2011 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Overview
For 2011, the Chevrolet Silverado 1500 returns with a few minor enhancements to an enticing package of utility and refinement. The Silverado 1500 comes in regular, extended, and crew cab versions. Regular and extended cab editions come with standard (6-foot, 6-inch) and long (8-foot) cargo beds, while the crew cab gets a shorter (5-foot, 9-inch) bed.
Powertrain options are also varied for the 2011 Silverado 1500 to account for the large variety of uses/needs for the truck. The first available option is a 195-horsepower, 4.3-liter V-6 with 260 pounds-feet of torque. For a step up in the power, the next engine option is a 302-horsepower, 4.8-liter V-8 with 305 pounds-feet of torque for more pulling power. Chevrolet also offers a pair of Flex-fuel engines that will run on gasoline and E85 ethanol. The first Flex-fuel engine is a 315-horsepower, 5.3-liter V-8 with 350 pounds-feet of torque, and the second is a 403-horsepower, 6.2-liter V-8 with 417 pounds-feet of torque. Using E85 with these engines boosts their horsepower numbers slightly. Silverado 1500s are available with four- or six-speed automatic transmissions, and in two- or four-wheel drive.
The 2011 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 comes in four trim levels: WT, LS, LT, and LTZ. There is also a Z71 off-road model that for 2011 gets upgraded shocks and skid plates. Towing capacity is a huge plus on the Silverado 1500. Most V-8 versions are rated to tow around 9,000 pounds, but with an enhanced trailering package you get more than 10,500 pounds of towing prowess.
The interior on the Silverado 1500 ranges from the functional, to a more comfortable SUV type interior on higher trims. The WT, LS, and LT trims have work oriented interiors, with larger controls, an extra glove box and interior fabrics designed to improve the functionality of the Silverado. A step up to the LTZ trim moves the Silverado into a more comfortable arena, offering amenities like heated leather seats and a Bose sound system. Optional interior features also include a power-sliding rear window, moonroof, and navigation system (LT and LTZ trims).
When it comes to safety, the 2011 Silverado 1500 has you covered as well. With rollover mitigation technology, standard roof-mounted side curtain and side-impact airbags, four-wheel antilock brakes, and traction control, the Silverado is loaded with the latest features and technology to keep you safe. 2011 models also receive an updated version of GM’s OnStar accident alert system.
If you’re looking for a truck that gets things done, period, then the 2011 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 is ready to step up and be counted.