There are many pickup trucks on the market, but it’s still tough to find the right truck for a family. Of all the competitors though, the Chevy Silverado remains one of the best pickups for parents and their kids. There are a lot of reasons for this, and here’s why, according to Consumer Reports.
Chevy Silverado’s practicality
A big reason for driving a pickup in the first place is its practicality, and the Silverado is very practical. In terms of its hauling and payload capabilities, it scored the highest marks from Consumer Reports. The LT trim, which the company tested, can haul about 9,600 pounds and the more powerful versions can pull over 12,000 pounds.
The Silverado’s truck bed was also impressive. It’s about 70 inches long with the tailgate closed, and it can handle loads that are 95 inches long with the tailgate open. The truck can also carry a payload of about 2,000 pounds, depending on the engine choice.
That said, Consumer Reports did mention two areas where the Silverado may not be practical. It doesn’t predict that the Silverado will be very reliable, and indeed, there’s already a recall affecting it.
Plus, its fuel economy of a combined 17 MPG is not good. That said, the Silverado is a full-size pickup truck, so its poor fuel economy is expected. It starts at about $32,000, which is affordable but not too cheap.
The Chevy Silverado is fun and comfortable
Although overall ride comfort wasn’t the best, Consumer Reports mentioned that the Silverado was extremely spacious. Its five seats can comfortably carry a family. It gave the Silverado’s rear seats the highest grade possible for comfort due to its available legroom and headroom.
Furthermore, the Silverado is an easy-to-use truck that allows its drivers and passengers to easily utilize all of its comfort features. On top of this, it’s a pretty fun truck to drive. Consumer Reports gave the acceleration of the Silverado a 4 out of 5. It can accelerate from 0 to 60 miles per hour in 6.9 seconds.
That said, Consumer Reports did have some critiques. Although the Silverado’s seats were spacious and comfortable, Consumer Reports considered the actual material to be quite basic. Furthermore, it’s a very big truck. Although that’s great for some things, it hurts it in other areas.
For example, Consumer Reports said that the truck was very tall and it was hard to get into. Another issue that comes with its size is that, although the Silverado has a lot of interior features, you’ll have to stretch your arms to reach them.
Safety for Silverado families
One of the most important factors when buying a new vehicle is safety, and the Silverado received great overall safety grades. The truck has a lot of standard safety features, such as anti-lock brakes, stability control, and a teen-driver safety feature. It also has a lot of optional safety features, but those will cost more.
In terms of crash tests, the Silverado got great grades from two major organizations. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the Silverado the best grade in its crash tests in five of the six categories, according to U.S. News. Additionally, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the Silverado 4 out of 5 stars overall, but 5 out of 5 stars when it came to side-crash tests.
That said, the recall affecting this truck model has to do with its passenger-side front airbag. Other than this flaw, the Silverado is a very safe truck overall.