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Good Truck for the money
By sirhawkeye on
2013 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 4dr Crew Cab 4WD 5.8 ft. SB (4.8L 8cyl 4A)
Overall, the 2013 Silverado 1500 is a good truck.
It's not necessarily the fastest or most powerful truck out there.
I tend to look more for reliability and easy to use (especially when it comes to internal electronics--radio, cruise control, etc).
Yes Fords have the newer tech in some areas, and their trucks are faster and but I like the tried-and-true engine that GM tends to keep using (ie. the 4.3 Vortec which has been around for the past 2 decades or more).
The 6-speed automatic w/ manual control and the 5.3L V8 is a very nice combo to get for moderate towing and fuel economy.
Crew cab provides enough room for adults in rear seat.
Easy to use systems (radio, 4WD, etc).
Comfortable although the styling is a bit dated), automatic 4WD is a nice feature to have (if you have 4WD).
Radio has all the features you could need (iPod input, USB input, CD player w/ MP3 support) yet it's simple enough to use and you don't really have to look away from the road to figure out how to use it (unlike Ford's MS Sync system which requires a bit more attention and a bigger learning curve to figure out how to use it).
I also like washer sprayers on the wiper arms rather than on the hood.
And finally the 5.3L V8 w/ 6-speed auto trans is nice.
Not the fastest or most powerful out there, but they are all tried-and-true reliable motors.
First, rearrange radio knobs.
Put the knobs closer to the driver (the "music" button that sticks out should be closer to the driver, especially for those who shorter arms).
Second, I wish they would make 4 wheel disc brakes and fog lights standard on all LT and higher trim levels (they are both still an option for the LT).
As well as the integrated brake controller was also included on all LT models (at least, those with 4WD).
Cab is not as quiet as some of the competitors, but it doesn't bother me that much.
Heavier rear suspension (leaf springs) would be good.
Lastly, rear middle seat (in extended & crew cabs) should have head rest for middle rear seat standard.