Overall: Chevrolet’s two-year-old Silverado gets a mid-life facelift and continues to improve with better transmissions and more technology.
Drivetrain: Line of “Ecotec3” engines has direct fuel injection and variable valve timing for broader power range and improved economy; six-speed automatic transmissions for base V6 engine, but both the middle 5.3-litre V8 and top-end 6.2 now use the eight-speed automatic.
Only into its third model year and Chevrolet is giving its legendary Silverado line a good-old facelift. The front end sees a taller grille, with squintier headlights replacing the “old” upright ones. Upscale models will get LED running and fog lights, while high-intensity-discharge (HID) headlights are available. The front bumper and lower fascia are reshaped too, but the rest of the truck still looks familiar. Behind the tailgate, the handy “Corner Step” bumper has recessed footholds that, combined with built-in handholds inside the box, make accessing the bed much easier. All body styles — regular, extended Double Cab (featuring front-hinged rear doors with outside handles) and four-door Crew Cab — are attached to frames with lots of high-strength steel, extra bracing for stiffness and body mounts that help isolate road noise and vibration. You can order the Crew Cab with a longer 80-inch bed (the standard bed is 68 inches) and you’ll get a choice of three all-aluminum engines. The entry point is a 4.3-litre V6 that has the same displacement as the previous V6, but output has significantly increased to 285 horsepower and 305 pound-feet of torque from 195/260. Optional is a 5.3-litre V8 with 355 horses and 383 pound-feet. An available 6.2-litre V8 is rated at 420 horsepower and 440 pound-feet and shares much of its guts with the Corvette engine, but for 2016 both V8s get the Corvette’s eight-speed automatic transmission. The V6 carries over with a six-speed automatic. Although rough-and-tumble pickup truck, the Silverado’s model range also extends to include a premium “High Country” model to appeal to wealthy ranchers and city slickers. The best part about this truck is its highly optioned leather interior that places it above the previous top-of-the-line LTZ. Also for 2016 is an available built-in Wi-Fi hotspot to allow all aboard to access the Internet. There will also be support for both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, along with more active safety technologies too.
Base price (incl. destination): $29,750 (2015)
Type: Full-size pickup
Base engine (hp): 4.3-litre OHV V6 (285)
Optional engines (hp): 5.3-litre OHV V8 (355); 6.2-litre OHV V8 (420)
Layout: Front-engine, rear- /four-wheel-drive
Transmission: Six-speed automatic; eight-speed automatic (5.3; 6.2)
l/100 km (city/highway): 13.4/9.9 (4.3)
Weight (kg): 2,080
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