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2011 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Hybrid Review

The 2011 Chevrolet Silverado Hybrid has great fuel economy for the class and a comfortable ride, but other trucks offer higher-quality interiors and better driving dynamics.

Pros & Cons

  • Good ride quality
  • Better fuel economy than other full-size trucks
  • Low towing capacity




Critics' Rating: 8.6
Performance: 8.0
Interior: 7.6
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.0
Safety: 8.4
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2011 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Hybrid Overview

The 2011 Silverado Hybrid is rated at 20/23 mpg city/highway, which is better fuel economy than other 2011 full-size trucks achieve. However, because of its hybrid components, some reviewers complained that the Silverado Hybrid doesn’t drive as smoothly as its gas-only counterpart. They noted rough transitions between gas and electric power, as well as overly-sensitive regenerative brakes. On the other hand, a few test drivers also wrote that the Silverado Hybrid is comfortable and composed over rough roads. The Silverado Hybrid is powered by a V8 engine and a pair of electric motors, which are paired with an electronically variable transmission. Reviewers said this powertrain has plenty of power for city and highway driving. Maximum towing capacity is 6,100 pounds on two-wheel drive models, which is less than the gas-only Silverado 1500, which can tow up to 10,700 pounds.

Reviewers thought the Silverado Hybrid has a functional and attractive interior design, despite a number of hard plastic surfaces. Still, one critic thought that the Silverado Hybrid should have nicer interior materials. The Silverado Hybrid comes only as a five- or six-seat crew cab. Most reviewers reported that both rows of seats are comfortable and spacious. The Silverado Hybrid comes in two trim levels. The base 1HY trim comes with a front bench seat, dual-zone automatic climate control, a six-speaker stereo with satellite radio and Bluetooth. The upper 2HY trim adds leather seats, power-adjustable front bucket seats, rear parking sensors, a Bose stereo with USB port and navigation. A backup camera and power sunroof are also available on the 2HY trim.

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Other Trucks to Consider

While it uses more fuel than the Silverado Hybrid, the gas-only 2011 GMC Sierra 1500 can tow much more than the Silverado Hybrid. The Sierra 1500 is also available in multiple bed and cab configurations.

The 2011 Ford F-150 has one of the most fuel-efficient gas-only engines among 2011 full-size pickups. With its base V6, the F-150 gets 17/23 mpg city/highway and it matches the Silverado Hybrid’s towing capacity.

Compare the Silverado Hybrid to the Sierra 1500 and F-150 »

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