The Chevrolet Silverado has long been one of the most popular pickup trucks on the market, thanks to its rare combination of power, handling and interior comfort. Although not the best choice for the typical commuter, this is a truck that can put in a hard day's work and still look good while dropping off the kids at soccer practice.
Body Styles: Regular- and extended-cab pickup
Engines: 4.3-liter V6, 4.8-liter V8, 5.3-liter V8
Transmissions: five-speed manual, four-speed automatic
Models: Chevrolet Silverado 1500, Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Extended Cab, Chevrolet Silverado 2500, Chevrolet Silverado 2500 Extended Cab, Chevrolet Silverado 3500, Chevrolet Silverado 3500 Extended Cab
Following its major overhaul in 2001, the 2002 Chevrolet Silverado sees a few minor tweaks this year to improve comfort and simplify the lineup. All extended cab models are now equipped with a four-speed automatic transmission and the five-speed manual is no longer optional. The larger 2500 and 3500 Silverados also come with standard air conditioning, and the 3500 receives an upgraded radio and sun visor. LS and higher models' grilles and bumpers are now made of chrome, and the emissions system has been upgraded.
The 2002 Silverado is an efficient vehicle that nonetheless manages to stand out from its competitors. The four-door crew-cab is a refreshing expansion, but otherwise the Silverado follows the same basic two-door pattern as most pickups. It is distinguished by active, rounded styling that gives it more flair than the average working truck without compromising efficiency.
Each model is available with a regular or an extended cab, and a tougher, PROTEC truck box is optional. The tailgate is easy to operate and lighter than most other pickups'.
The 2002 Silverado suffers somewhat in its interior, though this is to be expected from almost any truck. The base model is spartan at best, with vinyl bench seats and little else. Upgrading to the LS model brings better materials and power features, as well as air conditioning, a CD player and cruise control. The luxury trim, LT, adds better tires, audio and leather upholstery. The standard cab is spacious and practical, and the crew cab is even roomier. The extra pair of doors makes climbing in and out a simpler affair than the typical scramble of legs and seat belts. The ride is solid and quiet thanks to a sturdy frame and excellent suspension system.
Performance & Handling
Where the Silverado really shines, however, is on the road. The two roaring V-8 engines provide more than enough power to carry anywhere from 1,593 to 3,224 pounds and haul approximately 10,000, depending on the model. A 4WD system is optional for drivers who expect to see rough conditions. It is a bit stiff around corners, particularly in the larger models. Overall, the Silverado is one of the best pickups available in terms of performance.
The 2002 Silverado lacks some of the more advanced safety features but makes up for them with a heavy frame. Anti-lock brakes and child tethers are standard on all models, as are dual airbags that can be turned off as needed.
EPA Fuel Economy
Chevrolet Silverado 1500, 4.3-liter V6: 15/19 mpg city/highway
Chevrolet Silverado 1500, 4.8-liter V8: 14/19 mpg city/highway
Chevrolet Silverado 1500, 5.3-liter V8: 13/17 mpg city/highway
- Three powerful engines
- Plenty of trim options
- Stylish exterior
You Won't Like
- Poor turning
- Few luxury features
Chevrolet's favorite workhorse is back again and still at the top of its class.
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