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2016 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Review

The 2016 Chevrolet Silverado has an upscale and comfortable interior, potent engines, and well-balanced handling. An excellent reliability rating and solid crash-test results make the Silverado the king of the hill.

Pros & Cons

  • Strong V8 engines
  • Great payload and tow ratings
  • Quiet, upscale cabin
  • Top-notch reliability rating
  • Slow-shifting six-speed automatic transmission

New for 2016

  • Eight-speed automatic available with 5.3-liter V8
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto available


Rankings & Awards

The 2016 Chevrolet Silverado 1500's #1 ranking is based on its score within the 2016 Full Size Pickup Trucks category. It was a finalist for our 2016 Best Full Size Truck for the Money award. Currently the Chevrolet Silverado 1500 has a score of 8.9 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 31 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.




Critics' Rating: 8.9
Performance: 8.2
Interior: 8.3
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.4
Safety: 9.2
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2016 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Overview

Is the 2016 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 a Good Used Truck?

The 2016 Chevy Silverado is a great option if you’re shopping for a used full-size pickup truck. It has the robust towing and payload needed for a work truck, while providing a premium interior and smooth ride that make it a comfortable truck for day-to-day driving. Advanced safety technology, user-friendly infotainment features, and a high reliability rating only improve this already well-rounded pickup.

Why You Can Trust Us

We do not base our used car rankings and reviews on our personal opinions. Instead, we collect information like safety and reliability reports, total cost of ownership estimates, and the views of the automotive press. We analyzed 31 professional evaluations for this 2016 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 review to help you make an informed buying decision.

Our experienced team of writers, editors, and analysts has been ranking and reviewing the best cars, trucks, crossovers, and SUVs since 2007. We remain unbiased by refusing pricey gifts and trips from auto manufacturers and employing an independent agency to manage the advertising on our site.

How Much Is the 2016 Chevrolet Silverado 1500?

You can expect to pay between $25,400 and $43,400 for a used 2016 Silverado 1500, based on the roughly 4,300 listings on our site for this truck. The average list price is $33,700. Prices vary depending on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2016 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Cost to Own?

The cost of owning a vehicle goes far beyond the sticker price. Estimated five-year costs for gas, insurance, maintenance, and repairs for the 2016 Silverado 1500 are $26,488, which is about $1,000 less than the average 2016 full-size pickup. The 2016 Ford F-150 will cost you an estimated $25,159 over five years, the 2016 GMC Sierra 1500 will cost $26,945, and the 2016 Tundra will cost $31,389.

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

A 2018 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 starts at $28,300 and tops out just north of $61,000. That’s a much broader price range than a used 2016 Silverado offers ($25,400 to $43,400). Making direct comparisons is difficult because of the large number of available options, trims, and cabin setups. However, the 2018 model comes with a few more standard features than the 2016 model. The 2018 Silverado comes standard with a rearview camera, a teen driver system, and a higher tow rating. The used 2016 Silverado will be the best choice for most buyers, however, and it will probably save you money.

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If the 2018 Silverado is out of your price range, but you want a new truck for about what you’d pay for a used 2016 Silverado, consider a compact truck. The 2018 GMC Canyon, 2018 Chevy Colorado, and 2018 Toyota Tacoma range in price from the low $20,000s to the low $40,000s. You can get a nicely loaded model for much less than the average-priced 2016 Silverado.

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How Reliable Is the 2016 Chevrolet Silverado 1500?

J.D. Power gives the 2016 Chevy Silverado 1500 a perfect reliability rating of five out of five, which is rare for any vehicle. No class competitors match that, though all trucks in the class earn a rating of three (average) or above.

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2016 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Recalls

As of this writing, the 2016 Silverado 1500 has five recalls. Two concern front air bags that may not deploy. One concerns insufficient welds that can break and affect steering. Another deals with a faulty audio warning system. The final recall addresses an incorrectly positioned stud that affects how the air bags deploy.

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Which Model Year of the Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Is Best?

The 2016 model is part of a Silverado generation that launched for 2014, and it provides a good mix of features and price. Newly available features for 2016 included Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and lane keep assist. For 2017, Chevy added the Teen Driver system to the standard features list and increased the maximum tow rating. If those features aren't important to you, consider the 2014 or 2015 Silverado 1500 to save more money. All models in this generation earn good overall scores.

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Which Used Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Model Is Right for Me?

The 2016 Silverado 1500 comes in three body styles (Regular Cab, Double Cab, and Crew Cab), three pickup box lengths (8-foot, 6-foot-6-inch, and 5-foot-8-inch), and six trim levels (WT, LS, Custom, LT, LTZ, and High Country).

The Silverado WT comes with a 4.2-inch display, a USB port, air conditioning, cruise control, power doors, power windows (in Double and Crew Cabs), a locking tailgate, and a front bench seat. The Silverado LS adds a 7-inch touch screen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Bluetooth, a Wi-Fi hot spot, and remote keyless entry. The Silverado Custom adds body-colored exterior trim. The Silverado LT adds satellite radio, a CD player, and an 8-inch touch screen. The Silverado LTZ adds a rearview camera, a tow package, remote start, leather upholstery, power-retractable running boards, and heated front seats. The Silverado High Country adds navigation, a Bose sound system, parking sensors, and heated and ventilated front bucket seats.

The Chevy Silverado LT trim is the best value in this lineup. It is available in all three body styles and bed lengths, has many standard features, and offers desirable available features like a rear-seat DVD screen, navigation, and forward collision warning.

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What Does Chevrolet's Certified Pre-Owned Warranty Cover?

Chevrolet offers a certified pre-owned program for vehicles six years old or less and with fewer than 75,000 miles. Eligibility is determined by the vehicle’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. These vehicles also get a one-year/12,000-mile bumper-to-bumper limited warranty after the three-year/36,000-mile new-car warranty expires. Chevrolet CPO vehicles must pass a 172-point inspection. Additional benefits like towing and 24-hour roadside assistance may be available, so read Chevy’s warranty page carefully.

Chevrolet has one of the better CPO programs among affordable carmakers, but Hyundai, Buick, and Kia are better, according to our analysis.

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How Safe Is the Silverado 1500?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2016 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 an overall five-star safety rating (out of five), with five stars in frontal and side crash tests, and four stars in rollover testing. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the Silverado a score of Good – the highest rating offered – in four out of five crash test categories. It received a Marginal rating – the second-lowest – in the small overlap front test.

The 2016 Silverado 1500 is available with a number of advanced safety features. The Enhanced Driver Alert package adds front and rear parking sensors, forward collision warning, lane keep assist, and GM’s Safety Alert Seat (which vibrates to warn drivers of a potential hazard). A rearview camera is also available.

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2016 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2016 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 or 2016 Ford F-150?

The 2016 Ford F-150 and Chevy Silverado are both good full-size pickups. Both are rated to tow more than 12,000 pounds, though the F-150 offers a far superior 3,270-pound max payload and more-powerful, fuel-efficient V6 engines. The Ford also offers more safety features, like adaptive cruise control and blind spot monitoring, as well as convenience features like massaging seats. However, the Silverado has a higher-quality interior, with support for the user-friendly Apple CarPlay system. You'll also get a better reliability rating with the Silverado, which could make it a better buy.

Which Is Better: 2016 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 or 2016 Ram 1500?

The 2016 Ram 1500 tops the Silverado in three key areas: It has a more luxurious interior, a carlike ride, and class-leading fuel economy with its available turbodiesel engine. Still, the Silverado is the better buy overall. The Chevy offers superior towing and payload capacities and is available with some safety features that the Ram lacks, such as forward collision warning and lane keep assist. The Ram has low crash-test scores for the class, and its reliablity rating doesn't compare to the Silverado's.

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2016 Silverado 1500 Performance

How Does the 2016 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Drive?

The 2016 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 has a quiet ride and composed handling, even with a heavy payload. It gets adequate power from its base V6 and delivers excellent power from its V8 engines, which are well-suited for towing.

Rear-wheel drive is standard with the 2016 Silverado 1500, and four-wheel drive is available. The Silverado rides comfortably and negotiates imperfect roads with ease. It maneuvers well in tight quarters too.

The Silverado’s base engine is a 285-horsepower V6. A 5.3-liter V8 produces 355 horsepower, and a 6.2-liter V8 puts out 420 horsepower. Both V8s are available in the Double and Crew Cab models. The standard six-speed automatic transmission downshifts slowly. The eight-speed automatic is the better transmission because of its superior gear ratios and timelier shifting.

Does the 2016 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Get Good Gas Mileage?

The base Silverado gets an EPA-estimated 18 mpg in the city and 23 mpg on the highway, while the 5.3-liter V8 gets 16/23 mpg city/highway, and the 6.2-liter V8 gets 15/21 mpg city/highway. Those estimates are good for the class.

2016 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Towing Capacity

With its V6 engine, the Silverado has a max towing capacity of 7,600 pounds and a max payload of 1,960 pounds. When equipped with the 6.2-liter V8 engine and the Max Trailering package, the 2016 Silverado can tow up to 12,000 pounds. It also offers a maximum payload of 2,260 pounds when properly equipped. The gear ratios on the standard six-speed transmission are not ideally spaced for towing, but the available eight-speed transmission remedies this issue.

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2016 Silverado 1500 Interior

How Many People Does the 2016 Silverado 1500 Seat?

Regular Cab Silverado models seat three (two with available bucket seats), and Double and Crew Cab models seat six (five with available bucket seats). Vinyl upholstery is standard, but cloth and leather upholstery are available. Power-adjustable front seats, as well as heated and ventilated front seats, are also available. The front and rear seats offer ample room, and the front seats feel luxurious when fully upgraded.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2016 Chevrolet Silverado 1500?

The 2016 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Crew Cab has two complete sets of LATCH hardware on the outboard rear seats, as well as a middle-seat tether anchor. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the Silverado's LATCH system the lowest rating of Poor for its ease of use.

2016 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Features

Standard features in the 2016 Silverado include a four-speaker audio system with a 4.2-inch display and a USB port. Available features include wireless device charging, satellite radio, HD Radio, a seven-speaker Bose system, a rear-seat entertainment system, active noise cancellation, dual-zone climate control, and the Chevrolet MyLink infotainment system with an 8-inch touch screen, Bluetooth, voice-activated technology, Android Auto, and Apple CarPlay. OnStar with 4G LTE and a built-in Wi-Fi hot spot is also available. The MyLink infotainment system and its touch screen are user-friendly and responsive.

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2016 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Dimensions

Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Cargo Space

A 6-foot-6-inch bed is standard on all 2016 Silverado models. An 8-foot bed is available on Regular Cab models, and a 5-foot-8-inch bed is available on Crew Cab models. The Silverado has an available EZ-Lift and Lower tailgate that makes it easy to operate the tailgate with just one hand. The Silverado features a step built into the rear bumper that makes it easy to climb into the bed. You can open and close the EZ-Lift and Lower tailgate with two fingers. The cabin features plenty of small-item storage compartments.

2016 Silverado 1500 Length and Weight

The Silverado 1500 Regular Cab with the 6-foot-6-inch bed is 17.1 feet long. The Regular Cab with the 8-foot bed is 18.6 feet long. The Silverado 1500 Double Cab with the 6-foot-6-inch bed is 19.1 feet long, as is the Crew Cab with the 5-foot-8-inch bed. The Crew Cab with the 6-foot-6-inch bed measures 19.9 feet.

The Silverado 1500 has a curb weight ranging from 4,517 to 5,602 pounds. Its gross vehicle weight rating ranges from 6,500 to 7,600 pounds.

Where Was the 2016 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Built?

Chevy assembled the 2016 Silverado 1500 in Indiana, Michigan, and Mexico.


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