Facts about Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck. The Chevrolet Silverado is a heavy work truck. The name of the 1999 Chevy Silverado came from a trim line for the discontinued C/K Chevy truck.
History of the Chevrolet Silverado pickup
The Chevrolet Silverado work truck has been manufactured since 1999. The first generation of the Chevrolet Silverado range from 1999 to 2006. The first generation of the Chevy Silverado replaced the Chevrolet C/K line of pickup trucks. Those trucks were available in the 1500, 2500, and 3500 versions. The 1500 was a half-ton, the 2500 was a three-quarter ton and the 3500 was a one ton vehicle; these numbering conventions carried over to the Chevrolet Silverado pickup. The name of the Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck itself was a trim level of the discontinued vehicle.
The second generation of the Chevy Silverado pickup ran from 2007 to 2013. That generation added the six speed automatic transmission as standard. The third generation of the vehicle came out in 2013.
The 2015 model of the Silverado 1500 received a five star safety rating by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Design of the Chevrolet Silverado pickup
The Chevrolet Silverado pickup is available with a number of cabs, truck beds, and engines. The Chevrolet Silverado work truck trimline has the fewest features, though it comes with power accessories and USB connectivity in 2015. The LT package adds a lift / tailgate and chrome grill.
The higher trim levels for the Chevrolet Silverado are the LTZ and High Country packages. The V8 engine is optional for these trim levels. The LTZ trim line adds a power sliding rear window, heated power seats, climate control and eight inch touch screen. The High Country version adds Bose audio. The Z71 package adds off-road suspension and other features so that it can rival a jeep. The Chevrolet Silverado pickup package adds a rear seat entertainment system and navigation system.
Performance of the Chevrolet Silverado pickup
The Chevy Silverado pickup 1500 with the most powerful engine is capable of towing 12,000 pounds, when the 6.2 liter, V8 engine is installed. The Chevrolet Silverado has a 2,200 pound payload when the 5.3 liter V8 engine is installed. The Chevrolet Silverado 4.3 liter V6 engine has the best gas mileage, 24 mpg on the highway. The 5.3 liter engine gets 16 mpg in the city and 23 on the highway.
The Chevy Silverado 2500HD has a 3,500 payload with a 6 liter V8 engine. The 6.6 liter diesel V8 has 17,900 pounds of towing capacity.
The Chevy Silverado 3500HD can tow 23,000 pounds with the 6.6 liter V8 diesel engine; the 6 liter V8 engine has a 7,180 pound payload.
The Chevrolet Silverado is available with a chassis cab with a 7,290 pound payload if you get the 6 liter V8 engine; that version essentially replaces the truck bed with a flat chassis.
Rivals of the Chevrolet Silverado pickup
The main rivals for this truck are the Ford F150, GMC Sierra 1500, Nissan Titan, Toyota Tundra and Ram 1500.
Trivia about Chevrolet Silverado pickup
In early 2015, there was a recall for 2014 Chevrolet Silverado pickups for overheating exhaust components.
In 2014, there was a recall for 2015 model year Silverados due to issues with the sensing and diagnostic module and base radio chime. In the same year, several hundred Chevrolet Silverados were recalled due to issues with the four wheel drive transfer case.
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