Who has the best truck in America?
It depends on how it is measured. If I means best-selling, that's the Ford F-150. But, if it comes down to reliability, frame strength and durability, engine and drivetrain reliability – then it is not the F-150. That is actually a Chevrolet Silverado 1500 half-ton pickup.
These are claims that one would think "that can't be true." There is one fact: Studies and surveys show that Chevrolets outlast Fords. Chevys can go on for decades before it is all done. Reliable and proven engines, solid frame construction and its ability to not flex over uneven surfaces are part of the story.
The rest of the story is a straight-forward design. A Chevy Silverado offers no compromise and no embellishments. It is just a design that can be spotted miles into the horizon. It helps to have that big bowtie out there to know what is coming their way.
Behind the bowtie is power that is reliable and engineered to tackle the payload and towing limits. The most common engine since 1997 is the small block 5.3-liter Vortec V8. This has a reputation for reliability and strength, despite some complaints that the power is on the weak side. The 6.0-liter version of the Vortec V8 offers more torque for towing and high payloads, but there is a penalty on fuel economy. A 4.8-liter Vortec V8 and a 4.3-liter Vortec V6 are also offered in the Silverado 1500. A Hybrid version was offered, which offered a bit more fuel economy and brake regeneration. Most customers went for the Vortec V8s instead. GM builds some good automatic transmissions – ranging from four to six speeds, depending on the year. Manuals were also available on some of the W/T models.
Cab interiors always had tough plastics with a mixed bag of controls. Instrumentation is comprehensive – all of the gauges displayed for the main functions of the truck. Quality did improve on models from 2006-2013, yet they also offered two different instrument panels. All models up to LT received a "flat" dashboard where all of the functions were easy to get to. On the LTZ, the interior resembled the one from the Tahoe and Suburban of that time – more luxurious, but with tougher access to the audio and navigation system.
Seats are very comfortable and supportive. Check for leather wear on LTZ models, especially on older models. There is room for six in crew cab models, but extended cab models may be better with children riding in the back. Chevrolets are sold more in the crew cab, but there are still an equal number of extended cabs on the road.
Crash testing showed that the Silverado scored moderate ratings by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). Airbags and anti-lock brakes were equipped on many Silverados in the past 10 years.
Silverados offer great value to go along with its longevity. For a good ten-year-old Silverado, prices fall between $14,000-17,000, depending on trim and equipment. Younger models could be priced from $22,000 and up.
At Knoxville Auto Brokers, there is a good selection of trucks available to check out. If the Chevrolet Silverado
is the choice, there will be one at the right direct, hassle free price.