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2013 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Review

The 2013 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 has a great reliability rating, a pleasant ride, and muscular engine options. However, cheap cabin materials and a low safety score push this truck to the middle of its class.

Pros & Cons

  • Roomy interior in Double and Crew Cabs
  • Powerful 5.3- and 6.2-liter V8s
  • Smooth ride quality
  • Hard to maneuver in tight spaces
  • Low-quality interior plastics




Critics' Rating: 8.5
Performance: 8.2
Interior: 8.0
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.7
Safety: 8.4
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2013 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Overview

Is the 2013 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 a Good Used Truck?

A used 2013 Chevy Silverado is a fine option if you’re shopping for a previously owned full-size truck. It has a spacious interior, solid reliability ratings, and more than enough V8 muscle for towing heavy loads. Its well-tuned suspension provides a smooth ride as well. That said, the Silverado is more workhorse than luxury cruiser. You’ll want to look elsewhere if first-rate materials or advanced tech features are a top priority. The 2013 Chevy Silverado 1500 Hybrid is reviewed separately.

Used 2013 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Performance and Interior

The 2013 Chevrolet Silverado has four engine options: a 4.3-liter V6 with 195 horsepower, a 4.8-liter V8 with 302 horsepower, a 5.3-liter V8 with 315 horsepower, and a 6.2-liter V8 with 403 horsepower. The V6 and 4.8-liter V8 have a four-speed automatic transmission. The larger V8s have a six-speed automatic, which feels more refined and provides quicker gear changes. Rear-wheel drive is standard; four-wheel drive is available.

The V6 offers adequate pep for everyday driving, but it lacks the muscle needed for towing or hauling loads. The 4.8-liter V8 is a better option, though the 5.3-liter V8 is the gem of the lineup. It hustles the truck up to speed assertively, even with heavy cargo in tow. It also returns the best fuel economy of the bunch at 15 mpg in the city and 21 mpg on the highway. The V6 and 4.8-liter V8 get 15/20 mpg city/highway and 14/19 mpg city/highway, respectively. The large 6.2-liter V8 is the ideal pick for heavy duty work, but its gas mileage suffers at just 13/18 mpg. The Silverado can tow up to 10,700 pounds when equipped with the Max Trailering package.

The Chevrolet Silverado certainly feels like a full-size pickup when navigating city streets and parking lots. Its large turning radius makes it cumbersome to maneuver. On the open road, however, the truck impresses with its comfortable ride – even across rough pavement. If you plan to venture off-road, opt for a model equipped with the Z71 Off-Road package, which adds skid plates and heavy-duty shocks.

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The Chevrolet Silverado seats three in Regular Cab models and up to six in four-door Double Cab and Crew Cab models. The front seats are comfortable and supportive, and it’s easy to find a nice driving position. The Double and Crew Cabs both feel spacious, though the Crew Cab is more inviting for tall passengers due to its extra 4.4 inches of rear legroom. Chevrolet offers the Silverado with 8-foot, 6-foot-6-inch, and 5-foot-8-inch bed lengths. Payload ratings range from 1,513 to 1,940 pounds, depending on the model.

The Chevrolet Silverado’s dashboard features simple audio and climate controls. Many of these buttons and knobs are quite large, making them easy to locate while driving. A touch-screen navigation system is available (LTZ models only). It’s user-friendly as well, though rather limited in its abilities. The Silverado’s cabin materials are a letdown; many surfaces are covered with hard, cheap-looking plastics. These plastics won’t stand out in base models, but they do look out of place in higher trims.

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Used 2013 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Prices

The price of a used 2013 Silverado 1500 ranges from around $15,700 for base WT models to $27,900 for LTZ models. Prices vary depending on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Reliable Is the 2013 Chevrolet Silverado 1500?

The Silverado 1500 has good reliability, earning four out of five points from J.D. Power.

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How Safe Is the Silverado 1500?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the Silverado 1500 a perfect five-star rating for side impact safety, as well as four stars for overall, front, and rollover safety. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the Silverado 1500 a rating of Good, the highest offered, in moderate overlap front crash safety. The Chevy earned the second-highest rating of Acceptable for side impact and seat safety, and the second-lowest rating of Marginal for roof strength. Chevrolet offers Silverado LT, XFE, and LTZ models with an available rearview camera and rear parking sensors.

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Is the 2013 Silverado 1500 the Best Model Year to Buy?

Chevrolet redesigned the Silverado in 2007. In addition to the 2013 Silverado, you should consider models from 2010 to 2012; they’re typically less expensive and they share most of the 2013 model’s features. You may also want to consider the 2014 Silverado 1500, which was fully redesigned. 2014 models tend to be pricier, but they offer superior towing and payload ratings, more advanced safety features, and far better cabin materials.

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Which Used Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Is Right for Me?

Chevrolet offers the 2013 Silverado in three body styles (Regular Cab, Double Cab, and Crew Cab), three bed lengths, and five trims (WT, LS, LT, XFE, and LTZ). The Silverado WT (or Work Truck) is sparsely equipped with manual windows and door locks, vinyl seats, an AM/FM radio, air conditioning, and a manual transfer case (4WD models only).

The Silverado LS trim adds a CD player, satellite radio, power windows and door locks, remote keyless entry, and cloth seats. The Silverado LT trim adds an automatic transfer case (4WD models only) and lockable under-seat storage. The Silverado XFE is rear-wheel drive only, and it adds a trailering package and alloy wheels. Lastly, the Silverado LTZ trim adds heated front bucket seats, leather upholstery, dual-zone climate control, remote start, Bluetooth, a USB input, and fog lamps. Available features include a navigation system, a rearview camera, parking sensors, a rear-seat DVD player, and ventilated front seats.

You may also want to consider a certified pre-owned Silverado. For its certified pre-owned vehicles, Chevy extends the original new-car powertrain warranty to six years or 100,000 miles and provides a one-year/12,000-mile bumper-to-bumper limited warranty. Chevrolet CPO vehicles must pass a 172-point inspection. Extra benefits like towing and roadside assistance may be available, so read Chevy’s warranty page carefully. The model's original sale date determines whether it is eligible for the CPO program.

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2013 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 and Other Trucks to Consider

Which Is Better: 2013 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 or 2013 GMC Sierra?

The 2013 GMC Sierra is the corporate twin of the Chevy Silverado. Apart from a few trim variations, both pickups share nearly all of the same components. This common ground includes transmission and engine options, cab and bed configurations, and interior features. Both are fine pickups that score well for reliability, but used Silverados tend to be slightly less expensive.

Which Is Better: 2013 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 or 2013 Ford F-150?

The Ford F-150 has a slightly lower reliability score than the Silverado. Despite this, the F-150 outshines the Silverado in a number of areas. The Ford has superior towing and payload ratings, better crash safety scores, roomier seating space in SuperCrew Cabs, nicer cabin materials, and slightly higher fuel economy (up to 17/23 mpg city/highway). Both trucks are good picks, but the F-150 is a little better overall.

Which Is Better: 2013 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 or 2013 Ram 1500?

The Ram 1500 falls short of the Silverado when it comes to reliability. However, if you’re looking for a truck with an emphasis on luxury and refinement, this is it. The Ram 1500 tops the Silverado with a more advanced infotainment system, higher-quality cabin materials, a supremely smooth carlike ride, and better gas mileage (up to 18/25 mpg city/highway).

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