The 2001 Chevrolet Silverado succeeds the well-respected Chevrolet C/K pickup truck. Rather than focusing on comfort or interior luxury for city drivers, the Silverado keeps performance as the primary focus. It proves faster, more powerful, and handles better than the C/K, while still maintaining a familiar design.
In addition to the normal model divisions, the Chevrolet Silverado comes in 1500, 2500, and 3500 families. The difference between these designations concerns the engine size and some minor build differences. The Silverado 1500 offers the least amount of engine power and payload of the Silverado models, although it still serves as a capable pickup truck by industry standards. The Silverado 3500 contains the most powerful engine and highest payload capacity. However, beyond these differences, the model designations remain the same between the families. For example, the Silverado 1500 LS looks very similar to the Silverado 3500 LS in most respects.
Body Styles: pickup truck
Engines: 4.3-liter six-cylinder, 4.8-liter eight-cylinder, 5.3-liter eight-cylinder
Transmissions: four-speed manual, five -speed manual
Models: Chevrolet Silverado, Chevrolet Silverado HD, Chevrolet Silverado LS, Chevrolet Silverado HD LS, Chevrolet Silverado LT, Chevrolet Silverado HD LT
The 2001 Chevrolet Silverado comes with traction control as an optional feature. New body colors add to this year’s model options. Some, but not all, 2001 Silverados offer OnStar assistance as an option.
Most Chevrolet Silverado models come in either a regular or extended cab. Nothing exceptional stands out about the vehicle styling. Drivers familiar with the appearance of the Chevrolet C/K do not get any significant surprises. It seems very clear the Silverado stems from the C/K design. A camper package and camper mirrors provide optional features.
Even on the higher-end models, the 2001 Chevrolet Silverado remains fairly minimalistic in terms of amenities. Lower-priced models usually do not have anything beyond vinyl seats and a radio, although some optional features do exist. However, the higher-end Silverado LT models have power leather seats, air-conditioning, privacy glass, a cassette player, and a CD player as standard features. Due to the wide range of models and optional features, drivers can pick and choose between these two extremes. The engine size does not have an impact on the amenities offered. The cabins of the Silverado 1500 LT, Silverado 2500 LT, and Silverado 3500 LT look identical.
Performance & Handling
The Chevrolet Silverado’s design keeps performance in mind. The acceleration proves excellent for a truck of its size; even the less-powerful Silverado 1500 models seem reasonable in this regard. In addition, the handling feels better than on most pickup trucks. The main difference concerns the payload. Performance on the 2001 Chevrolet Silverado suffers when overloaded, so the more-powerful Silverado 2500 and Silverado 3500 outperform the Silverado 1500 in terms of handling heavier loads.
The Chevrolet Silverado has dual front airbags and four-wheel anti-lock brakes as standard equipment on all models. Traction control remains available as an optional feature on every model. This feature automatically regulates the vehicle to reduce or eliminate sliding. Combined with the standard four-wheel drive, the 2001 Chevrolet Silverado should keep a sure grip on the road, avoiding some potential accidents in the process.
EPA Fuel Economy
Chevrolet Silverado 4.3-liter six-cylinder: 15/20 mpg city/highway
Chevrolet Silverado 4.8-liter eight-cylinder: 14/19 mpg city/highway
Chevrolet Silverado 5.3-liter eight-cylinder: 14/18 mpg city/highway
- High performance
- Good handling
- Four-wheel drive
- Large model range
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