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2018 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Double Cab KBB Expert Review

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Base models of the 2018 Chevy Silverado benefit from the same sensible layout, ample storage, and nicely textured plastics as the rest of the lineup. That's not to say there aren't benefits for paying more; move up the trim ladder and you'll get even higher-end materials, and the top-of-the-line High Country lays on the luxury nice and thick. Beyond creature comforts, there are three cab sizes to choose from: traditional regular cab, a double cab with some extra space behind the front seats, or the crew cab, which can seat up to six in surprising comfort.

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Like any modern truck, the Chevy Silverado boasts rugged and distinctive exterior styling. Yet it doesn't go overboard, instead presenting a relatively conservative face to the world compared to its sometimes garish competitors. Granted, the Silverado LTZ grille is a big chunk o' chrome, but the rest of the lineup is more tasteful and subdued. The High Country offers a more luxurious take on the full-size pickup, and it looks the part with generous -- but tasteful -- uses of chrome. Unlike the F-150, the Silverado doesn't offer a built-in stepladder, but it does offer an optional rear-bumper step.

Notable Standard Equipment

Newly standard on the 2018 Chevy Silverado are a rearview camera and a tire-fill alert that honks the horn to tell you when you've reached the right inflation pressure. Otherwise things aren't much different from last year. The basic Silverado WT -- that stands for Work Truck -- comes with air conditioning, power windows, cruise control and AM/FM audio system with a new 7.0-inch display, auxiliary jack and SD card. Also standard are multiple USB inputs, Teen Driver safe-driving system, projector-beam headlights, LED accents, and the CornerStep cutout on the rear bumper to make it easier to access the truck's bed.

Notable Optional Equipment

Like most full-size pickups, there is a range of engine, cab, bed and drivetrain options to choose from. Besides that are multiple trim levels. If you're looking for luxury, start with the High Country, which comes standard with the big V8, leather upholstery, navigation, Apple CarPlay, a premium audio system, and more. There are multiple other packages, such as the Midnight Edition, which comes in a cool all-black theme, or the Z71 off-road edition, which tones down the chrome grille. One option that isn't available at any price is push-button ignition, odd since it's available in the Silverado-based Tahoe SUV.

Under the Hood

There are three engine selections for the 2018 Chevrolet Silverado. The base engine is a 4.3-liter EcoTec3 V6, which leads in fuel economy, but seriously lags the others in horsepower; skip it. At the other end is the 6.2-liter V8, which handily out-powers everything else, but fuel economy suffers more than we prefer. The Goldilocks setup is the 5.3-liter V8, which offers more power than the V6, but better fuel economy than the bigger V8. All engines are available with 4-wheel drive (4WD) instead of the standard 2-wheel-drive (2WD) setup, and the standard 6-speed automatic gets supplanted with an 8-speed automatic with the 6.2-liter V8 and 5.3-liter V8 LTZ. Everything runs on regular unleaded, with the V6 and 5.3-liter V8 capable of running on E85 ethanol blend.

4.3-liter V6 Flex-Fuel
285 horsepower @ 5,300 rpm
305 lb-ft of torque @ 3,500 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 18/24 mpg (2WD), 17/22 mpg (4WD)

5.3-liter V8 Flex-Fuel
355 horsepower @ 5,600 rpm
383 lb-ft of torque @ 4,100 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 16/23 mpg (2WD 6-speed, eAssist 4WD), 16/22 mpg (4WD 6-speed, 2WD 8-speed), 15/20 mpg (4WD 8-speed), 18/24 mpg (eAssist 2WD)

6.2-liter V8 Flex-Fuel
420 horsepower @ 5,600 rpm
460 lb-ft of torque @ 4,100 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 15/21 mpg (2WD), 15/20 mpg (4WD)

Pricing Notes

Regular-cab prices aren't yet available, but the Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) on a Double Cab Work Truck starts at $33,405, including the $1,295 destination fee. On the other end of that scale, a 4WD Crew Cab, standard-box High Country Silverado is just under the $57,000 mark, and that's before you start adding options. Of course, you can get pretty much anything you want for considerably less, or more. Regardless, prices are in the same general range as the F-150, Ram 1500 and the Silverado's GMC sibling, the Sierra; the V8-only Toyota Tundra starts a few thousand higher. Be sure to check the Fair Purchase Price to see what others in your area are paying for their new Silverado truck. The 2018 Silverado is expected to retain its value well in the years ahead, but still fall short of the Toyota Tundra.

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