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2009 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2009 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 was new.


Interior: 8.7

The 2009 Chevrolet Silverado has a well-built and comfortable interior.  Buyers can choose from two basic interior packages. The base Work Truck (WT) interior has few features but durable materials like vinyl seats and rubber floor mats that can be easily hosed down. Chevy also offers a LT trim, which has the option of luxury accents like leather seating and a Bose stereo. Both basic interior packages can be enhanced with individual options as well as option packages, though some reviewers say the competition offers more day-to-day livability in its interiors.

  • "The instrument panel was redesigned last year to give the cabin a more open feeling. Seams are few and the textures are appealing." -- Kansas City Star
  • "While nobody will mistake the new Silverado interior for a Lexus, even two years in it still has a purposeful appeal we can appreciate." -- Jalopnik
  • "The interior is well-finished enough, with nicely grained surfaces and a clean overall design. But our top-line LTZ's black interior is more than a little monochromatic and dreary and the tiny control buttons on the center stack are hard to use." -- Edmunds


Reviewers were generally impressed with the seating in the Silverado, though many felt that the backseat of the extended cab model was a little short on space. The crew cab model received better reviews.

  • "Ample adult room. Bucket or bench, the seats are comfortable if somewhat lacking in side support." -- Consumer Guide
  • "The cloth bucket seats don't look like much, but we drove for nearly five straight hours without getting uncomfortable." -- Edmunds
  • "The Silverado's front bucket seats are more comfortable than those you'll find in the F-150, though the leather quality isn't quite up to par." -- Left Lane News
  • "The back-seat area in my extended cab test Silverado was cramped, and the seat was too upright for much comfort. Opt for the crew cab version for a more comfortable back seat." -- MSN

Interior Features

Because of the number of trim levels and option packages offered on the Silverado, it's possible to have a pure workday interior or a more luxurious cabin. No matter what interior set up or features are chosen, reviewers agree that the interior is well-laid out and built solid, though some complain about the features the Silverado doesn't offer, though competitors do.

Though the base WT model comes with only an AM/FM stereo, upgraded entertainment options are also available. The 1LT model has an upgraded AM/FM stereo with MP3 compatible CD player and an auxiliary MP3 player jack, and the top-of-the-line LTZ model has an in-dash six-disc CD changer with auxiliary MP3 player jack and a Bose speaker system. An optional rear-seat DVD player is also available on the Silverado.

  • "Classic and elegant, the Silverado's interior is light on trendy chrome and silver-painted plastic. It's a design that will age well, even if it's a little conservative for some buyers today." -- Left Lane News
  • "The overall ambience is akin to that of a luxury car." -- Road and Track


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