The C1500 is Chevy’s ""light duty"" half-ton pickup truck. There is plenty of good stuff about this truck, including several powerful engine choices, different body styles, and smooth handling. However, cheap interior pieces and the lack of a crew cab body still put it behind the Ford F-150.
Body Styles: regular cab truck, extended cab truck
Engines: 4.3-liter V-6, 4.8-liter V-8, 5.3-liter V-8, 6.5-liter V-8
Transmissions: five-speed manual, four-speed automatic
Models: Chevrolet C1500, Chevrolet C1500 LS, Chevrolet C1500 LT
The C1500 was completely redesigned in 1999, so there are few changes for 2000. Most notably, the 4800 and 5300 Vortec engines are more powerful this year than last. A fourth access door is now standard on extended cab models. There are also optional programmable door locks that open when the engine is shut off. A Sportside cargo box is optional on LT trims and wheel flares are optional on all-wheel-drive models. The LS and LT trims get a standard electrochromic self-dimming rearview mirror with compass and exterior temperature gauge.
Regular and extended cabs come with either a 6.5-foot or eight-foot cargo bed. The extended cab now has four doors instead of three. However, the rear two doors cannot be opened unless the front doors are opened first and, conversely, must be closed before the front doors. Base models come with a rear step bumper and 16-inch wheels. Exterior options include a chrome step bumper and chrome wheels, camper mirrors, a camper/towing package, a soft tonneau cover, and a trailer hitch. The top-line LT trims comes standard with everything the base has plus a chrome step bumper, alloy wheels, and a step side bed. LT options include a trailer hitch, skid plates, a soft tonneau cover, and a Sportside cargo box. All-wheel drives models come with optional wheel flares.
Regular cabs seat up to five and extended cabs seat up to six. The interior is laid out in a logical manner, although the cheap plastic pieces are regrettable. The cabin is roomy, especially in extended cab models. The standard back doors on the extended cab make entry and exit for rear passengers easy. Base models come with front split-bench seating, power steering, a tilt steering wheel, an AM/FM stereo, and vinyl seat covers. Optional features include a manual horizontal sliding rear window, cruise control, privacy glass, air-conditioning, and cloth seats. The top-line LT models get heated front seats, power heated mirrors, keyless entry, a power driver seat with memory, leather bucket seats, a power front passenger seat, a leather-trimmed steering wheel, power windows, privacy glass, programmable power door locks, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror. The LS and LT trims get a standard electrochromic self-dimming rearview mirror with compass and exterior temperature gauge.
Performance & Handling
The Chevy C1500’s engine options range anywhere from a 4.3-liter V-6 to a turbo diesel, 6.5-liter V-8. Engine power goes from 200 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque in the 4.3-liter V-6 to 285 horsepower and 325 lb-ft of torque in the 5.3-liter V-8. The six-liter V-8 has a new high-extension torque converter when paired with an automatic transmission. Automatics also come with a tow-haul mode to improve performance under heavy loads. All-wheel drive is available across the board. There is an optional Adjustable Electronic Ride Control, the first selective damping system ever offered on a pickup, and optional limited slip differential. The LT trims have an optional Off-Road Suspension package. Overall, the truck offers a smooth ride and quiet interior with excellent steering, suspension, and braking.
Standard safety features include four-wheel disc anti-lock brakes, power brakes, driver and passenger front airbags, daytime running lights, and automatic on/off headlights. LT trims come with a standard anti-theft alarm system. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration did not test the regular cab trucks. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave it a ""marginal"" rating for frontal offset crashes. The extended cabs received four out of five stars for passenger safety and three stars for driver safety from the NHTSA. The IIHS also rated it as ""marginal"" for frontal offset crashes.
EPA Fuel Economy
Chevrolet C1500, 4.3-liter V-6: 17/23 mpg city/highway
Chevrolet C1500, 5.3-liter V-8: 16/20 mpg city/highway
- Powerful engines
- Numerous trim levels
- Great handling
You Won't Like
Almost on par with the Ford F-150.
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