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2009 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Regular Cab

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2009 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Regular Cab Review

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The Ford F-150 may hold the title of best selling individual pickup 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. After undergoing a complete remake in 2007, the 2009 Chevrolet Silverado enters a year witnessing a major drop in truck and SUV sales. To its credit, the new line of Active Fuel Management-equipped V8 engines offered in the Silverado give it segment-leading fuel economy. And, for those with an ecological bent, a Flex-Fuel E85-capable engine and two-mode hybrid model are also available.

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If you need to tailor your pickup truck to your exact requirements, the 2009 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, Flex-Fuel E85 capability and even a hybrid model.

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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 availability of the Silverado HD further muddies the waters for potential buyers.

What's New for 2009

A six-speed automatic transmission is now paired with the 5.3-, 6.0- and 6.2-liter V8s. New available features include OnStar 8.0 with Turn-by-Turn navigation and Destination Download, Bluetooth hands-free phone connectivity and a rearview camera system. The 6.2-liter V8 is now E85 compatible and StabiliTrak becomes standard equipment on all trucks equipped with V8 engines.

Driving the Silverado 1500 Regular Cab
Driving Impressions

Thanks to its rigid frame and advanced construction techniques, the 2009 Chevrolet Silverado offers a markedly better ride-and-handling combination than many of its competitors. The newest Silverado 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. A lengthy test drive over rough, washboard gravel roads revealed a quiet and composed cabin. 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. A 6.0-liter 367-horsepower aluminum-block V8 is available as well. Power delivery with each V8 engine is more than ample, and the electronically-controlled six-speed Hydra-Matic automatic transmission delivers it smoothly and without hesitation.

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.

2009 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Regular Cab Details
2009 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Regular Cab photo Interior

The Silverado features two distinct interiors. The WT and LT trim levels feature the "pure pickup" interior with larger controls and a double glovebox, while the LTZ trim has a "luxury-inspired" interior. Both instrument panels are mounted low and farther forward for an increased feeling of spaciousness and visibility. The back-seat area in the Crew Cab models offers significantly improved room and comfort, and the stadium-style rear seat has a 60/40-split design and folding center armrest. A lockable storage bin is built into a big 40/20/40-split bench front seat. The bin can accommodate a laptop computer and features a 12-volt power outlet.

Exterior

With the widest track in its segment, the 2009 Chevrolet Silverado is substantial but it eschews the bulbous but juvenile muscularity of some of its competitors. Instead, it looks tailored and subdued front to rear. Highlights include narrow gaps between body panels, enabled by the new version's significantly stiffer frame that limits body flex. The handsome horizontal grille is divided by a thick bright metal bar that flanks a bold Chevrolet "bow tie" symbol. Designers also took special pains to integrate the pickup box while at the same time making it taller. Entry to the rear seat/storage area of Extended Cab models is eased thanks to large rear access doors that open 170 degrees, and power-operated rear side windows lower completely into the access doors.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

The 2009 Chevrolet Silverado WT includes a four-speed automatic transmission, tire pressure monitoring system, anti-lock brakes (ABS), air conditioning and two auxiliary power outlets. The 1LT adds cruise control, compass and temperature-display rearview mirror, power windows, door locks and mirrors, remote keyless entry and CD/MP3 player audio system. The LTZ adds 12-way power heated front bucket seats, leather seating, power-folding power-adjustable heated mirrors, Bose audio with MP3-compatible six-disc CD changer and auxiliary input jack, remote starting system and heated washer fluid system. The StabiliTrak electronic stability control system is standard on all models with V8 engines.

Optional Equipment

Depending on trim, the Silverado can also be optioned in several ways. It offers five suspension systems, each tailored to suit specific driving requirements. They include Z83 for a solid, smooth ride, Z85 for enhanced handling and trailer towing, Z71 for enhanced off-road capability, Z60 for street performance with 20-inch wheels and NHT for maximum towing capacity. A choice of two- and four-wheel-drive models, various cabs and bed lengths and a variety of axle ratios are also offered.

Under the Hood

While we expect the 4.3-liter V6 and 4.8-liter V8 to be more than adequate in work truck applications, we recommend the 5.3-liter V8 engines, some with cast iron blocks and some with aluminum. And for those who want more power (or towing capacity) the 6.0-liter with Active Fuel Management and variable valve timing is a gem. It offers significantly more power and torque (pulling force) with very little penalty in fuel economy.

4.3-liter V6
195 horsepower @ 4600 rpm
260 lb.-ft. of torque @ 2800 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 15/20 (2WD), 14/18 (4WD)

4.8-liter V8
295 horsepower @ 5600 rpm
305 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4600 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 14/19 (2WD), 14/18 (4WD)

5.3-liter V8 Flex Fuel
320 horsepower @ 5200 rpm
340 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4400 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 11/15 (2WD, E85, 4-speed), 10/15 (2WD, E85, 6-speed), 14/20 (2WD, gasoline), 10/14 (4WD, E85, 4-speed), 10/15 (4WD, E85, 6-speed), 14/19 (4WD, gasoline, 4-speed) 14/20 (4WD, gasoline, 6-speed)

5.3-liter V8
315 horsepower @ 5200 rpm
338 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4400 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 14/20 (2WD), 14/19 (4WD)

6.0-liter V8
367 horsepower @ 5600 rpm
375 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4300 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 14/19 (2WD), 13/18 (4WD)}

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2009 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.7
Out of 10

Based on 1281 Ratings for the 2007 - 2013 models.

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  • Value
    8.8/10
    Quality
    8.8/10
  • Reliability
    9.2/10
    Performance
    8.9/10
  • Comfort
    9.0/10
    Styling
    8.9/10

Solid

By on Sunday, April 24, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 111,000

10 10.0
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Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Reliable,economical and tough"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Almost 10 years old and not one problem..have the smaller V8 and it still runs like new.Granted this truck was used more as a personal vehicle instead of a work truck but still has towed some larger and heavy equipment on long trips without so much as a hiccup. The key as always is regular maintenance and upkeep. Ride comfort is outstanding for a truck and the interior has held up to some abuse.Great Truck!"

9 people out of 19 found this review helpful

Surprised how much I like driving a truck

By on Wednesday, April 20, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 36,700

10 10.0
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Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Great tavel vehicle"

Cons: "Wish it had gray interior"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

Sad to sell this truck

"Sharp looking truck while maintaining working truck design. It's the most comfortable vehicle I've owned."

1 person out of 3 found this review helpful

Sad to sell this truck

A quality truck and have enjoyed owning it.

By on Wednesday, February 24, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 43,000

10 9.0
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Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Great truck"

Cons: "none"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Issues: transmission has seepage even after warranty work to replace seals. The leak does not leave puddling in garage or driveway. When wet the rear axle or truck bed makes clunking noises. I am unable to locate anything loose and checked suspension and all is fine. There is no noise when dry. Overall a great truck and have enjoyed driving it."

14 people out of 26 found this review helpful

Wish that I never would have bought it

By on Saturday, February 20, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 69,000

10 2.0
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Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
2/10
Value
3/10
Reliability
5/10
Quality
3/10
Performance
3/10
Styling
1/10
Comfort
1/10

Pros: "The electric start is nice in the winter"

Cons: "just about everything else. One of chevy's worst"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 2

"Front pinion seal leak at 60k mi burns oil 1qt/3kmi despite impeccable and religious maintenance low oil pressure is very scary stays between 20psi at idle and 30psi on highway Arm rest is in a terrible spot and hurts my knee from its location interior door handle is in a terrible place, below the arm rest? Seriously? new passengers are baffled trying to get out. Paper thin body panels. Don't even look hard at the body panels or they will dent Cheap paint. pain in wheel wheels started peeling within 2 years, bottom of tailgate and rocker panels started rusting after 3 years Terrible shift and downshift points in tow-haul mode. Almost makes you lose control while towing Bluetooth is very limited. Pretty much can only make and receive calls, that's it. no media Heater blower motor resistor went out after 3 years"

16 people out of 22 found this review helpful

Junk Motors

By on Tuesday, February 09, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 73,000

10 2.0
overall rating 2 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
2/10
Value
5/10
Reliability
1/10
Quality
1/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Great Looking Truck"

Cons: "Junk Engines"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1

"I have a very nice looking Silverado Crew Cab with the 5.3 AFM Engine. I have 70000 miles on the truck and need new pistons and rings installed. I expect a motor to last longer than that. GM will not cover it under warranty and I will be stuck shucking out nearly $4000 to fix it. Stay away from these motors they are junk."

11 people out of 20 found this review helpful

Exceptional Guality and Value

By on Saturday, February 06, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 180,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Best new vehicle that I have ever purchased!"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"By far the best new vehicle that I have ever purchased! Other than routine oil changes and tires, I have only spent $200.00 on repairs in 180000 miles. Still has original brakes and has only had one set of tires! Just purchased another Silverado (2015)."

7 people out of 18 found this review helpful

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