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2013 Chevrolet Silverado 1500

Sunday, February 3rd 2013. | Chevrolet

The 2013 Chevrolet stuck to what it knew best and made remarkable improvements in areas that matter. While the exterior and interior still look as dependable and reliable as its predecessors, the performance has been markedly improved—making it one of the biggest, baddest trucks in its class.

2013 Chevrolet Silverado front

When it comes to options, the 2013 Chevrolet Silverado isn’t left wanting. It comes in every conceivable build—with three body styles, two interior designs, four gas engines and two automatic transmission, a gas-electric powertrain, and varying bed lengths (from a 5’8” pick-up bed on the Crew Cabs and Hybrids, to a 6’6” pick-up bed on all versions except the Hybrid, and a 8’ pick-up bed on all versions except the Hybrid.

The powertrain leaves little doubt that the 2013 Silverado packs mean punches: the base engine is a V-8 flex-fuel 4.8-liter engine that produces 302-horsepower . mainstream versions also come with a flex-fuel 5.3-liter V-8 engine that produces 315 horsepower, equipped with fuel-saving cylinder deactivation. The top of the line engine is a 6.-2-liter flex-fuel V-8 engine that produces 403-horsepower. There is noticeably no manual transmission for the 2013 generation.

The Silverado Hybrid is continued in this lineup, with a 20/23 mpg city/higway EPA ratings—a smart choice for those who worry about fuel efficiency and want a formidable powertrain at the same time. Its V8 6.0-liter engine is equipped with cylinder deactivation and variable valve time, and produces 332 horsepower and 367 lb-feet of torque. Its towing capacity is not compromised, with 6,100 pounds for the 2WD and 5,900 pounds for the automatic dual-range 4WD.

2013 Chevrolet Silverado side

Inside, the Silverado’s cabin sticks to the fundamentals with an upgraded touch. There is plenty of legroom up front, and the bucket seats are much better than the flat front benches of its rivals. The flexible Silverado lineup is well treated by a refined interior. Perhaps the selling point of the Silverado’s interior is its functional design; the gauges are easy to read, the door handles are sufficiently large, and the controls are user-friendly.

The body styling is 1.5 inches wider and a few inches longer than its predecessor. Its upgraded fully boxed frame matches the praiseworthy powertrain of the Silverado, giving it an overall better steer and handle—resulting in a driving performance with outstanding directional stability and tightly responsive steering.

The standard safety features of the Silverado include antilock disc brakes, electronic stability control, and traction control. Front seat side airbags, and side curtain airbags are also included. In federal crash tests, the 2013 Chevrolet Silverado received an excellent rating of four out of five stars. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety testing has likewise given it a top rating for frontal-offset crash protection.

Most full-sized pickup trucks are offered with less than impressive special features, making the Chevrolet Silverado a standout. The highlight of the special features is the navigation system—with a clear display that’s readable and comprehensive. Prices for the 2013 Chevrolet Silverado start at $23,590 for the half-ton pickup and can reach as much as $44,260 for the LTZ Crew Cab.

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