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1999 Chevrolet Silverado

  • 1999 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Extended Cab Pickup

    1500 Extended Cab Pickup

    • MAX MPG
      20
    • SEATS
      3
    • HP/TORQUE
      200/255
    • ENGINE
      4.3L V6
    • MSRP
      $15,655
  • 1999 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Regular Cab Pickup

    1500 Regular Cab Pickup

    • MAX MPG
      20
    • SEATS
      3
    • HP/TORQUE
      200/255
    • ENGINE
      4.3L V6
    • MSRP
      $15,655
  • 1999 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 Extended Cab Pickup

    2500 Extended Cab Pickup

    • MAX MPG
      N/A
    • SEATS
      6
    • HP/TORQUE
      300/355
    • ENGINE
      6.0L V8
    • MSRP
      $22,855
  • 1999 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 Regular Cab Pickup

    2500 Regular Cab Pickup

    • MAX MPG
      N/A
    • SEATS
      6
    • HP/TORQUE
      300/355
    • ENGINE
      6.0L V8
    • MSRP
      $22,855
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1999 Chevrolet Silverado Review

An impressive full-size pickup model that betters its predecessor in just about every way.

Reviewed by Automotive on

Overview

As a new model introduced as a replacement for the extremely popular Chevy C/K line of pickup trucks, you might think that the 1999 Chevrolet Silverado has its work cut out for it. However, the Chevy Silverado definitely steps up to the task.

While at first glance it may seem like it has little to distinguish it from the C/K, when you scratch the surface, you rapidly discover that the Silverado betters its predecessor in just about every way. Chevy’s new line of full-size pickup models offers more power, more interior space, superior handling, and even gets better gas mileage than the C/K. It also uses a stronger chassis.

The Range

Body Styles: full-size pickup
Engines: 4.8-liter V-8, 5.3-liter V-8
Transmissions: five-speed manual with overdrive, four-speed automatic with overdrive
Models: Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LS, Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT, Chevrolet Silverado 2500 LS, Chevrolet Silverado 2500 LT

What's New

The Chevrolet Silverado starts as a new model for 1999. The Silverado essentially marks a major reworking of the most recent generation of C/K pickup series, which debuted in the late 1980s. The Silverado uses the C/K as a starting point and features enhancements in just about every area including power, braking, and structure. Chevy’s new full-size pickup also shows slight interior and exterior style revisions.

Exterior

The 1999 Silverado comes in three trim levels: base, LS, and LT. It also offers a regular or extended cab with a variety of bed lengths.

Standard exterior features for the 1999 Chevrolet Silverado include chrome bumpers with or without two front tow hooks, rear step bumpers, chrome body-side moldings, chrome body-side inserts, dual power remote mirrors, a trailering harness, and a trailering hitch. The Silverado maintains the same formidable, classic pickup styling typical of the C/K series.

Available options, depending on trim level and bed configuration, include camper mirrors, a rear window defroster, chrome wheels, foglights, alloy wheels, and two-tone paint.

Interior

Gauges, switches, and controls all get laid out in a logical and user-friendly manner. The cabin also feels very spacious, especially on models with an extended cab. Getting in and out of the rear section of the cab proves fairly easy, thanks to a standard third door. Also the front seat belts are seat-mounted, so rear passengers don’t have to climb through them in order to get in and out. On the downside, the Silverado employs the same low-grade interior plastics found on the C/K model, and the extended cab models have no fourth door.

Performance & Handling

The 1999 Chevrolet Silverado provides a much better driving experience than one might expect from a full-size pickup model. Revisions made to the previous model’s steering, suspension, and braking all translate into good drivability. Meanwhile any one of the Silverado’s formidable lineup of engines provides more than adequate power. The introduction of power rack-and-pinion on some models has given the steering a tighter feel, while a smaller turning circle and wider rear track have increased overall stability. Chevrolet also offers an optional selective damping system that further improves ride control and quality.

The Silverado is built on a three-section frame that’s both stiffer and lighter than that of the C/K. This improved frame helps facilitate a smoother, quieter ride by soaking up impacts and irregularities in the road. Other enhancements include a modified transmission with more durable gear changers, as well as a tow-haul mode designed to offer better performance while towing a heavy load. The Silverado can also handle a larger payload than the C/K.

Safety

Standard safety features for the 1999 Chevrolet Silverado include four-wheel anti-lock brakes, daytime running lights, driver and passenger front-impact airbags, an ignition immobilizer, a security system, and a panic alarm on all models save the two-wheel drive LT.

EPA Fuel Economy

Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LS: 15/19 mpg city/highway
Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT: 16/20 mpg city/highway
Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT eight-foot box: 15/18 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Powerful engine and drivetrain
  • Formidable size
  • Smart design
  • Variety of bed and cab configurations

You Won't Like

  • No fourth door in extended cab version
  • Lackluster interior revisions
  • Low-grade interior plastics

Sum Up

An impressive full-size pickup model that betters its predecessor in just about every way.

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