Dallas is an honest Texas city where everything is big, the people are genuine, and a truck can be a truck. In an age when all the half-ton trucks are becoming family grocery haulers with a bed, the 2016 Chevy Silverado 1500 is staying true to its roots.
The truck has working-class good looks with squared fenders, a strong grill, and clean lines. It doesn’t pretend to be a semi or a sports coupe; it’s here to get the job done. The Silverado is an American-born blue-collar worker.
Choices of Power
Your engine options are familiar, because there’s no reason to mess with a good thing — at least not too much. Choose the 285-horsepower 4.3 V6, the 355-horse 5.3 V8, or the big-boy 420-horsepower 6.2 V8 for maximum grunt. Aerodynamics are subtly improved, giving the truck 21–24 miles per gallon on the highway, depending on configuration.
The big mechanical addition for 2016 is the 8L90 eight-speed automatic transmission, which once was available only with the 6.2 but now comes with the 5.3 in some trim levels. It shifts up and down swiftly, enabling greater control while decelerating — and muscle-car quality sprinting.
Need to pull your boat, horse trailer, or ATVs from Fort Worth to the Gulf? Properly equipped with the trailering package, you can tow up to 12,000 pounds.
Tech and Trim
The Silverado comes in five trim levels: Work Truck, LS, LT, LTZ, and High Country. You can choose between regular, double, and crew-cab options. Bed lengths are 5 feet, 8 inches; 6 feet, 6 inches; or 8 feet (the long box is available only with the regular cab). Whatever you need to fit inside or outside your truck, you can find the right combination.
If you want to be fully connected, opt for Chevrolet’s MyLink, OnStar 4G LTE Wi-Fi, Android Auto, and Apple CarPlay. Unlike the competition, the full tech package is available even on the humble Work Truck. You don’t need to get the fanciest version to get the best infotainment.
If you do want all that the luxury Silverado can deliver, choose the High Country model. The running boards retract and extend automatically. Plus, if you tap the end of the board, it will slide toward the end of the truck to help you climb into the bed. You’ll also get a premium leather interior with embroidered head rests, heated and cooled seats, 20-inch chrome wheels, and an 8-inch touchscreen.
For extra personality, choose one of Chevy’s special editions. The Rally 1 has rally striping and custom 20-inch black wheels. The Rally 2 has unique step rails and sits on 22-inch wheels. The Midnight Z71 Edition sports special black bumpers, grill, a bow tie emblem and 18-inch wheels with Goodyear Wrangler off-road tires. The Black Out version takes the darkness one step farther with inky 20-inch wheels, custom black trim, and deeply tinted windows.
No matter what model of Chevrolet Silverado you choose, you’ll show Dallas your style. You’re modern, but not fancy; you work harder but also smarter.