2009 Chevrolet Silverado

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2009 Chevrolet Silverado Review

A variety of body styles and bed configurations make it a true contender in the full-size pickup market.

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Overview

The Chevrolet Silverado has a wide variety of cab and cargo sizes, beds, and trim levels. If you need a strong and reliable work companion, the 2009 Chevrolet Silverado is a remarkable choice. This truck has an amazing towing capacity of up to 13,000 pounds and hauls 3929 pounds. In addition to being a workhorse, the Silverado has the comfort, luxury, and handling of a sport utility vehicle.

The 2009 Chevrolet Silverado comes in a wide variety of cab, cargo, and bed configurations, and all of those also come in two-wheel drive or four-wheel drive. The styles come in regular, extended, and crew cabs, and the beds come in three different lengths. Crew cabs come only with the short bed. Regular cabs are only in the base truck and the LT trim, and the two larger cabs come in the LS, LT, and LTZ trims.

Some variations of the 2009 Chevrolet Silverado come with the Extra Fuel Economy that features enhancements and lightweight aluminum components that improve gas mileage.

The Range

Body Styles: full-size pickup
Engines: 4.3-liter V-6, 4.8-liter V-8, 5.3-liter V-8, 5.3-liter flex-fuel V-8, 6.0-liter V-8, 6.2-liter V-8
Transmissions: four-speed automatic, six-speed automatic
Models: Chevrolet Silverado LT, Chevrolet Silverado LS, Chevrolet Silverado LT, Chevrolet Silverado LTZ

What's New

The 2009 Chevrolet Silverado has added numerous standard luxury features, such as a rearview camera, Bluetooth connectivity, an OnStar system with traffic updates, and integrated brake control on the three upper trim levels.

Exterior

Despite sporting unique front fenders, grille, bumpers, and headlamps, the 2009 Silverado boasts a silhouette that’s similar to that of the Silverado or Sierra. The LTZ trim level features 20-inch alloy wheels.

Many of the standard features on the upper trim levels can be added to the lower trim levels as options. Other options include towing packages, 18- or 20-inch wheels, the A71 Off-road package which includes skid plates, off-road suspension, a sunroof, power heated and folding outside mirrors, a lift tailgate, a cargo management system, a power sliding rear window, and rear parking sensors.

Interior

There are two distinct interiors available for the 2009 Chevrolet Silverado. WS, LS, and LT models all have a more work-oriented interior. The LTZ, on the other hand, features a more SUV-like interior. The work trucks feature larger controls and two glove boxes. Cloth interior comes standard across the line, but leather is available on the LT. The LTZ boasts additional features that include heated leather seats, wood trim, and a Bose sound system.

Standard features on the base include air-conditioning, a trip computer, OnStar telematics, a tilt steering wheel, vinyl seats, a split front bench seat, and an AM/FM stereo with four speakers and an auxiliary audio jack.

In addition to the base trim level standard features, the LS adds power accessories, cruise control, keyless entry, satellite radio, and adjustable lumbar support for the driver’s seat. The LT adds upgraded cloth seating, a compartment with a power outlet built into the center cushion, a leather steering wheel, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror.

In addition to the previous standard features, the LTZ features an exclusive dashboard with wood and metallic designs, dual-zone automatic climate control, leather upholstery, heated front bucket seats, 10-way power-adjustable front seats, driver-seat memory settings, audio controls mounted on the steering wheel, Bluetooth connectivity, remote engine start, a Bose stereo system with a six-disc CD changer, a USB/iPod interface, and rear audio controls.

Other options include an upgraded audio system, a rearview camera, a rear entertainment system, a navigation system, and ventilated front seats.

Performance & Handling

The 2009 Chevrolet Silverado has driving power, but with lower fuel efficiency due to lowering the highway rpm, which also reduces noise. Owners enjoy a responsive engine and easy steering. All engines pair with either a four- or six-speed automatic, and some engines have the choice of a six-speed automatic transmission with auto-manual.

Safety

Standard safety features on the 2009 Chevrolet Silverado include anti-lock brakes with disc brakes on front and drum brakes on the rear, child seat anchors, rear-door child safety locks, daytime running lights, an engine immobilizer, auto delay-off headlamps, dusk-sensing headlamps, and a stability control system with roll mitigation on the V-8. Side airbags, a post-collision safety system, traction control, a front center lap seat belt, a rear center seat belt, passenger airbag occupant-sensing deactivation, electronic brakeforce distribution, rear headrests, front headrests, and power-adjustable pedals remain optional.

In government crash tests, the Silverado receives a five-star rating for all occupants in head-on and side-impact collisions.

EPA Fuel Economy

Chevrolet Silverado: 15/20 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Delivers a quiet and refined ride
  • Pleasing fit and finish
  • Comfortable seats
  • Well-equipped for safety

You Won't Like

  • Larger turning circle than many competitors

Sum Up

A variety of body styles and bed configurations make it a true contender in the full-size pickup market.

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