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2007 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Regular Cab

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2007 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Review

KBB Editors' Overview

By KBB.com Editors


The Ford F150 is the bestselling pickup truck (and vehicle, for that matter) in the country, but when you combine the sales of the Chevrolet Silverado with the nearly-identical GMC Sierra, it's a different story. The General Motors pickups outsell the Ford handily and also outsell all the import-label pickup trucks combined. This means GM has a lot riding on its all-new Chevrolet Silverado, because this truck will be its standard-bearer for years to come. With that in mind, GM engineers and designers have made a veritable shipload of changes to the pickup, including an improved chassis, more precise steering and a quieter, more upscale interior offering two completely different looks. Meanwhile, the Silverado offers segment-leading fuel economy thanks to the new line of Active Fuel Management-equipped V8 engines. And for those with an ecological bent, a Flex-Fuel E85-capable engine is also available.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you want to tailor your pickup truck to your exact requirements, the Chevrolet Silverado enables you to do just that with a wide variety of configurations, bed lengths and trim levels. The Silverado's V8 engine lineup offers Active Fuel Management technology and Flex-Fuel E85 capability.

You May Not Like This Car If...

The only quibble we have with the Silverado is the baffling array of choices buyers have—multiple trim levels, cab sizes, bed lengths and even instrument panels. Plus the Silverado Classic (the previous design) further muddies the waters for potential buyers.

What's Significant About This Car?

The Silverado has been completely re-designed and re-engineered for the 2007 model year. While the old model was a bestseller, the new one is better than the previous version.

Driving It Driving Impressions

Because it rides on the new GM full-size truck platform, the Chevrolet Silverado offers a markedly better ride-and-handling combination than its predecessor. The new platform includes a fully boxed frame (for more chassis stiffness), coil-over-shock front suspension and rack-and-pinion steering, and the result is a surprisingly maneuverable and comfortable vehicle. Our lengthy test drive took us over rough, washboard gravel roads, yet the Silverado's cabin remained quiet and composed. We found it hard to choose between the "pure pickup" interior and the "luxury-inspired" interior, because both were handsome and functional. While the available 4.3-liter V6 could probably get most jobs done, the Silverado can also be equipped with a variety of V8 engines, most with 5.3-liter displacement. For those who'd like to tow their houses behind their trucks a 6.0-liter 367-horsepower aluminum block V8 is available as well. Power delivery with each V8 engine we tested was more than ample, and we were impressed with the smooth delivery of power through the electronically-controlled Hydra-Matic automatic transmission. Chevrolet has made its StabiliTrak electronic stability control system standard on crew cab models, and it is available on extended cab models as an option.

Favorite Features

Big knobs
In a welcome bow to those who work hard to earn their keep—and who live in frigid climes—the Silverado has knobs, switches and door handles that can be easily operated while wearing gloves.

Active Fuel Management
The Active Fuel Management system available in four different V8s cuts the operation of four cylinders when they are unneeded and enhances fuel economy.


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