- New Midnight HD appearance package available
- Available 420-hp, 6.2-liter V-8 engine
- Remote locking tailgate is available
The 2017 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 is a popular full-size pickup truck that is based on the same platform as the GMC Sierra 1500. It competes with the Ford F-150, RAM 1500, and Toyota Tundra. The Silverado comes in a regular-cab, double-cab, and crew-cab bodystyles. Cargo-box lengths range from 5 feet 8 inches to 8 feet.
Seven trims are available: the WT, LS, LT, LT Z71, LTZ, LTZ Z71, and High Country.
Last year, the Silverado 1500 underwent a minor facelift. The front-end continues to feature Chevy’s signature double-stacked headlights, which align to a massive front grille. Several trim levels have available “Special Edition” exterior packages. The new Midnight HD package includes black 18-inch wheels, black bumpers and grille, black emblems, and a bedliner. The base Silverado comes with standard HID headlights and 17-inch wheels. Available features a chrome bumper, a trailer hitch receiver, power/heated side mirrors, power side steps, and automatic high beam headlights.
Under the hood the Silverado 1500 is powered by a standard 285-hp, 4.3-liter V-6 engine mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission and rear- (RWD) or 4-wheel drive (4WD). A more powerful 355-hp, 5.3-liter V-8 is also available. The LTZ and higher trim levels have an available 420-hp, 6.2-liter V-8. economy for the Silverado V-6 is an EPA-estimated 18/24 mpg city/highway. It slightly lowers to a 16/23 mpg rating for the Silverado 5.3-liter, while the 6.2-liter model lowers even further to a 15/21 mpg rating.
Inside, the Silverado features a standard cloth interior with a 40/20/40 split-bench seat. Leather upholstery and under seat storage are also available. The center stack features a standard audio system that includes a 4.2-inch display, USB ports, and an auxiliary port. It can be upgraded to the MyLink multimedia system, which includes an 8-inch touchscreen, an integrated navigation system, Bluetooth connectivity for phone and audio, OnStar 4G LTE connectivity with Wi-Fi hotspot (with subscription), Apple CarPlay/Android Auto compatibility, and a Bose premium audio system. Standard features include air conditioning, cruise control, and power windows/locks. Available features dual-zone automatic climate control, an automatic dimming rear view mirror, power/heated front seats, and a wireless smartphone charging station.
All bodystyles of the Silverado 1500 earned a full 5-star overall crash test safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The LT and LTZ trims have an available Z71 Off-Road package, which includes off-road tuned suspension, Rancho shocks, skid plates, hill descent control, an automatic locking rear differential, and all-terrain tires. Standard safety features include front airbags, antilock brakes, an electronic stability system, a tire pressure monitoring system, and an automatic locking differential. Available features include a backup camera, forward collision warning, lane keep assist, and park assist.