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19 Mpg in city!

Dave S., 09/21/2016
updated 06/03/2024
2016 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Work Truck 4dr Double Cab SB (4.3L 6cyl 6A)
16 of 16 people found this review helpful

This truck is not in Edmunds model description. I went from a 1998 Saturn "great car", to a Chevy Silverado 2 WD, WT extended cab with a V8. I had been spoiled with 34 mpg in the city and 42 mpg highway, for almost 19 years. With the first fill up of gas in this truck I averaged almost 19 mpg city driving. I'm very impressed with the truck so far. It is very quite, has plenty of power, and looks like it will get almost 2 times the mpg of my previous 83" Chevy pickup. But, with only 300 miles on it, I can't tell you much. I'll let you know in 19 years what I think ;) I had a hard time finding this truck. It seems like most trucks are loaded, 4 WD with 6 cylinders. For 1 mpg difference why buy a 6 cylinder? I really wanted to buy a extended cab with a 8' bed, but GM doesn't sell it in the 1500 trucks. I looked at the 2500's until I saw how bad the Mpg was! 6 Months in, and 4,000 miles. I'm averaging 15 - 17 Mpg in city. I've been making her work hard. Remodeled 2 houses since I got this truck. Average homeowner doesn't need the 8' bed. Heck I'm managing without! Many 1500# + loads. Several trips with16' beams with a tailgate extender and well flagged!! With tailgate down you can bring home 10' items pretty easily. Just brought home some (.25") 4" x 10" x 10' Steel Rectangular Tube, just flagged it! 18 month review. I have almost 11,000 miles. Still getting 15 - 17 in the city. Truck's running great. Remodeled another house, major repairs. In hind site, I should have bought a standard cab with an 8' box. My kids are old enough to both have their own cars and I only use the back seats once a month on average. Not worth the extra $9,000 or so extra for the back seats. Also an 8' box would have come in handy MANY times! I've pushed the loads accidentally over 2,000 #'s a few times. The trucks tires don't like it, best description would be wallowing like a boat!! But the the brakes and motor don't care! The suspension was not bottomed out so I ASSUMED I was still in the weight range. I wish GM would work on the mpg on the super duty trucks!!! I still love this truck! 24 Month review. 14,000 Miles. In the city this truck is still averaging 15.5 - 16.5 Mpg! I still love this truck. One round trip from Rochester Hills MI, to Caro MI. I didn't take the freeway, just a relaxing drive up M-24. 130 mile round trip, truck averaged 27.5 Mpg. Awesome! 2nd Trip from Rochester Hills, to Grayling MI, Averaged 72 mph on "75". I drove around in Grayling and surrounding areas also. When I got home I checked my mileage again. Averaged 24.3 Mpg for 525 mile round trip! This truck with the longer wheel base rides very smoothly on the freeway's. I have a Tonneau cover on the truck, so I'm sure that helps with the mileage. I still can't believe this truck can get those kinds of #'s. Great purchase. But, still wish I had just bought the standard cab. I rarely need the extended cab! 30 Months in. 16,000 miles. Truck is still running GREAT, and averaging 16+ miles per gallon in the city. Does decent in the snow. 48 Month review. 24,000 miles. At 80 mph mileage will suffer. I recently drove up north for a vacation at higher speeds and mileage dropped to 19. On the way back drove at around 72 and again averaged 25 mpg. I still can't believe a truck can get this good of mileage. I also own a 2008 Chevy impala and this car doesn't get as good mileage as the truck at highway speeds! The truck is still working GREAT, and I'm very happy for the purchase! 5 Year review. Last winter the sensors on the tire pressure went haywire. But, as soon as the temp's came back up it went back to normal. And that's the reason I don't buy LOADED vehicles. If you only plan to own a vehicle for 3 years it doesn't matter. But if you plan to own a car for 10+ years like I do, it DOES. Truck is pushing on 27K miles. I drove almost zilch during covid-19. I'm still getting 16 or so Mpg in city and 25 Mpg on the highway as long as I drive under 72. Still a great purchase. No maintenance needed yet, just oil changes. Though I plan to buy a new battery soon. 6 Year review. I needed 2 new front tires at 35K. And will need two more next summer. I put light truck tires on the rear for a stiffer ride "increased payload capacity on tires", when carrying a heavy load. It was a good decision. The truck now has 35,000 miles. I build a small truck bed camper weighing 600#'s and am carrying a dirt bike on a carrier on the trailer hitch. I figure I'm at 92% of rear axle payload limit. And at about 6,650 total payload weight of truck with 7,000 GVWR. So, I'm pushing the truck! Did 2 trips this year to Grayling, MI area. 400-mile round trips each. Drove at 66 mph and averaged 17 Mpg. Impressive. Truck handled it just fine and I was surprised the rear didn't sink too much. I took it easy on the brakes and gas pedal and the transmission temp never went above 198, which is at top of normal driving range. I wish the dealer gave more info in the manual about temps. Still a great purchase! 37,000 miles 6.5 years old. Replaced battery. What a pain. There are 2 spots for a battery on a Silverado. One in front of the engine and easy to get too. And one in the back that is hard to get too. And you guessed it, it's in the back where it's hard to get to. A trick to get out the battery is to put on the battery posts from new battery and rotate out the old battery by putting on its side and pulling it out. then put the battery post protectors on the new battery and lay it on it's side and put it in and then stand it back up. It's easier than having to pull the windshield water bottle out. The truck is still running great. And I'm still pushing the loads around 1,500 and she's handling them just fine. Though I now have a few small spots of rust in the rear wheel well. Not happy to see this on a 6-year-old car. I expected better for how much trucks cost. A car should be able to make 10 years without much rust in my opinion. 84 months and 43,000 miles. Truck is working great, and no repairs needed as of yet. Will be replacing 2 tires next week. The truck is starting to rust in other areas now. I have to say, poor paint, best guess. Which is a shame for the cost of these trucks. My 83 truck, went over 10 years before it started to rust. I purchased a cabin about 3 hrs away from the house and this is now my main mileage per year. I get 21 - 22 Mpg when just carrying up basic items. If I carry my motorcycle hanging off the back on the carrier, I get 19 mpg. What's nice is even with a 350# bike and a 70# carrier hanging off the back of the truck, it's hardly noticeable. These trucks have come a long way on handling loads. 7.5-Year-old truck. Truck is still running great. I did brakes all around, "rust" is the issue. And now I'm going to need to do rear shocks this summer, and maybe front too. 46K miles. I'm planning on having the undercarriage sprayed with oil to slow down the rust in MI. We shall see if this helps? The frame is starting to get a decent amount of runs on it and I have the passenger side rocker panel has a little rust on it. They are supposed to spray the oil inside the lower body panels and all the bare metal. I'd like to get more time before rust takes over this truck. Other than the rust starting the truck is still doing great.

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Extremely pleased with Silverado LTZ

Tom, 12/21/2016
2016 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LTZ 4dr Double Cab 4WD SB (5.3L 8cyl 8A)
15 of 16 people found this review helpful

We traded in a 2016 Toyota Tacoma off road double cab for a 2016 Silverado LTZ. The LTZ has the 6.2L and 8 spd tranny. The Silverado get's better fuel mileage, more comfortable and is hands down a better truck than the Toyota. My family loves the cabin space, the layout, comfort and I like the smooth 6.2l and 8spd tranny combo. I've had the truck 3 weeks and have 2,500 miles on it and I'm impressed with the MPG's! Sub-zero temperatures and I'm getting 19mpg on the highway- better than my Tacoma ever did!

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5 out of 5 stars

Rented 4 pickups bought the Silverado

Jpv, 03/27/2016
updated 05/25/2016
2016 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 4dr Crew Cab 6.5 ft. SB (5.3L 8cyl 6A)
30 of 34 people found this review helpful

I was in the market for a new pickup and definitely preferred the Toyota Tundra before driving any of them because I have owned Toyota and Lexus vehicles for the last 20 years. Can't beat the reliability anywhere. Drove the Tundra and liked it but could not average more than 15 mpg, didn't matter that I took a trip to Naples, still 15 mpg. The truck was very nice but that was a problem for me. I rented an F150, not crazy about the looks and the aluminum body, just my opinion, and the Ram, could not get past the rotating knob for a shifter, reminded me of the old push button transmission fad of the old Chrysler and the gas mileage was terrible like the Tundra. Rented a Silverado thinking I have not bought a Chevy in 30 years and to my surprise, I posted 22.9 mpg on the highway, a high of 24.2 and an average of 21.9. I was shocked and amazed at how great it rode and handled. The Apple car play was a bonus and a great addition to the my sync system which sounds surprisingly good. Purchased the crew cab short bed with the all star package and the V8 and so far averaging 22.5 mpg in mixed mostly highway driving. Also, I do not have the Silverado shake I have read about and hope this truck serves me as well as all the Toyota vehicles I bought in the past. Only time will tell but so far, very pleased with the purchase but it has only been the first week

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5 out of 5 stars

Long time F150 owner now Chevy!

Casey SIlverado, 05/15/2016
updated 01/09/2017
2016 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Z71 LTZ 4dr Crew Cab 4WD 5.8 ft. SB (5.3L 8cyl 8A)
29 of 34 people found this review helpful

I have owned 3 F150's over the years and was in the market for a new truck. I wanted a truck with big v8 power (my last F150 had the 6.2l motor). reasonable gas mileage and ability to tow a 7x14 V nose enclosed trailer long distance in comfort. I don't do off road stuff but every so often I do hit some dirt roads. I didn't want to move to a F250 or any 3/4 ton. I looked first for a truck with a 6.2l engine and the only one I found with that option was Silverado. Well, I started looking and found that not only was it basically the same motor as in the C7 but it came with a 8 speed transmission. The Silverado comes in many different flavors and the engine choice limited me to a High Country or an LTZ Z71. I found 2 trucks about 70 miles away from where I live and test drove one and bought it the same day. I got what I needed (power, comfort, rugged). I also got what I wont use (crazy technology built-in wifi, lane assist, front assist, rear assist etc)) and hopefully it will be as reliable a truck as my fords have been. I just couldn't do a twin turbo v6 in a truck so hello Chevy and so long Ford! Update at 6000 miles. So we put this truck through some pretty intense miles. Hooked up a 7x14 enclosed motorcycle trailer with 2 baggers and towed it from VA to CO and then to WY. Went up steep mountains and through torrential rains. Experienced the joy of bad roads in various sections of the 5000 mile vacation over 2 weeks. Love this truck. Gas mileage went to hell ofcourse towing 5000 pounds+ but stable, able to go up steep inclines, handle wet roads, couple of emergency manouvers without problem, no overheating running straight for 16 hours in sometimes 102 degree heat. Update at 10,000 miles. No issues still. Using the truck still primarily for long distance trips and hauling stuff around town. Gas mileage varies between 17-21.7 depending on my heavy foot. With the big motor, its fun to to hammer it every now and then. They say this particular setup can do 0-60 in 5.9 sec, I can believe it. Crazy for a 6000 lb rig, not complaining LOL!

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2016 Silverado LS regular cab short bed 5.3 v8

Anonymous, 02/10/2017
2016 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LS 2dr Regular Cab SB (4.3L 6cyl 6A)
6 of 6 people found this review helpful

The 5.3 v8 can definitely roast some tires at 355 hp. Runs great and drives great. Sometimes the 6 speed tranny acts funny with all these crazy electronics and it swapping from v4 to v8 mode but most of the time you don't even notice. It has great traction but in the rain it's like every other truck... I can be driving down the interstate doing 70 and if I stomp it in the rain tires still spin. Some of this is due to the power of the v8 but it's very light in the rearend. The tow package and the locking rearend are great. Interior and stereo, accessories, etc are all awesome. The hid headlights are very bright and the led running light strips have a nice clean look to them paired up with the great looking new grill and hood. Gas mileage is definitely not the greatest at all but it is a truck. All in all I really love my truck. Hasn't given me any problems and I don't expect it to. It's a very dependable truck the morning after I got it I hadn't even had it 24 hours I took it on a 500 mile drive one way. 5/5 review.

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