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2017 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 review

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Chevrolet Silverado 1500 highlights

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Pros

  • Strong hauling capabilities, especially with the V8 engines
  • Comfortable front seats
  • Quiet, high-end cabin

Cons

  • Ride quality could be smoother
  • Eight-speed automatic is only on upper trim levels

Mileage (EPA estimate)

15 city, 20 highway, 17 combined

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A real workhorse

There are a handful of updates to the Chevrolet Silverado 1500 for 2017, making it a more appealing choice than ever before for pickup truck shoppers. Aside from its shiny new additions, the Silverado remains an ideal choice for easy hauling and towing.

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What is new for the 2017 Chevrolet Silverado 1500?

  • The Silverado 1500 is available in a new trim called the 2LT.
  • Silverado 1500 trims have been upgraded with Lane Departure Warning and Heated Steering Wheel as standard equipment this year.
  • Smart Key and Blu-ray Video System features are now available as options on select trims.
  • The Work Truck trim now comes with CD Audio as standard equipment.
  • The LT trim now comes with Rear View Camera as standard equipment.
  • The LT Z71 trim now comes with Rear View Camera as standard equipment.

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5 reasons to buy the 2017 Chevrolet Silverado 1500

1. New features for this year 

There are some really attractive changes to this classic pickup for 2017. Not only is Teen Driver watchdog mode now standard across the entire 2017 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 lineup, but the rearview camera has become standard on all trims from LT upwards. Additionally, low-speed automatic emergency braking has been added as a feature to the Enhanced Driver Alert package, and the plush High Country trim has had the Premium package added as standard. Just when you thought the Silverado couldn’t get any more impressive. 

2. V8 engines 

One of the best features of the 2017 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 is the two V8 engine options, both adding power and improved hauling to the truck. While the standard V6 is enough for daily use and light work, you’ll want one of the V8 options if you need a heavier-duty vehicle. There’s the choice of a 5.3L V8 producing 355 hp, or a 6.2L version producing 420 hp. The 5.3L version also, usefully, has a fuel-saving cylinder deactivation move, allowing it to switch between V8 and V4 modes easily. 

3. Towing capability 

The 2017 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 stands out when it comes to its towing capabilities. The standard V6 engine alone can tow an estimated 7,600 lbs when properly equipped, which is already very impressive.

But if you go for one of the V8 engines, the 5.3L can tow up to an estimated 11,500 lbs when properly equipped, and the 6.2L can tow an estimated 12,000 lbs when properly equipped.
It doesn’t get much more powerful than that. 

4. Quiet, upscale cabin 

The 2017 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 is proof that pickup trucks can be as impressive inside as they are power-wise. The build is impressive – sturdy and able to block out a lot of road noise – and both the bench and bucket seats available in the front are comfortable and adjustable. There are also lots of useful bins, cup holders, and pockets for storage inside the cab, making sure everything has its place when you’re out on the road. 

5. Great technology options 

Depending on the trim and configuration, there are loads of available features for the 2017 Chevrolet Silverado 1500. Standard features include a four-speaker stereo, a USB port, and the Teen Driver system. But shop around for different configurations and you’ll find available wireless device charging, dual-zone climate control, rear-seat entertainment system, and a seven- or eight-inch touchscreen with MyLink. There are lots of exciting gems to uncover if you keep an eye out for the different types of 2017 Chevrolet Silverado 1500. 

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Ratings & reliability

Customer ratings

Based on customer reviews, the 2017 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 is a truck that has a lot of helpful features. It can carry plenty of gear and has a great towing capacity.
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RepairPal gave the Chevrolet Silverado 1500 an overall reliability rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars, which RepairPal describes as Above Average. This rating ranks Chevrolet Silverado 1500 5th out of 19 among Fullsize Trucks.

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Chevrolet Silverado 1500 features and specs

LT 2WD 2D Regular Cab

Standard Features

  • ABS Brakes
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alloy Wheels
  • AM/FM Stereo
  • Automatic Transmission
  • Auxiliary Audio Input
  • Bluetooth Technology
  • CD Audio
  • Cloth Seats
  • Cruise Control
  • Flex Fuel Vehicle
  • Overhead Airbags
  • Power Locks
  • Power Mirrors
  • Power Seat(s)
  • Power Windows
  • Rear View Camera
  • Satellite Radio Ready
  • Side Airbags
  • Traction Control
  • 20 Inch Plus Wheels
  • Alloy Wheels
  • Android Auto
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Bed Liner
  • BOSE Sound System
  • Cloth Seats
  • Flex Fuel Vehicle
  • Front Seat Heaters
  • Leather Seats
  • Navigation System
  • Parking Sensors
  • Power Seat(s)
  • Rear Defroster
  • Remote Start
  • Running Boards
  • Smart Key
  • Tow Hitch

Drive Wheels

Rear Wheel Drive (2WD)

Engine size

4.3L

Horsepower

285

Torque (ft-lbs)

305

Engine type

Gas

Fuel capacity

34

Wheelbase

133"

Overall length

224.43"

Width

80"

Height

73.5"

Leg room

F 45.27"

Head room

F 42.4"

Front tires

P255/70R17

Rear tires

P255/70R17

Seating capacity

3

Max towing capacity

590/9800 lbs.

Transmission

Automatic

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