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2018 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Double Cab KBB Expert Review

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KBB Expert Rating 8.4 / 10
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KBB Expert Review

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By Keith Buglewicz


The 2018 Chevrolet Silverado brings tastefully conservative good looks, a range of engines and powertrain choices, and excellent towing and hauling capabilities to one of the toughest markets in the U.S. Chevrolet's reputation over the decades has made its Silverado pickup one of the top sellers, coming in at a perpetual number two behind the Ford F-150. But right behind it are the Ram 1500, Toyota Tundra, Nissan Titan, and even its sibling, the GMC Sierra. Prices and equipment span the gamut from a basic work truck costing less than $30,000 to a full-blown High Country with all the trimmings costing nearly twice that. While it doesn't offer a diesel, the Silverado's range of gas-powered engines keeps it competitive in fuel economy and power without sacrificing capability.

You'll Like This Car If...

With an enormous range of options, features, trims, bed and cab sizes, you can order a 2018 Chevrolet Silverado in just about any configuration you can possibly imagine. If you want to drive a truck, and not make a fashion statement, the Silverado's conservative styling will likely be appealing.

You May Not Like This Car If...

The Chevy Silverado is resolutely mainstream, so if you're looking for advanced powertrain and construction, the F-150 and its aluminum structure and turbocharged V6 engines are more cutting-edge. The Ram 1500 and Nissan Titan offer a diesel engine. The Chevy Colorado is less expensive, surprisingly capable and offers a diesel engine.

What's New for 2018

A host of modest changes graces the 2018 Chevrolet Silverado. The mild-hybrid eAssist package is now available nationwide on LTZ and LT models, the tire-pressure-monitoring system includes a fill alert that tells you when you've reached the right pressure, and the rearview camera is now standard.

Driving It Driving Impressions

The idea of trucks being uncomfortable and noisy is as outdated as bipartisan legislation. The 2018 Chevrolet Silverado glides along the highway, quietly despite its boxy design, and smoothly despite its old-school leaf-spring rear suspension. The Silverado's suspension soaks up big dips with ease, although that same capability also means it's sometimes floaty off-road or around town. The steering on the other hand feels nicely weighted, and with enough angle that the Silverado is more maneuverable than you might think. Of the three engines available, we recommend the 5.3-liter V8. The V6 offers better fuel economy but feels sluggish, while the 6.2-liter V8's extra power isn't enough to offset its fuel-economy hit. The 8-speed automatic translates to fuel economy that's close to the EcoBoost V6 in the Ford F-150, but unfortunately throttle response feels particularly lazy.

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12,500-POUND TRAILERING RATING
If you order a Silverado Crew Cab with the NHT max towing package, you'll get best-in-class towing capability of 12,500 pounds. That bests the Tundra, F-150, Ram...everyone.

BUILT-IN WI-FI CONNECTIVITY
Chevrolet will bill the Silverado's Wi-Fi capability as a feature for workers on the job site, and it's certainly useful there. But we know what it's really for: taking the Silverado on a road trip, and keeping the kids occupied with their tablets as you travel.


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