New For 2013
Models with the six-speed automatic transmission—fitted to all but the 4.3-liter V-6—now have powertrain grade braking. On downhill grades, the transmission downshifts to lessen the need for long braking applications and to reduce rotor strain. Ruby red metallic and blue topaz metallic exterior colors have been added for 2013.
With the demise of the Colorado, the Silverado is left to carry the pickup-truck torch for Chevy, a job for which it is supremely qualified. Like most modern pickups, the Silverado is infinitely customizable. There are three cab styles and three bed sizes measuring up to eight feet long. The Silverado has five engines to choose from—more than any of its competitors—ranging from a 195-hp V-6 to a 403-hp, 6.2-liter V-8. The midlevel 5.3-liter V-8 (offered with an iron or aluminum block) gets Active Fuel Management, which improves fuel economy by shutting down four of eight cylinders when the engine is under light loads. For those who want to save even more at the pump and don’t need to tow more than 5900 pounds, the Silverado Hybrid has V-8 power and achieves 20 mpg in the city and 23 on the highway. Inside, the accommodations are decent but fairly basic and can be upgraded slightly by choosing the top LTZ model. It includes a unique instrument panel and door panels, heated ten-way-power front leather seats, and Bose speakers. Still, if you put an emphasis on interior style or refinement, you might want to look at the Ram or even the Ford F-150. On the other hand, if capability takes precedent, the Silverado will not disappoint.
Front, side, and side curtain air bags are standard for the front seats. Stability and traction control are standard and include an electronic trailer-sway control system and hill-start assist. ABS and tire-pressure monitoring are also standard. A backup camera and an integrated trailer-brake controller are optional.
- Standard trailer-sway control
- Six-speed transmission optional on V-6
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- Interior is a step below the competition’s
Key Competitors For The 2013 Chevrolet Silverado
- Ford F-150
- GMC Sierra
- Nissan Titan
- Ram 1500