The 2016 Silverado Shines During Chevy’s Truck Month
March Madness isn’t the only thing worth celebrating this month. Chevy’s promotional “Truck Month” runs nationwide from March 1st through the 31st, providing you with the perfect opportunity to score sweet deals at your local Chevrolet dealer. Take, for example, the full-sized Chevy Silverado 1500 light-duty pickup. Refreshed for the 2016 model year, the new Silverado features upgraded technology, new design cues, LED lighting, enhanced safety features, and, for top trims, the newly available eight-speed automatic transmission now partners up with the Silverado’s V8 engine.
Part of the popularity driving this particular pickup from the beloved bow-tied brand is its versatility. Drivers don’t have to choose between capability or comfort when it comes to the Silverado 1500. An abundance of trim levels, cab configurations, and additional packages make it possible to pick and choose your priorities without ever sacrificing any extra bells or whistles.
Take a shot at the deals on the Silverado lineup before this month’s madness closes out.
Pick Your Power
The 2016 Silverado presents a trio of power possibilities. Expect standard power on most trims delivered by the 4.3-liter V6 engine, generating 285 horsepower and 305 l.b-ft. of torque, buddied up with a six-speed automatic transmission with rear or four-wheel drive. Moving up a level, drivers can opt for the 5.3-liter V8 operation, able to produce 355 horsepower and 383 lb.-ft. of torque, also operated by a six-speed automatic, although the eight-speed automatic is optional, but configuration-dependent. At the top of the trains, you’ll find the 6.2-liter V8 engine, backed by 420 horses and 460 lb.-ft. of torque, mated exclusively to the eight-speed automatic set up. Thanks to this larger and newly available V8 option, the 2016 Silverado can now boast that it is among the fastest in its segment.
A Trio of Cab Configurations
Depending on what you prefer or maybe what your work needs are, the 2016 Silverado 1500 offers three cab configurations: the regular cab with two doors, the extended or “Double” cab with four doors, and the crew cab. For three passengers, the regular cab is just the thing, and comes equipped with a 6′-6″ standard bed or an available 8′ long bed. If your plans potentially include six passengers, the extended cab is ideal, but only offers one size bed: 6′-6″. Still able to seat six, the crew cab also gets you full size rear doors, complemented by extra leg room for back seat riders. The crew cab also gives you an additional choice when it comes to bed size as it can be equipped with the 6′-6″ or a short, 5′-8″ option. No matter which of the three cab configurations or bed size you prefer, all 2016 Silverado models come with either two or four-wheel drive, depending on the types of jobs you need to get done.
Fuel Economy Breakdown
Depending on the powertrain, the 2016 Silverado returns a variety of competitive fuel efficiency ratings, according to the EPA. The breakdown looks a little something like this:
4.3L V6 with 2WD: 18 city mpg/24 highway mpg/20 mpg combined
4.3L V6 with 4WD: 17 city mpg/22 highway mpg/19 mpg combined
5.3L V8 with RWD/six-speed automatic transmission: 16 city mpg/23 highway mpg/19 mpg combined
5.3L V8 with 4WD/six-speed automatic transmission: 16 city mpg/22 highway mpg/18 mpg combined
5.3L V8 with 2WD/eight-speed automatic transmission: 16 city mpg/22 highway mpg/18 mpg combined
5.3L V8 with 4WD/eight-speed automatic transmission: 15 city mpg/21 highway mpg/17 mpg combined
6.2L V8 with 2WD or 4WD: 15 city/21 highway/17 mpg combined
Similar to the truck’s fuel economy, it’s configuration and engine setup determine how fast it will go when you need it to. Industry authority, Edmunds, returned the following times from the zero to sixty mph dash:
7.7 seconds: Silverado 1500 2WD Regular Cab Work Trim, equipped with 4.3L V6
6.8 seconds: Silverado 1500 2WD LT Z71 Crew Cab, equipped with 5.3L V8
5.9 seconds: Silverado 1500 4WD LTZ Z71 Crew Cab, equipped with 6.2L V8
Towing Capacities and Payloads Determined by Configurations
Although towing capacities will vary, according to cab configuration and bed size, the absolute top towing rating for the V6 engine is 7,600 pounds. The 5.3-L V8 gets 11,100 pounds, thanks to a boost from the available Max Trailering Package. For an even 12,000 pounds of towing capability, you’ll want to opt for the 6.2L V8. Payloads are as follows:
V6: 1,960 pounds
5.3L V8: 2,260 pounds
6.2L V8: 2,140 pounds
Trim Level Options Dependent on Chosen Cab
Starting with the regular cab, your choices of trim level will be restricted to the base-level WT (Work Truck), mid-level LS or LT. Those three trims are also available for the extended cab, as well as the additional, higher-level LTZ option. For optimal trim level alternatives, the crew cab is your best bet, offering all four of those trims, along with the Silverado Custom and luxurious High Country. Also, if off-roading is your thing, then you’ll need the crew cab for its available Z91 package, exclusive to the LT and LTZ, ideal for all-terrain adventures.
Bells and Whistles: Which Trim Level Should You Choose?
Starting with the WT or Work Truck, expect features like:
- cruise control
- air conditioning
- tinted windows
- power locks
- drive information display
- 40/20/40-split front bench seat
- vinyl seating
- xenon headlights
- LED daytime running lights
- 4.2-inch color audio display
- auxiliary audio jack
- 17-inch steel wheels
Enhancements on the LS include:
- chrome grill and bumpers
- darker-tinted glass
- keyless entry
- enhanced infortainment
- power windows
- wheels with stainless steel finish
Extra perks from the LT are as follows:
- cloth upholstery
- leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls
- satellite radio
- 8-inch touchscreen with HD radio
- CD player
- Apple CarPlay
- alloy wheels
- body-colored handles and mirrors
- “E-Z” lift and lower tailgate
The game changer is the LTZ, which is equipped with:
- 18-inch alloy wheels
- LED foglights, headlights, taillights
- front tow hooks
- remote start
- power folding mirrors
- power sliding rear window, completed with defogger
- rearview camera
- dual-zone automatic climate control
- tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel
- leather upholstery
- heated seats
- driver memory settings
- 110-volt power outlet
- security system
- trailer hitch
- heavy-duty locking rear differential
- front tow hooks
- chrome trim details
For ultimate in luxury, the High Country will exceed your expectations with its:
- navigation system
- seven-speaker Bose audio system
- wireless phone charging
- parking sensors at the front and rear
- 20-inch chrome wheels
- spray-on bedliner
- ventilated bucket seats up front, complemented by four-way power lumbar
But the Z71 raises the bar with respect to off-road explorations, considering its:
- hill descent control
- recovery hooks
- shields underneath the truck’s body
- enhanced shock absorbers
Of course, one of the things consumers most love about the Silverado 1500 and the Chevy brand itself is their versatility. With few exceptions, most of the features listed above can be equipped on even base-level trims, as either package or individual options.
Expect a wealth of safety features as standard equipment in the 2016 Silverado 1500, including: front and rear seat side airbags, side curtain airbags, antilock disc brakes, traction and stability control, and Chevy’s OnStar service (except on the WT), featuring functions like roadside assistance, stolen vehicle recovery assistance, immediate notification of emergency services in the event of an accident, and remote door lock/unlock accessibility. Additional safety comes from optional features like parking sensors, rearview camera, and a package called Enhanced Driver Alert, which provides land departure alert and forward collision warning systems.
Due in part to these safety enhancements, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety awarded this year’s Silverado it’s top rating of “Good,” and the government gave five out of five stars for total frontal-impact and side-impact protection. According to Edmunds, the Silverado (2WD, regular cab) is able to come to a complete stop in just 122 feet from speeds of 60 mph, while the 2WD crew cab made it in 128 feet, still very competitive for the segment.
A Crowd Pleaser
Industry experts, Chevy-loyalists, and first time bow-tie buyers all love the feel behind the wheel of the new Silverado, reporting confident handling, comfortable surroundings, and an athletic presence on and off-road.
Starting at the affordable MSRP of $27,095, take advantage of what’s left of Chevy’s “Truck Month” for outstanding deals and discounts on the 2016 Silverado 1500.