2017 Chevrolet Silverado Buyer's Guide

By Jason Allan on October 6, 2016 7:53 AM

Blending Technology with Tradition

To stay relevant in the competitive full-size truck segment, adapting is the name of the game. The Chevrolet Silverado, which was completely redesigned for 2014 with a new stable of fuel-efficient engines and a much-needed revision of the interior, added sharp new looks and a bevy of refinements last year. For 2017, the Silverado boasts a 12,500-pound towing capacity, the highest you can get in a half-ton crew cab. The truck is offered as a regular cab, double cab (with four full doors instead of the traditional extended cab layout) or crew cab. It doesn't offer flashy options like a turbocharged V6 or diesel power, but the Silverado continues to provide capability, tried-and-true V8 power and creature comforts, and those who opt for either V8 engine can get the excellent 8-speed automatic too.

Driving It

A few impressions from our 2017 Chevrolet Silverado full review: "Despite its boxy design, there is an eerie lack of wind and road noise when driving the full-size Chevrolet Silverado pickup, a testament to just how far GM’s suspension and body engineering technologies have come. Over big dips, the suspension does an admirable job soaking up impacts, although this same ability translates into a sometime soft and bouncy ride when traveling off-road."

V8 power, V6 fuel economy

Chevy's 5.3-liter V8 variant boasts fuel-saving features like direct injection, cylinder deactivation and continuously variable valve timing. All of these are respectable in their own right, but the real star of the show here is the cylinder deactivation, which is a standard feature on every Silverado equipped with this engine. Just like the name indicates, the V8 engine shuts off four of the eight cylinders to get better fuel numbers under light loads. This strategy is good for getting fuel economy of up to 16 mpg city, 23 mpg on the highway and 19 mpg combined.

Consumer Reviews

KBB.com visitor Big Sky has been happy with the Silverado in day-to-day life, noting, "On high beam the headlights are impressive - with the deer around here they need to be - the My Link takes awhile to figure out with all the modes and settings - but once you get use to it its really something - so far - love this truck." Read more consumer reviews of the new Chevrolet Silverado.

Build and Price

The 2017 Chevrolet Silverado starts at over $28,000 for a regular cab Work Truck and runs to more than $65,000 for a Silverado High Country crew cab with all the fixings. Build and price your own 2017 Chevrolet Silverado right here at KBB.com to unlock its Fair Purchase Price, 5-Year Cost to Own and more.

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It's hard to pick the right truck without investigating all your options. Check out our Pickup Truck Buyer's Guide to get to become an instant expert on the segment.

Photo Gallery: Chevrolet Silverado Inside and Out