The Chevy Silverado has always been known as a workhorse pickup, dependable, reliable, and designed to haul or pull. The pickup truck market has become crowded, however, with a lot of competitors. Many of these competitor pickups are loaded with gimmicks and a lot of premium touches. The Silverado is a regular, honest-to-gosh, pickup that remains true to its roots.
For 2009 and 2010, the Chevy engineers beefed up the Silverado a little bit. The 2010 model has a slightly new front end, but generally speaking, you cannot see much of a difference. I had a chance to test-drive one of the new Silverado’s and put it to a towing test as well. There is a great powertrain. It is a 6.2 liter V-8 that produces 403 horsepower matched with a six speed automatic transmission. This new engine is E-85 capable, but only available in the crew cab model. A smaller V-8 and a V-6 are also available, but if you are using this truck for towing, the bigger engine certainly seems the best way to go. It sounds good, as well, the way a powerful engine seems to roar to life when you push the pedal down.
The six speed transmission is great. It is called a Hydra-Matic 6L80. This new transmission is designed to help achieve better gas mileage on the highway. It lowers the “cruising rpm”. That means is reduces the fuel used with there is a lower engine speed. This reduced engine speed also helps reduce the roaring sound inside the cabin. A new Alison transmission is also available.
The Silverado is comfortable and handles well, but it is a truck and not a luxury vehicle. It rides smooth over all but the largest bumps. It is definitely a truck that is designed for hard work. Inside, it doesn’t have a lot of fluff, but the interior has been slightly redesigned for this year. There is a lot more feeling of space and open area. The seating is very comfortable.