Despite an aging design, reviewers say the 2013 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 remains a strong choice among full-size pickups, with good towing and hauling capacities, strong engine options and a comfortable interior and ride.
The 2013 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 is available with four engines, ranging from a base V6 that most reviewers find mediocre, to three V8 engine options that provide different levels of pulling and hauling power and fuel economy. Most critics say the Silverado has a comfortable, refined ride for a pickup and a strong chassis that enables the Silverado to have one of the highest towing capacities in the class. However, they gripe that a large turning radius makes the Silverado difficult to maneuver in parking lots. With the optional 5.3-liter V8, the Silverado manages 15/21 mpg city/highway, which is fairly good for a V8 pickup. Keep in mind that the Silverado's safety scores are a bit below-average for the class.
Inside is where reviewers notice most that the Silverado has a more aged design among full-size pickup trucks. Still, reviewers say that the Silverado’s seats are comfortable, and many appreciate that the Silverado’s radio and climate systems are operated by simple knobs rather than touch-screen interfaces and infotainment systems found in newer competitors. As with most pickups, the Silverado 1500’s base trim is sparsely equipped with manual windows and mirros, air conditioning and an AM/FM radio. Upper trims are better equipped, though, with power accessories, an upgraded stereo, available satellite radio and power front seats.
The Ram 1500 is a reviewer favorite in the class, thanks to its high-quality, upscale interior and comfortable ride. The Ram’s rear suspension is built differently than that of the Silverado or other full-size pickup trucks, and reviewers say the unique setup gives the Ram 1500 a more compliant, forgiving ride over rough roads than other trucks have. Like the Silverado, the Ram can be configured with multiple engines, bed lengths and cab styles that seat from three to six people. Its towing and hauling capacities are similar to that of the Silverado 1500.
The Ford F-150 is another reviewer favorite for its solidly-built interior and innovative cargo and business solutions. Ford’s Work Solutions computer system is helpful to those who use their trucks for business, as it allows for tracking of tools, other vehicles in the fleet and can print invoices. The F-150 also has a range of available body and engine configurations, as well as an off-road model, called the SVT Raptor.
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The 2013 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 comes in five trim levels, ranging from the bare-bones Work Truck to the fully loaded LTZ. An Extra Fuel Economy (XFE) model ekes out a bit better highway fuel economy, and there is also a hybrid model, which is reviewed separately. The Silverado is available with a three-seat regular cab or six-seat extended and crew cab variants. There are three available bed lengths and four engine options: a V6 and three optional V8s. For 2013, the Silverado 1500 only receives minor updates and was last fully redesigned in 2007, so this review uses research from 2007 to 2013. A fully-redesigned Silverado 1500 is expected for the 2014 model year.
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