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Used 2015 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LTZ Crew Cab Review

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Read what other owners think about the 2015 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LTZ Crew Cab.

5 star(33%)
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6 reviews

Most helpful consumer reviews

2 out of 5 stars
Humpty Dumpty performance
clark,09/28/2016
LTZ 4dr Crew Cab 4WD 5.8 ft. SB (5.3L 8cyl 6A)
I bought a new, very pretty 2015 Silverado 4x4 5.3 crew cab last February. At first the truck seemed really nice. That quickly changed! After driving about 1000 it started jerking, stumbling and fumbling in between shifts. I took it to the dealer. They advised me that there is a built in delay between shifting that can cause this. I was advised to just keep driving it and it would go … away as it would adapt to my driving. It didn't! It actually got worse. The truck was back i the shop a total of 5 times for the same problem, never a fix. A representative from GM even told me there was a high number of complaints on this vehicle and GM had actually bought back many of these so now they consider this issue a "normal characteristic". After much frustration over this, and no help from GM or the dealer it was time to either get out of the truck or go after them with the lemon law. A lemon law attorney said it was a solid case and they had numerous cases against this particular model truck, however, it would most likely take quite some time to resolve. I did not want this thing to drag on so I traded this truck in on a Ford F150 FX4 and what a difference! Although I lost money on the crappy Silverado, it was worth it to get a truck that performs like it should. I will never go back to GM for anything!
4 out of 5 stars
2015 Midnight Edition
Jack Mayhoffer,06/28/2016
LTZ 4dr Crew Cab 4WD 5.8 ft. SB (5.3L 8cyl 6A)
It's a great truck, I love it, and have no major complaints and have had zero mechanical issues for 8 months. Good things - it rides well, is very comfortable, the interior is great, connectivity to devices is great (bluetooth connects very well). It also performs very well in snow. It's roomy, has great storage (at least in the front part of the cab). The remote start is great in … hot/cold weather to prepare the cab for comfort. I get lots of looks while driving, which is nice. The factory lined box is great, and the rear lighting works well too. So negatives - for a $50k truck to not have navigation is a travesty. Sorry, I'm not going to subscribe to OnStar for personal navigation. I'd much rather just use my phone. While console storage is cavernous, I'd like some storage compartments under the rear seat for tow straps, bungee chords, etc. so I don't have to put then in the bed (I installed an after market roll top cover). The stereo is also lacking for a $50k truck. Sounds like the Blazer I bought in 1999. It sounds like a ghetto blaster from 1984. The power is great when you can get to it, but you have to really drop the hammer to get there. I'd be more willing to accept the lack of acceleration if the gains in fuel economy were worth it, but as of today, my lifetime fuel economy per the computer is 15.7 mpg. The annoyances don't make me regret purchasing the truck at all. But, seems like Chevy really shaved costs to make the price point for a "special edition". The extras on the Midnight are cool, but for a few extra bucks, Chevy could have made this a super awesome vehicle instead of just a very good one.
5 out of 5 stars
Love this truck.
Stephanie,09/01/2016
LTZ 4dr Crew Cab 4WD 5.8 ft. SB (5.3L 8cyl 6A)
I absolutely love my Silverado. I did have a spark plug blow after only a few thousand miles, however that has been the only problem I have had.
4 out of 5 stars
62000 miles and going strong
kem c,12/23/2016
LTZ 4dr Crew Cab 4WD 5.8 ft. SB (5.3L 8cyl 6A)
For the age of this truck I am quite pleased still using original brakes and they were fine at last state inspection I did change trans oil as the transmission was a bit clunky.. sounded more like a u joint to me but garage says not The oil change did help but not eliminate issue Im still getting 15-20 mpg around town and 26 on the open road. Overall quite happy with the vehicle

Edmunds Summary Review of the 2015 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LTZ Crew Cab

Pros & Cons

  • Powerful, fuel-efficient engines
  • many available configurations
  • well-built, comfortable interior
  • quiet highway ride.
  • Standard six-speed automatic transmission's ratios are too widely spaced for optimal towing performance.


Full Edmunds Review: 2015 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Crew Cab

What’s new

The 2015 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 gets a new eight-speed automatic transmission for the optional 6.2-liter V8 engine. Also, what was known last year as the 2WT (Work Truck) is now the LS.

Edmunds says

A wide range of body styles, an impressive interior and a lineup of powerful and fuel-efficient engines make the 2015 Chevrolet Silverado a top pick in the full-size pickup class.

Vehicle overview

The full-size pickup truck class has seen a lot of positive change lately. Many of the best-known trucks have been redesigned, making impressive gains in power, fuel economy and all-around refinement. The 2015 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 received a total overhaul just last year. The latest Silverado boasts exactly the strengths most buyers have come to expect from full-size Chevy trucks: considerable towing and hauling capabilities and lots of available configurations. But what really sets this generation apart from its forebears is a comfortable and well-built interior and an overall excellent daily driving experience.

Step inside the Silverado and there's nothing trendy about the design, but there's space everywhere, especially in the popular crew cab body style, and the quality of the materials is high. On the move, the cabin remains noticeably serene, and ride quality is smooth bordering on relaxing on most versions. If you're planning to use your truck for real work, one of the three available engines will meet your needs. The standard V6 shouldn't be overlooked, as it allows the Silverado to tow up to 7,600 pounds when properly equipped. If you do need one of the two V8s, though, they come with fuel-saving cylinder deactivation technology for low-load situations when you don't need all the power. New for 2015 is an eight-speed automatic paired to the larger 6.2-liter V8 engine. Chevy Silverados with this powertrain are able to tow up to 12,000 pounds when properly equipped, and the two extra forward gears should add up to better performance and fuel economy when you're pulling a trailer.

Unfortunately, just like last year, the 6.2-liter V8 is available only on the upper trim levels, and the same goes for the available eight-speed automatic transmission, so you'll pay a premium for the extra capability. The six-speed transmission that comes standard on the 2015 Silverado 1500 has widely spaced gear ratios, which makes towing near the maximum with either the V6 or the available 5.3-liter V8 a difficult enterprise.

Even with these minor complaints, the 2015 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 is still an extremely likable truck. Keep in mind, though, that its recently updated competitors are just as likely to meet your needs in most cases. The Ram 1500 is one of our top picks, as it, too, offers a refined driving experience and a well-trimmed cabin with lots of high-end amenities on the upper trim levels, along with the only available diesel engine in the 1500 class. The 2015 Ford F-150 is completely redesigned this year, too, with a lighter aluminum body, an impressive new V6 engine and a vast array of body styles and configurations. For the weekend dirt enthusiast, the Toyota Tundra can be equipped with an optional TRD Pro package, which makes it extremely adept at off-roading. Ultimately, your choice for a full-size truck might come down to styling preferences or equipment availability, but know that the Chevrolet Silverado 1500 should be on your short list.

2015 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 models

The 2015 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 is a full-size pickup offered in a variety of cab/cargo-bed configurations in both two- and four-wheel drive. Body styles include regular cab, extended ("Double") cab and crew cab. Regular cabs can be had with either a 6.5-foot standard bed or an 8.2-foot bed. Extended cabs come only with the 6.5-foot standard bed, while crew cabs can be had with either a 5.75-foot short bed or the 6.5-foot standard bed.

Regular cabs are limited to the Work Truck (WT), LS and LT trims. The extended cabs come in WT, LT, LS and LTZ trims while the crew cab comes in all the aforementioned trim levels, plus the plush High Country and off-road-oriented Z71 trims.

The WT comes with 17-inch steel wheels, tinted glass, air-conditioning, cruise control, power door locks, a tilt-only steering column, vinyl seating, rubber floor covering, a 40/20/40-split front bench seat and a four-speaker AM/FM sound system with USB and auxiliary inputs. The LS adds stainless steel finish wheels, chrome bumpers and grille, power and heated mirrors, deep-tinted glass, power windows, keyless entry, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, OnStar with 4G LTE WiFi and an upgraded MyLink audio system with a 4.2-inch color display, satellite radio, Pandora radio, a CD player and voice control functionality.

Stepping up to the LT adds a chrome grille insert, an "E-Z" lift/lower tailgate, alloy wheels, cloth upholstery (with adjustable lumbar support for the driver), carpeting, a leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls, and six speakers for the audio system.

The LTZ piles on chrome trim, 18-inch alloy wheels, remote starting, power folding mirrors, a power sliding rear window, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a rearview camera, a 110-volt power outlet, dual-zone automatic climate control, leather upholstery, heated eight-way power driver and passenger front seats with two-way adjustable lumbar, driver seat memory settings and an 8-inch touchscreen display for the MyLink interface.

In addition to the LTZ features, the High Country includes a unique grille, 20-inch wheels, front and rear parking sensors, cargo box tie-downs, a spray-on bedliner, a Bose audio system, 10-way power front seats and ventilated front seats.

The Z71 trim, which is available for the LT or LTZ, features off-road-oriented hardware such as special shock absorbers, a heavy-duty air cleaner, hill descent control, underbody shields, recovery hooks and a few unique exterior and interior styling tweaks.

Many of the features on the upper trim levels are offered on the lower ones as options, while other available features (depending on the trim level and configuration) include various axle ratios, a power sunroof, side step rails, parking sensors, a navigation system and a rear seat entertainment system with a DVD/Blu-ray player. Notably, the Max Trailering package features an integrated trailer-brake controller, heavier-duty suspension calibration and a higher-capacity radiator.

Another key option group is the Driver Alert package that features lane departure warning, forward collision alert, a safety alert seat and front and rear parking sensors. There are also the All Star Edition, Texas Edition and Custom Sport option packages, whose highlights (depending on the package) include 20-inch wheels, one of the available towing groups, remote starting, a power driver seat, a rearview camera and, of course, unique badging.

Performance & mpg

Standard on all but the LTZ trims is a 4.3-liter V6 with 285 horsepower and 305 pound-feet of torque. It comes matched to a six-speed automatic transmission and either rear-wheel or four-wheel drive. The EPA's fuel economy estimates stand at 20 mpg combined (18 city/24 highway) for two-wheel drive. With 4WD, EPA estimates drop to 19 mpg combined (17/22). Maximum towing capacity, when properly equipped and depending on body style, ranges from 5,500 to 7,600 pounds.

The 5.3-liter V8, which is standard on the LTZ trims and optional on other Silverados, makes 355 hp and 383 lb-ft of torque. It also comes with a six-speed automatic and the choice of two- or four-wheel drive. Properly equipped, trucks with this engine can tow anywhere from 6,200 to 11,500 pounds. With rear-wheel drive, the EPA says Silverados with the 5.3-liter V8 will achieve 19 mpg combined (16 city/23 highway). With 4WD they rate 18 combined (16/22). In Edmunds testing, a 2WD Silverado 1500 LT Z71 Crew Cab with the 5.3-liter V8 went from zero to 60 in just 6.8 seconds.

Optional on the LTZ and High Country trims is a 6.2-liter V8 that makes 420 hp and 460 lb-ft. It's paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission, and maximum towing capacity ranges from 9,100 to 12,000 pounds when properly equipped. Trucks with the 6.2 V8 earn an EPA rating of 17 mpg combined (15 city/21 highway) with either 2WD or 4WD.

Safety

Standard safety features on the 2015 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 include antilock disc brakes, traction and stability control, front and rear seat side airbags and side curtain airbags. Also standard on all trim levels except the Work Truck is OnStar, which includes services such as automatic crash notification, roadside assistance, remote door unlocking and stolen vehicle assistance.

Options include a rearview camera, front and rear parking sensors and a suite of driver aids that include lane departure and forward collision warning systems.

In government crash tests, the Silverado earned a perfect overall five-star rating, with five stars awarded for both total frontal-impact and side-impact protection. In Insurance Institute for Highway Safety testing, the Silverado earned the top rating of "Good" in the moderate-overlap frontal offset crash test.

During Edmunds' braking test, a Silverado Crew Cab 2WD came to a stop from 60 mph in 128 feet, a good performance and a few feet shorter than average for a full-size pickup.

Driving

The 2015 Chevrolet Silverado's standard V6 engine provides more than enough power for most simple tasks. As you'd expect, the 5.3-liter V8 delivers even more thrust with good manners, though there's still a bit of vibration during hard acceleration. More seamless than ever, however, is the 5.3-liter engine's fuel-saving cylinder deactivation system, which swaps between V8 and V4 modes with complete transparency.

The six-speed automatic transmission provides smooth and timely gearchanges in normal driving. However, we've noticed that there's still too big a gap between the transmission's gear ratios when towing near the maximum. With its closer gear ratios, the new eight-speed automatic is a welcome addition, but it's available only with the 6.2-liter V8. That said, we've used a Silverado with the 5.3-liter V8 and the Max Trailering package to tow a trailer with an 8,600-pound load, and there was plenty of reserve grunt.

Overall ride and handling dynamics are some of the best available in any full-size truck. The 2015 Chevy Silverado 1500 feels robust structurally, yet most versions are compliant and comfortable over broken pavement. Take note, though, that the ride is noticeably stiffer on trucks with the Max Trailering package. The Silverado earns an Edmunds.com "B" rating, and one of the areas it scores highest in is quietness. Road and wind noise are minimal, even at highway speeds. In our long-term test of a Silverado 1500, we found this truck extremely livable for daily commuting and long road trips alike.

Given its size and focus on utility, the Chevy isn't exactly agile around turns, and there's plenty of body lean if you push it harder. But in normal driving it feels confident, and the steering is well-weighted. Off-road, the Silverado exhibits excellent composure when bouncing around on rocky trails.

Interior

Inside, all versions of the Chevy Silverado have high-quality materials, and we've been impressed by the build quality in all the trucks we've tested. There are numerous bins and cubbies, a deluge of cupholders and, depending on the trim level, up to five USB ports to keep all your devices charged and happy. Available on most versions, the optional 8-inch touchscreen infotainment interface features straightforward menus and effective voice commands, although the system can occasionally be slow to respond to inputs.

With a choice of bench or buckets up front (depending on trim level), as well as available heating, ventilation and adjustable lumbar support, the Silverado's thickly padded seats promise plenty of long-trip comfort. When you go with the crew cab, there's plenty of room for full-size adults in the front and backseats. In addition, the current Silverado is better insulated from noise than ever before, and city potholes and grooved highway pavement seldom intrude on the cabin's calm. Finally, clambering into the cargo bed is made easier by clever steps and handholds built into each rear corner.

Edmunds Insurance Estimator

The Edmunds TCO® estimated monthly insurance payment for a 2015 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 in Virginia is:

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