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Critics' Rating: 9.0
Performance: 8.1
Interior: 8.1
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.4
Safety: 9.5
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2015 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Review

The 2015 Chevrolet Silverado ranks near the top of the full-size pickup truck class. The Silverado has a roomy and upscale interior, pleasant handling, muscular engines, and good safety and reliability ratings.

Pros & Cons

  • Comfortable ride quality
  • Spacious, upscale cabin
  • Strong V6 and V8 engines
  • Good safety scores
  • Touch screen occasionally sluggish

New for 2015

  • Eight-speed automatic transmission replaces six-speed (6.2-liter V8 models)
  • Available Wi-Fi hotspot and Siri Eyes Free

2015 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Overview

Is the 2015 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 a Good Used Truck?

The 2015 Silverado is a good choice if you’re shopping for a used full-size pickup truck. The Silverado offers a range of potent V6 and V8 engines. It rides comfortably over rough roads, and its stylish cabin offers generous seating space. The Silverado also rates well for safety and reliability, and it has some of the best towing and payload ratings in its class. Overall, it’s a nice balance between a people-hauler and a workhorse. You may also want to consider its corporate sibling, the 2015 GMC Sierra 1500.

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We’ve analyzed 29 Chevrolet Silverado reviews, as well as hard data points like reliability scores and cost of ownership estimates, to help you make the best car-buying decision possible.

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How Much Is the 2015 Chevrolet Silverado 1500?

Based on listings for the 2015 Chevrolet Silverado on our site, the average price is $30,000. Prices range from $23,500 to $38,000 and vary depending on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2015 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Cost to Own?

The Silverado’s five-year costs for gas, insurance, repairs, and maintenance are projected to be $29,200, or about $5,800 per year. That’s about average for a full-size pickup truck.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New Silverado 1500?

The 2019 Chevrolet Silverado is fully redesigned. It starts at around $32,000 and can top $56,000 in its higher trim levels. The new Silverado boasts edgier styling, more engine choices (including a turbocharged four-cylinder and a turbodiesel six-cylinder), and more safety features like blind spot monitoring and a surround-view parking camera. That said, its interior isn’t all that different from its predecessor, and its towing and payload ratings haven’t changed much either. It’s a refined truck, but we suspect you’ll still be quite happy with a used Silverado – and you can save thousands of dollars in the process.

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There are a few new trucks in the same price range as the 2015 Silverado, though they belong to the compact pickup class. The 2019 Chevrolet Colorado and 2019 GMC Canyon start at $21,300 and $22,200, respectively. These trucks are built on the same platform, and they both have quality interiors, balanced handling, and a variety of engine options. Starting at $24,300, the Ford Ranger returns for 2019 after a hiatus, and it comes equipped with a turbocharged four-cylinder engine that has strong pulling power. The 2019 Toyota Tacoma ($25,550) is also worth a look, considering it comes standard with lots of active safety features.

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Which Model Year of the Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Is Best?

Chevrolet launched the third generation of its Silverado 1500 pickup for 2014. The truck received small but regular updates over this generation. An eight-speed transmission, Siri Eyes Free, and Wi-Fi connectivity became available for 2015. For 2016, Chevrolet added support for the Apple CarPlay and Android Auto systems, and for 2017, the truck gained GM’s Teen Driver technology and a more-advanced forward collision warning system. A number of features that were previously optional became standard for 2018, including a touch screen and a rearview camera.

These trucks have a good reputation for reliability, making them all good options. Shoppers interested in tech features may want to opt for the 2016-and-newer models.

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How Reliable Is the 2015 Chevrolet Silverado 1500?

The 2015 Silverado has a good reliability rating of four out of five from J.D. Power.

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2015 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Recalls

The 2015 Silverado is affected by a number of recalls. Chevrolet is recalling models because of issues with the radio software, power steering, ignition lock, transfer case, rear axle shafts, front air bags, front seat bracket, and the driver-side seat belt. Make sure these recalls are addressed by a Chevy dealer before buying a used Silverado.

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Which Used Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Model Is Right for Me?

The 2015 Silverado is available in three body styles (Regular Cab, Double Cab, and Crew Cab), three bed lengths, and five trim levels: WT, LS, LT, LTZ, and High Country.

Most shoppers will want to skip the base model Silverado WT (Work Truck), since it has few standard features. The WT trim comes equipped with a 4.2-inch display, a USB port, air conditioning, cruise control, power windows and door locks, and vinyl upholstery.

The LS and LT trims are a better starting point. The Silverado LS adds satellite radio, a CD player, Bluetooth, OnStar telematics, a Wi-Fi hotspot, keyless entry, and cloth upholstery. The LT trim adds a leather-wrapped steering wheel, a spring-assisted tailgate, and alloy wheels.

The ritzier Silverado LTZ comes with an 8-inch touch screen, a rearview camera, remote start, dual-zone climate control, leather upholstery, heated front seats, and fog lights. Lastly, the Silverado High Country trim builds on the LTZ with heated and ventilated front seats, a navigation system, and a Bose stereo. Available features include a sunroof, a rear-seat DVD player, a suite of active safety features, and the Z71 package, which includes off-road shock absorbers, tow hooks, an extra skid plate, and a locking rear differential.

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Certified Pre-Owned Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Warranty

Chevrolet offers a certified pre-owned program (CPO) for vehicles that are six years old or less. Eligibility is determined by the car’s initial sale date. 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. Additional benefits like towing and roadside assistance may be available, so read Chevy’s warranty page carefully.

This is one of the most comprehensive certified pre-owned programs among nonluxury automakers.

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How Safe Is the Silverado 1500?

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the 2015 Silverado 1500 the top score of Good in all areas tested. From the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the Silverado 1500 earned five out of five stars in the frontal and side crash tests, and four stars in the rollover test.

The Silverado is available with a rearview camera, front and rear parking sensors, forward collision warning, lane departure warning, and GM’s Safety Alert seat, which vibrates to warn drivers of a potential hazard.

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2015 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2015 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 or 2015 Ford F-150?

The 2015 Ford F-150 and Chevy Silverado are both great options. These full-size trucks have spacious interiors, comparably high tow ratings, and a compelling lineup of strong V6 and V8 engines. The Silverado has a nicer interior and it also rates slightly better for reliability. On the other hand, the F-150 offers more safety features, like blind spot monitoring and parallel-park assist, and it touts a beefier 3,270-pound max payload. Test drive both to see which one you prefer.

Which Is Better: 2015 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 or 2015 Ram 1500?

The 2015 Ram 1500 is another good option in the full-size pickup truck class. It offers a refined cabin, and it has the best driving dynamics in the segment thanks to its coil-spring rear suspension. The Ram’s touch-screen infotainment system is also exceptionally user friendly. For most shoppers, though, the Silverado is the better bet. The Chevy has a higher reliability rating, a longer list of available advanced safety features, and a higher tow rating by about 1,400 pounds.

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2015 Silverado 1500 Performance

How Does the 2015 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Drive?

The Silverado has three engine options: a 4.3-liter V6 with 285 horsepower, a 5.3-liter V8 with 355 horsepower, and a 6.2-liter V8 with 420 horsepower. A six-speed automatic transmission and rear-wheel drive are standard; four-wheel drive and an eight-speed automatic are available.

The V6 provides ample power for everyday driving, and it’s punchy enough for light duty towing. The 5.3-liter V8 is the best option for most shoppers. It hustles the Silverado up to speed with authority and provides strong passing power, even when pulling a heavy load. The 6.2-liter V8 is refined, but it has more power than most buyers will ever need. Both the six- and eight-speed automatic transmissions earn praise for their smooth and prompt gear changes.

The Chevy Silverado also pleases occupants with its comfortable ride and well-mannered handling. The suspension soaks up road bumps and dips nicely, and it keeps the truck stable around turns. The steering is light and responsive, and the brakes provide strong stopping power. It is worth noting that Silverados equipped with the Max Trailering package aren’t as comfortable over rough pavement, due to their stiffer rear springs.

Does the 2015 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Get Good Gas Mileage?

The Chevy Silverado has decent fuel economy by class standards. The Silverado’s V6 gets an EPA-estimated 18 mpg in the city and 24 mpg on the highway. The 5.3-liter V8 manages up to 16/23 mpg city/highway, and the 6.2-liter V8 returns 15/21 mpg.

2015 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Towing Capacity

The Silverado is rated to tow up to 12,000 pounds when equipped with the Max Trailering package. All models can tow a minimum of 5,500 pounds.

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2015 Silverado 1500 Interior

How Many People Does the 2015 Silverado 1500 Seat?

The Chevy Silverado seats three people in Regular Cab models and up to six in the four-door Double and Crew Cab models. The front seats are generously padded, and they offer good support for longer drives. The Double Cab’s rear seats are roomy enough for adults to fit comfortably, and with an extra 6.3 inches of legroom, the Crew Cab’s back seat is especially roomy. Vinyl upholstery is standard. Heated, ventilated, cloth, and leather seats are available.

The Silverado’s cabin is well insulated, and it remains very quiet at highway speeds. The interior also looks and feels rather upscale, thanks in part to its numerous soft-touch plastics.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2015 Chevrolet Silverado 1500?

The Silverado Double and Crew Cab models have two full sets of LATCH connectors for securing child car seats. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave this system mixed ratings. The tether anchors are hard to find, and some of the lower anchors are too deep in the seat cushions.

2015 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Features

The Silverado base trim is sparsely equipped. It comes standard with air conditioning, a 4.2-inch display, and a USB port. Available features include dual-zone automatic climate control, an 8-inch touch screen, satellite radio, a CD player, a navigation system, Bluetooth connectivity, Siri Eyes Free, and a Wi-Fi hotspot.

The dashboard has a simple layout with only a few buttons and knobs. These controls are fairly large and easy to use without requiring you to look away from the road. The available MyLink touch screen is also quite user-friendly, thanks to its crisp graphics and straightforward menus. However, it is occasionally slow to respond to inputs.

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2015 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Dimensions

Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Cargo Space

The Silverado 1500 is available with 8-foot, 6-foot-6-inch, and 5-foot-8-inch bed lengths. Payload ratings vary from 1,660 to 2,270 pounds, depending on the model. All 2015 Silverados have a rear bumper with integrated steps, called CornerStep. A spring-assisted EZ Lift and Lower tailgate is available.

2015 Silverado 1500 Length and Weight

The Silverado’s length and curb weight vary depending on the truck’s cab, bed, and engine configurations. The Silverado's length is between 17 feet, 1 inch and 20 feet. Its weight ranges from 4,521 to 5,599 pounds.

Where Was the 2015 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Built?

Chevrolet built the 2015 Silverado at factories in Indiana, Michigan, and Mexico.

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