The 1995 Chevrolet’s C1500 has been going strong for 35 years, providing a sturdy, no-frills work truck. While it continues down this path with some minor changes along the way, the interior is now more pleasant for driver and passengers. The transmission is also updated to provide more on-demand power, and anti-lock brakes are now standard equipment on all models.
Body Styles: full-size pickup
Engines: 4.3-liter V-6, 5.0-liter V-8, 5.7-liter V-8, 6.5-liter V-8
Transmissions: four-speed automatic, five-speed manual
Models: Chevrolet C1500 Work Truck, Chevrolet C1500 Cheyenne, Chevrolet C1500 Silverado
The 1995 Chevrolet C1500 underwent a lot of changes, which are all underneath the skin. The interior now has a driver-side airbag, revised climate controls, new cup holders, and better ergonomics. Mechanically, the biggest change is standard four-wheel anti-lock brakes across all models as well as transmission revisions. The transmission revisions include a quicker first-to-second shift on full acceleration.
The 1995 Chevrolet C1500 is simple and angular with a very blunt front end and a wide, chrome-framed grille and headlight assembly. The chrome bumpers may appear to be classier, but it may not be as durable as body color fiberglass or dark scratch-resistant plastic.
The 1995 Chevrolet C1500 will not have complaining passengers since there's plenty of leg and head room. The dash is well laid out and easy to operate from either side of the cabin. Very little come in the way of conveniences that are standard, but there are plenty of available options such as power locks, air-conditioning, and an AM/FM/Cassette audio system. Rear passengers may have an issue with leg room.
Performance & Handling
The 1995 Chevrolet C1500 gets a choice of gas and diesel engines that all provide admirable horsepower. The basic 4.3-liter V-6 provides some hauling capability, but it barely covers the half-ton capacity rating when the passenger cabin is also full. The 175-horsepower five-liter V-8 available for towing and hauling purposes. The 5.7-liter V-8 and the 6.5-liter V-8 diesel engines both provide an incredible amount of pulling power and are great trucks for pulling campers, boats, or work trailers. It handles decently, but when it's in poor weather or taking a sharp turn with an empty bed, the rear end has a tendency to want to slide out and push the pickup around.
The 1995 Chevrolet C1500 gets a standard driver front airbag and four-wheel anti-lock brakes. A passenger front airbag is not an available option. It did well in crash tests as the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave it five out of five stars for both driver and passenger safety.
EPA Fuel Economy
Chevrolet C1500, 4.3-liter V-6, four-speed automatic: 15/20 mpg city/highway
Chevrolet C1500, 4.3-liter V-6, five-speed manual: 15/20 mpg city/highway
Chevrolet C1500, 5.0-liter V-8, four-speed automatic: 13/17 mpg city/highway
Chevrolet C1500, 5.0-liter V-8, five-speed manual: 12/17 mpg city/highway
Chevrolet C1500, 5.7-liter V-8, four-speed automatic: 12/17 mpg city/highway
Chevrolet C1500, 5.7-liter V-8, five-speed manual: 12/17 mpg city/highway
Chevrolet C1500, 6.5-liter V-8 diesel, four-speed automatic: 15/20 mpg city/highway
Chevrolet C1500, 6.5-liter V-8 diesel, five-speed manual: 17/22 mpg city/highway
- Strong engines
- Safety rating
- Good braking
You Won't Like
- Poor fuel economy in V-8 engines
- Very few standard conveniences
- Ride and handling with an empty bed
A plain, workhorse truck with some decent amenities.
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