The 2013 Chevrolet Silverado is available in 1500, 2500, and 3500 configurations, but this review will focus on the 1500 to keep things from getting overly confusing. Silverado has long been regarded as one of the hardest working trucks on the road; this model year is no different. However not only does it excel in performance, it is also one of the most comfortable full-size pickups to drive and ride in as well. There are four strong engines to choose from and three are V8 options. The standard 4.3-liter V6 offers 195 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque, and yields 15 mpg in the city and 20 mpg on the highway. The LS trim lets you get a 4.8-liter V8 that delivers 302 horsepower and 305 pound-feet of torque. There is also a 5.3-liter V8 that generates 315 horsepower and 335 pound-feet of torque. Those wanting the most power will go with a 6.2-liter V8 that delivers 403 horsepower and 417 pound-feet of torque. This big V8 can hit 60 mph in 6.6 seconds and tow up to 10,700 pounds. However, fuel economy is quite poor, as you might expect, at 12 mpg in the city and 19 mpg on the highway. As mentioned, this truck is a treat to drive. Its relatively supple suspension and precise steering allow it to be as composed in rush hour traffic in the city as it would be on a bumpy country road.
• Audio - The basic audio is nothing more than a four-speaker system. LS adds satellite radio and CD player. In LTZ you get a Bose® system with USB interface, rear audio controls and CD player.
• Rear Entertainment - A rear entertainment system is available to keep backseat passengers entertained.
• Mobile Hotspot - You can have your truck turned into a mobile hotspot that will provide a 150-foot radius with full internet.
• Navigation - Every new Silverado comes with a six-month trial of OnStar® Turn-by-Turn Directions.
• SiriusXM® - Enjoy a complimentary three months of commercial-free music, talk, sports, and news channels.
The 2013 Chevy Silverado does receive a -Good- rating in frontal-offset crash protection by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, but only earned an -Acceptable- rating in side-impact. Braking test results were very impressive though as crew cab models stopped from 60 mph in only 120 feet. OnStar® is standard on every 1500, giving you emergency service, airbag deployment notification, and more. Additional safety features include:
• Post collision safety system
• Electronic brakeforce distribution
• Tire pressure monitoring
• Traction control
• Emergency braking assist
• Child seat anchors
• Dusk sensing headlamps
• Engine immobilizer
• Remote anti-theft alarm system
Silverado has never been known for a flashy appearance, yet it still manages to hold its own against Ford and Ram, which have both recently been redesigned. It is available in regular, extended, and crew cab body styles with three different bed lengths. It can be simply designed, like what is seen on the Work trim or it can be a little more sophisticated with higher trims offering 20-inch wheels, sunroof, power mirrors, and Z71 Off-Road package.
Like the exterior, the interior can also be as bare bones or plush as you would like. The Work trim is designed for the hardworking person who very well may get into their cabin full of mud, grease, etc. You can literally just hose it down. The crew cab gives you a comfortable 60/40-split bench in the back that does fold flat, if you need to haul cargo back there. For an attractive cabin, the LTZ trim gives you an exclusive dash with metal and wood details, leather upholstery and plenty of electronics.
Silverado is available as a 5-foot-8, 6.5-foot, and 8-foot bed, so your cargo space will depend on the style you choose. If you get a crew or extended cab you will have a little space inside the cabin for storage when seats are not occupied with passengers.