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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.

Select a Chevrolet Silverado Year

2013 Chevrolet Silverado

Hybrid, Truck, Utility/Offroad


The 2013 Chevrolet Silverado stays strong, even in its last year before replacement.

ESTIMATED RESALE: $13,767

MPG
13-23
Seats
3-6

2012 Chevrolet Silverado

Hybrid, Truck, Utility/Offroad


Besides the updated GPS navigation system, the 2012 Chevrolet Silverado gets two new appearance packages. The White Diamond Edition, offered on the 2012 Chevy Silverado LT and LTZ models, adds exclusive White Diamond Tricoat exterior paint, and chrome mirror caps and door handles.

ESTIMATED RESALE: $13,197

MPG
13-23
Seats
3-6

2011 Chevrolet Silverado

Hybrid, Truck, Utility/Offroad


While heavy-duty versions are all new, the Silverado 1500 enters its fifth model year with minor changes. It benefits from wind noise enhancements, and also gets the ninth generation of OnStar. Steel Green Metallic replaces Carbon Flash Metallic as an exterior color. And there are two new special model and promotional exterior paint colors, Victory Red and Magna Steel Metallic.

ESTIMATED RESALE: $12,140

MPG
13-23
Seats
3-6

2010 Chevrolet Silverado
ESTIMATED RESALE: $11,242

MPG
10-22
Seats
3-6

2009 Chevrolet Silverado

Hybrid, Truck, Utility/Offroad


The Chevrolet Silverado has a wide variety of cab and cargo sizes, beds, and trim levels.

ESTIMATED RESALE: $10,070

MPG
14-22
Seats
3-6

2008 Chevrolet Silverado
ESTIMATED RESALE: $10,462

MPG
14-20
Seats
3-6

2007 Chevrolet Silverado

Truck, Utility/Offroad


The Chevrolet Silverado is a full-size pickup truck that was introduced in 1998.

ESTIMATED RESALE: $7,756

MPG
11-21
Seats
3-6

2006 Chevrolet Silverado

Truck, Utility/Offroad


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

ESTIMATED RESALE: $6,727

MPG
14-22
Seats
3-6

2005 Chevrolet Silverado

Truck, Utility/Offroad


The 2005 Chevrolet Silverado series has limitless customization options.

ESTIMATED RESALE: $6,388

MPG
14-23
Seats
3-6

2004 Chevrolet Silverado

Truck, Utility/Offroad


The 2004 Chevrolet Silverado is looking more like its fellow family members, the Avalanche and Trailblazer, since it was refreshed in 2003.

ESTIMATED RESALE: $5,927

MPG
13-21
Seats
3-6

2003 Chevrolet Silverado

Truck, Utility/Offroad


The 2003 Chevrolet Silverado is a full-size truck available in multiple trim levels, cab sizes, and bed lengths.

ESTIMATED RESALE: $5,722

MPG
12-21
Seats
3-6

2002 Chevrolet Silverado

Truck, Utility/Offroad


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.

ESTIMATED RESALE: $5,326

MPG
14-21
Seats
3-6

2001 Chevrolet Silverado

Truck, Utility/Offroad


The 2001 Chevrolet Silverado succeeds the well-respected Chevrolet C/K pickup truck.

ESTIMATED RESALE: $4,887

MPG
15-20
Seats
3-6

2000 Chevrolet Silverado

Truck, Utility/Offroad


The Chevrolet Silverado is General Motors’ best-selling full-size pickup truck.

ESTIMATED RESALE: $4,737

MPG
15-23
Seats
3-6

1999 Chevrolet Silverado

Truck, Utility/Offroad


As a new model introduced as a replacement for the extremely popular Chevy C/K line of pickup trucks, you might think that the 1999 Chevrolet Silverado has its work cut out for it.

ESTIMATED RESALE: $4,337

MPG
16-23
Seats
3-6

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