Consumers that are new to the truck world sometimes feel a little confused by all of the options. One way to narrow down the search for a new truck is by considering dependability, and considering that the Chevy Silverado was just named the Most Dependable in its class in the 2018 J.D. Power Vehicle Dependability Study, that’s not a hard decision. However, even when the options have been narrowed down to the Chevy Silverado there are still a lot of decisions to make about their Silverado like which engine option, which trim and which drivetrain, do I want?
We’re here to try and make it easier for consumers to find out which 2018 Silverado 1500 truck options, and there are a lot of them, will be best for their needs. The Chevy Silverado 1500 is available in six trims, with three engine options, two drivetrains (2WD or 4WD), three cab options and three truck bed lengths (short bed, standard bed or long bed). There are also several different packages available with various trims.
Cab Options and Truck Bed Lengths
The three available cabin sizes on the 2018 Chevy Silverado 1500 are the two-door regular cab, four-door crew cab and four-door double cab, and the crew cab is the larger four-door option. The crew cab and double cab are available with five or six passenger seating, and that depends on the configuration of the front seats. Trucks with a a front bench seat provide seating for up to six passengers and trucks with two front bucket seats only provide seating for up to five passengers.
There are three engines available on the Silverado lineup. The smallest engine is the 4.3-liter V6 engine and it produces 285 horsepower and 305 lb-ft of torque and a maximum towing capacity of 7,600 pounds. The 4.3L engine gives the Chevy Silverado 1500 an average fuel economy of 18 mpg in the city and 24 mpg on the highway.
A step up from the 4.3L engine is the 5.3-liter V8 engine, which generates 355 horsepower and 383 lb-ft of torque. The 5.3L engine gives the 2018 Silverado 1500 a max towing capacity of 11,100 pounds and a fuel economy of 16 mpg in the city and 22 mpg on the highway. In select states, Chevy offers the engine with eAssist technology, which adds a battery component into the powertrain to assist with certain engine tasks, and the battery component boosts torque and increases fuel economy. The 5.3L with eAssist technology has a fuel economy of 18 mpg in the city and 24 mpg on the highway.
6.2L V8 Engine
The Chevy Silverado 1500 is also available with a 6.2-liter V8 that’s capable of producing 420 horsepower and 460 lb-ft of torque. The 6.2L increases the Chevy Silverado’s towing capacity to 12,500 pounds, which is a best-in-class towing capacity for V8 engines. When the Silverado 1500 is equipped with the 6.2L engine it has an EPA-estimated fuel economy of 15 mpg in the city and 21 mpg on the highway.
Decisions are a little more difficult to make when it comes to deciding on which trim to get because the Silverado 1500 is available with a great selection of trims.
Silverado 1500 WT
The base trim is the WT or “Work Truck” trim and it is a no frills trim that is affordable and provides all of the essentials needed to get a job done. To make it easy for people to get the truck they need for business needs, the Silverado 1500 WT is available with three cab sizes and three truck bed lengths and it comes standard with the 4.3L V6 engine, but the 5.3L engine is an available upgrade. Like all Chevy trucks, the Silverado 1500 WT comes standard with GM’s signature CornerStep rear bumper, which is a textured step pad located on both sides of the truck bed, and it makes it easier for people to get in and out of the truck bed. The Silverado 1500 WT also comes standard with solar-absorbing glass, cab-mounted cargo area lamps, daytime running lights and 17-inch steel wheels.
Even though the Silverado 1500 WT is the base trim, Chevy still believes in the importance of equipping their vehicle with modern tech features, so the Silverado 1500 WT comes standard with a 7-inch color touch screen, Bluetooth, a six-speaker audio system and Chevy MyLink, which is Chevy’s name brand infotainment system. Since the Silverado 1500 WT is built for business and work, the crew cab and double cab configurations have a 40/20/40 front split-bench seat, so there is room for six passengers, which is helpful on days where an extra person is needed at the job site. The Silverado 1500 WT is equipped with a rubberized vinyl floor covering, which protects the floor from dirt and is also easy to clean.
Silverado 1500 LS/ LT
The Silverado 1500 LS and LT trims are a step above the Silverado 1500 WT, so it has some additional standard features, but it comes standard with the 4.3L V6 engine and the 5.3L V8 engine is an available option. The Silverado 1500 LS and LT trims are available in all three cab sizes and with all three truck beds, however, the LT is available as the 1LT or 2LT (also referred to as LT L71) and 2LT trims are only available with 4WD, but 1LT trims are available with 2WD or 4WD. Like the Silverado WT, the Silverado LS is equipped with Chevy MyLink, a 7-inch touchscreen, Bluetooth and a six-speaker system, however it also features remote keyless entry, a feature that is not available on the Silverado 1500 WT. The Silverado LT is equipped with a larger 8-inch touchscreen. For maximum seating options, the Silverado 1500 LS and LT features the same 40/20/40 front split-bench seat that provides seating for up to six passengers.
The exterior of the Silverado LS and LT includes the CornerStep bumpers, and it has chrome front and rear bumpers, which is an upgrade in comparison to the black front and rear bumpers that are on the Silverado 1500 WT. The Silverado 1500 LT is equipped with 17-inch bright machined aluminum wheels and the Silverado LS has 17-inch stainless-steel clad wheels.
Silverado 1500 Custom
The Chevy Silverado 1500 Custom is only available with the four-door cab options, the crew cab or double cab, and double cab is only available with a short box and the crew cab is available with a short box or standard box. Like the Silverado 1500 WT, LT and LS trims, the Silverado 1500 Custom comes standard with a 4.3L V6 engine, but the 5.3L V8 engine is an available upgrade. The Silverado 1500 Custom comes standard with deep-tinted rear glass, heated and power-adjustable exterior mirrors and two front recovery hooks. The Custom truck trim comes standard with an 8-inch touchscreen, HD radio and Chevy MyLink, Bluetooth and a six-speaker audio system.
Silverado 1500 LTZ
Like the Silverado LT, which is available with two variations, the LTZ is available as the 1LTZ or a 2LTZ (also referred to as the LTZ Z71) and the 1LTZ is available with 2WD or 4WD and the 2LTZ is only available with 4WD. The Silverado LTZ comes standard with the 355-horsepower 5.3L V8 engine and the 6.2L V8 engine is an available upgrade. In addition to having chrome front and rear bumpers and recovery hooks, the Silverado 1500 LTZ is equipped with fog lights, rear wheel house liners, and the EX-Lift and Lower tailgate, which makes it much easier to open and close the tailgate and also includes a locking feature.
The Silverado 1500 LTZ has a couple interior features that aren’t available on the previous Silverado 1500 trims. In addition to all of the standard interior features on the Silverado 1500 Custom, the Silverado 1500 LTZ features SiriusXM satellite radio, floor carpeting, driver and front passenger heated seats, as well as leather seats.
Silverado 1500 High Country
The Chevy Silverado 1500 High Country trim is the most luxurious trim of all the Silverado 1500 trims. The Silverado 1500 High Country is only available with the crew cab configuration and it comes standard with the 5.3L V8 engine, but the 6.2L V8 engine is an available option. In addition to all of the features on the Silverado 1500 LTZ, the Silverado 1500 High Country trim comes standard with the trailering package, 20-inch chrome wheels and all-season tires. The Silverado 1500 High Country has a more distinct look than other Silverado 1500 trims because it has a different grille design that is a shiny chrome. For ultimate comfort and convenience, the Silverado 1500 High Country has leather seating and the front seats are two bucket seats rather than the three-passenger front bench seat. The steering wheel and front seats are heated and there are convenient audio and radio controls on the steering wheels. The vehicle also has an upgraded Bose sound system as well as front and rear floor carpet and carpeted mats.
From work truck to luxury truck to best-in-class towing, the Chevy Silverado 1500 has a lot to offer. You can shop Chevrolet Silverado 1500 models at Miami Lakes Automall. We have a huge selection of Chevy Silverado 1500 inventory, so come by and see us today.