The Quick Guide to Simplifying Your Chevy Pickup Purchase

January 18th, 2017 by

2016 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LTZ Z71 in motion

Buying a new car can be overwhelming. With so many options to choose from, it can seem like you are faced with an endless buffet of choices. This can be one of the most liberating and frustrating aspects of new car buying. For pickup truck buyers, this so-called problem is made even worse. The overall segment may be small, but the various configurations in bed size, cabin style, and power specs more than make up for that fact. The process of choosing a single truck to buy can be daunting, but well worth the effort in the end. As you begin to sift through the various options of Chevy trucks for sale in 2017, keep in mind what your particular needs are regarding utility, capability, and functionality.

What Do You Need Your Pickup to Accomplish

The type of lifestyle you lead will help determine the type of Chevy truck you should end up buying. If the main purpose of your new pickup is to get work done around your farm, on your jobsite, or with your small business, then that will have a major impact on the model you end up choosing. On the contrary, if your day-to-day lifestyle is not physically demanding, then your pickup may not need to be as well equipped or rugged. Some people purchase pickups to help get hard jobs accomplished, while others enjoy the segment for the aesthetic appeal, and still others want an off-road ready vehicle for weekend excursions here in upstate New York. It doesn’t matter why you are purchasing a new Chevrolet pickup, the only person who you need to justify that to is yourself. The best way to ensure that you end up driving home in a pickup that will benefit you in your daily life, is to understand all of the different configurations and options that are available to you.

The Endless Options for Your New Chevy Pickup

The 2017 Chevy lineup of trucks consists of the midsize Colorado, the full-size light-duty Silverado 1500, and the heavy duty Silverado 2500HD and 3500HD models. Each one brings its own unique flavor to this capable segment, and all are award-winning trucks that buyers would be happy to own.

For our purposes, we will focus solely on the 2017 Chevy Silverado. Rated the Most Dependable and Longest Lasting Full-size Pickup on the Road, the Silverado is a legend in its own right. At the surface, the 2017 Silverado 1500 lineup seems fairly straight forward. With five different trim level options, it seems that choosing one would be an easy endeavor. While it is true that the latest Silverado 1500 is offered in WT, LS, LT, and LT Z71 trim levels, those four designations are just the beginning of the versatility that this dependable truck brings to the table.

  • Bed Length: One of the first things to think about when buying a new pickup, is how long you need the bed, or box, to be. The first size bed is the “Short Box” and offers a length of 5.75-feet. This is a good size if you don’t plan on utilizing your truck for heavy duty hauling or for transporting large items. The “Standard Box” size is 6.5-feet in length, and as the name suggests – is the size of most pickup truck beds. If the standard size still isn’t long enough to help you accomplish your tasks, then the 8-foot “Long Box” may be your best bet on the 2017 Silverado 1500.
  • Cab Style: Another important factor to consider when buying a new Silverado 1500, is what type of cab style you will need. The regular cab size offers the traditional pickup truck interior, with a front bench that can seat three passengers straight across. The Double Cab is slightly larger in size, and comes with fold-down rear seats in a compact rear passenger compartment. This option is a good one for drivers who plan to have intermittent company on the road, as it is not a great option for everyday backseat use. Finally, the Crew Cab available on the 2017 Silverado 1500 features a full-size rear seating compartment, along with four doors for easy access to the backseat. With plenty of legroom for adult passengers, the Crew Cab is a great option for drivers who plan to utilize their pickup for everyday family use, or for those who transport clients and business associates on more of a regular basis.
  • Configurations: While every trim level is available in the various bed sizes and cab styles, these two options can only be configured in certain ways. For instance, a 2017 Silverado 1500 with a full Crew Cab comes standard with a 5.75-foot short box bed, and is available with the 6.5-foot box as an option. The rest of the configurations for this year’s Chevy Silverado are as follows:
      • Double Cab – Comes standard with a 6.5-foot bed, and is not offered with the short box or long box.
      • Regular Cab – The 6.5-foot box is standard on the regular cab models of the Silverado 1500, while buyers can opt for the larger 8-foot bed for an additional cost. The short box is not available as an option on the Regular Cab models of the newest Silverado.
  • Engine Options: The engine underneath the hood of a pickup helps define what it is capable of accomplishing. The 2017 Silverado 1500 models offer three different options for drivers to choose from.
      • 4.3-liter EcoTec V6: This engine comes standard on the 2017 Silverado 1500 models, and features 285 horsepower and 305 lb.-ft. of torque. With an active fuel management system, this engine delivers power when it is needed, and turns it off when it isn’t.
      • 5.3-liter EcoTec V8: This second engine offering on the 2017 Silverado 1500 lineup also features active fuel management, but delivers 355 horsepower and 383 lb.-ft. of torque.
      • 6.2-liter EcoTec3 V8: This next engine, available on 2017 Silverado LTZ and High Country models, delivers an impressive 420 horsepower rating and 460 lb.-ft. of torque. When properly equipped, the 2017 Silverado LTZ is one of the most powerful light-duty pickup trucks on the market.
  • Trim Levels: Truck buyers can choose from five different trim level options on the 2017 Silverado 1500. The standard WT (Work Truck) comes with the minimum amount of basics, while each step up offers a bit more in terms of convenience, amenities, and luxury. The LS, LT, LTZ, and High Country round out the rest of the trim level options on this year’s Silverado 1500 model. Each one speaks to a different type of pickup truck owner, and the only way to decide which one speaks to you is to see them in person.

Which One is Right For You?

With so many different options to choose from in the 2017 Silverado 1500 lineup, it’s no wonder why buyers have a hard time deciding. Come down to DePaula Chevrolet today, and discover each of these trucks in person to help make your decision easier and clearer. We hope to see you soon.