2011 Chevrolet Silverado 1500

The 2011 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 comes in 8 different exterior colors. It is a truck designed to endure tough roads. This truck is available in two models.

Performance

The engines of the Silverado 1500 are offered in V6 and V8 engines. The V6 engine runs on gasoline fuel while the V8 engine runs on gasoline and ethanol fuel. They both have 4 automatic transmissions. The V6 has an engine displacement of 4.3 liters per 262 cubic inches while the V8 has an engine displacement of 4.8 liters per 293 cubic inches.

The amount of horsepower ranges from 195 to 302. The torque ranges from 260 to 305. The engine is equipped with electronic fuel injection with four wheel drive train. The approximate fuel economy for city ranges from 13 to 14 miles per gallon. The approximate fuel economy for highway is 18 miles per gallon. The maximum capacity of the fuel tank is approximately 26 gallons. It is a sturdy truck equipped with a maximum capacity of 10,600 pounds of towing capability.

Exterior & Interior

The 2011 Silverado 1500 has a total length of 205.6 inches and a total width of 79.9 inches. The estimated total payload capacity of this truck ranges from 1693 pounds to 1966 pounds. The wheels are made of steel and chrome materials. The chrome material is specifically added to its tubular steps, mirror caps, door handles, and recovery hooks for heavy-duty purposes. The front frame of the truck is designed to be hydro-formed for excellent and durable frame reinforcement.

The seats of the Silverado are available in cloth and vinyl fabric. The steering wheel is cushioned in leather and it can also be adjusted. The front and rear floors are covered in mats. The sound entertainment employs the use of CD player and changer, mp3 playback, am/fm radio, and the SiriusXM Satellite Radio with trial subscription of 3 months. A USB port is also installed which allows USB-capable audio devices to be played on the truck. The driver seat supports the lumbar portion of the body for added comfort and convenience. The technology of Bluetooth allows the use of mobile phones for calls without the use of hands.

Safety

The Silverado 1500 contains 6 air bags designed for thorax impact, front side impact, and rear side impact. The body of the truck is reinforced with a steel frame intended to receive the force created during collisions. The control board of the truck has an installed monitor display for tracking the level of tire pressure.

The technology of StabiliTrak Electronic Stability Control System prevents collisions by tracking the driver’s performance and takes over the control of the vehicle during lack of lateral traction, over steering, and under-steering. The truck also has fog lamps and daytime running lamps. The incorporation of the OnStar services with this truck strengthens its safety features. The OnStar service for automatic crash response tracks and provides help if the service detects a collision. Other OnStar services include crisis assistance, vehicle diagnostics, and emergency services. These services are only available for 6 months in a trial subscription.

The Competition

The Silverado 1500 V8 can be compared to other truck models at the same price range such as the Ford F-150 (MSRP $29,510; 15 city / 21 hwy) and the Dodge Ram 1500 (MSRP $28,865; 14 city / 19 hwy).

The only disadvantage of this truck is that it provides lesser amount of payload. Its advantages are its safety features, its engine performance, and its price. The V8 engine provides massive amount of torque and horsepower. The price of the truck is also the lowest scale among its competitors.

Overall Rating
69 out of 100

What others say:

“Throughout the Silverado lineup, the cabin is unexpectedly hushed and refined, thanks to increased sound deadening and tight build quality. Wind noise has been further reduced for 2011.
The 2011 Chevrolet Silverado has a roomy, refined interior; front seats could be more supportive, though.
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“With the Z85 suspension, Silverado handles similarly to other large pickups, with noticeable body lean in fast turns. The Z60 and Z71 suspensions improve handling slightly. The steering is nicely weighted, if a bit numb. The brakes are responsive, though one test example suffered from slightly spongy pedal action.”Consumer Guide

“Ride quality is decent and handling is secure. The new six-speed automatic slightly improves fuel economy and acceleration. Reliability has been average.”MSN Auto-ConsumerReports

“Large turning circle; bland base interior design; limited cabin storage.”Edmunds

“If you need to tailor your pickup truck to your exact requirements, the 2011 Chevrolet Silverado enables you to do just that with a wide variety of configurations, bed lengths and trim levels.”KBB

Specifications

General Info
Vehicle Type: Truck Base Price: $21,235.00
Fuel Tank Capacity: 26 gallons (98 liters) MPG: 14 city / 18 hwy
Dimensions
Length: 205.6 in. (522 cm) Width: 79.9 in. (202.9 cm)
Height: 73.8 in. (187 cm) Wheel Base: 119 in. (302 cm)
Curb Weight: 4733 lbs (2146 kg) Ground Clearance: 9.1 in. (23 cm)ft
Cargo Volume: 60.7 cu ft Maximum Seating: 3 people
Performance
Engine: 4.3L 12-valve OHV V6 Displacement: 262 cu in
Horsepower: 195 HP Max RPM: 4600 RPM
Torque: 260 lb-ft @ 2800 rpm Transmission: 4-Speed Automatic
0-60 mph: NA Max Towing Capacity: 9100 lbs (4127 kgs)
Available Trims & Engine
Option:Silverado 1500 LT MSRP: $26,810; MPG: 14 city / 19 hwy
Option:Silverado 1500 Extended Cab MSRP: $26,340; MPG: 15 city / 20 hwy
Option:Silverado 1500 Crew Cab MSRP: $30,320; MPG: 14 city / 19 hwy