2009 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LTZ Crew Cab 4WD Road Test Specs | Edmunds

2009 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 - Road Test Specs

2009 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Crew Cab

(5.3L V8 4x4 6-speed Automatic 5.8 ft. Bed)


Model year2009
ModelSilverado 1500
StyleLTZ 4dr Crew Cab 4WD 5.8 ft. SB (5.3L 8cyl 6A)
Base MSRP$41,355
Options on test vehicleTouchscreen Navigation With CD, MP3, XM and XM traffic ($2,250); 20-Inch Chrome-Clad Aluminum Wheels ($1,045); 6.2-Liter V8 With Flex-Fuel Capability ($1,000); Power-Sliding Glass Sunroof ($995); Power-Sliding Rear Window ($250); Integrated Trailer Brake Controller ($200); Cargo Management System ($195); LTZ Plus Package ($190 -- including rain-sensing wipers and lockable easy-lift tailgate); Wheel Credit (-$300).
As-tested MSRP$48,175


Drive typePart-time four-wheel drive
Engine typeV8 with flex-fuel capability
Displacement (cc/cu-in)6,162 (376 cu-in)
Block/head materialCast aluminum block and heads
ValvetrainPushrod-actuated, 2 valves per cylinder, variable valve timing
Compression ratio (x:1)10.5:1
Redline (rpm)6,000
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)403 @ 5,700
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)417 @ 4,300
Transmission type6-speed automatic
Transmission and axle ratios (x:1)I = 4.04; II = 2.36; III = 1.52; IV = 1.15; V = 0.85; VI = 0.66; Final Drive = 3.42


Suspension, frontIndependent, double wishbones, coil springs and stabilizer bar
Suspension, rearSolid axle, leaf springs
Steering typeRack-and-pinion steering with hydraulic power assist
Steering ratio (x:1)16.7:1
Tire brandGoodyear
Tire modelEagle LS-2
Tire typeAll-season
Tire size, frontP275/55R20 111S
Tire size, rearP275/55R20 111S
Wheel size20-by-8.5 inches front and rear
Wheel materialChrome-clad aluminum alloy
Brakes, front13.0-by-1.2-inch ventilated disc
Brakes, rear13.5-by-0.8-inch disc

Track Test Results

0-45 mph (sec.)4.4
0-60 mph (sec.)6.6
0-75 mph (sec.)10.0
1/4-mile (sec. @ mph)14.9 @ 94.1
0-60 with 1 foot of rollout (sec.)6.3
Braking, 30-0 mph (ft.)30
60-0 mph (ft.)124
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph)58.6 (ESC off); 55.0 (ESC on)
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g)0.68 (ESC off); 0.69 (ESC on)

Test Driver Ratings & Comments

Acceleration commentsThe Silverado comes ripping out of the hole and banging gears unlike any other full-size pickup. This 6.2-liter V8 and six-speed transmission raise this Chevy from the bottom of the group to the top. An impressive powertrain.
Braking ratingGood
Braking commentsStopping from 123 feet from 60 mph is impressive for such a truck, but I'm not sure it's repeatable. We saw consistent 130-foot stops with no fade, and that's not bad either.
Handling ratingGood
Handling commentsSkid pad: Minimizing understeer is required to get a good number, because the Chevy liked to get into a radical bouncing routine if understeer got too heavy. ESC on and ESC off numbers are essentially the same. Slalom: Vague steering is typical in full-size trucks, but the Chevy is the worst of the four competitors we're comparing today. Vague, indirect, information-free; call it what you want, it isn't very good. Still, the huge tires (and relatively light weight) keep its slalom speed at the top of the pack. Turning ESC off makes a big difference in this highly dynamic maneuver.

Testing Conditions

Temperature (°F)61.4
Wind (mph, direction)1.9

Fuel Consumption

EPA fuel economy (mpg)12 city/19 highway
Fuel tank capacity (U.S. gal.)26.0

Dimensions & Capacities

Curb weight, mfr. claim (lbs.)5,348
Curb weight, as tested (lbs.)5,520
Length (in.)230.2
Width (in.)80.0
Height (in.)73.7
Wheelbase (in.)143.5
Track, front (in.)68.1
Track, rear (in.)67.0
Turning circle (ft.)47.2
Legroom, front (in.)41.3
Legroom, rear (in.)38.7
Headroom, front (in.)41.2
Headroom, rear (in.)40.5
Shoulder room, front (in.)65.2
Shoulder room, rear (in.)65.1
Seating capacity5


Bumper-to-bumper3 years/36,000 miles
Powertrain5 years/100,000 miles
Corrosion6 years/100,000 miles
Roadside assistance5 years/100,000 miles
Free scheduled maintenanceNot available


Front airbagsStandard
Side airbagsNot available
Head airbagsOptional head airbags
Knee airbagsNot available
Antilock brakes4-wheel ABS
Electronic brake enhancementsElectronic brakeforce distribution
Traction controlStandard
Stability controlStandard
Tire-pressure monitoring systemDirect tire-pressure monitoring
Emergency assistance systemNot available
NHTSA crash test, driver5 stars
NHTSA crash test, passenger5 stars
NHTSA crash test, side front5 stars
NHTSA crash test, side rear5 stars
NHTSA rollover resistance4 stars

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