Given the versatility of today's pickup trucks, it's no wonder that they are consistently among the top selling vehicles of all types. A great example of this is the 2017 Chevrolet Silverado 1500. Whether the task is a family vacation with a boat in tow or hauling building materials home for the next big project, Chevy's talented truck is ready to take it all on. The Silverado's lineup includes everything from a minimal frills regular cab work truck to a posh crew cab that can transport six adults in supreme comfort.
As far as powertrains, the 2017 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 offers the expected V6 and V8 options, the latter including a burly 6.2-liter mill. Though one doesn't typically buy a pickup truck for blistering acceleration, it is nonetheless impressive to note that a Silverado crew cab with 4WD and the 6.2 V8 took just 5.9 seconds to sprint to 60 mph. More practically speaking, towing capacities for the Silverado range from a maximum of 7,600 pounds with the V6 on up to 12,500 pounds with the 6.2-liter V8.
California residents who would like V6 fuel economy from their V8-powered truck may consider the "eAssist" package. Available on the LT trim level and working in concert with an added electric motor, regenerative braking and an automatic engine stop-start system, eAssist creates a mild hybrid version of the popular 5.3-liter V8 and squeezes an additional mile or two out of every gallon of gasoline. On that note, the EPA fuel economy numbers for the 2017 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 range from 17 mpg combined for a four-wheel-drive (4WD) Silverado with the 6.2-liter V8 to 20 mpg combined for two-wheel-drive (2WD) versions of the aforementioned mild hybrid and V6 trucks.
The Silverado family offers a large variety of trim levels. The aptly named Work trim has vinyl seating and floor covering, yet it is a far cry from base trucks of years past as it includes air-conditioning, cruise control, a 40/20/40-split front seat and a USB port among its standard features. On the other end of the spectrum is the LTZ, which sports LED headlights, power-folding mirrors and leather seating with heated seats in front.
For 2017, the Silverado further increases its appeal with some new features and options. One is the Teen Driver system, which will notify the truck's owner if certain conditions are realized, such as the truck exceeding a set speed limit or if the emergency safety systems come into play. We can also see the value in this option for those who frequently use valet parking. Lastly, there are various appearance packages to choose from to further set your truck apart. Whatever your preferences are, Edmunds is ready to help you find your ideal 2017 Chevrolet Silverado 1500.
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