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1996 Chevrolet C1500

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1996 Chevrolet C1500 Review

Work truck supreme.

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The 1996 Chevrolet C1500 is a pickup truck available in a variety of regular and extended cab models with a choice of four powerful engines. It's a suitable truck for work since it has a lot of areas for storage and multiple power outlets. It also has the capability to tow well over three tons of weight with ease. Drivers get the satisfaction of strong acceleration and an easy-to-operate control system, while passengers enjoy a comfortable, stable ride.

The Range

Body Styles: pickup
Engines: 4.3-liter six-cylinder, 5.0-liter eight-cylinder, 5.7-liter eight-cylinder, 6.5-liter eight-cylinder
Transmissions: four-speed automatic, five-speed manual
Models: Chevrolet C1500 Cheyenne, Chevrolet C1500 Silverado, Chevrolet C1500 Work Truck

What's New

The 1996 Chevrolet C1500 gets a host of additions and changes. For starters, the engines are more powerful, producing more horsepower and torque. Comfort and convenience have been improved as a result of new features, such as 12-volt power outlets, illuminated entry, and height-adjustable safety belts in the front. New exterior features include daytime running lamps.


The 1996 Chevrolet C1500 regular cab model measures approximately 194 inches long, 76 inches wide, 70 inches tall, and has a 117-inch wheelbase. The extended cab models are about two feet longer. It has chrome bumpers, chrome trim on the body, and metallic paint. Exterior features include daytime running lights, power mirrors, and a fixed rear window.


Inside the 1996 Chevrolet C1500, two and six people can be seated, depending on whether it is a regular cab or extended cab. All models come standard with a vinyl split bench seat with head restraints in the front. Cloth and leather bucket seats are optional. The rear bench seat can fit up to three people and flips up, revealing a covered storage compartment and a surface area big enough for a large tool box. The floor is carpeted throughout, and there are rubber floor mats. The dash features gauges and controls that are designed for easy readability and convenient use. The button for cruise control is mounted on its leather-wrapped steering wheel. The C1500 also features power windows and locks and three auxiliary power outlets.

Performance & Handling

The 1996 Chevrolet C1500 come equipped with four engines choices. The 4.3-liter, six-cylinder engine spits out 200 horsepower and 255 lb-ft. of torque. The three eight-cylinder engines crank out horsepower ranging from 180 to 250. One of the eight-cylinder engines is a diesel. Each engine is teamed with either a four-speed automatic or five-speed manual transmission, which provides swift acceleration and smooth shifting. The C1500 is built with a wishbone front suspension with stabilizer bar teamed with a rear suspension with stabilizer bar and leaf springs. It is available in either four-wheel or rear drive. There is good steering feel and little or no body roll when travelling around corners or over bumps, but it definitely does not handle as well as a car.


The 1996 Chevrolet C1500 comes equipped with anti-lock brakes on all four wheels and a driver’s side front-impact airbag.

EPA Fuel Economy

Chevrolet C1500: 16/21 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Lots of power
  • Great for towing and hauling
  • Comfortable to ride in

You Won't Like

  • Below average gas mileage

Sum Up

Work truck supreme.

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