2011 Chevrolet Silverado 1500Change Vehicle
of the 2011 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 base trim shown
From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team
- 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
- 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
- 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
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.
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 ... Read more
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
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