2018 Chevrolet Silverado 1500

2018 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Crew Cab Review

The Silverado 1500 is a solid choice for anyone looking for a versatile full-size pickup.
7.2 / 10
Edmunds overall rating
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by Cameron Rogers
Edmunds Editor

Edmunds expert review

It's pretty easy to figure out why the Chevrolet Silverado is General Motors' best-selling vehicle. Americans love pickups, so there's that. But Chevy does its part by offering a huge range of Silverado configurations. It's sold with three cab layouts, three bed sizes and three engine choices across six distinct trim levels. Whether you want a bare-bones work truck or a luxurious cruiser, there's probably a 2018 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 for you.

A number of notable additions for 2018 further bolster the Silverado's wide-ranging appeal. They were options last year, but a rearview camera and 7-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are now standard on even the humble Work Truck trim. The eAssist package, which adds an engine stop-start system for improved fuel economy in city driving, is now available nationwide — the package was previously sold in a limited number of California dealerships.

The Silverado isn't as new as the Nissan Titan, as light as the Ford F-150, or as comfortable as the Ram 1500. But Chevy's bread and butter does most things well and should command a high spot on your shopping list of potential pickups.

Notably, we picked the 2018 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 as one of Edmunds' Best Pickup Trucks for this year.



What's new for 2018

The rearview camera and a 7-inch touchscreen are now standard on the Silverado 1500. The mild-hybrid eAssist package (which turns off the engine when the vehicle is stopped) is now available nationwide and can be ordered in conjunction with the LT or LTZ trim. (It was LT-only last year.)

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The WT and LS trims are great for buyers planning on using this pickup as a simple gear hauler, but it's best to skip those (and the Custom trim) and go straight to the LT if you're looking for a few creature comforts. Cloth upholstery, a larger touchscreen, satellite radio and tailgate dampers are all standard on the LT, while two available packages add a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel and a rear window defogger, among other upgrades. The LT also opens the door to other options that you can't get on lower trims, such as a navigation system and the city-friendly eAssist package.



Trim levels & features

Like most full-size trucks, the 2018 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 is not only sold in a number of cab and bed configurations, a bevy of trims and options packages are also available.

The Silverado 1500 full-size pickup is available in three cab styles: the two-door regular cab, the four-door extended (Double) cab and the crew cab. The regular cab seats three and can be had with either a 6.5-foot-long standard bed or an 8-foot-long bed. The extended cab can seat up to six and comes only with the standard bed. The crew cab adds full-size rear doors and increased rear legroom and is available with the standard bed or a shorter 5-foot-8-inch bed. All cab and cargo bed configurations can be ordered with two- or four-wheel drive.

Regular cabs are limited to the Work Truck (WT), LS and LT trims. The extended cabs come in WT, LS, Custom, LT and LTZ trims, and the crew cab comes in all the aforementioned trim levels as well as the plush High Country. The off-road-oriented Z71 package can be ordered in LT and LTZ models with four-wheel drive.

The WT is powered by a 4.3-liter V6 engine (285 horsepower, 305 pound-feet of torque) matched to a six-speed automatic transmission. Its standard features list includes 17-inch steel wheels, xenon headlights, LED daytime running lights, black front and rear bumpers, manually adjustable mirrors, a bed light, a rearview camera, air-conditioning, cruise control, power door locks, a tilt-only steering column, a driver information display, vinyl seating, vinyl floor covering and a 40/20/40-split front bench seat.

Standard technology includes a 7-inch touchscreen with Chevrolet's MyLink interface, Bluetooth and a six-speaker audio system with a USB port, an auxiliary audio jack, and smartphone compatibility via Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

The standard equipment changes slightly depending on the cab configuration. Extended-cab models get a full-width folding rear bench, while crew cabs have a 60/40-split folding bench. Extended- and crew-cab models get power windows, while regular cabs get manually operated windows. Front tow hooks are standard with four-wheel-drive models.

The LS adds stainless-steel finish wheels (crew-cab models get alloys), chrome bumpers and grille, power and heated mirrors, deep-tinted glass, remote locking and unlocking, OnStar (with 4G LTE and Wi-Fi), and power windows for the regular cab.

The Silverado Custom is similar to the LS but receives special exterior trim, front tow hooks and 20-inch chrome wheels (Onstar and remote locking and unlocking are deleted but can be added back by selecting the Convenience package).

From the LS, stepping up to the LT adds a tailgate damper, alloy wheels, body-colored door handles and mirrors, cloth upholstery (with adjustable lumbar support for the driver), carpeting, vinyl floor mats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls, an upgraded driver information display, and an 8-inch touchscreen with HD radio, satellite radio and a CD player. Double- and crew-cab models with front bucket seats also get a floor-mounted console with wireless phone charging.

Under the hood of the LTZ lies a 5.3-liter V8 engine (355 hp, 383 lb-ft) matched to either a six-speed or eight-speed automatic, depending on configuration. Its additional features include chrome exterior trim, 18-inch alloy wheels, LED headlights, LED foglights and taillights, a heavy-duty locking rear differential, front tow hooks, a seven-pin wiring harness connector, a trailer hitch, remote engine start, a security system, power-folding mirrors with puddle lamps, auto-dimming driver and rearview mirrors, a power-sliding rear window with defogger, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, a 110-volt power outlet, dual-zone automatic climate control, leather upholstery, eight-way power driver and passenger front seats with heating and two-way power lumbar adjustment, and driver-seat memory settings.

The luxe High Country includes a unique grille, 20-inch chrome wheels, front and rear parking sensors, chrome side step rails, cargo box tie-downs, a spray-on bedliner, a trailer brake controller, a heated steering wheel, a seven-speaker Bose audio system, a navigation system, ventilated front bucket seats with four-way power lumbar adjustment, power-adjustable pedals, carpeted floor mats, wireless phone charging and the contents of the Enhanced Driver Alert package (see below).

The Z71 package, which is available for the LT or LTZ with 4WD, features 18-inch wheels and 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 packages or stand-alone options. Other available features, depending on the trim level and configuration, include various axle ratios, off-road-oriented tires, larger wheels, tow mirrors, power-retractable side step rails, a power sunroof, LED cargo box light 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. For the ultimate hot-rod Silverado, a 6.2-liter V8 engine mated to an eight-speed auto is available on LTZ and High Country trims, producing a stonking 420 hp and 460 lb-ft of torque.

Another key option group is the Enhanced Driver Alert package, optional on the LT and LTZ and standard on the High Country. It includes a lane departure warning and prevention system, automatic high-beam control, forward collision warning with low-speed emergency braking, a safety alert seat, and front and rear parking sensors.

There are also the All Star Edition and Texas Edition options packages, whose highlights (depending on the package) include 20-inch wheels, one of the available towing groups, remote starting, a power driver seat and, of course, unique badging. Choosing an LT crew-cab model with the All Star Edition or LTZ crew cab with the Sport package opens the gate to the eAssist package. It adds a fuel-saving engine stop-start feature with an electric motor charged by regenerative brakes. Also included is the 5.3-liter V8, an eight-speed automatic transmission, a tonneau cover and LED cargo box lights.

Several styling packages are available, depending on body style and trim level. These include the Special Ops, Realtree, Midnight, Rally 1, Rally 2 and Centennial Edition packages.



Trim tested

Each vehicle typically comes in multiple versions that are fundamentally similar. The ratings in this review are based on our full test of the 2017 Chevrolet Silverado High Country Crew Cab Short Bed (6.2L V8 | 8-speed automatic | 4WD | 5-foot-8-inch bed).

Edmunds Scorecard

Overall7.2 / 10

Driving

7.0 / 10

Acceleration7.0 / 10
Braking7.5 / 10
Steering6.5 / 10
Handling6.5 / 10
Drivability6.0 / 10

Comfort

7.0 / 10

Seat comfort8.0 / 10
Ride comfort6.0 / 10
Noise & vibration7.0 / 10
Climate control7.5 / 10

Interior

7.5 / 10

Ease of use7.5 / 10
Getting in/getting out7.5 / 10
Driving position8.0 / 10
Roominess7.5 / 10
Visibility7.0 / 10
Quality6.5 / 10

Utility

8.5 / 10

Small-item storage9.0 / 10
Cargo space8.0 / 10

Technology

6.5 / 10

Audio & navigation6.5 / 10
Smartphone integration6.0 / 10
Voice control6.0 / 10

Driving7.0

The optional 6.2-liter V8 is certainly an impressive engine, and braking performance is good in this segment, but the Silverado's responsiveness and handling leave something to be desired. Competitors do it better.

Acceleration7.0

The pedal is poorly tuned and has a detent at the bottom of travel before you hit full throttle, presumably for fuel economy. Put the hammer down and the Silverado really goes. The 6.2-liter V8 has a powerful presence, but the transmission shifts take time. Zero to 60 mph takes just 6.4 seconds.

Braking7.5

The brakes feel relatively soft in casual driving, but they have a linear progression of pedal effort and an average amount of travel. In Edmunds testing, the Silverado was able to stop from 60 mph in 125 feet, which is good performance for the segment.

Steering6.5

The steering is heavy, even for a truck and especially when you compare it to the newest Ford F-150. The steering wheel returns to center quickly and feels good in your hands. But from the driver's seat, there is absolutely zero sense of what the front wheels are doing.

Handling6.5

The Silverado gets easily unsettled by midcorner bumps and has a lot of body roll due to its considerable weight. This isn't a truck that maintains composure well, and its mild all-terrain tires, which squeal around most corners, are a constant reminder.

Drivability6.0

The massive torque from the Silverado's largest V8 does a good job of getting you off the line but only when you nail the accelerator. Otherwise, the throttle feels somewhat ponderous at times, and the eight-speed transmission can be clunky and hard-shifting.

Off-road7.0

Four-wheel drive, relatively high ground clearance, and decent approach and departure angles make the Silverado pretty capable off-road, but its sheer size means it won't be getting into many tight spaces. Buyers who want more off-road ability should check out the Z71 package.

Comfort7.0

Though it's not class-leading when it comes to comfort (the Ram 1500 gets that distinction), the Silverado is still a very livable truck. We found this High Country model to be a very friendly road-trip companion but less comfortable in the city over broken streets.

Seat comfort8.0

The High Country's seats are pretty plush. Because of the seat's minimal side bolstering, most drivers will get comfortable easily and stay that way for nearly any duration. A wide range of adjustment helps, too.

Ride comfort6.0

Ride comfort is good on the open highway, second only to the air suspension underneath the Ram. But the optional suspension fitted to this High Country trim level (the High Desert package) makes for poor ride quality over bumpy city streets. We wouldn't recommend it.

Noise & vibration7.0

Aside from some wind noise due to the Silverado's boxy shape, there isn't much noise making its way into the cabin. A pleasant rumble comes from the 6.2-liter engine under the hood but only when you're accelerating hard. Otherwise, it's quiet compared to other trucks.

Climate control7.5

It takes a while to get the A/C blowing cold, but it operates well once it's going. The awesome split-heating seats, which can heat the bottom and back cushions independently, should be on every car. Heated-ventilated front seats are standard on the High Country and perform well.

Interior7.5

The Silverado's crew cab offers plenty of room and easy access to both rows. The instrument panel, central touchscreen, and array of buttons and knobs are attractive, well labeled and easy to use but they look a bit dated compared to more recently redesigned trucks in the class.

Ease of use7.5

The Silverado's instrument panel has handy configurable screens and the central MyLink infotainment touchscreen system works well, but it can be a bit of a reach within the wide cabin. Buttons and knobs are large and intuitively laid out.

Getting in/getting out7.5

Optional retractable side steps help you get in and out quite a bit, but they can also hit you right in the shins if you aren't paying attention. The door openings are suitably large for simple entry, with grab handles all around to help you climb in.

Driving position8.0

Silverado LTZ trims and above (including our High Country) get a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel. The High Country also gets power-adjustable pedals and eight-way power-adjustable seats with four-way lumbar adjustment. Drivers of all sizes should have an easy time here.

Roominess7.5

While competitors may edge out the Silverado a bit on interior dimensions, this crew-cab truck never feels small. You can seat three adults in the back seat without issue, and adults of all sizes should fit comfortably up front.

Visibility7.0

Large windows and a large windshield should mean great forward visibility, but the unnecessarily tall hood is hard to see over and the side mirrors aren't as tall as we'd like. The blind-spot mirror bubble is a nice idea but it's too small to see much. The good and the bad average out.

Quality6.5

Compared to the new F-150, some of the Silverado's plastics feel cheap. Construction quality is fine, and we didn't notice any squeaks or rattles. But the cabin is less modern than those of top rivals. A side-box storage bin opened at highway speeds due to a big crosswind, shaking our confidence.

Utility8.5

As is the case with most full-size trucks, the Silverado is very utilitarian even at its base trim levels. With the High Country, there are a few cool features such as the bed dividers and side-box storage. But they seem a bit like afterthoughts; they aren't as well-integrated as some rival systems.

Small-item storage9.0

Pockets, pockets, pockets! The interior features a big center console, nearly a dozen cupholders, and a glovebox that could hold about 10 pairs of bulky work gloves. This is where full-size trucks like the Silverado shine. Only the Ram 1500 is better and just by a small margin.

Cargo space8.0

The rear-seat bottoms fold up easily to create a flat in-cab storage space. The High Country bed has a removable water-resistant tonneau cover and a fold-up divider. The divider's usefulness is debatable: It impedes loading larger items but improves storage as it turns the bed into a big trunk.

Child safety seat accommodation8.5

Two sets of lower LATCH anchors and three top tethers mean you can definitely fit three child seats in the back, depending on their width. Placing the seats may be difficult due to the ride height, but side steps and a tall cabin will help with that.

Towing8.5

Our test truck's 9,200-pound tow rating is competitive for the class. Equipped with the 3.42 axle ratio via the Max Trailering package, a 12,500-pound tow rating is possible with the 6.2-liter engine.

Hauling6.5

The High Country's 1,770-pound payload capacity is decent but not class-leading. Hauling in the High Country's tonneau-covered bed will be difficult thanks to three panels that need to be removed one at a time. Side-box storage helps with small items but infringes on the bed width quite a bit.

Technology6.5

While it's aesthetically pleasing and has a simple layout upfront, Chevrolet's MyLink system isn't our favorite. There were some usability issues during our test, combined with difficulty pairing our devices and initiating voice commands. Mobile web is a strong point, though.

Audio & navigation6.5

More modern systems from rivals mean the Chevy's audio and navigation systems seems a bit dated. The MyLink system has logical menus but can be slow to respond. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto seemed to have more reliable navigation than the Chevy system, so we relied on those.

Smartphone integration6.0

Our experience with smartphone devices was poor, with even the USB dropping connections over the course of the test. We generally liked the interface when it was functioning, but it takes quite a bit of time to load music. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto work best and are standard on all trims.

Voice control6.0

Multiple attempts to use the Silverado's built-in voice controls fell short, with a success rate of about 50 percent. It was easier to use the knobs and touchscreen controls. That said, Siri and Google Voice can be accessed if you've paired your smartphone by holding the talk button longer.

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