailer package and 3.73 rear axle)
  • Fuel tank capacity: 26 gallons (SWB), 34 gallons (LWB)
  • Axle ratio: 3.08:1, 3.23:1, 3.42:1, 3.73:1
  • Minimum ground clearance: 8.4 inches (regular cab 4x2 SWB), 9.1 inches (regular cab 4x4 SWB), 8.9 inches (regular cab 4x2 LWB, extended cab 4x2 SWB), 9.5 inches (regular cab 4x4 LWB), 9 inches (extended cab 4x4 SWB, extended cab 4x2 LWB, crew cab), 9.3 inches (extended cab 4x4 LWB)
  • Approach angle: 15.6 degrees (regular cab 4x4 SWB), 15.8 degrees (extended cab 4x4 SWB), 15.5 degrees (crew cab 4x4)
  • Departure angle: 24.2 degrees (regular cab 4x4 SWB), 22 degrees (extended cab 4x4 SWB), 23.1 degrees (crew cab 4x4)
  • Ramp breakover: 24.4 degrees (regular cab 4x4 SWB), 17.8 degrees (extended cab 4x4 SWB), 19.6 degrees (crew cab 4x4)
  • Cargo-bed load height: 35.4 inches (regular cab 4x2 SWB), 34.5 inches (regular cab 4x4 LWB), 34.4 inches (extended cab 4x2 SWB), 33.6 inches (extended cab 4x4 LWB), 33.5 inches (crew cab 4x2), 33.8 inches (crew cab 4x4)
  • Cargo floor length: 69.3 inches (short bed), 78.8 inches (standard bed), 97.7 inches (long bed)
  • Cargo floor width: 62.4 inches
  • Cargo floor width at wheel well: 50.6 inches
  • Cargo bed depth: 21 inches

 


2011 Silverado 1500 Video

Pickuptrucks.com's Mike Levine tests five trucks, all under $30,000. They Include the 2011 Ram 1500, 2011 Toyota Tundra, 2011 Ford F-150, 2011 Nissan Titan, and the 2011 Chevrolet Silverado 1500. For more information, visit, www.pickuptrucks.com

Latest 2011 Silverado 1500 Stories

Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.5)
Performance
(4.4)
Interior Design
(4.3)
Comfort
(4.6)
Reliability
(4.7)
Value For The Money
(4.5)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

Silverado is a true contender in the truck world

by Robinsong from Oneonta NY on October 12, 2018

It is reliable, strong and good looking. Best truck for the price! While mine doesn't have 4 wheel drive, it should perform well enough in winter with winter tires. Read full review

(4.0)

Most uncomfortable and nimble handling

by Griftone from Marlborough, Ma on September 18, 2018

One of the worst trucks I?ve EVER driven! Rides like a car that?s too high off the road! And not as comfortable as a Ford truck or Ram truck! And it?s the same junk engine they have had for years! ... Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2011 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 currently has 5 recalls

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2011 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 has not been tested.

Manufacturer Warranties

Backed by Chevrolet
New Car Program Benefits
  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    60 months / 100,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    60 months / 100,000 miles

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits
  • Maximum Age/Mileage

    5 model years or newer/up to 75,000 miles

  • Basic Warranty Terms

    12 months/12,000 miles bumper-to-bumper original warranty, then may continue to 6 years/100,000 miles limited (depending on variables)

  • Powertrain warranty

    6 years/100,000 miles

  • Dealer Certification Required

    172-point inspection

  • Roadside Assistance

    Yes

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Silverado 1500 received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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