The new 2018 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 returns for the new model year with a boatload of tasteful feature offerings. To begin with, it comes with an impressive range of engines, improved towing and hauling capabilities, and conservative good looks. These features only come to add oomph and refreshing scent to an already solid choice in the full-size pickup class. In fact, it so successful so much so that it ranks second only to the perpetual number one – the Ford F-150.
See, the 2018 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 finds itself in a tight position that is thronged by some of the crème de le crème of the segment. And to put this into perspective, the segment features other bigwigs such as GMC Sierra, Nissan Titan, Toyota Tundra, and the Ram 1500.
Equipment and features here range from a basic workhorse costing slightly less than $30K to a fully-loaded trim costing almost double. Well, the Silverado too isn’t no different and comes with different features and configurations spread over its trim levels. It comes with an enormous gamut of features, options, and bed and cab sizes. It is an appealing option for buyers not looking to make a fashion statement but want a truck that gets the job done.
Critics may however find some reasons to push their case. For one, the powertrain offered by the 2018 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 is resolutely mainstream, so if you fancy a more sophisticated powertrain option we’d advice you to go for the Ford F-150 truck. It is more cutting-edge and comes with powerful V6 turbocharged engines. Additionally, you could also opt for the Nissan Titan or the Ram 1500, both of which are powerful in terms of the torque they offer thanks to the available diesel drivetrains.
So What's New For 2018?
Well, the new 2018 Chevy Silverado returns with very subtle updates. New refreshing features now include a tire-pressure-monitoring system, standard rearview camera, and an eAssist package. The package will now be available for the Silverado LT and Silverado LTZ models.
Teen driver mode – a handy feature that allows parents to control certain settings. For instance, unless all seats are buckled the fob can be set in a way that mutes the radio. Also, the parents can view important reports on how many speed warnings were given, speed travelled, the forward alerts etc.
Active aero shutters – upon exceeding 55 mph, shutters integrated in the grille will automatically close. This enhances fuel economy because of the resulting reduction of air.
Standard MyLink radio system is now available across the entire trim level. The infotainment system features a 7-inch color screen available with Bluetooth streaming, a digital clock, and an AM/FM stereo. The top of the range models are available with even more advanced capabilities including an eight-inch screen.
Finally wrapping things up in terms of what’s new for 2018 are two new additional exterior colors – Havana Metallic and Cajun Red Metallic.
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2018 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Review
- interior redesign
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2018 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Interior Changes & Redesigns
The Chevy Silverado model lineup for 2018 includes eight trims – Silverado 1500 LT, Silverado 1500 LTZ, Silverado 1500 WT, Silverado 1500 LS, Silverado 1500 Custom, Silverado 1500 LS, Silverado 1500 High Country, and Silverado 1500 LT Z71 and Silverado 1500 LTZ Z71.
Again, all these trim models are categorized in terms of regular cabs, double cabs or crew cabs. The Silverado regular cabs are only available with front seats, Silverado double cabs have four doors, while the Silverado crew cabs offer more leg room, larger back seats and have four larger doors.
The interiors of the new 2018 Silverado 1500 return with the same basic layout, nice textured plastics, and ample storage. And this is regardless of the trim level. Paying extra bucks will however get you even better materials.
For instance, the basic models will get you features such as a rearview camera, air conditioning, multiple USB inputs, LED accents, Teen Driver safe-driving, an auxiliary jack and SD card, and power windows. As for those with extra money to burn, features such as leather upholstery, a premium audio system, a cool all-black theme, and Apple CarPlay connectivity are available.
2018 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Work Truck (WK)
Just to give you an idea of what features to expect, this is the barebones model and is for work and general purpose only and costs $28,085. Features here include a rearview camera, a 7-inch color touchscreen, tire pressure monitoring, cargo lamps, and a single-zone air conditioning.
Also available are HID headlights with DRL, power door locks, and cruise control. To assist in towing, the Chevy Silverado 1500 WK also comes with a StabiTrack with Electronic Trailer Sway Control feature.
Exterior wise, it features painted 17-inch wheels, manual mirrors, a grille, black bumpers, and vinyl seats.
2018 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LS
The 1500 LS takes the features offered by the Work Truck a notch higher in terms of convenience and comfort. It features a remote locking tailgate, heated power side mirrors, remote keyless entry, and cloth seats.
To make things even more interesting, Chevy offers the LS trucks with a three-month trial subscription to Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, and Onstar 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot support. Exterior wise, it looks much spiffier than the Work Truck. It has grille surround, rear bumpers, and chrome front. Wheels aren’t painted but are stainless steel.
The 2018 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LS price starts from an MSRP of $30,110.
The 1500 Custom truck is by and large a basic work truck too. It has features such as headlamp bezels, a body color grille surround, and 20” chrome-clad aluminum wheels. Unlike the rest of the trucks aforementioned, the Custom trim model isn’t available with a Regular Cab and only comes in Double and Crew Cab designs.
The Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Custom price starts from an MSRP of $33,945.
2018 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT
Starting from this trim point, all the trim models are offered with impressive luxury, convenience, and comfort features. Features available with the Silverado 1500 LT include a 4.2” driver information display, bright-machined seventeen-inch aluminum wheels, a CD/MP3 player, and an 8-inch color touchscreen.
Pricing start from an MSRP of $34,310.
2018 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LTZ
This is a luxury laden truck that comes equipped with all the fancy stuff. Features available here include 10-way front seats, a rear sliding power window with defogger, remote vehicle starter, a 110-V outlet, heated leather seats, a dual-zone automatic air conditioning, driver memory settings, and a universal home remote.
Furthermore, it is available with eighteen-inch bright-machined aluminum wheels, a trailering package, and a powerful V8 5.3L engine.
The LTZ price starts from an MSRP of $42,040.
2018 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 High Country
Building upon what the LTZ offers, the High Country Silverados are available with features such as 6-inch chrome rectangular assist steps, a unique chrome grille, 20-inch chrome wheels, power adjustable pedals, a center floor console, 12-way power adjustment, heated and ventilated front bucket seats, premium perforated leather seats, and a spray-on bed lining.
Other features include an eight-speed automatic transmission system, enhanced wireless charging, Bose audio, and Chevrolet MyLink with navigation. The driver alert and assistance package is available with features such as Intellibeam headlights, forward collision alert, front and rear parking assist, forward collision alert and lane-keeping assist.
Pricing for the new Chevy Silverado 1500 High Country starts from an MSRP of $51,800.
2018 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT Z71
2018 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT Z71
The Silverado 1500 LT Z71 and Silverado 1500 LTZ Z71 are the kind of trucks that you would want to take out for some serious off-roading. The LT Z71 is available with off-roading gear like the Z71 Off-Road Suspension. This comes with an underbody transfer case shield and Rancho monotube shocks.
An Eaton Locker – locks the differential when necessary and detects the prevailing state of traction. Additional features include the Z71 appearance package, 18-inch bright-machined aluminum wheels, a trailering package, and black recovery hooks.
Pricing starts from an MSRP of $39,730.
2018 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LTZ Z71
This one builds upon what the LT Z71 offers and includes features such as the Z71 appearance package and a 4-wheel drive. Pricing starts from an MSRP of $46,630.
Engine Specifications - 2018 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
Three engines are offered beneath the hood of the 2018 Chevrolet Silverado 1500. The least powerful engine is the 4.3L V6 that is capable of generating 285 ponies and 305 lbs. ft. of torque. Towing capacity of this engine stands at 7,600 pounds. According to the EPA, buyers should expect fuel economy ratings of 18/24 mpg in the city and on the highway.
Next up is the 5.3L V8 engine that is capable of generating 355 hp and 383 lbs. ft. of torque. Fuel economy of 18/24 mpg in the city and on the highways should be expected. Here, a properly equipped truck should be able to tow a maximum of 11,100 pounds.
Finally, Chevy offers the unapologetically powerful 6.2L V8 engine capable of sending a whopping 420 horsepower and 460 lbs. ft. of torque to the wheels. Towing capacity stands at 12,500 pounds. Fuel economy stands at 15/21 mpg in the city and on the highway.
Even more interesting for 2018 is the eAssist system, which should provide additional 13 horsepower and 44 lbs. ft. of torque according to General Motors.
Primary rivals to the 2018 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 are the Ram 1500, and Ford F-150. These offer an even crazier cab and bed configuration, a wide range of engines, and an impressive suite of safety and luxury features. Buyers could also consider the Nissan Titan too.
The Ram 1500 is the go-to truck for buyers looking for excellent trio of engine choices, an easier to use touchscreen interface, serene and quiet cabin, and extra off-road capability. Its pricing starts at around $33,625. The Ford F-150 on the other side is an even easier sell than any truck here. For a quick recap, the Ford-150 has remained America’s best-selling pickup truck for around 40 years now.
And to make it even more enticing for 2018, Ford has reinvigorated it further by offering an even more bewildering assortment of features. Seven trim models are up for grabs for 2018 with the cheapest costing an MSRP starting from $27,380 and steadily rising to a high of $60,500.