2018 Chevy Silverado

The Chevy Silverado genuinely boasts to be among the top three best-selling pickup trucks in the U.S. This makes it very vital to the Chevy pickup lineup and to its loyal customer base. The 2018 Chevy Silverado 1500 competes closely with Ford F-150 and Dodge RAM 1500. Choosing and tailoring the configuration of the Silverado according to your choice can be a tough deal. For 2018, Chevy has presented a total of 8 main trim levels, three cab styles, three box variations, and nine limited/special editions. Furthermore, you have RWD and AWD options to choose from. Here are detailed highlights of the exterior, interior, pricing, safety, completion, engine and performance for the 2018 Chevy Silverado.

Engine and Powertrain

There are three gasoline engines up for grab; a V6 and two V8s. The 4.3L V6 engine throws out 285 horsepower and 305 lb-ft of torque at 3900 RPM. This powertrain can haul up to a maximum of 7,600lbs. Being most fuel efficient, this engine offers 18/24 mpg city/highway with 20 mpg combined economy. On the other hand, the 5.3L V8 generates 355 horsepower and 383 lb-ft of torque at 4,100 RPM. It is geared with a 6-speed automatic that manages to provide a fuel economy of 16/23 mpg city/highway with 19 mpg combined. The optional 8-speed automatic is slightly trailing with 16/22 mpg and 18 mpg combined. When adequately equipped, the 5.3L V8 can tow up to a max payload of 11,100lbs. The big 6.2L V8 engine bursts out 420 horsepower and 460 lb-ft of torque at 4,100 RPM. This gigantic powertrain can pull up a payload of 12,500lbs. It delivers 15/21 mpg city/highway economy which can be lower when you tow heavy loads. 

Styling and Exterior

At the first glance, the 2018 Chevrolet Silverado looks readily built to dominate the pickup truck market. The front grille and the mean headlights really set the tone. The styling is much defined which is evident from the hard lines on the box-like structure. There is no attempt to make the Silverado appealing to the younger generation. It simply looks like a “Dad’s car”. The good thing is, you can customize the interior and bed length to suit your needs. Therefore, heavy loaders can opt for a longer bed length and sacrifice a bit of interior space or go for a smaller bed length and get a spacious interior cab.

Chevrolet had to add some distinctive features to the new model, so you can distinguish between the old and new from a mile away. In this regard, the company introduced new exterior colors Havana and Cajun Red, as well as crew cab configuration in the Custom version. To make your job easier, Chevy has also launched a Centennial Edition that honors 100 years of Chevrolet’s brilliant pickup trucks. This 2018 limited edition trim has heritage emblems, distinctive Centennial badges, spray-in bed-liner, chrome exterior highlights, 22-inch huge wheels, and a special Centennial blue paint job.

Interior and Safety

The interior is pretty much standard but impressive which is evident from the great build quality and the user-friendliness. If you go up a notch to LTZ or High Country trim, the interior styling gets better and pleasing to the eye. The aftermarket Oedro floor mats add a nice touch to the vehicle and keep the underlining safe from water spills and mud. Oedro offers front row set floor mats of Chevy Silverado and the whole set floor mats of Chevy Silverado to suit your needs. Talking about seating, the cabin has substandard seats which are not very comfortable, and there is no USB charging facility for the rear passengers. This is something pretty common in vehicles nowadays. If you are wondering about the changes in the new model, we don’t have good news in this regard. Only the 4.2-inch touchscreen display has been replaced by a better 7.0-inch MyLink touchscreen. Otherwise, there is no drastic change in the interior. The use of plastic is widespread, especially in the lower end models. The buttons and knobs are easy to reach and respond even if you have gloves on.

When it comes to safety, do not fret since the Chevrolet Silverado got an impeccable five-star NHTSA crash-test rating. However, IIHS rated it average. The safety technology is not as great as available in Ford F-150 and Toyota Tundra. Nevertheless, a few eye-catching features include the automated emergency braking, 6 standard airbags, rear vision camera, lane-departure warning, and lane-keeping assist system. The improvements for 2018 Chevy Silverado 1500 include a backup camera and tire-fill alert system to intimate you about low tire-pressure.

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Performance and Handling

The 2018 Chevy Silverado drives like a golf cart, in a good way. It’s agile, accelerates quickly and handles like a champ, however, it is not the best when it comes to potholes and pathetic roads. The ride feels jumpy, which is not something you would expect from a huge pickup truck. Regardless, the offroad capability is decent enough to make you realize you are in a pickup truck that can conquer boulders.

Pricing and Competition

As a buyer, you get five years or 60,000 miles of roadside assistance plus two years or 24,000 miles of complimentary service from Chevrolet. Compare that with its competitors and only the 2017 Ram 1500 and the 2017 Toyota Tundra offer a better warranty package.

The 2018 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 locks horns with the 2018 Ford F-150 and the 2018 Ram 1500. Together all three of these make the bulk of the pickup truck market. To start off, all three offer similar engine options and there is a huge variety.

The Ford F-150 has the best interior among the three trucks thanks to its contrasting interior colors and beautiful dash. The Ram’s interior is good as well. The Chevy Silverado has the blandest interior with a widespread use of plastics and a hint of soft materials.

The 2018 Ford F-150 also offers the best fuel economy (17 mpg) vs both the Silverado's and Ram's (15 mpg).  However when it comes to the deciding factor, Price, the best option is the Chevy Silverado that costs the lowest. The F-150 is pricier thanks to its good number of features. The Silverado starts from $29,695 for the base WT trim with no options and sales tax included while the high-end High Country trim costs just around $60,000. The mid-level LT trim offers the best value for money as it starts from $35,605. Even upgrading to the all-wheel-drive option costs $45,495, which is fairly decent.

The Verdict

It is safe to say that the new Chevy Silverado packs a punch. It’s better than most of its competitors with regard to customization options, engine power, warranty, and price. However, we suggest the folks at Chevrolet should bring their A-game next time since the competitive pickup truck market takes no losers.  

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