2017 Chevrolet Silverado: Still the Right Stuff

11.10.16 - Chevrolet Silverado

As much as some companies want you to think the style or size of their trucks is better for what you need to do, Chevrolet continues to offer you conservative and attractive model that makes most truck owners smile. This group understands the need for a truck to be tough, rugged and capable and the fact that style points don’t matter on the outside. This same group does enjoy the fact that Chevrolet does a fantastic job of offering some models as the high end, nearly luxury versions that make it easier to enjoy the ride after a long day of working on the jobsite.

The Silverado still comes in a wide array of configurations to go from a simple single cab work truck on up to a massive crew cab that can fit up to six people inside comfortably. This truck gives you the size and equipment you need at a price that’s affordable so that you can get the job done and continue to count on this truck to perform. For 2017 the Silverado adds the Teen Driver feature and increases the towing to 12,500 pounds on the crew cab model to put this truck in the lead in that segment.

Trucks are like sports car in that we often like to discuss what’s under the hood, just in a different context. The Silverado makes use of three different engines to give you the power you want to enjoy and the right equipment for the job. There are two transmissions used for this truck as well, a six-speed and an eight-speed automatic to give you the right shifting for your drive. The base engine is a 4.3-liter V6 that gives you 285 horsepower and 305 lb.-ft. of torque. This engine only uses the six-speed transmission and offers you 18 city/24 hwy mpg in 2WD versions and 17 city/22 hwy mpg for the 4WD models.

Next up we see the 5.3-liter V8 engine that offers up 355 horsepower and 383 lb.-ft. of torque. This engine is mated to either of the two transmissions. With the six-speed you have 16 city/23 hwy mpg in 2WD or 16 city/22 hwy mpg in 4WD (also in 2WD with the eight-speed), and 15 city/21 hwy mpg for the 4WD eight-speed transmission. At the top of the power lineup is the 6.2-liter V8 which only comes in 4WD and with the eight-speed automatic attached. This engine pushes the power up to 420 horsepower and 460 lb.-ft. of torque while delivering 15 city/21 hwy mpg.

If you were to start at the Silverado WT you would be able to enjoy some basic features such as air conditioning, power windows, cruise control, an audio system that uses a 4.2-inch display and offers ports for USB input, Teen Driver safe driving system, an auxiliary jack, projector beam headlights, LED accent lights, the CornerStep cutout in the rear bumper, several airbags and two years/24,000 miles of complimentary factory scheduled maintenance to help you get started.

As with most trucks this is one that offers you a laundry list of great ways to configure the truck and plenty of amazing features to add. Other than just the engine, transmission and drive choices you also have bed and cab choices to consider. If you want a luxury truck the High Country model is right for you with leather upholstery, a navigation system, Apple CarPlay, a premium sound system and much more. The addition of Apple CarPlay can be had on the LT and LTZ models as well, which are a bit less luxury, but still come nicely equipped.

Pricing of the Silverado offers you a wide range to choose from. This truck starts out around $28,000 for the Work Truck, but can move up to nearly double that amount at $57,000 for the 4WD High Country with the Crew Cab and the standard bed size. This means you have a large range of prices to choose from to find the truck that’s right for you that will give you the power, the performance and the feel you want on your new truck. The Chevrolet Silverado is still an amazing choice and with the best tow rating in the market this is the truck you want to drive to get things done.

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