On the United States, the war between full-size pickups is more aggressive than ever. Bigger and more powerful models are launched every year that goes, offering more luxury and more possibilities for everything you could request. And in this war, Chevrolet is clearly one of the most important names.
The 2016 Silverado 1500 is a full-size pickup with plenty of configuration offered, created to satisfy a massive share of the market. Its high-quality build aims to every type of customer, but at the same time, it seems quite generic, without any special or remarkable to deliver in comparison with other key participants in the segment.
The reality is that the big perk of the 2016 Silverado 1500 and its multiple presentations is the possibility to offer a big, fancy truck with plenty of luxury touches or a brawny work beast. With this in mind, Chevrolet is offering three cab setups of the Silverado 1500, which are the Regular Cab, the Double Cab, and the Crew Cab. On the other hand, there is a wide array of trims available. These are Work Truck (WT), LS, LT, Z71 LT, LTZ, ZL1 LTZ, and High Country.
So, let’s take a closer look at all the features offered.
Available Powertrains and Configurations
Talking about Silverado’s configuration is a tough homework. There is too much variety to the point that it become confusing.
First, the “smaller” engine, a 4.3 L V6 producing up to 285 hp and 305 lb-ft of maximum torque, is available as standard for all the trims except the more expensive LTZ and High Country variants. Along with it, users will found a 6-speed automatic transmission offering either rear-wheel- or all-wheel-drive. According to the specialized media, the Work Truck with this setup can go from standstill to 60 mph in 7.7 seconds.
Then, for the LTZ and High Country pricey trims, a 5.3 L V8 powerplant comes as standard, delivering 355 hp and 383 lb-ft of torque. Finally, the most powerful engine available, a 6.2 L V8, is exclusive for the LTZ and High Country trims but comes as optional. Also, this powerplant would be paired with an 8-speed automatic transmission, which is not available for other trims but the previously mentioned. In terms of performance, this setup can launch a LTZ ZL1 Crew Cab from standstill to 60 mph in 5.9 seconds.
We must mention that the handling is quite acceptable but doesn’t make a huge noise in the actual market with all the enhanced trucks on sale.
Design and Comfort Provided
Going to the bare basics, the 2016 Silverado 1500 Work Truck comes with LED daytime running lights, cruise control, bed light, vinyl seating, xenon headlights, 17-inch steel wheels and many other acceptable features, always considering that this is the trim for the hard workers, literally. The revamped grille, front bumper, and massive LED headlights come as a novelty for this year’s model. But there isn’t more to talk about its exterior appearance.
Top-notch materials are used inside the cabin, abundantly applied to wrap almost any surface. Noise isolation is above average, maintaining an interior environment free of annoying disturbances. The optimized infotainment system platform with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration are well appreciated, mainly because the terrible performance of previous presentations. Also, a 7-inch touchscreen for the infotainment system is available as optional for the basic Work Truck trim, being standard on the LS model. Upper trims enjoy an 8-inch touchscreen instead.
The Bottom Line
With really tough rivals in the segment, the 2016 Silverado 1500 has to be fierce. The several trims available tries to satisfy everybody with scarce sympathy. But Chevrolet does not care too much. GM has too many models out there to be wasting time on a single issue.
Buyers must pay US$41.175 for a base LT, which is a good place to start.