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Pickup Truck of the Year Walk-Around: 2016 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 High Country

Easy Rider

Dec 3, 2015
Photographers: Truck Trend Editors
The Silverado 1500 was all-new for the 2014 model year, with new direct-injected EcoTec 3 engines and evolutionary, familiar styling. Some criticized Chevrolet for not going further with the redesign, saying it was playing it too safe. Well, the 2016 refresh is hardly what you’d call radical, but it does give the Silverado a slightly more distinctive look. On the top-trim High Country model, it includes generous amounts of LED lighting and chrome accents. In terms of hardware updates, the biggest news for 2016 is the addition of the 8L90 eight-speed automatic with the 5.3L engine. The transmission was offered only with the optional 6.2L V-8 last year.
The High Country in particular was a comfortable and relaxing highway cruiser, with a smooth ride for a pickup and a hushed interior. GM’s fullsizers continue to impress with their real-world fuel economy, with the Silverado achieving well above 20 mpg on a highway stretch. Our tester also featured GM’s new articulating power running boards, doubling as a bed step by kicking the side of the step. Combined with GM’s signature corner bumper step, the Silverado gets top marks for bed access. Will these incremental updates be enough for it to capture our 2016 Pickup Truck of the Year crown? Stay tuned to find out.
2016 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 High Country 4WD
Engine: 5.3L/355-hp/383-lb-ft OHV 16-valve V-8
Transmission: 8-speed automatic
Axle Ratio: 3.42:1
Curb Weight (F/R Dist): 5,715 pounds (3,396/2,319 pounds)
Wheelbase: 143.5 in
Length x Width x Height: 230.0 x 80.0 x 74.2 in
GVWR: 7,200 pounds
Total Payload: 1,485 pounds
Tested Payload: 1,400 pounds
GCVWR: 15,000 pounds
Trailer Weight: 9,100 pounds
Tested Trailer Weight (75% Max Rating): 6,845 pounds
EPA City/Highway/Combined Fuel Economy: 15/21/17 mpg

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