2005 Chevrolet Silverado 1500

Full Passenger Side Front View

What's Hot
Proven track record
Best-towing V-6 in class
Available OnStar, XM radio
What's Not
Last total makeover was long ago
Outdated, cheap interior
Low NHTSA crash-test ratings

What's New
Chevrolet offers a first-of-its-kind "mild hybrid" truck, though availability is very limited. Other significant new features for the 2005 model year are an available power sunroof, updated tire selections, and the standardization of anti-lock brakes on all models save those with the Quadrasteer (a clever innovation that dies after this year due to lack of consumer interest).

Key options
Options we wouldn't go without on the Silverado are the automatic four-wheel drive, which sends power to the front wheels on-demand, and the side-view-mirror turn signals. Off-road adventurers should spring for the Z71 off-road package on 1500 models, which adds underbody skid plates, an automatic-locking rear differential, and an upgraded suspension.

Others to Consider
Ford F-150, Dodge Ram 1500, Nissan Titan

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