Chevrolet Silverado

There is no doubt that the automotive history of the United States is full of innovative and imaginative people who chose to create the fine tradition that continues through generations. Among the most popular and well-respected of these original companies is Chevrolet. This particular company was started in answer to the growing Ford Company. Chevrolet Motors was the brainchild of William C. Durant and Louis Chevrolet. Durant was a well-known businessman and was able to provide access to wealthy financial backers, while Chevrolet was famous for engineering and proved successful on the U.S. race tracks.

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About the Chevrolet Silverado

For drivers who want a good, solid truck with a variety of capabilities, the Chevrolet Silverado is their answer. Even in the heavy duty towing package models, test drivers noted that the Silverado offers a quiet, smooth ride for such a powerful truck. Most full-size trucks aren't known for providing such a comfortable space, but the Silverado is equipped with nice, plush upholstery and quality interior materials.

A few disadvantages have been noted with the Chevrolet Silverado as well. In the four-speed automatic transmission models, there has been some attention paid to the truck's hesitant response when downshifting. The six-speed models don't seem to have this issue and respond with the precision expected from a Chevrolet product.

Chevrolet Silverado Features

Like past Silverados, the 2012 model is available in a variety of styles and trim options. Consumers can choose from two-wheel or four-wheel drive options, as well as different cabin styles such as two-door regular cab, extended cab, and crew cab choices. In higher grade trims, the Silverado's cabin continues to offer comfortable seating and other accessories for the driver and passengers to enjoy.

The standard 2012 Silverado WT comes equipped with a 4.3-liter V-6 motor. It is an option for buyers to choose one of the larger V-8 engines either in the 4.8-liter or 5.3-liter sizes with the LS trim package. The engine choices are even larger with LT trim options, which allow for a 6.2-liter V-8.

Naturally, there is also a variety of transmission packages to consider with the 2012 Silverado. The standard transmission package continues to be the four-speed automatic transmission with a built in towing and hauling mode. Consumers can choose to upgrade to six-speed transmission with trucks containing the larger V-8 engines.

When selecting a new Chevrolet Silverado, consumers also get the choice of rear wheel or all-wheel drive options. All four-wheel drive Silverado models come with traction control, designed to shift the truck into four-wheel drive when the truck detected the tires slipping.

Chevrolet Silverado Evolution

Consumers were able to choose from the Chevrolet Silverado models since 1999 when the truck formally received its name. In all of its incarnations, it has been made available in a variety of trims and styles and is pressed into service as a family vehicle, capable of hauling home improvement supplies, the family boat, or just about anything necessary. This truck is also right at home on the job site and continues to be popular in the construction industry.

The 1999 to 2006 generation is often the target for consumers looking to purchase a used Chevrolet Silverado, and with good reason. These trucks feature powerful V-8 engines that range from 4.8 to 6.0-liters—some models have V-6 motors, but most people seem to feel the full-size monster needs the larger motor for optimum performance. While discontinued in 2006 due to the high cost to consumers, some of these trucks also feature QuadraSteer, a four-wheel steering system unique to Chevrolet products. This system allowed for greater control and reduced the down to 37.4 feet, a drastic improvement over similar trucks of the Silverado's size.

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