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2006 Chevrolet Silverado Review

Worth considering for its unique options, if nothing else.

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The 2006 Chevrolet Silverado classifies as a full-size pickup truck manufactured by General Motors along with the GMC Sierra lineup of trucks.

The Range

Body Styles: two-door regular cab, three-door extended cab, four-door extended cab, four-door crew cab
Engines: 4.3-liter V-6, 4.8-liter V-8, 5.3-liter V-8, 6.0-liter V-8
Transmissions: five-speed manual, four-speed automatic
Models: Chevrolet Silverado Work Truck, Chevrolet Silverado LS, Chevrolet Silverado LS2, Chevrolet Silverado LT1, Chevrolet Silverado LT 2, Chevrolet Silverado LT3

What's New

The 2006 Chevrolet Silverado introduces the new VortecMAX performance package that consists of a heavy-duty tow package, a strong rear axle, and a six-liter V-8 engine. The Quadrasteer four-wheel steering package has been discontinued for this model year, and folding convex spotter glass replace camper-style mirror options.


The Chevrolet Silverado comes in regular cab, extended cab, and four-door crew cab versions. The regular cab and extended cab differ from each other when it comes to the size of their cargo beds. The former comes with a 6.5-foot bed, while the later has an eight-foot bed. The four-door extended cab features narrow, rear-hinged doors that can only be opened with the front doors open. The four-door crew cab includes four conventional front-hinged doors. All models come fitted with angular wheel openings. Two-wheel-drive models have front coil springs, and the four-wheel-drive models include torsion bars.


The 2006 Chevrolet Silverado has a no-nonsense, logical interior. The gauges look uncluttered and clear, and everything is laid out exactly right, although it includes nothing inspiring. The quality of materials used inside leaves something to be desired, and the build quality remains quite low compared to that of the competition, even though Chevrolet has upped the ante over the last few years. The cabin itself feels quite roomy, especially inside the crew cab.

Performance & Handling

The half-ton Chevrolet Silverado offers five engine variants: a 4.3-liter V-6 rated at 195 hp, a 4.8-liter V-8 rated at 285 hp, a 5.3-liter V-8 rated at 295 hp, a 5.3-liter V-8 rated at 310 hp, and a six-liter V-8 rated at 345 hp. The last engine comes as part of Chevrolet’s VortecMAX Package. Regular cab trucks with the V-6 engine come with a standard five-speed manual transmission and a four-speed automatic transmission as an option. The automatic transmission comes standard in all other models of the Silverado.

The 5.3-liter V-8 gives the 2006 Chevrolet Silverado a maximum towing capacity of 9100 pounds, while the six-liter V-8 reaches a maximum towing capacity of 10,000 pounds. All models offer either a two-wheel-drive or four-wheel-drive system. The extended cab Silverado with the 5.3-liter, V-8 engine gets a hybrid powertrain option as well, but do not expect any boost in power with this option. The hybrid option is meant for fuel conservation with the help of automatic engine startup and shutdown at stops, and for providing on-the-job power with four 120V AC outlets.

Overall, the 2006 Chevrolet Silverado offers a comfortable enough ride for daily driving. However, it still delivers on big days when used as a dedicated work truck. Depending on the engine option, the 2006 Chevrolet Silverado exhibits either decent or vigorous acceleration. The automatic transmission offers quick gearshifts with almost no jerks. The 2006 Chevrolet Silverado offers light and precise steering, allowing for delicate and easy maneuvering, but it can feel a little on-center for some. The automatic startup-shutdown feature in the Silverado Hybrid works very well, and the electric power steering proves almost as good as that of the traditional Silverado.


The 2006 Chevrolet Silverado comes standard with four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes. The truck earns a ?marginal? rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, or IIHS. This marks the second highest rating among the four possible ratings. In government crash tests conducted by the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration, the 2006 Chevrolet Silverado scores four out of five stars for driver protection in front-impact collision tests and three stars for front-passenger safety.

EPA Fuel Economy

Chevrolet Silverado Hybrid 2WD, 5.3-liter V-8, automatic: 16/19 mpg city/highway
Chevrolet Silverado 2WD, 4.3-liter V-6, automatic: 14/19 mpg city/highway
Chevrolet Silverado 2WD, 4.3-liter V-6, manual: 14/20 mpg city/highway
Chevrolet Silverado 2WD, 4.8-liter V-8, automatic: 14/19 mpg city/highway
Chevrolet Silverado 2WD, 5.3-liter V-8, automatic: 14/19 mpg city/highway
Chevrolet Silverado Hybrid 4WD, 5.3-liter V-8, automatic: 15/18 mpg city/highway
Chevrolet Silverado 4WD, 4.3-liter V-6, automatic: 13/17 mpg city/highway
Chevrolet Silverado 4WD, 4.3-liter V-6, manual: 13/18 mpg city/highway
Chevrolet Silverado 4WD, 4.8-liter V-8, automatic: 14/18 mpg city/highway
Chevrolet Silverado 4WD, 4.8-liter V-8, manual: 14/18 mpg city/highway
Chevrolet Silverado 4WD, 5.3-liter V-8, automatic: 13/18 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Lots of space in the crew cab and extended models
  • Powerful V-8 engines
  • Unique, innovative features
  • Hybrid truck option

You Won't Like

  • Lacks refinement
  • Low-class materials inside
  • Inconsistent build quality

Sum Up

Worth considering for its unique options, if nothing else.

If You Like This Vehicle

  • Dodge Ram
  • Ford F-Series
  • GMC Sierra
  • Nissan Titan
  • Toyota Tundra

See the New 2014 Silverado.

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