Bold, powerful, and designed to do it all, the 2018 Chevrolet Silverado is one of America’s top-selling pickups for a reason. New for this model year, the Silverado 1500 now comes equipped with a 7-inch touchscreen interface as standard on all trims. Opt for the higher-end LT or LTZ trims, and you can upgrade to the mild-hybrid eAssist package for greater fuel efficiency. The improved touchscreen infotainment system also includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto functionality. While other trucks on the market to specific things better than the Silverado, it’s tough to argue against Chevy’s best pickup when choosing which truck is the best overall. Read on to learn more about the 2018 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 pickup.
Silverado Entry-Level Trims
Buyers of the new Chevy Silverado 1500 can choose from several trim levels, cab sizes and bed configurations. The cab styles include two-door regular, four-door extended, and a crew cab with full-size rear doors. Bed lengths include the standard length of 6.5 feet or an extended 8 feet. With the crew cab, there is also an optional bed measuring 5 feet, 8 inches.
The Silverado’s most spartan trim, the WT, is specifically made for the work site. It features 17-inch steel wheels, LED daytime running lights, adjustable mirrors, cruise control, power door locks, a rearview camera, air conditioning and more. The Silverado WT also features vinyl floor coverings that are easy to clean. The LS trim, considered the base trim for most customers, gets additional features such as power windows, tinted glass, chrome bumpers and grilles, and stainless steel wheels for added flare. Similar to the LS is the Silverado 1500 Custom, which gets tow hooks, 20-inch chrome wheels, and special exterior styling elements.
Silverado LT, LTZ and High Country Trims
Stepping up a tier in trim levels means considering the Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT. This trim adds several more features such as alloy wheels, cloth upholstery, carpeting, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, a larger 8-inch touchscreen, a CD player, HD radio and more. The next step up is the LTZ trim, which gets a more powerful engine and either a six- or eight-speed automatic transmission. The Silverado LTZ gets chrome styling elements, LED headlights, 18-inch allow wheels, a trailer hitch, a heavy-duty locking rear differential, a security system, remote engine start, dual-zone automatic climate control, and more. The LTZ trim also gets leather upholstery, power-adjustable front seats, and heated seat lumbar adjustments. That leaves the Silverado’s most luxurious trim. The Silverado High Country is the ultimate luxury trim level, adding 20-inch chrome wheels, parking sensors, a heated steering wheel, Bose audio, ventilated front bucket seats, power-adjustable pedals, wireless phone charging, chrome side step rails, cargo tie-downs and more.
Silverado Engine Options
People expect power when buying pickup trucks, and the Silverado delivers on all fronts. The entry-level trims come with 4.3-liter V6 engines that crank out 285 horsepower and 305 pound-feet of torque. Upgrade to the LTZ trim and you get a 5.3-liter V8 that pumps out 355 horsepower and 383 pound-feet of torque. An even bigger engine is available for the top-end LTZ and High Country trims; this one is a monstrous 6.2-liter V8 that pumps out 420 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque.