The Chevrolet Silverado 1500 is constantly trying to catch up with the Ford F-Series. The F-Series has been on top of the sales list for a while now, and General Motors engineers are giving their best to upgrade the Silverado 1500. Although this model doesn’t come with an aluminum body or a turbocharged gasoline engine, it sits comfortably in the second place. This vehicle together with the GMC Sierra has recorded more sales than the Ford F-Series.
Engine and Transmission Information
The 2017 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 comes with three engine options. The first engine which is offered is a 4.3-liter V6, and it produces 285 hp. The second unit is a 5.3-liter V8 good for 355 hp. Last but not least, a 6.2-liter V8 that delivers 420 can be put under the hood. These engines come with the EcoTec 3 and Active Fuel Management labels. This means that they save fuel whenever that is possible, by shutting down some of the cylinders.
The first two powerplants are mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. For the 5.3-liter engine, an eight-speed automatic gearbox is offered as an option, whereas this is standard with the 6.2-liter unit.
Trims, Cab Configurations, Towing of 2017 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
The base trim of the 2017 Chevy Silverado is called WT. After that, we have LS and Custom which are followed by LT and LTZ. The range-topping choice is the High Country. Three cab configurations are offered – regular, double and crew. All of these cab configurations can be combined with either RWD or AWD. You can opt for a 6.5-foot or 8.0-foot box, which come with the regular cab. The double cab comes with four doors, and it is limited to the 6.5-foot cargo bed. For the crew cab, you get 5.8-foot and 6.5-foot beds.
If you opt for the RWD Chevrolet Silverado 1500 with the regular cab, you will be able to tow 9,800 pounds. When the other two options are combined with 2WD, the number increases to 12,500 pounds, which is pretty impressive.
2017 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 – What is new?
Considering that this truck was refreshed in 2015 and overhauled completely two years ago, there are not many new features. Most of the revisions are in the deployment of technology. First of all, the Android Auto is now available. Secondly, a rearview camera has become a standard feature even in the base trim. Another standard in the new Chevy Silverado 1500 is Teen Driver mode that allows you to monitor others who sit behind the wheel of your car.
The top-shelf High Country comes with some impressive features as standard. There is the Enhanced Driver Alert package in which you can find automatic high beams and a vibrating seat when the system detects the possibility of the crash, something like this can happen if the driver falls to sleep. Furthermore, forward-collision alert and low-speed automated emergency braking are delivered. Another safety feature you can find is a lane-keeping assist. These are all included in the package mentioned above. The High Country is also equipped with a heated steering wheel which is wrapped in leather and power-adjustable pedals.
Advantages of Chevrolet Silverado 2017
What is really good about this car is muscle. Let us elaborate. The 2017 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 has really matured and the headlights, which are slimmer, give the front end of the truck a rectangular shape together with the LED running lights, redesigned last year. The car looks strong and masculine.
Another advantage is that the truck is great to ride. The passengers can relax indeed due to the fact that the ride is comfortable and calm. Although there is a lot of control buttons, they are all accessible and straightforward so that you can employ everything quickly and easily.
Some of the optional features such as an 8.0-inch touchscreen display running MyLink infotainment system and heated/ventilated seats are moving this truck up the luxury scale. The USB, 110-volt AC, and 12-volt DC are the plugs offered within the range. Moreover, there is 4G LTE Wi-Fi connectivity, and if your mobile device is running out of juice, you can use wireless phone charging. Work truck? It sounds more like a luxury car with these features.
The axle hop and sideways tramping have been improved, and they are well-controlled. However, the handling is not the best you can find in the pick-up truck segment. There are clearly visible deficiencies of this setup on the rough pavement. To be honest, this is not the only truck with this issue, and we are glad that it has been improved a bit.
The second disadvantage is that the rivals offer more fuel-saving options. For example, if you opt for the Ford, you can get a twin-turbo EcoBoost V6 engine. According to the EPA estimates, the 2017 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 is rated at 18 mpg in the city and 24 mpg on the highway. In this aspect, the Silverado simply must do better in the future. In addition, features such as adaptive cruise control and engine start/stop system are not offered so this could be the way for Chevy to slightly improve the situation with few upgrades.
The interior is simple and spacious, but the seats are not too comfortable for longer rides. Some would also say that the interior is plain and the materials are not of high quality, and we can agree to some extent with that claim but have in mind that this is a truck, a work truck.
2017 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 – Pricing details
The starting price of the 2017 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 base trim is $27,585. However, the price rises as you are going up the ladder and the top trim can reach $57,420. On top of that you need destination charge and taxes that are not included.