What kind of vehicle is the 2023 Chevy Silverado 1500? What does it compare to?
The 2023 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 full-size pickup truck squares off against the bestselling Ford F-150, the smooth Ram 1500, the fresh Toyota Tundra, and the basic Nissan Titan.
Is the 2023 Chevy Silverado 1500 a good truck?
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Refreshed last year with a modern interior and improved standard safety and convenience features, the 2023 Silverado 1500 earns a TCC Rating of 6.0 out of 10. (Read more about how we rate cars.) It lacks the electrified powertrain options of the F-150 and Tundra, at least until next year’s arrival of the Silverado EV.
What’s new for the 2023 Chevy Silverado 1500?
Chevy boosts the ZR2 off-road truck with a ZR2 Bison model that adds more protective elements such as steel rock rails and five skid plates, among other upgrades. Chevy also revises its 3.0-liter turbodiesel that now makes 495 lb-ft of torque and can tow up to 13,300 pounds.
The ZR2 models sport red tow hooks and 18-inch wheels with chunky mud-terrain tires, and the hood bulges with a massive scoop. Distinct grille and wheel designs color each Silverado trim, but the vertical blocky shape remains even as Chevy tried to stretch it out visually last year. It’s a big, hulking truck, with a roomy crew cab and the longest beds on the market. The horizontal theme continues inside, where LT and above grades feature a 13.4-inch touchscreen that centers a dash flanked by vertical vents.
Except for the turbodiesel, the three other powertrains carry over, starting with a base 2.7-liter turbo-4 that makes 310 hp and 430 lb-ft. It uses an 8-speed automatic and rear- or four-wheel drive, and it’s a pleasure to drive: quick, quiet, and efficient, though it comes up short of everyday towing needs. Chevy (and GMC) are the only truck makers offering two V-8 engine options, and the Silverado can be had with either a 5.3-liter V-8 that makes 355 hp and 383 lb-ft or a 6.2-liter V-8 that puts out 420 hp and 460 lb-ft. The big boss is limited to mid-grade and above trims and comes only with four-wheel drive. It can tow up to 13,300 pounds, same as the revised turbodiesel. The V-8s and diesel have a smooth 10-speed automatic, and cylinder deactivation on the V-8s aids with fuel economy, but 17 mpg combined with 4WD will be costly at the pump.
The ZR2 and Bison only come in the crew cab body style with four-wheel drive. Most Silverado owners will opt for the roomy crew cab and short bed, but a two-door regular cab with a long or standard bed, or a four-door extended cab with only a standard bed, are offered. An available 6-way power tailgate creates more versatility for loading, and the beds have up to 12 tow hooks. An available trailering system offers 15 different camera angles, and GM’s Super Cruise hands-free driving system can be used while towing on limited access highways.
Crash-test results suggest occupants will be well protected in the event of a crash, and standard driver-assist features such as automatic emergency braking and active lane control limit the risk of crashes.
How much does the 2023 Chevy Silverado 1500 cost?
Offered in ten trim levels, the 2023 Silverado starts with a Work Truck and regular cab with a standard bed that costs $37,345, including a $1,795 destination fee. Standard gear includes 17-inch painted steel wheels, a 7.0-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Bluetooth for two devices simultaneously, and 40/20/40-split flip-up rear seats. Four-wheel drive runs anywhere from $3,300 to $4,600 more.
A well-equipped LT with a crew cab and short bed costs about $53,000 and has a 10-way power driver seat, heated front seats, a 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster, and a 13.4-inch touchscreen powered by Google. The new ZR2 Bison with standard four-wheel drive tops the lineup at about $78,500.
Where is the 2023 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 made?
The Chevy Silverado is built in Flint, Michigan; Fort Wayne, Indiana; and Silao, Mexico.
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