By the end of the journey, our trip computer calculated an average fuel economy of 18.2 mpg, though our own numbers indicate the actual average was closer to 17.2. Either way, that's well within the EPA-estimated 14 mpg city and 19 mpg highway. The instantaneous fuel-mileage readout on the dash was fun to play with, though it quickly became apparent that only moderate throttle input was required to bring the engine out of four-cylinder mode and back to full V-8 power. The cruise control did a much better job of keeping four cylinders shut down than the driver did.

It's been two years since the Silverado walked away with Motor Trend's coveted Truck of the Year golden calipers, and, since then, crosstown rivals Ford and Dodge have come out with new half-tons. Chevy hasn't been resting on its laurels, though, and these improvements to the Silverado should help keep it near the front of the pack.

Base price $34,295
Price as tested $39,019
Layout Front engine, 4WD, 6-pass, 4-door pickup
Engine 5.3L/315-hp/338-lb-ft OHV 16-valve V-8
Transmission 6-speed Hydra-Matic 6L80 automatic
Wheelbase 143.5 in
Length x width x height 230.0 x 79.9 x 74.0 in
Curb weight 5286 lb
GVWR 7000 lb
Max payload capacity 1714 lb
Max towing capacity 9500 lb
0-60 mph 7.6 sec (est)
EPA city/hwy fuel econ 14/19 mpg
As-tested fuel economy 17.2 mpg
CO2 emissions 1.22 lb/mile
On sale in U.S. Currently