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2015 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Preview

Pros: Americans know their pickups, and while the Blue Oval’s got the leading role across the nation, the Bowtie bigwigs are never far behind, especially with their latest iteration of the Silverado workhorse. 

Cons: There are seemingly endless ways to customize and personalize your Chevy Silverado pickup, which means you’re really going to have to sit down and crunch numbers and stats to see what you really need or the price could jump pretty high pretty quickly. 

2015 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Price and Fuel Economy: Speaking of pricing and different models, there are enough versions and trims available for me to have to give you a price range instead of outlining each one. 

The Silverado is available with three different cab options: regular, double and crew; as well as four bed options: short (5’8”), standard (6’5”/6”6”), and long (8”0”); and finally 2WD and 4WD. Various combinations can (and cannot) be made with these setups, and the pricing then ranges from $27,000 for a base regular car, standard box, 2WD Chevrolet Silverado 1500 WT to well over $60k for a 4WD crew cab, short box Chevy Silverado 1500 High Country. 

When it comes to fuel efficiency, the Chevrolet Silverado 1500 has combined rating numbers that range from 11.9L/100km to 14.2L/100km, depending on which powertrain you choose. 

Powertrain: Speaking of power, the 2015 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 offers three engine choices, the LV3, L83 and L86. 

At the “bottom” is the EcoTec3 4.3L V6 FlexFluel mill that produces 285 horsepower and 297 lb-ft of torque. However, should you choose to put E85 gasoline in your Silverado with FlexFuel capability, those numbers will increase to 297 hp and 330 lb-ft of torque. 

The other FlexFuel option is an EcoTec3 5.3L V8 that produces 355 horsepower and 383 lb-ft of torque. Like the LV3 mill, if you opt for E85 those performance numbers will increase to 380 ponies and 416 lb-ft of torque. 

At the top of the engine range sits the EcoTec3 6.2L V8 that’ll churn out 420 horsepower and 460 lb-ft of torque. There is no FlexFuel option for this engine, therefore no increase in performance numbers based on which pump you choose at the gas station. 

There is no diesel option offered in the 2015 Chevrolet Silverado 1500. For that, you’ll have to move into the Chevy Silverado HD category.  

There are two transmissions available for the 2015 Chevrolet Silverado, a 6-speed and an 8-speed automatic. 

Changes and Improvements: Speaking of transmissions, for the 2015MY Chevrolet has paired the 6.2L engine with the 8-speed automatic transmission for the first time. 

Cargo Capacity: When owning a pickup there are really only two things that matter: how much can you fit in the bed; and how much can it tow? So, the 2015 Chevy Silverado offers four box sizes to choose from (5’8”, 6’5”, 6’6”, and 8’0”). And as for towing, that ranges between 9,100lbs and 11,900lbs with a Maximum Trailering package.  

Safety: The 2015 Chevrolet Silverado comes equipped with all manner of standard safety equipment and airbags, as well as OnStar (standard across all models save for the WT) and Stabilitrak, and optional safety features such as Forward Collision Alert, front/rear park assist, Lane Departure Warning, and Safety Seat Alert.  

Comparing the 2015 Chevrolet Silverado 1500: Ford F-150, GMC Sierra, Nissan Titan, RAM 1500, Toyota Tundra.