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2017 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Review

The 2017 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 is more than capable and ranks at the top of the full-size pickup truck class. It offers two potent V8 engines, has excellent towing capacity, and features an upscale cabin with user-friendly technology.

Pros & Cons

  • Strong V8 engines
  • Outstanding towing capacity
  • Quiet, upscale cabin
  • User-friendly cabin tech
  • Some potential difficulty installing child safety seats

Rankings & Awards

The 2017 Chevrolet Silverado 1500's #1 ranking is based on its score within the 2017 Full Size Pickup Trucks category. It was a finalist for our 2017 Best Full Size Truck for the Money award. Currently the Chevrolet Silverado 1500 has a score of 8.7 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 34 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.




Critics' Rating: 8.9
Performance: 8.3
Interior: 8.4
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.4
Safety: 9.2
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2017 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Overview

Is the 2017 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 a Good Used Truck?

Yes, the 2017 Chevy Silverado is a great used full-size pickup truck. Not only do its high maximum towing and payload capacities make it an excellent work truck, but its comfortable interior and user-friendly technology make it a good family hauler too. Several powerful engine options and a long features list only adds to the Silverado’s appeal.

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 34 professional evaluations for this 2017 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 2017 Chevrolet Silverado 1500?

You can expect to pay between $28,600 and $48,000 for a used 2017 Silverado 1500, based over 2,800 listings on our site for this truck. The average list price is $37,600. Prices vary depending on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2017 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 2017 Silverado 1500 are $26,685, which is slightly below-average for a 2017 full-size pickup. The 2017 Ram 1500 and the 2017 Nissan Titan will cost you around $27,300 over five years, while the 2017 Ford F-150 has an estimated cost of $24,774.

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

A 2018 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 starts at $28,300, and the top-of-the-line High Country trim starts at $55,600. The various options, trims, and cab configurations make direct comparison difficult. For 2018, a rearview camera became standard, and the mild-hybrid eAssist package for certain trims became available nationwide. Without much change between the two models, a used Silverado 1500 will be the most economical choice for most buyers.

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If the 2018 Silverado is out of your budget, but you’d still like to drive a new truck that is well-equipped, you may want to consider a compact pickup truck. While none of them can match the Silverado’s towing capacity, you can get a nicely equipped compact pickup for less than the average price of a used 2017 Silverado. The 2018 Chevrolet Colorado offers a smooth ride with powerful, fuel-efficient engines. It has a price range of about $20,000 for the base trim up to about $40,000 for the top-of-the-line trim.

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Which Model Year of the Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Is Best?

The 2017 Chevrolet Silverado is part of a generation that dates back to the 2014 model year. The truck has seen a couple of minor changes since its redesign. The 2015 Silverado was the first model to feature a Wi-Fi hot spot, and an eight-speed automatic transmission replaced the six-speed automatic for the available 6.2-liter V8 engine. Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and lane keep assist became available for 2016, and the smaller 5.3-liter V8 became available with the eight-speed automatic. Notable improvements for the 2017 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 include the addition of the Teen Driver system to the standard features. There’s also an increase in maximum towing capacity, from 12,000 pounds in previous models up to 12,500 pounds. If you can do without these minor updates, you may want to consider an older model and save yourself some money.

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How Reliable Is the 2017 Chevrolet Silverado 1500?

The 2017 Chevy Silverado 1500 has an above-average predicted reliability rating of 4.5 out of five from J.D. Power. The Silverado 1500 is one of the most reliable full-size pickup trucks, outscoring the 2017 Ford F-150 and the 2017 GMC Sierra.

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2017 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Recalls

As of this writing, the 2017 Silverado 1500 has three recalls. Two concern front air bags that may not deploy. The final recall addresses insufficient welds that can break and compromise steering and the ability to control the direction of the vehicle. Make sure a Chevrolet dealer has addressed any applicable recalls.

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Which Used Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Model Is Right for Me?

The 2017 Silverado 1500 is available in three cab configurations (Regular Cab, Double Cab, and Crew Cab), three bed lengths (8-foot, 6-foot-6-inch, and 5-foot-8-inch), and eight trim levels (WT, LS, Custom, LT, LT Z71, LTZ, LTZ Z71, and High Country). Multiple engines are also available. For increased towing capacity, we recommend one of the two available V8 engines. For the best value, check out the Chevrolet Silverado LT. It offers a nice selection of amenities without breaking the bank, including a standard rearview camera, an 8-inch touch screen, satellite radio, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Bluetooth, a Wi-Fi hot spot. You also get available features like dual-zone climate control, forward collision warning, front and rear parking sensors, and lane keep assist. If you need to carry more than three people, you’ll want to either go for the Double Cab or Crew Cab, both of which add a second row of seats and more storage capacity in the cab.

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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. 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 2017 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 a five-star overall rating, with four stars in the rollover crash test. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the Silverado its highest rating of Good in four out of five categories. The Silverado 1500 received an Acceptable rating in the small overlap front test. The Crew Cab model received the second-lowest rating of Marginal in the same test.

The only standard driver assistance feature in the 2017 Silverado is the Teen Driver system, which allows you to program speed and volume limits for the truck when other people are driving. Available active safety features include a rearview camera, front and rear parking sensors, lane keep assist, forward collision warning, and automatic forward braking.

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2017 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2017 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 or 2017 Ford F-150?

The 2017 Ford F-150 and Chevy Silverado are comparably good full size pickup trucks. While the Silverado has a higher towing capacity, the F-150 can tow a respectable 12,200 pounds. It also offers a maximum payload of 3,270 pounds, which is 1,020 pounds higher than the Silverado 1500's payload. The F-150 also offers additional safety features that are not available in the Silverado, such as a 360-degree camera system, active park assist, and blind spot monitoring. Go with the Ford F-150 if you’re OK with a lower towing capacity (by 300 pounds). It also generally has a lower average price and offers better fuel economy. The Ford F-150 was also our 2017 Best Full Size Truck for the Money because of its combination of quality and value in the class.

Which Is Better: 2017 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 or 2017 Ram 1500?

Like the 2017 Chevrolet Silverado, the 2017 Ram 1500 is also a great pickup truck, but for different reasons. Because of its available turbodiesel powertrain, it offers excellent fuel economy. The Ram delivers one of the smoothest rides in the class, and an available air suspension can help level the truck when carrying a heavy load. With that said, the Silverado 1500 can tow almost 2,000 pounds more than the Ram 1500. The Ram 1500 has lower safety scores and doesn’t offer as many safety features as the 2017 Silverado. Although the Ram 1500 has a lower average price, the Silverado is the better buy.

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2017 Silverado 1500 Performance

How Does the 2017 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Drive?

The 2017 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 comes standard with a 285-horsepower V6 engine and a six-speed automatic transmission. The base engine delivers adequate power for daily driving. However, to get the most out of the Silverado 1500’s capacities, either of the two available V8 engines paired with the eight-speed automatic transmission is better suited for towing and hauling. The 5.3-liter V8 produces 355 horsepower, and the 6.2-liter V8 puts out 420 horsepower. While the six-speed automatic transmission can feel slow to downshift, the eight-speed automatic transmission delivers smooth and quicker shifts, and is the better option for towing heavy loads.

The 2017 Silverado 1500 comes standard with rear-wheel drive, and four-wheel drive is available. The Silverado delivers a comfortable ride, and it maneuvers well in tight spaces despite of its size.

Does the 2017 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Get Good Gas Mileage?

The base V6 engine earns an estimated 18 mpg in the city and 24 mpg on the highway. The 5.3-liter V8 gets 16/23 mpg city/highway, and the 6.2-liter V8 gets 15/21 mpg city/highway.

2017 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Towing Capacity

The Chevrolet Silverado has the best towing capacity in its class. With its V6 engine, the Silverado has a max towing capacity of 7,600 pounds and a max payload of 1,980 pounds. When properly equipped with the 6.2-liter V8 engine, it can tow up to 12,500 pounds. The Silverado also offers a maximum payload of 2,250 pounds when properly equipped.

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2017 Silverado 1500 Interior

How Many People Does the 2017 Silverado 1500 Seat?

The Silverado 1500 Regular Cab seats three people. Double and Crew Cab models can seat up to six. Front bucket seats are available, which drop seating capacity by one. Vinyl upholstery is standard, but cloth and leather-appointed upholstery are available, depending on trim. Power-adjustable front seats and heated and ventilated front seats are also available. The Silverado offers plenty of room throughout its cabin, even for tall passengers riding in the rear seats, especially of Crew Cab models.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2017 Chevrolet Silverado 1500?

The 2017 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 has two complete sets of LATCH hardware on the outboard rear seats, as well as a middle-seat tether anchor.  While the back seats offer plenty of room for three car seats, irremovable headrests can complicate the installation of car seats. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the Silverado's LATCH system the second lowest rating of Marginal for its ease of use due to its tether anchors being hard to locate. The Crew Cab model received the lowest rating of Poor.

2017 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Features

Standard features in the 2017 Silverado include a four-speaker audio system with a 4.2-inch display and a USB port, and the Teen Driver System. Available features include a sunroof, 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 a 7- or 8-inch touch screen, Bluetooth, voice-activated technology for radio and phone, a Wi-Fi hotspot, Android Auto, and Apple CarPlay. The MyLink infotainment system and its touch screen are intuitive and responsive.

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2017 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Dimensions

Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Cargo Space

Three bed sizes are available for the Silverado 1500: a 6-foot-6-inch bed, an 8-foot bed, and a 5-foot-8-inch bed. All cab variants offer the 6-foot-6-inch bed, and it is the only bed available on the Double Cab models. Regular Cab models also offer the 8-foot bed, and Crew Cab models are also available with the 5-foot-8-inch bed. The Silverado offers an EZ-Lift and Lower tailgate, which allows you to effortlessly drop and raise the tailgate with the ease of two fingers. A step is also built into the Silverado’s rear bumper to make climbing into the bed easier.

2017 Silverado 1500 Length and Weight

Depending on its cab, powertrain, and bed length, the 2017 Silverado 1500’s curb weight ranges from 4,510 to 5,299 pounds, and its gross weight ranges from 6,800 pounds to 7,600 pounds. Its overall length ranges from 17.1 feet to nearly 20 feet.

Where Was the 2017 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Built?

Chevy assembled the 2017 Silverado 1500 in Indiana, Michigan, and Mexico.


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